Thursday, October 10, 2019 from 10:00 AM to 4:30 PM CDT
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Conference Chicago at University Center 
525 S. State Street
Chicago, IL 60605

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Melissa Silverberg 
Chicago Metropolitan Agency for Planning (CMAP) 

ON TO 2050 Symposium 





Register for the ON TO 2050 Symposium to learn how ON TO 2050, the region's new comprehensive plan, can make a difference in your community.

Attend an all-day symposium with your peers to learn from communities like yours who have had success making and implementing local plans. In addition to learning about potential technical assistance opportunities, attendees will have the chance to discuss best practices with past award recipients and get one-on-one input on the application process for the 2019 joint call for projects for the CMAP Local Technical Assistance (LTA) and Regional Transportation Authority (RTA) Community Planning programs.

Registration for the Symposium has hit its registration limit and is now closed.

Event Schedule
10:00 a.m. - Registration begins

10:30 a.m. to noon - Break out sessions
Achieving TOD without displacement: Learn more about implementing Equitable Transit Oriented Development, or eTOD, to ensure transit infrastructure investments remain inclusive by enhancing opportunities for affordable housing, employment, and small business support. AICP CM credits will be available for attending this session. Panelists include:
  • Thomas Applegate, Executive Director, North River Commission
  • Drew Awsumb, Deputy Director of Community Development, City of Highland Park
  • Eiliesh Tuffy, Coordinating Planner, Department of Planning & Development, City of Chicago
  • Jacky Grimshaw, Vice President, Center for Neighborhood Technology
  • Roberto Requejo, Program Director, Elevated Chicago
Rightsizing parking in your community: Empty parking spaces can mean diminished neighborhood affordability. Learn strategies to right-size parking and dispel assumptions and myths about parking demand. Panelists include:
  • Lindsay Bayley, Senior Planner, CMAP
  • Rory Fancler, Planner, Kimley Horn
  • Debbie Liu, Community Engagement Associate, Metropolitan Planning Council
  • Emily Egan, Assistant City Planner, City of Elmhurst
Finding equitable solutions to build climate resilience: CMAP research shows that in our region the effects of climate change, which lead to increased urban flooding, disproportionately affects lower-income communities. Hear from a panel of experts about effective outreach, education, and empowerment strategies for communities most affected including:
  • Marcella Bondie Keenan, Director of RainReady, Center for Neighborhood Technology
  • Michael Berkshire, Green Projects Administrator, Department of Planning and Development, City of Chicago
  • Richard Fisher, Principal Civil Engineer, Metropolitan Water Reclamation District of Greater Chicago
  • Nora Beck and Brian Daly, Senior Planners, CMAP
Noon to 1:30 p.m. - Lunch will be provided
Lunchtime conversation between CMAP Executive Director Erin Aleman and Juan Carlos Linares, Chief Engagement Officer, City of Chicago

1:30 to 3:00 p.m. - Break out sessions
How can technology improve public safety?: Learn how emerging technologies can help your community plan for disasters, reduce response times for emergency vehicles, communicate better with the public in times of emergency, and more. AICP CM credits will be available for attending this session. Panelists include:
  • Katie Freeman, Director of Operations, Hagerty Consulting
  • Hillary Beata, Digital Services Specialist, City of Evanston
  • Dr. Christina Harrington, Assistant Professor, DePaul University
  • Lauren Neill, Senior Siting Advocacy Manager, T-Mobile
  • Heidy Persaud, Associate Planner, CMAP
Future-proofing commercial districts: As our economy faces an unknown future, hear from experts about how to support commercial corridors struggling with vacancies with strategies focused on supporting existing business owners, inviting new opportunity, connecting to transit, and creating quality jobs for all residents. Panelists include:
  • James Harbin, Deputy Commissioner, Department of Planning & Development, City of Chicago
  • Jennifer Tammen, Manager, Ernst & Young
  • Abraham Lacy, Executive Director, Far South Community Development Corporation
  • Austen Edwards, Senior Policy Analyst, CMAP
Aspiration to implementation: Once a plan is complete the first question is "How will this get done?" Learn how your community can get local infrastructure investments in the pipeline for funding and prioritize the best projects that will have the most benefit for all residents. 
  • Lydia Collins, Development Associate, IFF
  • Kyle Wong, Senior Financial Analyst, IFF
  • Julio Rodriguez, Executive Director, Northwest Side Community Development Corporation
  • Michael Horsting, Manager Local Planning, Regional Transportation Authority
  • Bob Dean, CEO, Center for Neighborhood Technology
  • Tony Manno, Senior Planner, CMAP
3:00 to 4:30 p.m. - Planning with your Neighbors and Resource Fair