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January 11, 2019

CMAP Weekly Update, 12-21-18

Jan 11, 2019

CMAP Weekly Update, 12-21-18

The Chicago Community Trust outlines strategy focused on economic equity

The Chicago Community Trust outlined a new strategic vision this month to maintain their commitment to a "thriving, vibrant region" by focusing on advancing economic equity. CEO Helene Gayle wrote that The Trust is “committed to the strategic goal of closing the racial wealth gap in Chicago,” along with other goals that include building tighter bonds within and across communities, strengthening the social impact sector, and growing the amount of philanthropy committed to the region.
 
In laying out its vision, The Trust cited the findings of ON TO 2050 and its principle of Inclusive Growth, which holds that regions that offer economic opportunity for residents regardless of race, income, or background enjoy longer, stronger periods of prosperity and fewer, shorter periods of economic stagnation. An interactive graphic in ON TO 2050 shows the disparities in economic outcomes faced by residents of various races in our region compared with other regions. Inclusive Growth runs throughout ON TO 2050, but specifically the recommendation to invest in disinvested areas includes strategies to build economic opportunity and vibrant nodes within communities that have a historical lack of private investment.
 
The Trust also cited the Metropolitan Planning Council (MPC) Cost of Segregation report in its new vision. Earlier this month, MPC released a report updating their progress on the recommendations that came from that effort.
 
CMAP wants to hear from you about this regional priority. Take a survey about Inclusive Growth implementation today.
 

Apply now for coastal management grant

The ON TO 2050 Environment chapter includes several recommendations for how communities can build Resilience by preserving and improving natural resources either as part of redevelopment or strategic growth efforts.
 
The Illinois Department of Natural Resources Coastal Management Program is now accepting pre-applications for grant-funded projects to start in fall 2019. The department will award grants to projects that protect, preserve, and restore the natural and cultural resources along the Illinois Lake Michigan shoreline. All potential applicants are invited to sign up for a consultation about their project idea before Friday, January 4, 2019, either online or by contacting Lisa.Cotner@illinois.gov. Pre-applications are due Friday, January 18.
 

Part of Navy Pier Flyover opens along Lakefront

A portion of the Navy Pier Flyover, an elevated path for safer walking and biking along Chicago’s Lakefront Trail, opened on Thursday, December 20. The flyover means users of the trail will be able to avoid busy roadways near Navy Pier and have increased access to the lakefront. The project was partially funded by the CMAP Congestion Mitigation and Air Quality Improvement (CMAQ) program.
Read more about the project in the Chicago Tribune and NBC 5 Chicago.
 

Events

Granny Flat Academy
Woodstock Public Library
414 W. Judd St.
Woodstock, IL 60098
January 15, 2019
5:30 to 7:00 p.m.
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Granny Flat Academy
Northwestern University
Room TBD
Evanston, IL 60208
January 16, 2019
5:30 to 7:00 p.m.
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Granny Flat Academy
Lake County Permit Center
500 W. Winchester Rd.
Libertyville, IL 60048
January 17, 2019
5:30 to 7:00 p.m.
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Smart Cities International Symposium and Exhibition
Conference Chicago at University Center
525 S. State St.
Chicago, IL 60605
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
Chicago, IL 60601
January 25, 2019
8:45 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.
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Bike Planning Workshop
The Centre of Elgin
100 Symphony Way
Elgin, IL 60120
January 25, 2019
10:00 a.m. to noon
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