It is widely acknowledged that Illinois, and specifically the Chicago metropolitan region, is the cross-roads of the nation’s multimodal freight network. The opportunities for harnessing the economic growth related to this sector are great, but strategic thinking and diligent execution of plans are required to maximize the benefits for all participants, from transportation providers to the communities hosting our freight infrastructure. Today’s event will include a collection of short presentations addressing the relationship between freight activity and community planning from a variety of angles, followed by a dynamic Q&A panel discussion.
CONFIRMED PRESENTERS Lee Hutchins, PE, AICP, PhD and Chris Brewer, AECOM, will present national and local industry and economic trends describing multimodal freight activity and implications for real estate and intermodal facility planning. Elaine McKenzie, PhD and Audrey Wennink, AICP, Cambridge Systematics, will discuss best practices in freight-supportive infrastructure investment planning and innovations in performance metrics for tracking how communities are doing. Maria Choca Urban, Cook County Department of Transportation and Highways, will introduce the County’s recently initiated Freight Planning study, outlining County priorities and areas and possibilities for collaboration to achieve successful implementation. Kathy Dickhut and Brad Roback, City of Chicago Department of Planning and Development, will discuss the City’s Industrial Corridor modernization program as a model of a program to implement economic policy that supports freight movement and related transportation/manufacturing activity. Joe Alonzo, City of Chicago Department of Transportation, will share initiatives the City is leading and supporting to sustain and maintain good circulation flows for all stakeholders. Ann Schneider, Ann L. Schneider & Associates, will share her observations on how communities across Illinois can and are organizing to capture growth in the freight / intermodal / distribution sectors and best practices in planning and funding/financing. QUESTIONS: For program questions, please contact the CMS Board at firstname.lastname@example.org CM CREDITS: Three (3.00) AICP CM credits approved REGISTRATION DEADLINE: Please register no later than 10:00 am on November 17th, so that APA-CMS can work with AECOM to ensure your name gets uploaded to the security check list in the building lobby. PARKING: There is limited car parking in the building. The garage is accessible from lower Columbus on the block south of lower Wacker. The garage entrance is at the foot of South Water Street (there is a stoplight) and users should enter the “303 E Wacker / Swissotel” garage, not the “Aqua/Radisson” garage immediately next door to the south. Parking price before 9:30 is $15.