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October 15, 2018

CMAP Weekly Update, 10-12-18

Oct 15, 2018

CMAP Weekly Update, 10-12-18

Let's Go ON TO 2050

ON TO 2050 adopted on Wednesday
In a joint vote on Wednesday, October 10, the Board and Metropolitan Planning Organization Policy Committee of CMAP adopted the ON TO 2050 comprehensive long-range plan for the metropolitan Chicago region. Now the agency and its partners will begin the work of putting ON TO 2050 strategies into action to help communities and the region thrive.

ON TO 2050: our regional plan

Interactive web-based plan includes recommendations, resources, video
The ON TO 2050 plan was designed as an interactive website, fully accessible now at An executive summary of the plan is available in print and as a PDF.
The plan is organized around three overarching principles: Inclusive Growth, Resilience, and Prioritized Investment. The plan’s five topical chapters -- Community, Prosperity, Environment, Governance, and Mobility -- describe dozens of interdependent recommendations that chart a path for our communities to succeed together. Indicators will track progress, local strategy maps show examples at the community level, and profiles of residents show how the plan's strategies can improve people's daily lives.
The ON TO 2050 executive summary is available in Spanish, and selected material will be translated into other languages now that the plan has been adopted.

Launch event highlights

Region turns out 1,000 strong to go ON TO 2050 -- together
Following the Board and MPO Policy Committee vote on October 10, a crowd of some 1,000 people from across the seven-county region gathered at Chicago's Millennium Park to celebrate the launch of ON TO 2050.
CMAP Executive Director Joseph C. Szabo welcomed the crowd and introduced the event's theme, "Let's Go ON TO 2050," which focused on how the region can work together to put the plan into action. Keynote speaker Clarence Anthony, CEO and executive director of the National League of Cities, emphasized the importance of ensuring every community in our region has the resources it needs to be a place its residents are proud to call "home."
ABC7 Eyewitness News Anchor Judy Hsu emceed the event and moderated a discussion about plan implementation priorities with a panel of local speakers: DuPage County Chairman Dan Cronin, Civic Federation President Laurence Msall, Cook County President Toni Preckwinkle, Resurrection Project CEO Raul Raymundo, Regional Transportation Authority Executive Director Leanne Redden, and Vice President of External Affairs and Large Customer Services at ComEd Melissa Washington. Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel and CMAP Board Chair Jerry Bennett, Mayor of Palos Hills, emphasized the need for new regional revenues -- and a state capital plan -- to support continued investment in regional assets.
Sixteen-year-old John Hatcher, Jr. -- who participated in the GO TO 2040 launch eight years ago and is now a junior at Marian Catholic High School -- earned a standing ovation from the crowd for a speech that reflected on the importance of implementing ON TO 2050 for his generation. "Chicago is the perfect place to start the change America so desperately needs," he said. "I am willing to be part of the solution. The only question is will you stand with me?" Students from the A Capella Choir at the Lindblom Math and Science Academy in Chicago's Englewood neighborhood sang the crowd out with beautiful renditions of "Lizela" and "One Day."
A video of the program will be available soon on CMAP's website.
New grants to fund local technical assistance enhancements
At the ON TO 2050 launch event, CMAP Executive Director Joseph C. Szabo announced that, as one of the first implementation activities of ON TO 2050, CMAP will enhance our technical assistance to local communities.
A John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation grant to CMAP for $500,000 will be complemented by a $200,000 Chicago Community Trust grant to CMAP, the Metropolitan Mayors Caucus, and Metropolitan Planning Council. The funds will support CMAP and our partners’ technical assistance to capacity constrained communities -- those whose ability to develop and implement local plans is hampered by a shortage of staff or other resources.

Media coverage of ON TO 2050

Read, watch and listen to coverage
Numerous local and national media outlets reported on the adoption of the ON TO 2050 plan. In addition, CAN-TV live streamed the event and recorded it in its entirety. The recording will be available soon on CMAP's website. Stay tuned, and read on for coverage of the plan:
In related news, a recent Chicago Tribune op-ed by Northwestern University Professor Joseph L. Schofer explains the value of road usage charges.


Water infrastructure opportunity
The U.S. EPA Water Infrastructure Finance and Innovation Act (WIFIA) program -- which provides low-cost, long-term loans for water infrastructure projects -- will offer an information session in Chicago to help potential applicants understand requirements. WIFIA staff will be available for 30-minute individual meetings to learn more about prospective borrowers' projects and answer specific questions. Register for the event, which will be held from 9:00 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. on Tuesday, November 3, at the Ralph H. Metcalfe Federal Building (77 W. Jackson Blvd., Chicago).
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