CMAP:  More than a 100 people joined CMAP at Small Plans, Big Ideas events this week in North Chicago and Calumet Park. On Tuesday, at North Chicago's Greenbelt Cultural Center, partners, which included MWRD Commissioner Kimberly Du Buclet, gathered to share practical steps on how to implement plans in order to create real change. In a panel moderated by CMAP executive director Erin Aleman, experts from government and non profit agencies exchanged tips on ensuring the right stakeholders are at the table for implementation, accessing different funding streams, creating buy-in, and not losing momentum as plans move forward. On Thursday at Calumet Park's CalComm Regional 911 Center, attendees gathered to discuss the challenges and opportunities of water access, quality, and management. How to ensure equity in water access and flood mitigation across community boundaries in the region's South Suburbs was a focus of the panel.


The series of events aims to connect local leaders and provide expert advice about how ON TO 2050 can make a difference in your community. The series wraps up next week with “Benefiting from a changing economy,” on Tuesday, October 8, at the Gail Borden Library (270 N. Grove Ave., Elgin), and the ON TO 2050 Symposium on Thursday October 10.