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December 2018
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appKKCOM Bike and Pedestrian Web App

Explore the new Kane Kendall Council of Mayors web app for cyclists and pedestrians

The Kane Kendall Council of Mayors staff, along with Kane County GIS staff members, have created the KKCOM Bike & Pedestrian App. The app will allow users to access several transportation maps within one location. The maps included within the app are Pace Bus routes and stations, Metra lines and stations, dedicated bike lanes, bike trails, local destinations, parking and restrooms, bike shops, and other relevant infrastructure throughout Kane and Kendall County. 

The purpose of the app is to help residents become more knowledgeable about the alternative means of transportation in the region and to enhance the recreational activities of the residents and visitors of Kane and Kendall County. The app can also be accessed through mobile devices and is completely free to use. 

"We hope that the KKCOM Bike and Pedestrian App will help current users of KKCOM's growing transportation system travel with greater ease, while also encouraging others to take advantage of the many forms of transportation available within Kane and Kendall County," says Tom Rickert, KKCOM Executive Director and Kane County's Deputy Director of Transportation.

The app can also be accessed via mobile devices and is completely free to use. Questions or comments about the app can be directed to Kane County's Bike and Pedestrian Coordinator, Ryan Peterson

Farm to School Opportunities

Kane County is seeking two contract staff to support the Juvenile Justice Center Farm to School Program

Kane County is launching a new Farm to School Program at the Juvenile Justice Center in St. Charles and is seeking two qualified contract staff to support the project. 

The USDA grant-funded program will pay for two part-time positions through July 2020. The contract positions include a Farm to School Program Coordinator and Garden Coordinator.

Both positions will report to the Kane County Development and Community Services Department, and coordinate with other county partners including the University of Illinois Master Gardeners and Illinois Farm to School Network. The two-year grant program will build on efforts to institutionalize hands-on food growing and learning opportunities for youth under the care of the JJC. The program will also explore opportunities and develop strategies for the JJC to procure fresh and healthy food items from area growers.

Instructions and Key Deadlines

Interested applicants can request an RFP information packet for either position, by submitting a contact information form available on the Kane County Purchasing Department Bids and Proposals page. Applicants should read the requirements within each RFP carefully before applying for a position. The application deadlines for the Program Coordinator and Garden Coordinator positions are 2 p.m. and 2:30 p.m. respectively on Jan. 8, 2019.
Any questions about the positions must be submitted via email at PURCHASING@CO.KANE.IL.US or fax to 630-208-5107 no later than Dec. 27, 2018.
recycleKane County Recycling Workshop

Learn tips for recycling at home and at work

Get the lowdown on what you should be recycling at home and at work. Jennifer will cover what can and cannot go in your curbside recycling cart, the 2018 sea change in the recycling industry, and the statewide work being done on reducing contamination in recycling streams. She will also share top recycling tips that answer the most commonly asked questions. 

Learn about where you can recycle other items at drop-off locations throughout Kane County: Styrofoam, electronics, books, hazardous waste, batteries, paint, and more. Get the 2019 schedule of Recycling Events, and all of the things you can take to them, including the free confidential document shredding dates. 

This session will include a slide presentation, time for questions and answers and some fun giveaways, including the Kane County Recycles Green Guide. 


Date: Wednesday, December 19th, 2018 
Time: 7pm - 8pm 
Location: Fox Valley Library, 555 Barrington Avenue, East Dundee, IL 60118 
RSVP: This program is FREE but space is limited. Please RSVP to Fox Valley Library at 847-428-3661 or email:

Check out the complete event flyer here. Direct your questions to Kane County Recycling Coordinator, Jennifer Jarland at  630-208-3841 or visit for more information.

zonesOpportunity Zones Ranking Report

This month Smart Growth America & LOCUS releases a new report on the Opportunity Zone tax incentive progra

The Tax Cuts and Jobs Act of 2017 included a new powerful economic development tax  incentive - Opportunity Zones - designed to encourage long-term private capital investment in America's low-income communities. 

With over 8,700 Opportunity Zones - spanning the entire continental, including many Chicagoland communities - now eligible to tap into over $6 trillion dollars of unrealized capital gains to support redevelopment projects and new businesses, there's enormous excitement amongst investors and local policymakers. Equally, there's enormous concern among local policymakers and community groups who are afraid that this tax incentive will crowdsource unmanaged gentrification and displacement or accelerate climate change. 

The LOCUS National Opportunity Zone Ranking Report, first of its kind, ranks each of the designated Opportunity Zones based on its Smart Growth Potential (SGP) as well as its Social Equity + Vulnerability Index score (SE_SVI). 

This study creates a "Smart Growth Potential" filter for investors to identify which Opportunity Zones should be prioritized for investment from a triple-bottom-line perspective that can deliver positive economic, environmental, and social returns. Additionally, this study is intended to provide local policymakers and community groups with a policy framework to manage and ensure equitable, inclusive development in Opportunity Zones.

A copy of the report can be downloaded from Smart Growth America. 

Kane County Planning Cooperative
Matt Tansley, Land Use Planner - (630) 232-3493 or
Kane County Planning Cooperative, 719 S. Batavia Ave., Geneva, IL 60134
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