MPC IS COMMITTED TO A CHICAGO REGION IN WHICH ALL COMMUNITIES HAVE WHAT THEY NEED TO THRIVE.
For nearly 90 years, MPC has been at the forefront of positive change — addressing some of the most significant challenges that have confronted our city, counties, and state. In 2022, MPC launched a new strategic plan that not only leverages our strengths but establishes a strong vision for the future. We’ve chartered a new path that will bring communities, businesses, and government together to advance policy and drive systemic change toward a more racially equitable and economically just Chicago region.
MPC’s new vision is grounded in three overarching pillars: Thriving Communities, Equitable Infrastructure and Just Public Systems. These pillars are centered on equity and justice and are designed to strengthen our impact across the Chicago region.
A Model for Planning
MPC remains committed to equitable engagement and outcomes in our region’s planning. Our long history of success at tackling some of the toughest regional planning and development challenges has been driven by collaborations and coalitions with communities, businesses, civic, and government to get at the heart of difficult issues. MPC’s impact in the region is achieved through a strong model that utilizes research, policy, advocacy, and technical assistance.
Identify the problem, find, and synthesize information to raise awareness.
Develop policy, define solutions, and pathways for policy change.
Communicate and activate support and political will, develop strategies for legislative, administrative outcomes.
Capacity building, education, and training.
“Throughout my first year as CEO, I have been inspired by the extraordinary work this organization has accomplished and I have become increasingly encouraged by the possibilities of the future. In 2022, we created a new strategic plan that leverages our strengths, while looking boldly toward our future. As a part of this planning and new vision, I see a Chicago region with thriving communities where people are affordably housed, have quality jobs, and live in safe neighborhoods. I see a Chicago region with equitable infrastructure where people can get around on safe and efficient transit. And I see just public systems that center racial and economic equity — where every community has a voice, is valued and thrives.”
– Darlene O. Hightower, President & CEO, Metropolitan Planning Council
MPC unveiled its new strategic vision at the 2022 Annual Event, highlighted below.
MPC’s in-person events were on hold for three years during the COVID-19 pandemic. In 2022, we returned to in-person for our Annual Event and offered a virtual option, too. During the planning process, we reimagined the format and transformed the Annual Event from a typical luncheon to an evening event with a shorter program and added more time for attendees to network. During the 2022 Annual Event, MPC honored Dr. Helene Gayle and the Chicago Community Trust with the MPC Champion Fighter Award. Through Dr. Gayle’s leadership, the Trust has committed to closing the racial wealth gap in Chicago. Like the Trust, MPC believes addressing this racial and ethnic wealth division also addresses other issues that plague our city like violence, homelessness, food insecurity, the education gap, and other societal challenges. Both MPC and the Trust are committed to breaking these barriers and bringing this work to the forefront.
“We are working together to create a stronger future with, and for, all residents of Chicago, centering their voices and equity in all that we do.”
– Dr. Helene Gayle, MPC 2022 Champion Fighter Award honoree