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Thursday, April 13, 2017

TIF FOR INFRASTRUCTURE: Financing Transit Infrastructure

11:30 AM - 01:00 PM Central Standard Time

Join us for an in depth look at using Tax Increment Financing and other value capture approaches to finance transit infrastructure investments.

This program will explore the Chicago Metropolitan Area Planning (CMAP) long-range projections for transit infrastructure approaches and transition to focus on our region’s policy, planning and programming for Phase I of the CTA Red/Purple Line Modernization (RPM) program. The panel discussion will be moderated by the Metropolitan Planning Council and will provide attendees an opportunity to further their understanding about TIFs for infrastructure,local program lessons learned and creative approaches to help plan for our region’s next capital transit investments. Join us for this informative conversation with Leah Mooney (CTA), Liz Schuh (CMAP), and moderated by Audrey Wennink (MPC)! Registration includes lunch.


○      Date: April 13th, 2017

○      Time:11:30 am-1:00 pm (registration opens at 11:30, program starts at 12:15)

○      Location:Lloyd’s, 1 S. Wacker Drive, Chicago IL 60603

○      Price:$25 Students, $30 Members, $35 Non-Members

○      Register:  https://events.r20.constantcontact.com/register/eventReg?oeidk=a07edxmzvc32b47c0ab&oseq=&c=&ch= 

Leah Mooney is the Director of Strategic Planning & Policy for the Chicago Transit Authority and works for the Chief Planning Officer. She has worked for CTA for over eight years, and has been in the Planning Department for the last two years. The Strategic Planning team is responsible for planning major projects, such as the Red Purple Modernization and the Red Line Extension, the All Stations Accessibility Program (CTA’s plan to make all stations accessible within 20 years), and improvements for the Blue Line Forest Park Branch and the Brown Line. Strategic Planning also develops strategic bus projects, including a study of Lakefront corridor, performs market survey research, maintains the CTA’s GIS database and coordinates with outside agencies on numerous other strategic initiatives. Prior to her role in Planning, Leah worked in the Infrastructure department, where she managed capital project budgets and oversaw the $80 million construction program management contract. She also worked for the City of Chicago’s Office of Budget and Management, first as an analyst and subsequently an Assistant Budget Director. Leah has a Bachelor’s degree in Comparative Literature and Creative Writing from the Residential College at the University of Michigan, and she has a Master’s degree in Public Policy from University of Chicago, Harris School of Public Policy.

As a Principal Policy Analyst at CMAP, Liz Schuh is engaged in developing regional analyses and policy recommendations on land use, economic development, and transportation investment. Liz is also co-managing the development of the CMAP region’s next comprehensive regional plan, due in October 2018. Liz is a primary author or has substantially assisted in developing analyses of and reports on fiscal and economic incentives, supporting the region’s geographically-concentrated freight and manufacturing clusters, and transportation funding strategies such as value capture and public-private partnerships. Prior to CMAP, Liz worked at SB Friedman Development Advisors, with substantive work in fiscal and economic impact analyses, transportation finance, and assessment of the land use impacts of transportation investment.


Audrey Wennink joined MPC in 2017.  She directs MPC’s transportation efforts and leads the Regional Planning & Infrastructure Advisory Committee.  Prior to MPC, Audrey was a transportation planning and policy consultant with Cambridge Systematics for 12 years.  She worked on regional transit projects including the South Lakefront Transit Study, the Cook DuPage Transit Alternatives Analysis and a study of bus improvements in the City of Chicago. She also worked on benefit-cost analysis, grant writing, and advocacy for the Chicago Region Environmental and Transportation Efficiency Program (CREATE), a public-private partnership of the City of Chicago, Illinois DOT and Association of American Railroads to improve freight rail, passenger rail and highway operations through 70 projects in greater Chicago.  She led several research projects on transportation safety and performance management for the Federal Highway Administration as well as the development of statewide Strategic Highway Safety Plans for California and Montana. Audrey pursued a master’s degree in urban planning and policy from the University of Illinois at Chicago, and holds a B.A. in English and Spanish from Colby College.  She is also board member of the Greater Chicago chapter of WTS.

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