July 27, 2020

CMAP Weekly Update, 7-24-20

CMAP Weekly Update, 7-24-20

FLIP students learn about the importance of the region's water supplies

During the second session of our 2020 Virtual FLIP Summer Series this week, students from the region learned all about northeastern Illinois' water supply. CMAP planners Katie Piotrowska, Maggie Jarr, and Nora Beck spoke about how planning affects water quality, quantity, and affordability, and the important role that the region’s water sources play in economic development, environmental preservation, and public health.

Daniel Cooper, director of research at the Metropolitan Planning Council, also presented on water affordability and how it relates to equity, showing students how income is not rising at the same rate as the cost of water. Students were then invited to share ideas on ensuring every resident has access to affordable and safe drinking water.

Next week, FLIP students will explore the impacts on planning in the era of COVID-19.

 

CMAP’s Cohorts tool can help groups apply equity lens to funding decisions

As the pandemic continues to expose long-standing disinvestment in communities of color and low-income communities, CMAP's partners have begun using our data-driven Community Cohorts evaluation tool to create their own equitable funding formulas. Cook County recently adapted the tool when deciding how to distribute $51 million in federal coronavirus relief funding to suburban communities. Read more on how Community Cohorts can help ensure equitable decision-making.

 

Shared services, tax reform key policies to addressing sales tax shortfalls

The dramatic drop in retail spending caused by the COVID-19 pandemic is significantly reducing local government revenues, which is most concerning for communities that heavily rely on sales tax. Shared services and tax reform are two key strategies that can help governments address sales tax shortfalls. Read more.

 

CMAP shares insights on state of region during recent webinar

Watch a recording of the recent webinar, Metropolitan planning organization leaders provide insights into metro areas within the mega-region. CMAP executive director Erin Aleman, along with Kevin Muhs, executive director of the Southeastern Wisconsin Regional Planning Commission, and Ty Warner, executive director of the Northwestern Indiana Regional Planning Commission, discussed what is happening in the area and how we compare to other metro areas in the Midwest and around the country.

 

Fox Valley Bike Share launching

The City of Aurora, Downtown Neighborhood Association of ElginCity of Batavia, and Village of Montgomery have partnered with the Kane County Division of Transportation to launch the Fox Valley Bike Share System in the summer/fall 2020 riding season.

They will launch the system on Friday, July 31. The partner municipalities are all contracting with Koloni to provide the initial rollout of a unified and seamless bike share system in the Fox Valley. Additional municipal sponsors will join the system in 2021.

 

RTA seeking public comments on new capital improvement framework

The Regional Transportation Authority (RTA) is seeking public comment on its new regional Framework for Transit Capital Improvements through Friday, August 28. Prepared by RTA staff in partnership with the Chicago Transit Authority, Metra, and Pace, the draft framework is intended to improve transparency in how public transit projects are chosen and funded in northeastern Illinois. Comments can be submitted to Communications@RTAChicago.org.

 

Greenest Region Corps applications available

The Metropolitan Mayors Caucus Greenest Region Corps program has 11 positions open for the October 2020 - September 2021 term. Applications are due by Friday, August 7.

The Greenest Region Corps (GRCorps) is a partnership between the caucus and AmeriCorps to find enthusiastic professionals to lead sustainability projects in several communities in the region. GRCorps members work directly for a Greenest Region Compact community on projects that will result in greater environmental awareness and stewardship. 

For more information or to apply, go to the Mayors Caucus' website.

 

 

Draft grant calendar feedback needed

The Calumet Collaborative's Conservation Work Group (CWG) has created a draft searchable grant database in a calendar format to make finding grants easier for organizations of all sizes. The calendar is organized into several specific funding categories. The CWG is asking for feedback on the first draft of the calendar through a short survey.

 

Housing affordability grant opportunity

The U.S. Conference of Mayors and Wells Fargo CommunityWINS (Working/Investing in Neighborhood Stabilization) grant program will award $1 million to local nonprofits that are addressing the housing affordability crisis, including transitional housing, rentals, and homeownership projects and programs. The deadline is Friday, October 9.

 

Surface Transportation Projects open for public comment

Throughout this summer, the 11 Councils of Mayors in the region and the City of Chicago will seek public comment on draft programs of Surface Transportation Projects for federal fiscal years 2021-2025. Projects include maintenance, modernization, and expansion of the region’s highways, bikeways, pedestrian, and transit systems.

Currently, the Lake and South councils are accepting comments. Comment periods, draft programs, and links with more information are available on CMAP's website. Comments should be sent to the listed contact for each council before the closing date of the comment period.

