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What's a state's role in promoting Sustainable Communities?

With Sustainable Communities Initiative resources coming out of Washington to promote competitive regions and strong interagency coordination, and with the the Livable Communities Act pending to further institutionalize and expand these investments, the State of Illinois is stepping up its own efforts to understand its optimal role in promoting both strong regions and interagency coordination.  

As a co-chair of this State “Linkage Working Group” effort, MPC is eager to hear your ideas on what can Illinois be doing better to support local efforts to align planning and investment around jobs, housing, transportation and land-use. At our last meeting, we heard presentations from Terry Kohlbuss and Janice Morrissy about their respective “ best practices” in the Peoria area and in the southern suburbs of Cook County.  Beyond their exciting efforts, they shared specific barriers and ways the State could help.   

Please tell us about your own favorite examples of towns working together strategically on housing, transportation and jobs. What barriers  do you think we should  focus on?  Where do you think the State should be shifting gears or stepping up?  Any input you provide will also inform MPC’s broader efforts around Federal Investment Reform.


  1. 1. Pat Navadomskis from Evergreen Park on June 26, 2010

    As a life long Chicago resident/inner ring suburb's Older Women have seen a lot of job loss. What Encore career plans Does Chicago have?
    We want to participate locally and Globally. We have all been sent to Outplacement (more than once ) Plenty of intrested visionaries with out employment or a VOICE.Do you know who will hire Older people to do something differant.
    As a life long learner I did an 18 month intensive study of Smart growth,
    Metro2020 .
    Is there a Plan for Marquette Park or a Plan for rebuilding South Shore ?

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