Implementing "GO TO 2040: A Plan for Chicagoland’s Future" Part 1: We Have a Plan, Now What?

Tuesday, February 1, 2011 @ 6:00am

Event Info


MPC donors $15, all others $30


Metropolitan Planning Council Conference Center

140 S. Dearborn, Suite 1400






Due to the anticipated blizzard and Youngstown Mayor Jay Williams’ cancelled flight, this roundtable has been cancelled.

The next event in the “GO TO 2040 Implementation” roundtable series is scheduled for Feb. 18. You may apply your fee to that event by
registering online, or you may request a full refund by contacting Pam Lee at 312-863-6011 or


GO TO 2040 is the Chicago region’s first comprehensive regional plan since the 1909 Plan of Chicago. The Chicago Metropolitan Agency for Planning (CMAP) launched it in the fall of 2010 after three and a half years in the making and informed by direct input from tens of thousands of residents from across the region. GO TO 2040 delivers a vision for and concrete action steps towards a brighter future.

The challenge now is implementing the plan–and CMAP can’t do it alone.

“Implementing GO TO 2040: A Plan for Chicagoland’s Future” is a four-part roundtable series co-sponsored by CMAP and the Metropolitan Planning Council. It explores how--in an ever-expanding world economy--metropolitan roadmaps are essential guides to keeping our communities competitive. At this first roundtable in this series, we will: provide an overview of the plan, CMAP’s current priorities, and momentum already underway towards implementation; showcase regional efforts from other parts of the Midwest that are taking on similar comprehensive planning approaches beyond traditional land use and transportation; share how Youngstown, Ohio, is sparking an economic resurgence through targeted investment and regional partnerships; describe how Rockford, IL, and Northwest Indiana are taking similar approaches to their regional planning and advancing on-the-ground implementation.

Moderator: MarySue Barrett, President, Metropolitan Planning Council

Keynote presenters and panelists: Randy Blankenhorn, Executive Director, Chicago Metropolitan Agency for Planning; Mayor Jay Williams, City of Youngstown, Ohio; John Swanson, Executive Director, Northwest Indiana Regional Planning Commission

The cost of the roundtable, which includes lunch, is $15 for MPC donors and $30 for all others. Seating is limited, so pre-registration is required. Register online at .

Special thanks to BNSF and Wells Fargo for sponsoring this event.