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tableKane County Economic Roundtable

Jobs Committee and roundtable event to focus on CORE Program

The next Kane County Economic Roundtable for Kane County economic development professionals will be held on Friday, November 18 after the November Kane County Board Jobs Committee Meeting. The Jobs Committee meeting will be held at 10:30am in the Kane County Board Room at 719 S. Batavia Ave, Geneva, IL 60134.

The Jobs Committee speakers include a representative of the Illinois Department of Commerce and Edward Sitar, Economic and Business Development Manager - ComEd. The Illinois Department of Commerce representative will be giving an overview of the Creating Opportunities for Retention and Expansion (CORE) Program and its benefits for economic development. Edward will be discussing ComEd's energy efficiency programs and revised line extension.

The Kane County Economic Roundtable will include an informal Q&A with the State and discussion about how to best work together with the CORE Program, Q&A regarding ComEd programs, and Kane County Communities sharing 2016 highlights and 2017 opportunities. Lunch will be provided for attendees, thanks to the generous sponsorship of ComEd.

For more information please contact Chris Toth at tothchris@co.kane.il.us or by phone at (630) 232-3491.

surveyKane County Transportation Survey

County seeks input for 2040 Long-Range 
Transportation Plan Update

The Kane County Division of Transportation is in process of updating the County's 2040 Long Range Transportation Plan. The Transportation Plan is a blueprint for the County to address the transportation and mobility needs for those living and working in Kane County over the next 20 years. A key activity in the planning update process is an interactive online survey seeking input from residents, workers, employers and travelers throughout the County.

The survey will be open through December 5th and is available in both English and Spanish languages. You will be asked to prioritize transportation issues and rank priorities. There is also an interactive map to mark locations and provide feedback on issues and locations that may be of concern to you. The feedback we receive informs the plan and could have an impact on how transportation funds are prioritized for the future.

The web address is https://kanecountylrtp.metroquest.com/.

Any questions? Please email PlanningStaff@co.kane.il.us or contact Jennifer Becker, Project Manager, Kane County Division of Transportation at (630) 444-2957.

Celebrate the Value of our Oak Trees!

OAKtober- Oak Awareness Month is a chance for Illinois residents, organizations, communities, park districts, forest preserve districts, private landowners and managers, and commercial entities to celebrate our oak woodlands. Oak-related events are occurring in Kane County and across the state of Illinois this fall to boost awareness for the beauty, utility, and needs of our oak ecosystems. 
Oak ecosystems have been a significant part of the Illinois landscape for more than 5,000 years and are now in a state of threat and decline across the entire State of Illinois. Oaks represent strength and stature.  In fact, the white oak is the Illinois State Tree. Majestic oaks create a sense of awe and wonder. These trees work for us by cleaning our air and water, reducing ambient air temperature
and usage of energy. They reduce flooding and support our native wildlife. Our oaks and trees in general, improve our well-being and support a sense of community.

That's why on February 8, 2016, for the second year in a row, Illinois Governor Bruce Rauner signed a proclamation designating October 2016, "OAKtober- Oak Awareness Month" in Illinois. "Oaktober is a perfect opportunity to bring awareness to the value of oak trees in our landscape," states Karen Ann Miller, Executive Planner for the Kane County Development and Community Services Dept. and co-chair of the Chicago Region Trees Initiative Trees & Green Infrastructure Work Group.

So get out in the beautiful fall weather, enjoy and appreciate the beautiful oak trees in your neighborhood!

For more information, visit the OAKtober events page for Oak-related activities or contact Karen Miller.

Scholarship Program

Support for communities looking to address vacant and 
abandoned properties

In 2014, Community Progress launched the Technical Assistance Scholarship Program (TASP), a competitive merit scholarship program for select communities that are ready to engage in a forward-thinking technical assistance process to assess, reform, develop, and/or implement systems to address large-scale vacancy and abandonment in their communities. The program was designed and launched to help find and support today's pioneers and "changemakers," both improving the field of practice and effecting positive change on the ground.
Through a competitive application process, five finalists will be chosen to receive on-the-ground site assessments to better understand the local challenges and the community's capacity for addressing them. Three of the five finalists will be selected to receive up to 400 hours of reduced rate technical assistance from a team of experts specializing in vacant, abandoned, and problem property reclamation. Applicants receiving technical assistance must commit up to $20,000 (not including in-kind contributions) reflecting the number of hours requested. Each scholarship is estimated to be fully valued at $150,000.
The lead applicant must be a governmental entity - this includes local government, county government, regional government, state agency/division, housing authority or land bank.
Deadline for submission: November 17, 2016 at 3:00 PM (EST)
Applications must be submitted by email as a single PDF attachment to RFA@communityprogress.net. For more information and to download the RFA, visit the TASP program page.

Conservation conference to celebrate theme of 
"One Home - One Future"

Join the brainpower of more than 700 of the region's top conservation and community partners at this regional conservation conference on November 2nd, 2016, at the University of Illinois Chicago Forum. The theme of this year's Chicago Wilderness Congress is "Celebrating 20 Years: One Home. One Future."


The Chicago Wilderness Congress is an all-day conference where you will learn about regional conservation and environmental issues from government, businesses, and nonprofit organizations across the region. The conference provides learning opportunities for both conservation practitioners as well as students looking to meet potential employers and mentors.


The conference will run from 8:00 AM to 6:30 PM at the University of Illinois Chicago Forum.



725 W Roosevelt Rd, Chicago, IL 60608


Registration Rates:

$110 members | $125 nonmembers (Online by October 24th)

$130 After October 24th or at the door

$40 for Students


Register here or visit the conference webpage for more information. 


Kane County Planning Cooperative
Matt Tansley, Land Use Planner - (630) 232-3493 
tansleymatthew@co.kane.il.us or kcplancoop@co.kane.il.us

Kane County Planning Cooperative, 719 S. Batavia Ave., Geneva, IL 60134
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