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November 9, 2018

CMAP Weekly Update, 11-9-18

Nov 9, 2018

CMAP Weekly Update, 11-9-18

ON TO 2050 Prosperity Measuring regional economic indicators

Last week, the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics released its latest monthly jobs report, which shows a strong, steady labor market nationally. Regional economic growth depends on a skilled workforce and the capacity to transform new ideas into greater productivity and competitiveness. New data released today in the Workforce and Innovation sections of CMAP’s Regional Economic Indicators microsite demonstrate the continued importance of the region’s innovative talent in driving economic prosperity. 


In 2017, nearly half of metropolitan Chicago's residents age 25 or older (46.1 percent) had an Associate degree or higher, including nearly 2.3 million residents with a Bachelor's degree. Based on its deep human capital, the region secured more than $1.9 billion in venture capital funding in 2017. While these indicators show growth over the previous year, available data also suggest metropolitan Chicago lags behind peers in terms of job growth, research, and entrepreneurial activity.


The ON TO 2050 comprehensive plan seeks to help our region adapt in a changing global economy. Innovation necessarily begins with strong investments in human capital, which will always be the region’s source of next-generation ideas and its strongest competitive advantage. Emerging opportunities and challenges increasingly require deliberate steps in workforce and economic development to capitalize on our distinctive assets. ON TO 2050 encourages regional and local partners to collaborate in improving educationskills acquisition, and innovation opportunities for all residents. Such strategies can support dense, dynamic economic activity and can fuel longer, more inclusive economic growth.


Hundreds celebrate North Lawndale plan adoption, look toward implementation

More than 300 community members and stakeholders celebrated the unveiling of the North Lawndale Quality of Life Plan at a ceremony last week at Old Saint Patrick's Auxiliary Auditorium. North Lawndale: The Next Chapter was a planning effort supported by the CMAP Local Technical Assistance program, the North Lawndale Community Coordinating Council, and LISC Chicago.


With chapters dedicated to economic and workforce development, transportation and infrastructure, housing, and safety, the North Lawndale plan is an example of how ON TO 2050’s regional principles of Inclusive Growth, Resilience, and Prioritized Investment can be applied at a community level. At the adoption ceremony, residents were invited to sign up for subcommittees to work on implementing the North Lawndale Plan's recommendations.


“Local planning efforts like the North Lawndale plan are one way CMAP is working to help communities prosper,” said CMAP associate planner Heidy Persaud. “Because this was such a collaborative project that involved input from hundreds of members of the community, we hope North Lawndale will be able to use the plan as a tool to bring about positive change in the future.”


Read more about the plan in Patch Chicago or the Chicago Weekly Citizen.


Transportation on the ballot nationwide

On Tuesday, voters across the U.S. considered numerous state and local referenda related to funding transportation systems. The results are varied.


California retained an existing motor fuel tax increase. Missouri residents opposed a new increase and, in a nonbinding vote, Utah did as well. County sales tax increases for transportation were approved in two large Florida counties, but another such measure appeared to fall just short of passage in a California county. Initiatives that would authorize bonding for transportation projects were also a mixed bag. Read more from the Eno Center for Transportation. 


ON TO 2050 identifies a significant shortfall between available revenues and transportation system needs, recommending to fully fund the region’s transportation system with sustainable, adequate revenue sources. Stagnant federal revenues are spurring states and localities across the country to consider self-help measures such as those considered by voters on Tuesday. ON TO 2050 specifically recommends that the state increase its motor fuel tax(and replace it with a per-mile road usage charge), expand its sales tax base, and create a regional revenue source for northeastern Illinois. 



EPA WFIA information session
Ralph H. Metcalfe Federal Building
77 W. Jackson Blvd.
Chicago, IL 60604
November 13, 2018
9:00 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.
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CNT Reception for Chicago Connectory
Chicago Connectory
222 W. Merchandise Mart Plaza, Suite 570
Chicago, IL 60654
November 14, 2018
5:00 to 7:00 p.m.
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North Avenue Visioning Workshop
Redeemer Church
6740 W. North Ave.
Chicago, IL 60707
November 15, 2018
6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.
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CNT Open House
Center for Neighborhood Technology office
17 N. State St., Suite 1400
Chicago, IL 60602
December 4, 2018
4:00 to 7:00 p.m.
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