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Wednesday, January 31, 2018

Chicago - January 2017 Luncheon

11:30 AM - 01:30 PM Central Standard Time

Join us for an in-depth look at Cook County’s Department of Transportation and Highways Invest in Cook Program. We will also hear about future opportunities to meet the region's growth demands. This robust conversation will feature a distinguished panel with Cook County’s Department of Transportation and Highways leadership including Jennifer (Sis) Killen, María Choca Urban, Tomohiko (Tomo) Music.



Date:  Wednesday, January 31st

Time:  11:30 am to 1:00 pm

Location:  Roanoke  |  135 W. Madison  |  Chicago, IL 60603

Cost: $50 Member  |  $60 Non-member  |  $30 Student
Please contact Liz Carmignani (ecarmignani@primeraeng.com) with any questions regarding this event.

More About our Esteemed Panelists and Invest in Cook

Jennifer (Sis) Killen
KILLEN,JENNIFER_2596Jennifer Killen, or “Sis” as she is widely known, joined Cook County in 2012 and serves as the Assistant Superintendent of Transportation and Highways for Cook County, Illinois, the second most populous county in the nation. The Department is responsible for all aspects of transportation facility planning, development, design, construction and maintenance.  Her role has evolved significantly during her five plus years at the County, being a key orchestrator in the transformation of the 270 person Department from a roads centric environment to a culture with a focus on a broader range of transportation projects which foster economic returns.
Ms. Killen received a bachelor’s degree in Civil Engineering from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, is a licensed Professional Engineer and Professional Traffic Operations Engineer.
María Choca Urban
Maria_Choca_Urban_photoMaría Choca Urban joined Cook County as the Director of Planning and Development in June 2012.   In this capacity María oversaw planning and grant making for community development, economic development and housing programs.  Under her leadership funding was secured to support the newly created Cook County Land Bank Authority and $6 million in existing Community Development Block Grant funding protected. In July 2013 María joined the Department of Transportation and Highways as Director of Strategic Planning and Policy to lead development of the County’s first long range transportation plan (LRTP) in more than 70 years. Connecting Cook County, the County’s first multi-modal transportation plan, was approved by the Cook County Board of Commissioners on August 3, 2016. It identifies five policy priorities to foster business growth, job creation and more livable communities. Invest in Cook, a transportation grant program to advance projects consistent with the plan, is one of 55 initiatives of the Department’s five-year LRTP implementation plan. Ms. Choca Urban received her Master’s Degree from the University of Chicago and a Bachelor’s Degree from the University of Notre Dame. Recent publications include: Connecting Cook County, Prospering in Place, Safe, Decent and Affordable, and Penny Wise, Pound Fuelish, a guide to CNT’s H+T Index.
Tomohiko (Tomo) Music
TMusic_2018Tomo Music joined the recently created Strategic Planning Bureau of the Department of Transportation and Highways in 2015 where he has been a key implementer of the department’s newest initiatives, including the Invest in Cook transportation grant program, developing grant applications for some of our most innovative projects, and managing major freight and transit-related planning projects for Cook County. Prior to coming to Cook County, Tomo worked in the private sector as a planner based in Tampa, Florida. There he conducted research and managed development of Long Range Transportation Plans, transportation safety reports, transit plans, and alternative transportation plans for FDOT and communities in Central Florida. He was also a founding principal of CityVerde, providing various planning services to small municipalities that included housing and infrastructure condition surveys and general GIS services. Tomo received his Master’s degree in Urban and Regional Planning from the University of South Florida.
More about Invest in Cook
Following adoption of Connecting Cook County, the County’s first long range transportation plan in 75 years, the Department of Transportation and Highways created Invest in Cook, Cook County has jurisdiction over a relatively small share of all transportation assets within its boundaries which, in order to make progress on Connecting Cook County’s priorities, requires innovative collaboration with local agency partners to identify and construct projects consistent with its long range plan policy priorities.
The inaugural Invest in Cook call for projects was announced in January 2017 and received more than 100 applications. In this first year, $7.2 million was awarded for 30 projects spanning 42 municipalities, including transit improvements, bicycle and pedestrian enhancements, roadway projects, and freight improvements; and leveraged nearly $12 million in local, state and federal funds.  
Following the success of the 2017 Invest in Cook program, the County’s Department of Transportation and Highways is preparing for its release of the 2018 Call for Projects.

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