WASHINGTON, D.C.–(ENEWSPF)–October 14, 2010. Assistant Senate Majority Leader Dick Durbin (D-IL) today announced that the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) has awarded a $4,250,000 Sustainable Communities Regional Planning grant to the Chicago Metropolitan Agency for Planning (CMAP) to help advance its GO TO 2040 community planning initiative.
“GO TO 2040 is a forward-thinking plan that will help Chicagoland maintain its position as one of the nation’s foremost economic and cultural centers,” said Durbin. “Today’s funding will give GO TO 2040 more resources to achieve their goal of helping the nearly 300 communities around Chicago create and implement a comprehensive plan for a sustainable future.”
GO TO 2040 is a comprehensive plan to help 7 counties and 284 communities throughout the Chicago metropolitan region work towards achieving sustainable prosperity through 2040 and beyond. The plan, which also aims to improve livability, includes development of innovative, replicable neighborhood-based projects. Durbin attended CMAP’s launch of the GO TO 2040 plan at Chicago’s Millennium Park earlier today.
This funding is part of HUD’s $100 million Sustainable Communities Regional Planning grant program. The program supports regional planning efforts that integrate housing, land use, economic and workforce development, transportation, and infrastructure investments in a manner that allows local governments and planning agencies to revitalize local economies, improve social equity, reduce energy use, and increase public health.