 

Events

Climate and Weather Tools for Stormwater Planning in the Great Lakes Region
University of Michigan Great Lakes Integrated Sciences and Assessments Center
July 27, 2020
Noon to 3:00 p.m.
More information

 

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CMAP Weekly Update, 7-24-20

FLIP students learn about the importance of the region's water supplies

During the second session of our 2020 Virtual FLIP Summer Series this week, students from the region learned all about northeastern Illinois' water supply. CMAP planners Katie Piotrowska, Maggie Jarr, and Nora Beck spoke about how planning affects water quality, quantity, and affordability, and the important role that the region’s water sources play in economic development, environmental preservation, and public health.

Daniel Cooper, director of research at the Metropolitan Planning Council, also presented on water affordability and how it relates to equity, showing students how income is not rising at the same rate as the cost of water. Students were then invited to share ideas on ensuring every resident has access to affordable and safe drinking water.

Next week, FLIP students will explore the impacts on planning in the era of COVID-19.

 

CMAP’s Cohorts tool can help groups apply equity lens to funding decisions

As the pandemic continues to expose long-standing disinvestment in communities of color and low-income communities, CMAP's partners have begun using our data-driven Community Cohorts evaluation tool to create their own equitable funding formulas. Cook County recently adapted the tool when deciding how to distribute $51 million in federal coronavirus relief funding to suburban communities. Read more on how Community Cohorts can help ensure equitable decision-making.

 

Shared services, tax reform key policies to addressing sales tax shortfalls

The dramatic drop in retail spending caused by the COVID-19 pandemic is significantly reducing local government revenues, which is most concerning for communities that heavily rely on sales tax. Shared services and tax reform are two key strategies that can help governments address sales tax shortfalls. Read more.

 

CMAP shares insights on state of region during recent webinar

Watch a recording of the recent webinar, Metropolitan planning organization leaders provide insights into metro areas within the mega-region. CMAP executive director Erin Aleman, along with Kevin Muhs, executive director of the Southeastern Wisconsin Regional Planning Commission, and Ty Warner, executive director of the Northwestern Indiana Regional Planning Commission, discussed what is happening in the area and how we compare to other metro areas in the Midwest and around the country.

 

Fox Valley Bike Share launching

The City of Aurora, Downtown Neighborhood Association of ElginCity of Batavia, and Village of Montgomery have partnered with the Kane County Division of Transportation to launch the Fox Valley Bike Share System in the summer/fall 2020 riding season.

They will launch the system on Friday, July 31. The partner municipalities are all contracting with Koloni to provide the initial rollout of a unified and seamless bike share system in the Fox Valley. Additional municipal sponsors will join the system in 2021.

 

RTA seeking public comments on new capital improvement framework

The Regional Transportation Authority (RTA) is seeking public comment on its new regional Framework for Transit Capital Improvements through Friday, August 28. Prepared by RTA staff in partnership with the Chicago Transit Authority, Metra, and Pace, the draft framework is intended to improve transparency in how public transit projects are chosen and funded in northeastern Illinois. Comments can be submitted to Communications@RTAChicago.org.

 

Greenest Region Corps applications available

The Metropolitan Mayors Caucus Greenest Region Corps program has 11 positions open for the October 2020 - September 2021 term. Applications are due by Friday, August 7.

The Greenest Region Corps (GRCorps) is a partnership between the caucus and AmeriCorps to find enthusiastic professionals to lead sustainability projects in several communities in the region. GRCorps members work directly for a Greenest Region Compact community on projects that will result in greater environmental awareness and stewardship. 

For more information or to apply, go to the Mayors Caucus' website.

 

 

Draft grant calendar feedback needed

The Calumet Collaborative's Conservation Work Group (CWG) has created a draft searchable grant database in a calendar format to make finding grants easier for organizations of all sizes. The calendar is organized into several specific funding categories. The CWG is asking for feedback on the first draft of the calendar through a short survey.

 

Housing affordability grant opportunity

The U.S. Conference of Mayors and Wells Fargo CommunityWINS (Working/Investing in Neighborhood Stabilization) grant program will award $1 million to local nonprofits that are addressing the housing affordability crisis, including transitional housing, rentals, and homeownership projects and programs. The deadline is Friday, October 9.

 

Surface Transportation Projects open for public comment

Throughout this summer, the 11 Councils of Mayors in the region and the City of Chicago will seek public comment on draft programs of Surface Transportation Projects for federal fiscal years 2021-2025. Projects include maintenance, modernization, and expansion of the region’s highways, bikeways, pedestrian, and transit systems.

Currently, the Lake and South councils are accepting comments. Comment periods, draft programs, and links with more information are available on CMAP's website. Comments should be sent to the listed contact for each council before the closing date of the comment period.

 

Events

Climate and Weather Tools for Stormwater Planning in the Great Lakes Region
University of Michigan Great Lakes Integrated Sciences and Assessments Center
July 27, 2020
Noon to 3:00 p.m.
More information

 

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