April 15, 2020

CMAP Weekly Update, 4-3-20

CMAP Weekly Update, 4-3-20

Respond to the 2020 Census and shape our region’s future

This spring, the U.S. Census Bureau will try to complete another direct count of all residents. Conducted only once every 10 years, the census provides crucial insights for local governments, businesses, and nonprofits to make planning and investment decisions across our nation. 

Since the census provides the highest quality and most consistent demographic information about the region, CMAP also uses its data. We relied on it to set the priorities in ON TO 2050, our comprehensive plan for the region, and implementing the plan requires the same high quality information. 

However, COVID-19 (coronavirus) presents an unprecedented challenge to getting a complete count. The Census Bureau has suspended all field operation at least until April 15, including in-person census takers. Now, more than ever, it is important that residents respond to the census online, by phone, or by mail. You can check your county’s self-response rate on the bureau’s interactive response rate map.

Due to the importance of this information, CMAP asks everyone to fill out the census. We even encourage you to share your story by taking a picture of yourself filling out the census and posting to social media, tagging CMAP on FacebookInstagramLinkedIn, or Twitter and using the hashtag #BeCounted. 

Learn more about the importance of the census and how to participate on our website.

 

CMAP holding steady

As the region’s federally-designated metropolitan planning organization, during this COVID pandemic, CMAP will continue to fulfill its statutory responsibilities and oversee the distribution of Surface Transportation Program (STP), Congestion Mitigation and Air Quality Improvement Program (CMAQ), and Transportation Alternatives Program (TAP) funds. No reduction is anticipated in the availability of these fund sources. Additionally, we will continue the Transportation Improvement Program (TIP) process and facilitate TIP and ON TO 2050  amendments as needed. In consultation with FHWA and IDOT, CMAP will continue to carry out our transportation programs and procedures as normally as possible. Payment to vendors/contractors/grantees is essential and -- along with IDOT -- we will continue to approve invoices and process payments. We understand that these are times of uncertainty but our transportation programs continue on without change at this time.  

 

CMAP Board meeting

The CMAP Board will meet on Wednesday, April 8, from 9:30 to 11:00 a.m., via GoToMeeting. In keeping with the Governor’s guidance to conduct only necessary public business, the agenda includes only required topics and votes. Members of the public can join by via GoToMeeting via computer, tablet, or smartphone at https://global.gotomeeting.com/join/721568733 or can dial in at +1 (571) 317-3112, access code: 721-568-733. Those wishing to make public comment are asked to send their comments in advance of the meeting to skane@cmap.illinois.gov.

 

COVID-19 Resources

CMAP has compiled a list of resources to aid our partners in this uncertain time. In response to the many challenges businesses face, the Cook County Bureau of Economic Development has asked local business owners to answer a survey (corrected link) to help them identify and prioritize resources needed to deal with COVID-19 impacts.

 

Events

Employers in the Time of COVID-19 - Employment Law Update and Guidance for Employers Navigating Coronavirus in the Workplace
Chicago Latino Network
April 6, 2020
Noon
More information

Designing the Megaregion and Healing the Divided City
Maryland Department of Planning and Smart Growth Network
April 7, 2020
Noon
More information

Supporting Your Organizational Culture During the COVID-19 Pandemic: Actions to Take
Chicagoland Chamber of Commerce
​​​April 8, 2020
10:00 to 10:45 a.m.
More information

The Supply Chain and COVID-19
Transportation Research Board
April 8, 2020
1:00 to 2:30 p.m.
More information

ArcGIS User Seminar
Esri
April 10, 2020
9:30 a.m.
More information

COVID-19: Coping With Realities of Business Operations During a Crisis
GovLoop
April 28, 2020
1:00 to 2:30 p.m.
More information

 

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CMAP Weekly Update, 4-3-20

Respond to the 2020 Census and shape our region’s future

This spring, the U.S. Census Bureau will try to complete another direct count of all residents. Conducted only once every 10 years, the census provides crucial insights for local governments, businesses, and nonprofits to make planning and investment decisions across our nation. 

Since the census provides the highest quality and most consistent demographic information about the region, CMAP also uses its data. We relied on it to set the priorities in ON TO 2050, our comprehensive plan for the region, and implementing the plan requires the same high quality information. 

However, COVID-19 (coronavirus) presents an unprecedented challenge to getting a complete count. The Census Bureau has suspended all field operation at least until April 15, including in-person census takers. Now, more than ever, it is important that residents respond to the census online, by phone, or by mail. You can check your county’s self-response rate on the bureau’s interactive response rate map.

Due to the importance of this information, CMAP asks everyone to fill out the census. We even encourage you to share your story by taking a picture of yourself filling out the census and posting to social media, tagging CMAP on FacebookInstagramLinkedIn, or Twitter and using the hashtag #BeCounted. 

Learn more about the importance of the census and how to participate on our website.

 

CMAP holding steady

As the region’s federally-designated metropolitan planning organization, during this COVID pandemic, CMAP will continue to fulfill its statutory responsibilities and oversee the distribution of Surface Transportation Program (STP), Congestion Mitigation and Air Quality Improvement Program (CMAQ), and Transportation Alternatives Program (TAP) funds. No reduction is anticipated in the availability of these fund sources. Additionally, we will continue the Transportation Improvement Program (TIP) process and facilitate TIP and ON TO 2050  amendments as needed. In consultation with FHWA and IDOT, CMAP will continue to carry out our transportation programs and procedures as normally as possible. Payment to vendors/contractors/grantees is essential and -- along with IDOT -- we will continue to approve invoices and process payments. We understand that these are times of uncertainty but our transportation programs continue on without change at this time.  

 

CMAP Board meeting

The CMAP Board will meet on Wednesday, April 8, from 9:30 to 11:00 a.m., via GoToMeeting. In keeping with the Governor’s guidance to conduct only necessary public business, the agenda includes only required topics and votes. Members of the public can join by via GoToMeeting via computer, tablet, or smartphone at https://global.gotomeeting.com/join/721568733 or can dial in at +1 (571) 317-3112, access code: 721-568-733. Those wishing to make public comment are asked to send their comments in advance of the meeting to skane@cmap.illinois.gov.

 

COVID-19 Resources

CMAP has compiled a list of resources to aid our partners in this uncertain time. In response to the many challenges businesses face, the Cook County Bureau of Economic Development has asked local business owners to answer a survey (corrected link) to help them identify and prioritize resources needed to deal with COVID-19 impacts.

 

Events

Employers in the Time of COVID-19 - Employment Law Update and Guidance for Employers Navigating Coronavirus in the Workplace
Chicago Latino Network
April 6, 2020
Noon
More information

Designing the Megaregion and Healing the Divided City
Maryland Department of Planning and Smart Growth Network
April 7, 2020
Noon
More information

Supporting Your Organizational Culture During the COVID-19 Pandemic: Actions to Take
Chicagoland Chamber of Commerce
​​​April 8, 2020
10:00 to 10:45 a.m.
More information

The Supply Chain and COVID-19
Transportation Research Board
April 8, 2020
1:00 to 2:30 p.m.
More information

ArcGIS User Seminar
Esri
April 10, 2020
9:30 a.m.
More information

COVID-19: Coping With Realities of Business Operations During a Crisis
GovLoop
April 28, 2020
1:00 to 2:30 p.m.
More information

 

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