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H2Oktoberfest: Four reasons water use is falling in Northeastern Illinois
This October (and in September, much like real Oktoberfest) the Metropolitan Planning Council’s Josh Ellis spoke at four conferences about different aspects of MPC’s water resources management work. At the same time, the Johnson Foundation at Wingspread recently culminated six years of…
What does “government efficiency” mean, anyway?
  • By Josh Ellis and MPC Research Assistant Zoe Chapin
  • Dec 8, 2014
We often think of government as a feedback loop: Resident concerns, needs and tax dollars go in, government policies and services come out. If government efficiency were a mode of transportation on this loop, it would be a sleek passenger train, providing mass service quickly, effectively and…
Holiday gift ideas from MPC—2014 edition
In years past we've shared fun, unique holiday gift ideas for your friends and family that also resonate with MPC's mission of building a more socially equitable, environmentally sustainable and economically competitive region. For the next three weeks we'll be adding new ideas to this…
(Ready any day now for) The Future of Water Reuse
For nearly a decade, the Metropolitan Planning Council (MPC) has advocated for modernizing Illinois’ policies on water reuse as an integral part of creating a comprehensive approach to water supply planning and management. Through research-backed policy recommendations documents like Troubled…
H2Oktoberfest: Institutionalizing adaptation in water supply management
This October (and in September, much like real Oktoberfest) the Metropolitan Planning Council’s Josh Ellis is speaking at four conferences about different aspects of MPC’s water resources management work. At the same time, the Johnson Foundation at Wingspread recently culminated six…
H2Oktoberfest: Overgovernance and undergovernance of stormwater management
This October (and in September, much like real Oktoberfest) the Metropolitan Planning Council’s Josh Ellis is speaking at four conferences about different aspects of MPC’s water resources management work. At the same time, the Johnson Foundation at Wingspread recently culminated six…
Taking Action: The Municipal Partnering Initiative
  • By Josh Ellis and MPC Research Assistant David Garza
  • Aug 6, 2014
Across the country, governments are investing in efficiency. Motivated by budget crunches, scarce resources, service duplication and the desire to spur economic development, public officials are exploring consolidation, collaboration and other means to better serve their constituents. In this…
Taking action: Choosing consolidation
  • By Josh Ellis and MPC Research Assistant David Garza
  • Jul 9, 2014
Across the country, governments are investing in efficiency. Motivated by budget crunches, scarce resources, service duplication and the desire to spur economic development, public officials are exploring consolidation, collaboration and other means to better serve their constituents. In this…
Smart Systems, Resilient Regions
Resiliency is a tough thing. It’s tough to define what it is. It’s tough to plan for. It’s tough to communicate. But at our “Smart Systems, Resilient Regions” roundtable on Tuesday, May 20, our three speakers attempted to do all those things. Generously sponsored by…
Taking action: Lake County governments pave the way for future collaboration
  • By Josh Ellis and MPC Research Assistant Jennifer Xia
  • May 5, 2014
Across the country, governments are investing in efficiency. Motivated by budget crunches, scarce resources, service duplication and the desire to spur economic development, public officials are exploring consolidation, collaboration and other means to better serve their constituents. In this…

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