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January 11, 2019

CMAP Weekly Update, 1-11-19

Jan 11, 2019

CMAP Weekly Update, 1-11-19

January Board and MPO meetings

This week the CMAP Board and MPO Policy Committee both met with agendas that included updates on the Unified Work Program, 2019 Highway Safety Targets, the ON TO 2050 amendment process, and the Expressway Vision. The next meeting of the CMAP Board will be Wednesday, February 13, and the next meeting of the MPO Policy Committee will be Thursday, March 14.

Helping communities prosper through transportation investments

ON TO 2050 calls for regional and local transportation improvements that advance the plan’s three principles. To realize these principles and help communities prosper through transportation investments, from January 15 to March 15, 2019, CMAP is accepting funding applications for surface transportation projects. Funding for these projects will be distributed through federal sources that CMAP programs: the regional Surface Transportation Program (STP) Shared Fund, Congestion Mitigation and Air Quality Improvement Program (CMAQ), and locally programmed Transportation Alternatives Program (TAP-L). Projects may improve transit or bicycle facilities, freight and traffic movement, and safety; fix bridges; reconstruct roads; and invest in alternative fuel vehicles and equipment.
This is the first-ever call for projects for the STP Shared Fund, which was recently established to support larger-scale regional projects. Learn more about the fund’s goals here. CMAP has been administering the CMAQ and TAP-L programs since its inception, and has invested millions in federal dollars to advance local and regional priorities. For example, the villages of Park Forest and Homewood, in partnership with Homewood Disposal, received $4.3 million in 2014 to expand a compressed natural gas refueling station, add another station, and purchase 60 refuse trucks powered by natural gas to replace diesel-powered trucks. These improvements supported local industry, provided benefits to communities with cleaner, quieter trucks, and adapted existing infrastructure to new, cleaner technologies.
Learn more about the call for projects and RSVP for two informational webinars on January 15 and January 17, at

CMAP will move its offices to Old Main Post Office in 2020

At the CMAP Board meeting on Wednesday, plans were announced for the agency to move its offices from Willis Tower to the renovated Old Main Post Office in 2020. CMAP is the third tenant to sign on for the building, which has been vacant for 22 years and is undergoing an $800 million redevelopment.
“This move will provide the best value for the taxpayers. Our Board and staff are pleased to have found a new home in a development that represents a significant investment in metropolitan Chicago and reflects CMAP’s mission to help communities and our region thrive,” said Joseph C. Szabo, CMAP executive director. 
Read more in the Chicago Tribune and Crain's Chicago Business. Photo by Phil Velasquez/Chicago Tribune.

Understanding how Opportunity Zones will impact the Chicago region

Opportunity Zones (OZs) are low-income census tracts designated in the federal Tax Cuts and Jobs Act of 2017 to be eligible to receive private investments through Opportunity Funds. To illustrate how OZs may affect investment potential in northeastern Illinois’ distressed areas, CMAP co-authored a new article in ProfitWise News and Views.
The article provides an overview of OZs and discusses how designated tracts in the CMAP region compare with OZ tracts across Illinois, as well as with other low- and moderate-income places. ON TO 2050 recommends investing in disinvested areas, with a focus on spurring renewed economic activity and increasing employment opportunities. The article provides analysis of how Opportunity Zone investments might complement existing and new initiatives to accomplish that recommendation.


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Woodstock Public Library
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January 15, 2019
5:30 to 7:00 p.m.
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5:30 to 7:00 p.m.
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January 17, 2019
9:00 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.
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January 17, 2019
5:30 to 7:00 p.m.
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Smart Cities International Symposium and Exhibition
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525 S. State St.
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January 22-24, 2019
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Planners toolkit: Meeting facilitation and engagement (APA-CMS)
American Planning Association - Catherine Bauer Conference Room
205 N. Michigan Ave., Suite 1200
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January 25, 2019
8:45 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.
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January 25, 2019
10:00 a.m. to noon
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2019 Urban Innovation Symposium
Day Session: 11:15 am to 3:15 p.m.
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750 S. Halsted St.
Chicago, IL 60607
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January 29, 2019
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202 S. Halsted St.
Chicago Heights, IL 60411
February 8, 2019
8:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
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2019 Illinois Governor's Conference on Affordable Housing
Hyatt Regency Hotel
151 E. Wacker Dr.
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February 26-27, 2019
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