Thursday, October 3, 2019 from 3:00 PM to 6:00 PM CDT
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CalComm Regional 911 Center 
12419 S. Ashland Avenue
Calumet Park, IL 60827

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Melissa Silverberg 
Chicago Metropolitan Agency for Planning (CMAP) 

Planning for an equitable water future

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. 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. Beck has led the agency's water planning initiatives including the development of the Regional Flood Susceptibility Index and ON TO 2050 Regional Water Demand Forecast.

Eric Neagu, PE, LEED, AICP, Founding principal at the Antero Group. Neagu has more than 20 years of experience with public and private clients on civil engineering, urban planning, and economic development for Antero Group, which has worked on projects in Blue Island, Ford Heights, Midlothian, and Calumet Park, among others.

Mollie Dowling, Executive Director of OAI Inc. Dowling leads, OAI in its workforce development initiatives that lead to safe, meaningful employment and help companies and communities to thrive. OAI offers services in the south suburbs that provide access to jobs that strengthen communities, such as installing green infrastructure that alleviates flooding and beautifies neighborhoods at the same time.

Kim Du Buclet, Commissioner, Metropolitan Water Reclamation District of Greater Chicago board. Du Buclet worked as the Director of Legislative and Community Affairs for the Chicago Park District and served one term in the Illinois State House of Representatives. 

Caroline Pakenham, Water Program Manager at Elevate Energy. Pakenham leads Elevate Energy’s water safety, affordability, and efficiency initiatives, including lead testing training and services and research into water affordability issues in the region. She also oversees Elevate Energy’s efforts to address water-related issues that increase the cost of operating and maintaining affordable and healthy housing. 

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. 

Register today, and check back for more information on the event.