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September 18, 2019

CMAP Weekly Update, 9-16-19

CMAP Weekly Update, 9-16-19

CMAP Board meeting recap

The CMAP Board met on Wednesday, September 11. The agenda included a presentation of staff analysis of Rebuild Illinois, the capital bill passed by the Illinois General Assembly earlier this year, along with other noteworthy pieces of legislation, including non-transportation infrastructure capital spending. Staff also demonstrated a tool that allows users to explore projects appropriated in the state capital package.

In her remarks to the Board, CMAP executive director Erin Aleman paid tribute to the legacy and impact of Marca Bristo, the founder and former CEO and President of Access Living, who died on September 8. Aleman noted that among Bristo’s many significant accomplishments during a lifetime of fighting for disability rights, CMAP and its partners are particularly grateful for her work to make public transit and spaces more accessible.

CMAP and RTA Call for Projects opens tomorrow

The joint Call for Projects for the CMAP Local Technical Assistance and RTA Community Planning programs opens Tuesday, September 17. Applicants are able to apply to both programs with a single form, presented in a simple web-only format for the first time this year. The application, FAQ, and eligible project descriptions are available at Applications are due by noon on Thursday, October 17.

Potential applicants can learn about the programs by attending a webinar at 9:00 a.m. on Thursday, September 19. RSVP to Alex Devlin ( by Wednesday, September 18, to participate.


Register for "Focusing your plan for real results," September 24 in Joliet

Planning at a smaller scale -- such as a neighborhood, corridor, or downtown area -- can deliver real benefits for communities. Hear from a panel of your peers who have completed sub-area plans that made a big difference for their residents about how they got it done.


Register today to attend the second Small Plans, Big Ideas, forum series event from 3:00 to 6:00 p.m. on Tuesday, September 24, at the Joliet Historical Museum (204 N. Ottawa St., Joliet).


Panelists will include:

  • Mike Schwarz, AICP, Planning Director, City of Joliet
  • Julio Rodriguez, Executive Director, Northwest Side CDC
  • Paul Hoss, Planning and Zoning Administration Coordinator, DuPage County
  • Bill Cooney, Director of Community Development, Village of Mount Prospect
  • Lesley Roth, AICP, Associate Principal, Director of Urban Planning, Ratio Architects


Learn more about the series and register to attend one of the events to find out how ON TO 2050 can make a difference in your community.


Federal Reserve Small Business Survey

In the face of uncertain economic shifts, ON TO 2050 highlights the need to improve metropolitan Chicago’s competitiveness as a place to launch, operate, and expand new businesses. CMAP is partnering with the Federal Reserve to conduct a Small Business Credit Survey for both pre-start and existing businesses. This short survey takes approximately 10 minutes and provides critical information that service providers, policymakers, and lenders use to improve programs for small business owners. In prior years, the survey has found that minority-owned businesses receive fewer, smaller, and more expensive loans than other businesses, even though higher levels of minority entrepreneurship help to drive regional productivity.

We encourage our partners to share this information in their newsletters and social media. The survey closes December 20, 2019. Questions? Contact


Urban Transportation Center to host seminar on progress at Chicago airports

The O’Hare 21 program and Midway modernization will drive metropolitan Chicago’s growth for years to come. Learn more about the impact Chicago’s two international airports will have on the economy by attending the first Fall 2019 Seminar Series presentation of the semester hosted by the Urban Transportation Center at the University of Illinois at Chicago. The event will be held Thursday, September 26, from noon to 1 p.m., at the Great Cities Institute (412 S. Peoria St., 4th floor, Chicago).



Small Plans, Big Ideas:
Harnessing technology for a safer future

Waubonsee Community College - Downtown Campus
18 S. River St.
Aurora, IL 60506
September 17, 2019
3:00 to 6:00 p.m.
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Plug-ins under the Picasso: Chicago's National Drive Electric Week Event
Daley Plaza
50 W. Washington St.
Chicago, IL 60602
September 17, 2019
11:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.
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Webinar: Latinos and Planning in a Changing America/What is a Dialogo?
Hosted byt he American Planning Association - Latinos and Planning Division
September 17, 2019
1:30 p.m.
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Illinois International Port District Second Annual State of the Port
Harborside International Golf Center
11001 S. Doty Ave. East
Chicago, IL 60628
September 17, 2019
5:30 to 7:00 p.m.
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GO TO 2040 becomes ON TO 2050:
CMAP's dynamic regional plan, and how it impacts commercial real estate

East Bank Club
500 N. Kingsbury St.
Chicago, IL 60654
September 18, 2019
11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.
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2019 UIC Urban Forum: Are we there yet? The myths and realities of autonomous vehicles
University of Illinois of Chicago
Student Center East, Illinois Room
750 S. Halsted St.
Chicago, IL 60607
September 19, 2019
8:45 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.
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Public Workshop: Matteson Streetscape Improvement Plan
Matteson Community Center
20642 Matteson Ave.
Matteson, IL 60443
5:30 to 7:30 p.m.
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Illinois Municipal League Annual Conference
Hilton Chicago
720 S. Michigan Ave.
Chicago, IL 60605
September 19-21, 2019
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Illinois Department of Natural Resources Youth Fishing Derby
William W. Powers State Recreation Area
S. Avenue O and E. 126th Pl.
Chicago, IL 60633
September 21, 2019
9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.
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Developing and Sustaining an Open Data Program
Lorraine H. Morton Civic Center
2100 Ridge Ave., Room 2404
Evanston, IL 60201
September 24, 2019
9:00 to 10:30 a.m.
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Small Plans, Big Ideas:
Focusing your plan for real results

Joliet Historical Museum
204 N. Ottawa St.
Joliet, IL 60432
September 24, 2019
3:00 to 6:00 p.m.
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APA-IL State Conference
Hilton Orrington - Evanston
1710 Orrington Ave.
Evanston, IL 60201
September 25-27, 2019
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Midwest Connections:
Travel Smart 2019 ITS Midwest Annual Meeting

DoubleTree Suites and Conference Center
2111 Butterfield Rd.
Downers Grove, IL 60515
September 26-27, 2019
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Engagement, Process, and ROI in Your Local Government:
The 3 Keys to Building a Successful Innovation Program

Elizabeth F. Cheney Mansion
220 N. Euclid Ave.
Oak Park, IL 60302
September 27, 2019
Noon to 1:30 p.m.
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Small Plans, Big Ideas:
Making it happen -- from plan to project

Greenbelt Cultural Center
1215 Green Bay Rd.
North Chicago, IL 60064
October 1, 2019
3:00 to 6:00 p.m.
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2019 Transformer Awards
Metropolitan Planning Council 
140 S. Dearborn St., Suite 1400
Chicago, IL 6063
October 2, 2019
11:30 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.
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Small Plans, Big Ideas:
Planning for an equitable water future

CalComm Regional 911 Center
12419 S. Ashland Ave.
Calumet Park, IL 60827
October 3, 2019
3:00 to 6:00 p.m.
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Municipal Finance Data Forum: Midwest
Northern Illinois University, Naperville Campus
1120 E. Diehl Rd. 
Naperville, IL 60563
October 3, 2019
9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.
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Small Plans, Big Ideas:
Benefiting from a changing economy

Gail Borden Public Library
270 N. Grove Ave.
Elgin, IL 60120
October 8, 2019
3:00 to 6:00 p.m.
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Small Plans, Big Ideas:
ON TO 2050 Symposium

Conference Chicago at University Center
525 S. State St.
Chicago, IL 60605
October 10, 2019
10:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
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