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September 6, 2019

CMAP Weekly Update, 8-30-19

CMAP Weekly Update, 8-30-19

Implementation spotlight: mHub and Manufacturing Renaissance

The ON TO 2050 principle of Inclusive Growth recommends strategies to grow our economy by providing opportunity for all. Throughout the region, residents, organizations, and stakeholders are already working to achieve this goal.

Manufacturing is important for inclusive economic development in the Chicago region. The manufacturing economic cluster is the second largest segment of the regional economy, employs nearly 600,000 workers, provides wages 27 percent higher than regional average, and creates the largest ripple effect of any industry in the region.

mHub, recently received $300,000 from the Economic Development Administration’s Seed Fund Grant, that will allow 60 product-based businesses to participate in mHub’s accelerated incubation program. “To truly make an impact in reducing the barriers to commercialization, we need to directly generate investment and create sticky connections between startups, investors, and corporate partners,” said Haven Allen, mHUB CEO and Co-Founder. Read more in a blog post.

Another Chicago organization, Manufacturing Renaissance, is working to advance communities through partnerships between manufacturing industries and communities. The organization focuses on justice, leadership development, a respect for workers, and wealth creation -- especially for marginalized black and brown communities with programs that bring together public and private partners, connect youth to careers in advanced manufacturing, and help workers participate in the ownership succession of manufacturing companies. Read more in ON TO 2050 about how Manufacturing Renaissance helped Torres Hughes, a young man from Chicago's Austin neighborhood find a pathway to success.

Join us for 'Planning for an equitable water future,' October 3, in Calumet Park

Clean, affordable, abundant water is key to our health, prosperity, and quality of life, but parts of the region are experiencing increased flooding and water quality concerns.

Water can be an asset providing recreational and economic opportunities to communities, but for many it can be a devastating burden. Attend a Small Plans, Big Ideas forum series event in Calumet Park to hear from a panel of experts about planning for an integrated approach to water across municipal boundaries.

Panelists will include:

  • Nora Beck, CMAP Senior Planner
  • Eric Neagu, Principal at Antero Group
  • Mollie Dowling, Executive Director of OAI Inc.
  • Kim Du Buclet, Commissioner, Metropolitan Water Reclamation District of Greater Chicago
  • Caroline Pakenham, Water Program Manager, Elevate Energy

Register and attend the event from 3:00 to 6:00 p.m., on Thursday, October 3, 2019, at CalComm Regional 911 Center (12419 S. Ashland Ave., Calumet Park).

This event is just one of the Small Plans, Big Ideas Forum Series that will connect you with local leaders and provide expert advice about how ON TO 2050 can make a difference in your community.

Bicycle and pedestrian plans in the news

The Lake County News-Sun wrote about the Northern Lakeshore Connectivity Plan, an effort to improve bicycle and pedestrian connections in Zion, Winthrop Harbor, Beach Park, Waukegan, and North Chicago. The article called the plan "a historic opportunity to dedicate and develop the shoreline of a Great Lake for public use." Give input on the plan online or attend a public meeting from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. on Thursday, September 19, at the Jack Benny Center for the Arts (39 Jack Benny Dr., Waukegan).

The Riverside-Brookfield Landmark wrote about the Des Plaines River Trail Study, which will conclude this fall with recommendations about extending the bike/pedestrian trail south to the Ottawa Woods Trail in Lyons. Both planning efforts are supported by the CMAP Local Technical Assistance program.

Public comment now open on regional transportation investments

Last chance to submit public comment: ON TO 2050/FFY 2019-24 TIP Conformity Analysis and TIP Amendment

The CMAP Transportation Committee recently released the following conformity analysis of ON TO 2050 and the FFY 2019-2024 Transportation Improvement Program (TIP). Please review the ON TO 2050/TIP Conformity Analysis & TIP Amendment 19-09. Comments may be submitted to CMAP by mail, email, or phone (312-454-0400) through Tuesday, September 3, 2019.

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 Monday, September 30, 2019.

CMAP and the Councils will publicize each opportunity for public comment. Currently the City of Chicago and the Northwest council are inviting comments. Details can be found here.


Metra's "On Track to Success" Vendor Fair
Venue SIX10
610 S. Michigan Ave.
Chicago, IL 60605
September 4, 2019
9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.
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McHenry County Water forum
McHenry County College Luecht Auditorium and Conference Center​
8900 U.S. Highway 14, Building B
Crystal Lake, IL 60012
September 11, 2019
5:30 to 8:00 p.m.
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Small Plans, Big Ideas:
Harnessing technology for a safer future

Waubonsee Community College - Downtown Campus
18 S. River St.
Aurora, IL 60506
September 17, 2019
3:00 to 6:00 p.m.
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Illinois International Port District Second Annual State of the Port
Harborside International Golf Center
11001 S. Doty Ave. East
Chicago, IL 60628
September 17, 2019
5:30 to 7:00 p.m.
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GO TO 2040 becomes ON TO 2050:
CMAP's dynamic regional plan, and how it impacts commercial real estate

East Bank Club
500 N. Kingsbury St.
Chicago, IL 60654
September 18, 2019
11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.
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Illinois Department of Natural Resources Youth Fishing Derby
William W. Powers State Recreation Area
S. Avenue O and E. 126th Pl.
Chicago, IL 60633
September 21, 2019
9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.
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Developing and Sustaining an Open Data Program
Lorraine H. Morton Civic Center
2100 Ridge Ave., Room 2404
Evanston, IL 60201
September 24, 2019
9:00 to 10:30 a.m.
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Small Plans, Big Ideas:
Focusing your plan for real results

Joliet Historical Museum
204 N. Ottawa St.
Joliet, IL 60432
September 24, 2019
3:00 to 6:00 p.m.
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APA-IL State Conference
Hilton Orrington - Evanston
1710 Orrington Ave.
Evanston, IL 60201
September 25-27, 2019
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Midwest Connections:
Travel Smart 2019 ITS Midwest Annual Meeting

DoubleTree Suites and Conference Center
2111 Butterfield Rd.
Downers Grove, IL 60515
September 26-27, 2019
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Engagement, Process, and ROI in Your Local Government:
The 3 Keys to Building a Successful Innovation Program

Elizabeth F. Cheney Mansion
220 N. Euclid Ave.
Oak Park, IL 60302
September 27, 2019
Noon to 1:30 p.m.
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Small Plans, Big Ideas:
Making it happen -- from plan to project

Greenbelt Cultural Center
1215 Green Bay Rd.
North Chicago, IL 60064
October 1, 2019
3:00 to 6:00 p.m.
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Small Plans, Big Ideas:
Planning for an equitable water future

CalComm Regional 911 Center
12419 S. Ashland Ave.
Calumet Park, IL 60827
October 3, 2019
3:00 to 6:00 p.m.
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Small Plans, Big Ideas:
Benefiting from a changing economy

Gail Borden Public Library
270 N. Grove Ave.
Elgin, IL 60120
October 8, 2019
3:00 to 6:00 p.m.
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Small Plans, Big Ideas:
ON TO 2050 Symposium

Conference Chicago at University Center
525 S. State St.
Chicago, IL 60605
October 10, 2019
10:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
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