Implementing "GO TO 2040, A Plan for Chicagoland’s Future" Part 2: We Have A Plan, Who's With Us?

February 19, 2011

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Cassandra Francis, Nancy Fishman, Gloria Castillo, and Randy Blankenhorn

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. It is informed by direct input from tens of thousands of residents from across the region. GO TO 2040 delivers a vision for and concrete steps toward 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,” co-sponsored by CMAP and the Metropolitan Planning Council, is a four-part roundtable series exploring how--in an ever-expanding world economy--metropolitan roadmaps are essential guides to keeping our communities competitive. At this second roundtable in the series, we will: highlight the many partners necessary for the plan’s successful implementation; hear from the business community how the plan can build a stronger regional economy through diverse partnerships and the strengthening of local businesses; share how the philanthropic sector can guide the process of strategic prioritization, using its unique role to engage communities and connect complimentary initiatives; demonstrate to builders, municipalities, and residents the benefits of transparent and predictable investments, opportunities for public/private partnerships, and the importance of strengthening local capacity to work with the private sector.

The panelists include: Gloria Castillo, President of Chicago United; Nancy Fishman, Executive Director, Grand Victoria Foundation; and Cassandra Francis, Executive Director, Clayco Inc. Paul Nowicki, Assistant Vice President, Burlington Northern Santa Fe Railway, moderates.

Recorded Friday, February 18, 2011 at the Metropolitan Planning Council Conference Center.