Planning inclusive spaces for LGBTQIA+ communities
The LGBTQIA+ (lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer, intersex, asexual) community experiences a range of challenges with transportation, safety, and housing. By engaging with LGBTQIA+ people and making data-driven decisions, planners can design more inclusive, equitable spaces.
The Chicago Metropolitan Agency for Planning's (CMAP) latest article reviews recent surveys and data to highlight a few considerations when tackling local planning, transportation, and housing issues.
Coalition awarded grant to advance clean tech economy
A coalition dedicated to growing Illinois' clean tech economy has been selected as a finalist for the U.S. Economic Development Administration's Build Back Better Regional Challenge.
The 2025 Clean Tech Economy Coalition (CTEC) was one of just 60 finalists out of 529 applicants across the country and the only finalist from Illinois. If selected for Phase 2, the coalition could receive up to $100 million to drive inclusive economic growth in Illinois.
CTEC, led by manufacturing incubator mHUB and the University of Chicago, is the result of a state-wide planning effort supported by CMAP. The coalition aims to transform the region's economy by growing clean energy technologies in a way that promotes opportunity and environmental justice for all communities.
The coalition includes 19 organizations across the public, private, and civic sectors. It will receive $500,000 to further develop six clean tech projects, ranging from electric vehicle infrastructure to workforce development.
ON TO 2050 calls for initiatives that tap into the state's industrial strengths, leverage our talented and diverse workforce, and address climate change. Learn more about CMAP's work to support regional growth clusters.
Minooka and Conservation Foundation partner to expand open space
The Village of Minooka and the Conservation Foundation recently partnered to reclaim industrial land with the intent to turn it into open space that will connect to nearby Veterans Park. Watch this video to learn more about the land and partnership.
CMAP supported work with Minooka to create a new comprehensive plan. The plan, which was adopted by the village board in October, includes a recommendation to expand Veterans Park.
New underpass safely connects pedestrians to commercial areas
McHenry County recently opened the Randall Road underpass, which allows pedestrians, cyclists, and wheelchair users to cross the county's busiest road safely. The project includes a multi-use path from Stonegate Road to Sherman Road. See the completed project in a new video on the McHenry County Division of Transportation's Facebook page.
No Weekly until 2022
CMAP's offices will be closed on Friday, December 24 and 31. This will be the last Weekly Update of the year. We look forward to updating you on the region's happenings in the new year.