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MPC media briefing will outline key regional issues, trends expected to gain traction in 2008

Council will offer background, perspective on opportunities such as a state capital investment plan, public-private partnerships, climate change, and leadership on housing and water supply solutions

MPC (Chicago) … Maintaining the region’s well being is comparable to keeping a home in good repair: as soon as one renovation project is completed, something else needs attention. Now that Springfield has approved a long-term funding solution to the region’s transit operating crisis, local, regional and state leaders turn their attention to the 2008 to-do list. The Metropolitan Planning Council (MPC) will highlight key opportunities at a media briefing on Tuesday, Feb. 12, noon to 1:30 p.m., 25 E. Washington St., Ste. 1600, Chicago.

MPC’s experts will discuss how the elections can call national attention to the concerns of metropolitan Chicago’s residents and businesses. And they’ll explain how new policies and practices will affect stories currently making headlines, including the housing market’s turndown, global energy crisis, and Chicago’s Olympics hopes. The briefing will provide background and forecasts on critical regional issues expected to advance this year, including:

  • a state capital investment plan for roads, bridges and schools; 
  • innovative financing mechanisms for infrastructure projects, such as public-private partnerships and congestion pricing;
  • climate change; and
  • leadership on housing and water supply solutions.

To register for MPC’s 2008 Policy Briefing for Media, contact MPC’s Mandy Burrell, at 312.863.6018, or . Lunch will be provided.

What: Media briefing on issues critical to Chicagoland expected to advance in 2008

MarySue Barrett, MPC President
Peter J. Skosey, MPC Vice President of External Relations
Michael McLaughlin, MPC Director of Regional Policy and Transportation
Robin Snyderman, MPC Vice President of Community Development

When: Tuesday, Feb. 12, 2008, noon to 1:30 p.m.

Where: Metropolitan Planning Council, 25 E. Washington St., Ste. 1600, Chicago

RSVP: Mandy Burrell, Assistant Communications Director, 312.863.6018,

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