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On-the-ground innovations related to the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act
On Tuesday June 9, MPC President MarySue Barrett joined a group of policy experts for a webcast from the U.S. Dept. of Housing and Urban Development on the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act and HUD's role in implementing President Obama's plan to stimulate the economy by investing in job creation, neighborhood stabilization, and energy efficiency.
Planning for Prosperity: MPC releases 2009 policy agenda
MPC's 2009 policy agenda lays out new investment strategies and priorities that will brace our region against the harsh economic headwind, and ensure we invest our limited resources wisely – netting short-term economic gains and building a foundation for long-term sustainability.
Interjurisdictional housing efforts gain momentum in south and west suburban Cook County
With the support of MPC and the Metropolitan Mayors Caucus, two municipal collaboratives working on shared housing issues are each looking to hire an experienced housing professional to coordinate their activities.
Arlington Heights leads the way on housing again
The Village of Arlington Heights recently became the first northwest suburb to approve MPC’s interjurisdictional housing strategy.
Building Successful Mixed-Income Communities: A compilation of MPC forums and publications

To explore the many ingredients necessary to promote successful mixed-income communities, MPC and the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation co-hosted over a dozen forums, in collaboration with the CHA, showcasing national best practices, local innovation and opportunities to explore how housing developers, policymakers, community-based organizations and other stakeholders  could promote the success of the Plan for Transformation.   Frequently, these forums also provided an opportunity to release relevant publications and data..


National Employer-Assisted Housing
MPC assistance leads to new employer-assisted housing programs around the country.
How the next president will maximize metro potential
At MPC's 2008 Annual Luncheon, surrogates for presidential nominees McCain and Obama presented their candidates' plans for addressing metropolitan concerns.
Housing 1-2-3: A Workbook for Local Officials and Community Leaders
  • Sep 25, 2008
Housing 1-2-3 is the fourth in a series of workbooks to help local governments with planning and development issues. Sensible Tools for Healthy Communities, released in 2004, leads local and elected officials through the development process using 10 principles of sensible growth. Planning 1-2-3, released in 2006, is a step-by-step guide to comprehensive planning in Illinois. Retail 1-2-3, released in 2007, describes tools for attracting and retaining retail businesses and development.
Calling all visionaries: MPC seeks nominations for 2008 Burnham Award for Excellence in Planning
The Metropolitan Planning Council (MPC) is calling for nominations for the Burnham Award for Excellence in Planning, which for 19 years has recognized superior plans that have resulted in sensible growth and development in the Chicago region.
National attention to employer-assisted housing
MPC and its employer-assisted housing work are featured in the inaugural podcast of and at the recent APA Conference in Nevada.

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