Imagine if all communities had the capacity to address their economic and community development challenges and plan for the future efficiently and effectively. Instead of being trapped by “either-or” budget decisions, such as whether to maintain core services for residents or update their business attraction and retention strategy, what if local leaders combined resources with their neighbors so that they could connect struggling families to resources and secure new job opportunities? Rather than duplicating efforts, what if communities worked across municipal borders to take full advantage of shared assets, such as rail lines, and to revitalize their interdependent housing and job markets? Imagine the efficiencies this could create, not only for the communities themselves, but also for private sector developers, area employers, and financial institutions, as well as policymakers and county, regional, state and federal governments.
In metropolitan Chicago, through a groundbreaking collaborative approach to planning and community development, three clusters of suburbs are starting to see that all of this is possible. These three clusters – in Cook County’s south, west and northwest suburbs – have been implementing a unified strategy for attracting and investing resources for nearly three years, demonstrating the promise of this burgeoning model known as interjurisdictional collaboration.
Significant work remains to ensure these clusters are on strong footing. This paper points to policy reforms and best practices needed to support the success of these pioneers, and to make it easier for this model to be replicated across metropolitan Chicago and other U.S. regions.
- MPC Roundtable—Making the Case for Commute Options (Transportation Demand Management)
- Dec 9, 2013
- Recording of MPC's Dec. 6, 2013 roundtable, Making the Case for Commute Options.
- Water Management Resource Guide
- (15 MB)
- Dec 9, 2013
- Preview the contents.
To address the rising cost of water and the need to conserve limited resources, the DuPage Water Commission (DWC) created a Water Conservation and Protection Program. The purpose of the WCAPP is to provide all water users in DuPage County with a consistent message about water…
- MPC Roundtable—Making the Case for Commute Options
- Dec 6, 2013
- Did you know that of the 10 largest metropolitan areas in the United States, the Chicago region is the only one without a coordinated Transportation Demand M...
- Tuesdays at APA—Plants, Paddles, and People: Creating Community through Green Infrastructure and Waterfront Development in Blue Island, Ill.
- Nov 25, 2013
- Slides from Tuesdays at APA—Plants, Paddles, and People: Creating Community through Green Infrastructure and Waterfront Development in Blue Island, Ill., presentation by MPC's Abby Crisostomo and Jason Berry of the City of Blue Island.
Audio recording of the presentation can be found on the…
- 2013 Annual Luncheon: Accelerating Change
- (65 slides)
- Nov 8, 2013
- ULI Pullman tour
- (14 slides)
- Nov 8, 2013
- ULI Fall Meeting mobile tour of Pullman. Photo credit: ULI Chicago
- 2013 Annual Luncheon Keynote: Margo Georgiadis
- Nov 8, 2013
- Margo Georgiadis, president of the Americas at Google, delivers the keynote address at MPC's 2013 Annual Luncheon. She is introduced by former Chicago Chief ...
- Regional Housing Initiative: Frequently Asked Questions
- What is the Regional Housing Initiative (RHI)?
RHI is a program designed to encourage the development, rehabilitation and preservation of quality affordable rental housing throughout the Chicago metropolitan region. The Initiative is a partnership of seven housing authorities (Cook County,…
- 2013 Annual Luncheon: Champion Fighter Award—Andrew J. McKenna
- Andrew J. McKenna accepts MPC's Champion Fighter Award at the 2013 Annual Luncheon. Mr. McKenna is introduced by past Champion Fighter Award recipient Lester...
- 2013 Burnham Award: Chicago Cultural Plan
- Metropolitan Planning Council is proud to present the 2013 Burnham Award for Excellence in Planning to the Chicago Dept. of Cultural Affairs and Special Even...