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May 24, 2019

CMAP Weekly Update, 5-24-19

CMAP Weekly Update, 5-24-19

Implementation spotlight: MPC's Equity in Action series

Throughout the region, residents, organizations, and stakeholders are leading efforts that are contributing to the ON TO 2050 principle of Inclusive Growth -- growing our economy by providing opportunity for all.

The Metropolitan Planning Council (MPC) is kicking off its Equity in Action event series in June, with six daytime and evening events planned through July to create and elevate public dialogue on issues that define and shape racial and economic realities in our region. Topics include "Building a Queer Chicago" on Tuesday, June 4; "The Future of Affordable Housing" on Wednesday, June 12; and "Black and Brown Lives in Green Spaces" on Thursday, July 25, among others. Explore and register for events here.

The series stems from MPC's ongoing work to implement the recommendations in their 2018 report Our Equitable Future, a roadmap for a more racially equitable Chicago. "We don't own these spaces and aren't experts on all the issues [in the report or event series], but we want to use our platform to elevate communities that are doing the work and are impacted by marginalization that exists," said MPC Marketing Associate Gabriel Tyler. Tyler added that MPC has invested in equity and race training for its entire staff so that they share a common language for the equity work they are embedding across all MPC projects.

More Equity in Action events will be added to the calendar. Share your ideas with MPC Events Manager Angie Leyva, at, or with Gabriel Tyler at And if your organization is working to further inclusive growth and would like to be featured in a future CMAP Weekly Update, please contact CMAP's Tina Fassett Smith ( or 312-386-8786).


FLIP 2019 application deadline extended

The deadline to apply for CMAP's Future Leaders in Planning (FLIP) leadership development program for high school students has been extended to Monday, May 27. Encourage a high school student you know to apply for this free, week-long summer program, where teens learn about the issues that shape our region with other participants from Cook, DuPage, Kane, Kendall, Lake, McHenry, and Will counties. The 2019 program will take place at CMAP's offices in Chicago and include hands-on educational field trips around the region. Students must be available Monday, July 15, through Saturday, July 20. Learn more and apply for the program online.

Take a survey on Des Plaines River Trail

Take this survey to contribute your ideas and input for the Des Plaines River Trail: South Extension Planning Study. The survey will be available through Sunday, June 30, and we encourage you to share this link with partners and stakeholders: The plan is being developed by the Forest Preserves of Cook County in partnership with CMAP’s Local Technical Assistance program.

Public comment period on local Surface Transportation Program methodologies

Throughout the summer, the local Councils of Mayors and City of Chicago will be seeking public comment on proposed methodologies for selecting local projects to be funded through the Surface Transportation Program. Each council will adopt a methodology that incorporates performance-based programming and regional planning factors by September 30, 2019.

CMAP and the Councils will publicize each opportunity for public comment. Currently the Lake, Kane/Kendall, and Will councils are inviting comments. Details can be found here.

Grant funding available

Up to $4.1 million in new funds for tree planting and forest health improvement in the Great Lakes Basin is available through an interagency agreement between the Great Lakes Restoration Initiative and U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. Grants between $50,000 and $350,000 will be competitively awarded across three program areas: forest insect and disease mitigation; reduce runoff from degraded sites through green infrastructure; and enhance coastal wetland filtration. The deadline to apply is Friday, June 28. Learn more here, and apply at; search for Grant Opportunity Number USDA-FS-2019-GLRI.


Job openings at CMAP

CMAP is now hiring for multiple positions within its finance and administration department. Visit the agency's Careers page to learn more and apply.



RainReady Community Meeting - North Chicago
Rosalind Franklin University of Medicine and Science, Centennial Room
3333 Green Bay Rd.
North Chicago, IL 60064
May 29, 2019
6:30 to 8:00 p.m.
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