Competitive economy

MPC co-chairs the Mayor's Pedestrian Advisory Committee, which released Chicago's first-ever pedestrian plan in September 2012.

That attracts business and development

MPC first introduced Placemaking in Chicago in 2008 to increase local engagement and ownership in the creation of quality public spaces, leading to improved quality of life and economic viability.

MPC first introduced Placemaking in Chicago—to increase local engagement and ownership in the creation of quality public spaces, leading to improved quality of life and economic viability. One of the main objectives was to encourage public agencies in charge of developing public space to incorporate Placemaking principles. Today, the Chicago Dept. of Transportation's Make Way for People initiative is creating "public spaces that cultivate community and culture in Chicago's neighborhoods through placemaking," to improve street safety, promote walkable communities, and support economic development for Chicago's local businesses and Chicago's neighborhoods.

U.S. Cabinet Secretaries Ray LaHood of the U.S. Dept. of Transportation (DOT) and Lisa Jackson of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), Shelley Poticha, director of the Dept. of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) Sustainable Housing and Communities, and Adolfo Carrion, formerly director of White House Office of Urban Affairs, rolled out the Partnership for Sustainable Communities at MPC's 2009 Annual Luncheon. Their announcement of this innovative interagency collaboration to create more healthy and vibrant communities was in nearly perfect sync with MPC's call for goal-oriented, right-sized and coordinated planning and investment.

Commute options

MPC's Commute Options pilot helps employers connect their employees with alternatives to driving alone to work.

In 2011 and 2012, MPC has recruited 15 companies to participate in a Commute Options pilot for their employees, including Grainger, Labelmaster, Goose Island Beer Company, and McDonald's, to encourage workers to opt for alternatives to driving alone to work. MPC is measuring how much these actions reduce an employer's carbon footprint, recruitment and retention expenses, and employees' transportation costs.

Through the Gary and Region Investment Project (GRIP), MPC is engaged in a multi-year effort to advance key transformative investments in Northwest Indiana's urban core, such as the Gary-Chicago International Airport.

MPC co-chairs the Mayor's Pedestrian Advisory Committee, which released Chicago's first-ever pedestrian plan in September 2012, with the goal of zero pedestrian fatalities in 10 years.

In July 2012, Gary Mayor Karen Freeman-Wilson joined Milwaukee Mayor Tom Barrett as featured speakers at MPC's Annual Luncheon to discuss collaborating with Chicago on a tri-state, mega-regional strategy.

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For more than 80 years, the Metropolitan Planning Council (MPC) has made the Chicago region a better place to live and work by partnering with businesses, communities and governments to address the area's toughest planning and development challenges. MPC works to solve today's urgent problems while consistently thinking ahead to prepare the region for the needs of tomorrow. Read more about our work »

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