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November 3, 2017

CMAP Weekly Update, 11-3-17


CMAP happenings

CMAP Board meeting
The CMAP Board will meet at 9:30 a.m., on Wednesday, November 8. You can track all our committees in the Events calendar.
Regional economic development
In a new Policy Update, CMAP examines how the urban, industrial, and rural regions in New York State developed unique economic development plans that prioritized future investments and leveraged their infrastructure, industry, and educational assets. The update tracks how the State of New York has streamlined its economic development funding and dedicated competitive dollars to implementing regional plans. This case study is relevant to the current development and eventual implementation of ON TO 2050 recommendations. 
Census data workshops 
CMAP's annual Census Products for Urban Planning workshops take the mystery out of using the U.S. Census Bureau website. Contact Jon Hallas ( or 312-386-8764) to RSVP for the free workshops, which will take place at CMAP (233 S. Wacker Dr., Suite 800, Chicago) from 10:00 to 11:30 a.m., on December 13, 2017, and January 17, February 21, March 21, April 18, and May 16, 2018. Space is limited.
Regional Economic Indicators update: Workforce 
Earlier today, the Bureau of Labor Statistics released new data on U.S. unemployment. CMAP has updated the Workforce section of the Regional Economic Indicators microsite, showing a well-educated workforce remains indispensable to driving economic prosperity. In 2016, 80.5 percent of working-age residents participated in a workforce of 4.4 million jobs. Nearly half of the region's residents (45.7 percent) have an associate's degree or higher, including 2.2 million residents with a bachelor's degree.

Planning in the news

I-390 expansion opens 
A brand-new, four-mile, six-lane extension of I-390, with 30 bridges and an interchange at I-290, opened this week. The extension, located between I-290 and Ill. Rte. 83., makes I-390 a 10-mile toll road and gives travelers in and to the western suburbs a new option. See coverage by the Chicago Tribune, Chicago Sun-Times, and CBS Chicago.
Transportation in and around Aurora
The City of Aurora approved a resolution to get its Aurora Transportation Center enhancement project underway, with partial funding from CMAP's Congestion Mitigation and Air Quality Improvement Program. CMAP also provided a Local Technical Assistance grant to help develop the Regional Active Mobility Program, which will enhance planning and facilities for walking and biking to improve linkages between Aurora, Elgin, Naperville, Algonquin, McHenry, and South Elgin. Read more about the transportation center and mobility program in the Aurora Beacon-News.
A region without transit? Terrifying.
This Halloween, the Regional Transportation Authority blog asked riders: What would our region be like without a public transportation system? Responses ranged from "That'd be terrible" to "VERY scary. We'd have to get some horses around here." Watch the video, if you dare.
75th St. update
State and local officials this week submitted a new plan to the federal government for $160 million in funding to begin work on unsnarling freight, passenger rail, and road traffic in the 75th St. corridor on Chicago's South Side. Six railroad lines converge here, leading to congestion and delays for drivers, Metra riders, and freight rail shipments. "This isn't merely a Chicago project," Illinois Secretary of Transportation Randy Blankenhorn told Crain's. "This fixes a national problem."
Supply chain management degrees
Advances in freight and logistics are changing how goods are moved. Today's manufacturers interact with suppliers and customers across the globe, often forming complex supply chains in the process. As reported in the Trib, the College of Lake County began a degree program for supply chain management, and will host an information session on the program on Wednesday, December 6, from 6:00 to 7:00 p.m., at the Grayslake campus (Room B-202, 19351 W. Washington St., Grayslake). Learn more about the region's growing supply chain management sector in this 2015 CMAP report.

Around the region

McHenry County Water Forum 

McHenry County is hosting a free public Water Forum on Wednesday, November 8, at the McHenry County College Leucht Conference Center (Building B, 8900 U.S. Rte. 14, Crystal Lake). Attendees will learn about McHenry's unique water resources, with presentations by experts in the county's groundwater systems and water conservation. For more information visit or contact Scott Kuykendall.
Living with Infrastructure
Attend "Living with Infrastructure" on Tuesday, November 7, at 6:00 p.m., at the Chicago Architecture Foundation (224 S. Michigan Ave., Chicago), to hear how design can help when industry and communities are in close proximity. Speakers will include WXY Architecture, which designed a beautiful municipal salt storage facility in lower Manhattan, and David Reynolds of Chicago's Department of Fleet and Facility Management, who will discuss opportunities for innovative design as the City moves its main fleet garage from Goose Island to Englewood. Register here.
Our Great Rivers grants
The Chicago Community Trust has awarded $800,000 for locally driven projects that seek to revitalize communities along Chicago's vast river system. The grants are part of the Our Great Rivers initiative. Learn more.
Watershed-based Planning and NLRS conferences
Learn about the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's (EPA) nine required minimum elements for an approved Watershed-based Plan at a conference on Thursday, November 30, from 1:00 to 5:00 p.m., at the Northfield Inn Suites & Conference Center (3280 Northfield Dr., Springfield, IL), hosted by the Illinois EPA and Illinois Water Resources Center. Registration is required. At the same location, from November 28-30, the Illinois Nutrient Loss Reduction Strategy Workshop will focus on water quality strategies. Register online.
Grants to improve walkability
Applications are due by Friday, November 10, for America Walks community change micro grants to individuals or communities interested in improving the public sphere for walking.
Ethics and planning 
Join APA Chicago Metro Section on Thursday, November 16, from 3:00 to 5:00 p.m. at CMAP (233 S. Wacker Dr., Ste. 800, Chicago) for a lively discussion about the latest ethical issues in planning, including how to balance ethical obligations from a variety of sources -- and how to avoid ending up in hot water. Register today.


Annual Utility Workshop
600 W. Chicago Ave., #620
Chicago, IL 60654
November 6, 2017
8:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.
More information

Planning, Lawyers, Guns, and Money: How to Stay out of Ethical Jams
233 S. Wacker Dr., Ste. 800
Chicago, IL 60606
November 16, 2017
3:00 to 5:00 p.m.
Riverdale Multimodal Plan Meeting
TCA Health Center
1029 E. 130th St.
Chicago, IL 60628
November 16, 2017
5:00 to 7:00 p.m.
Inaugural Illinois Nutrient Loss Reduction Strategy Workshop
Northfield Inn Suites & Conference Center
3280 Northfield Drive
Springfield, IL 62702
November 28-30, 2017
Watershed-based Planning Conference
Northfield Inn Suites & Conference Center
3280 Northfield Drive
Springfield, IL 62702
November 30, 2017
1:00 to 5:00 p.m.