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Mica to hold 2/20 listening session in DuPage County on new federal transportation priorities
Chairman of the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee John Mica (R-Fla.) will hold a listening session in the Chicago region this Sunday, Feb. 20, to learn more about metropolitan Chicago’s transportation challenges and needs. The focus will be on priorities for reforming the…
FREIGHT Act a good start toward unlocking freight gridlock
In case you missed it, last week’s Talking Transit e-newsletter focused on the FREIGHT Act – which, true to its name, is all about Focusing Resources, Economic Investment and Guidance to Help [Freight] Transportation (FREIGHT – get it?) Here in metropolitan Chicago and northwest…
MarySue's Midweek Links
If you’re following the race as closely as I am, you won’t want to miss MPC’s 2010 Annual Luncheon, which will feature llinois’ U.S. Senate candidates Alexi Giannoulias and Mark Kirk as keynote speakers. In a non-debate format, the candidates will have the opportunity to…
'Affordable living' still elusive for many
Two reports released in late March by MPC's partners show there's still more work to do before affordable living is truly within reach for most American families. The Center for Housing Policy's annual Paycheck to Paycheck study estimated the median home price in Chicago fell from $225,000 in 2008…
MPC's 'big ideas' for 2010 include transformative infrastructure projects
A recent Crain’s Chicago Business column by Greg Hinz noted, “[T]ough times bring the freedom to think thoughts that you couldn’t possibly ponder when times are good and money is flowing.” And it’s true: While the economy forces a painful hiatus on new building and…
One year since President Obama's election: a look ahead
Since President Obama was elected one year ago, the nation has focused on how he and his administration are working to reform healthcare and revive the economy. At MPC, we’ve been paying close attention to how the administration can lay a stronger foundation to support long-term, sustainable…
MPC and partners answer Obama’s call for innovative ways to support sustainable metropolitan development
In October,, an online pool of news and opinions from thought leaders on sustainable metropolitan development compiled by nationally syndicated columnist Neal Pierce, published a commentary from MPC President MarySue Barrett. She wrote about the Chicago visit of four high-ranking…
MPC 2009 Annual Luncheon: Connecting the Dots: Metropolitan Chicago's Path to Prosperity
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  • Sep 17, 2009
Listen to this recording of MPC's 2009 Annual Luncheon, which featured a joint appearance by three members of President Obama’s Cabinet to discuss their interagency Sustainable Communities Partnership and other new federal initiatives to improve the nation's metro regions.
Creating Livable Communities in the Chicago Region
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  • Jul 7, 2009
Creating Livable Communities in the Chicago Region, the second event in the 2009 MPC-Chicago Architecture Foundation roundtable luncheon series, "Reinventing Public Investment," explored how federal investment policies in housing, transportation and economic development have shaped decisions and…
Metropolitan Planning Council 2008 Annual Luncheon, Metropolitan Mandate: How the Next President Will Maximize Metro Potential
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  • Sep 8, 2008
At MPC's 2008 Annual Meeting Luncheon, representatives of the two major party nominees for President of the United States presented their candidates' plans and priorities for solving the most urgent issues impeding the nation's regions and cities.

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