Registration for the Local Technical Assistance (LTA) Ideas Exchange Ends May 11

CMAP’s Local Technical Assistance program is having an Ideas Exchange on May 24.  Registration closes May 11.

Dozens of communities throughout our metropolitan Chicago region have been planning their futures through CMAP’s Local Technical Assistance (LTA) program, which began in March 2011. Join us on May 24 for an exciting Ideas Exchange event to learn how you can build on successes of others who are working with CMAP and partner organizations to implement the GO TO 2040 comprehensive regional plan and enhance their communities’ livability, economic prosperity, and quality of life. Visit for more details and to register.

Attendees will learn about grant opportunities such as the new LTA Call for Projects, which will be available on May 9 along with the new project application for the joint CMAP and Regional Transportation Authority (RTA) Community Planning program. At the event, The Chicago Community Trust will announce grantees of its Community-Based Sustainable Development program that promotes implementation of GO TO 2040.

Elected officials, municipal planners and other staff, community-based organizations, and other nonprofit and civic organizations should attend. Panel discussions will highlight local best practices in planning for sites, sustainability, demographic change, and more from communities of many types and sizes.

CMAP’s first LTA Call for Projects in 2011 prompted over 220 proposals from more than 130 municipalities, counties, interjurisdictional groups, and nongovernmental organizations. This year may be even more competitive, and priority will be given to applicants who partner with neighbor communities or other organizations. You can give your community’s 2012 proposal a significant advantage by attending the May 24 event.

If you are interested in learning more about planning initiatives such as this one, the Roosevelt seminar SUST 320 Sprawl, Transportation, and Planning (offered this this fall as a hybrid course meeting in Schaumburg and online) may be of interest. For more information on these or any other of our courses, please visit our Sustainability Studies website, call 1-877-277-5978 (1-877-APPLY RU) or email

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