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Here at MPC, we spend a lot of time researching policy “best practices” from other parts of the country and world. Our theory is that if we are to make Chicagoland a more economically competitive, sustainable, equitable place to live and do business, it is imperative that we stay on top of modern innovations and technology. We help you do the same by sharing what we learn through three different e-newsletters:

  • Talking Transit, a bi-weekly e-bulletin that highlights the best and newest transit innovations nationally and internationally, as well as provides the latest headlines featuring transit in the news;
  • Re-Connection, MPC’s official monthly e-newsletter that features a “Where We Stand” piece on the policy issues of the day, and offers a quick progress report on our main project that month; and
  • What Our Water’s Worth, the official e-newsletter of MPC and Openlands campaign to raise awareness about the value of water in our region. The e-newsletter shares a story and offers conservation tips on how to limit your water footprint.

January’s edition of Talking Transit focuses on the 90th annual meeting of the National Research Council's Transportation Research Board (TRB), which will take place in Washington, D.C., from January 23-27.  This year's theme: "Transportation, Livability, and Economic Development in a Changing World." Over 10,000 people – policymakers, administrators, practitioners, researchers, journalists, and representatives of government, industry, and academia – will attend the more than 4,000 transportation-related presentations on topic ranging from Bus Rapid Transit innovations to intelligent transportation systems.

The feature in the What Our Water’s Worth January e-newsletter highlights how Aurora, Ill., delivers some of Illinois’ best tasting water to its residents through multiple water sources: deep and shallow aquifers and the Fox River. Mayor Tom Weisner and Superintendent of Water Production Dave Schumacher explain how they work together to protect their deep water aquifers while still minimizing costs for residents and the city — a challenge even in the best of economies.

By covering timely issues and topics, MPC informs its subscribers (nearly 24,000 readers combined) on the things that matter to them most. Each issue is relevant and engaging, and always feature suggestions to make our region a better one.  Click here to sign up to receive alerts and MPC's free e-mail newsletters, Re-Connection, Talking Transit, and What Our Water's Worth. Registering with MPC keeps you in the loop with e-news and e-alerts about regional issues and events that interest you. If you don’t want to receive all three, you can pick the one(s) that interest you the most.

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