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December 11, 2018

CMAP Weekly Update, 12-7-18

CMAP Weekly Update, 12-7-18

New CMAP analysis of Census data shows region's workforce is diverse, but not inclusive

ON TO 2050 calls for Inclusive Growth -- growing the economy through opportunity for all. Research shows that inclusive regions have longer, stronger periods of economic prosperity. That’s in large part because they’re tapping the full economic potential of all of their residents.


This week, data from the American Community Survey 5-year data release reflected ON TO 2050’s findings that our region is not providing economic opportunities for all its residents, with the starkest differences for black residents. A new CMAP Policy Update provides analysis of this data showing that black residents are underrepresented in the region’s labor force and posted the smallest declines in unemployment. Data also shows that a majority of black residents leaving the region -- some 60 percent -- do not have a job, while the opposite is true for other races: Most whites, Hispanics, and Asians who leave the region are employed. This last point suggests that finding a job may be a bigger driver for black residents who are leaving the region than it is for other residents. Read more about the data in Crain's Chicago BusinessWTTW, and the Chicago Sun-Times.


ON TO 2050 recommends addressing barriers that prevent residents from fully participating in the regional economy. In particular, the plan recommends prioritizing pathways for upward economic mobility and conducting regional planning that leverages the region’s human capital strengths, including its diverse talent pool, to improve employment opportunities. It also highlights the need to leverage the transportation network to promote inclusive growth and to invest in disinvested communities, both of which can help connect residents to jobs.


Inclusive Growth survey

When you hear the phrase "Inclusive Growth," do you think about the regional economy, providing opportunity for all residents, helping disinvested areas -- or all of the above? What are your suggestions for implementing ON TO 2050 recommendations that support Inclusive Growth? How is your organization working toward a more inclusive region? Take this short survey about Inclusive Growth as the ON TO 2050 implementation phase begins.

Regional Housing Initiative

ON TO 2050 recommends that communities match regional and local housing supply to what residents want, including implementing strategies that support diverse housing choices for all residents. Since 2002, the Regional Housing Initiative (RHI) has helped develop affordable housing in more than 30 communities around the CMAP region and is now accepting developer applications for 2019. Developers also interested in applying for the Illinois Housing Development Authority’s low-income tax credits should contact Jonathan Burch ( or 312-386-8690) to set up an informational interview by Friday, January 11, 2019, and apply by Friday, February 15, 2019.

Transportation priorities highlighted at the City Club, Better Government Association events

This week and last, the City Club of Chicago has called particular attention to the challenges faced by our multimodal transportation system, the engine of this region's and state's economy and quality of life.


In a speech last Tuesday at the City Club, Chicago Department of Transportation Commissioner Rebekah Scheinfeld, called for a much needed long-term transportation funding solution and highlighted the need to be flexible to accommodate new technologies in the future. Later that week in his City Club speech, Illinois Department of Transportation Secretary Randy Blankenhorn confirmed that he will leave the department at the end of this month. See the video, which recaps the Department's recent innovations -- such as its growing emphasis on performance-based programming -- that have built on his prior tenure here at CMAP. For the benefit of our state and region, the new IDOT leadership should sustain and expand upon those accomplishments, including to undertake -- as the Secretary called for at the City Club and as CMAP urged in a recent op-ed and Policy Update -- a pilot evaluation of how a road usage charge (sometimes referred to as a vehicle miles traveled fee) could be established and invested fairly.


On Tuesday, the City Club hosted "Talking Transit," moderated by Regional Transportation Authority executive director Leanne Redden and featuring CTA president Dorval Carter, Jr., Metra CEO and executive director Jim Derwinski, and Pace interim executive director Rocky Donahue. The transit agency leaders stressed that this is a critical moment when our region needs investment in transportation to maintain the level of service residents, businesses, and the regional economy all depend on to succeed.


Finally, at a Better Government Association event this week, Blankenhorn and CMAP’s Lindsay Hollander called for increased state investment in transportation infrastructure. Imad Al-Qadi, director of the Illinois Center on Transportation, also spoke at the event. Read more in the State Journal-Register, which co-sponsored the discussion.



Panel discussion: Chicago: Education for All? The city's next mayor and the future of public schools
Malcolm X College
1900 W. Jackson Blvd.
Chicago, IL 60612
December 12, 2018
5:00 to 7:30 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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