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February 2019
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googleGoogle Insider Seminar

New Leads Through Google My Business by the Kane County Board Jobs Committee

On Tuesday, March 19th, Kane County will be hosting a free event, Google Insider Tips - New Leads Through Google My Business, a one and half hour program designed to help businesses and nonprofits navigate and utilize the services of Google My Business.
Nathan Misirian will unlock the secrets of using "Google My Business" - a free service that shows your local business in Maps and Searches. Starting in 2004, Google's service has evolved into a small ecosystem that direct drives local traffic but with very little explanation.

Autumn Consulting developed a first-of-its-kind training session to help local businesses increase local leads through Google My Business. Attend this high-energy and interactive seminar to:
  • Discover how your organization can appear on Google Maps
  • Add Online Reviews for your business
  • Learn how "at-home" to "large businesses" can use Google My Business
  • See how to identify and track new leads

Who Should attend?
  • Privately-held business and nonprofit organizations
  • Senior Leaders (President, Executive Director, VPs)
  • Business Owners

Date/Time: Tuesday, March 19, 2019 from 10 - 11:30 a.m.

Kane County Government Office
Building A, First Floor Auditorium
719 S. Batavia Ave
Geneva, IL 60134

Visit the event page for more information and to register.

transitCall for Transportation Projects

CMAP is hosting a call for projects to receive transportation funding through one of three federal programs (STP, CMAQ, & TAP-L)

From January 15 to March 15, CMAP is holding a call for projects for the regional Surface Transportation Program (STP) Shared Fund, Congestion Mitigation and Air Quality Improvement Program (CMAQ), and locally programmed Transportation Alternatives Program (TAP-L). These federal programs fund surface transportation projects that improve transit, traffic, bicycle facilities, freight, safety and alternative fuel vehicles and equipment.

Before submitting an application, local sponsors should discuss their project with the appropriate Council of Mayors Subregional Council Planning Liaison. Contact information for PLs is available in the list of municipalities by regional council. For general questions about the programs, check the FAQ page.

Visit CMAP's call for transportation projects page to review application documents and program references. Applications are due on Friday, March 15th, 2019 by the end of the business day. 

webinarWebinar: Leading by Engaging Citizens

Learn how two communities elevated citizen engagement to enhance public service delivery

Next City is hosting a webinar with guest presenters Andi Crawford, Director of the Department of Neighborhoods and Citizen Engagement for Lansing, Michigan, and Michael Hammett, Chief Service Officer for the City of Phoenix, Arizona, on Wednesday, March 6 at 1 p.m. eastern time.

Andi Crawford and Michael Hammett will share how citizen engagement became embedded in Lansing, Michigan, and Phoenix, Arizona, respectively. Through their leadership and close work with mayors, city agencies, local partners and community stakeholders, each was instrumental in changing the way their cities do business by making citizen engagement a core element in solving public problems. Coming from cities with different leadership structures, populations and demographics, Michael and Andi will share best practices and lessons learned so that other cities can replicate their success.

This seminar is pay-what-you-wish to register. Pay any amount that you would like or nothing at all. The event website includes more information about the speakers and a registration page

panelPanel: Creating Local Character

Tools to find and enhance community design

Save the date! The Chicago Metro Section of APA-IL will be hosting a panel discussion featuring speakers that have drafted design guidelines for communities, corridors, and districts. They'll share experiences and tips about engaging the public, using visual preference surveys, design examples, and other tools to find a shared visions for a community aesthetic. Planners will walk away with a set of tools to engage their commissions and the public in the discussion.

DATE: Thursday, March 14, 2019
TIME: 9:00 am
LOCATION: DePaul University's Loop Campus, located at 243 S. Wabash Avenue, Suite 9000 in the Chaddick Institute for Metropolitan Development

Registration for the event will open soon. Follow the event page for updates. 

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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