Congratulations to Regional Excellence Award winners
At the Chicago Metropolitan Agency for Planning's (CMAP) State of the Region event on October 7, we announced and celebrated the winners of the inaugural Regional Excellence Awards. They are:
- Equity with Impact: Austin Coming Together
- Partners for Progress: Connect2Work
- Regional Resilience: Buffalo Creek reservoir expansion
- Visionary Leader: Dr. Brian Sager and Allison Swisher
Learn more about the winners and what they are doing to make northeastern Illinois more equitable, resilient, and economically competitive.
$281 million in transportation investment to benefit northeastern Illinois
Earlier this week, the CMAP Board and MPO Policy Committee approved more than $280 million in transportation projects that will help residents navigate northeastern Illinois, access opportunity, and improve their quality of life.
The regional investment over five years covers 51 new transportation projects that will strengthen transit, roads and bridges, as well as bicycle and pedestrian facilities. Funding for these projects is made available through the federal Surface Transportation Program – Shared Fund, the Congestion Mitigation and Air Quality Improvement Program, and the locally programmed Transportation Alternatives Program.
The CMAP Board and MPO Policy Committee also discussed other updates during their joint meeting October 13. You can watch a recording of the full meeting on CMAP's YouTube page. The CMAP Board meets next on Wednesday, November 10.
Join CMAP executive director at regional summit
The Summit on Regional Competitiveness is an opportunity for leaders throughout our region to come together and share insights and experience. This five-day summit will feature top experts in economics, business, government, planning and development, and academia from Chicago's tri-state region. In a mix of keynotes and panel discussions, these invited leaders — including CMAP Executive Director Erin Aleman — will explore how workplaces have been impacted, the future of manufacturing, governmental economic developments, and what is next for infrastructure in our region. Learn more and register.
Climate plan wins innovative partnership award
On Thursday, the Climate Action Plan for the Chicago Region received the Climate Leadership Award for Innovative Partnership from the Center for Climate and Energy Solutions and the Climate Registry.
The Climate Action Plan is one of the first regional climate plans in the United States. It was created by the Metropolitan Mayors Caucus, with assistance from the Global Covenant of Mayors for Climate Change and Energy; National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration; and CMAP. The plan documents current conditions, sets targets, and provides municipal strategies to ensure successful climate action.
Drinking water technical assistance
The Metropolitan Planning Council is providing free, targeted assistance and on-the-ground implementation of critical best practices in drinking water management. Up to three projects will be selected for technical assistance with a coordinated team of experts. For this round, priority will be given to projects related to water affordability, lead service lines, and regional coordination. Learn more and apply by Thursday, October 28.
8th Annual Summit on Regional Competitiveness
October 18-22, 2021, 10:00 a.m. to noon
Host: Alliance for Regional Development
Council of Mayors Executive Committee
October 19, 2021, 9:30 to 11:00 a.m.
An Opportunity to Build Back Better: UTC Fall 2021 Seminar Series
October 21, 2021, noon to 1:00 p.m.
Host: Urban Transportation Center at University of Illinois Chicago
STP Project Selection Committee
October 28, 2021, 9:30 to 11:00 a.m.
CMAQ Project Selection Committee
October 28, 2021, 11:00 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.