Tuesday, September 17, 2019 from 3:00 PM to 6:00 PM CDT
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Waubonsee Downtown Campus - Multipurpose Room 
18 S. River Street
Aurora, IL 60506

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Melissa Silverberg 
Chicago Metropolitan Agency for Planning (CMAP) 

Harnessing technology for a safer future  

How can municipalities in the Chicago region best approach technology changes, responsibly share data, and leverage the research and innovation services CMAP offers to help their communities prosper, improve safety, and bolster inclusive growth? 

Panelists will include:

Vig Krishnamurthy: As Chief Operations Analyst for the Chicago Public Library, Vig spearheads analytics, evaluation, and reporting activities at CPL that enable innovations and improvements to patron service. Previously, he worked as a consultant assisting communities to create their transportation road maps -- including the 2018-2023 Regional Transit Strategic Plan -- and he oversaw mobility pilot projects as a regional manager at Ford Mobility.

Michael Pegues: As Chief Information Officer for the City of Aurora, Pegues has led implementation of the city's expanding fiber optic network and a smart water meter system. He also developed the city's Technology Strategic Plan -- Smart Aurora -- which recommends improvements such as an online public record request and bill payment portal and a five-year plan to improve the way the city uses analytics to make decisions. Read more about Pegues in the Aurora Beacon-News.

Joe Gallo: Elected Mayor of the City of Rolling Meadows in April 2019, Gallo is a co-founder of the Illinois Smart City and Region Association and a founding member of the Illinois Autonomous Vehicles Association He has also worked to outfit the Rolling Meadows fire department fleet with new technology that improved response time, applied for grants on behalf of the city, and more. Read about Gallo in a profile from the Daily Herald.

Josh Sikich: As Transportation Technology Program Manager at HDR, an architectural, engineering, and consulting firm, Sikich assists government agencies nationwide to strategically plan for the future. Previously he worked as the manager of the Central Ohio Transit Authority Transit System Redesign project that overhauled bus transit service connecting thousands of residents to jobs in the Columbus area and successfully increasing ridership. His work focuses on future-proofing tomorrow’s cities for emerging technologies.

Elizabeth Irvin: Elizabeth directs the Center for Neighborhood Technology, CNT's, transportation program, advocating for diverse mobility options that improve the equity, affordability, and sustainability of our transportation system. Before joining CNT, Elizabeth worked at the Chicago Metropolitan Agency for Planning. She previously worked on regional and national transportation and environmental policy at the Union of Concerned Scientists and the Sierra Club. Elizabeth has a Master of City Planning degree from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and a Bachelor of Arts in English and Music from Williams College.

This event is one of several hosted by the Chicago Metropolitan Agency for Planning (CMAP) that will connect local leaders and provide expert advice about how ON TO 2050 -- the region's new comprehensive plan -- can make a difference in your community. 

Each event will help you make meaningful connections with other communities and collaborate on some of our region’s toughest issues. A resource fair with opportunities and educational materials from CMAP's local and regional partners will also be available at each event. The Small Plans, Big Ideas event series will coincide with the 2019 joint call for projects for the CMAP Local Technical Assistance (LTA) and Regional Transportation Authority (RTA) Community Planning programs.  

Contact onto2050@cmap.illinois.gov or 312-386-8802 with questions or to request reasonable accommodation under the Americans with Disabilities Act.