CMAP has a unique role in convening the region’s governments, civic institutions, and nonprofit organizations. Submitting regional responses to funding opportunities, such as the Chicago Metro Metals Consortium application for TIGER( Transportation Investment Generating Economic Recovery ) funds,{{Chicago Metropolitan Agency for Planning, Chicago Metro Metal Consortium, http://www.cmap.illinois.gov/programs/lta/cmmc.}} can leverage regional assets, combine contributions from stakeholders, collaborate on shared challenges, and produce more competitive applications. In addition, CMAP has been a leader in guiding implementation of federal and state funding programs and regionally significant projects, as with recent enhancement of 

STP-L. A recent agreement between the councils of mayors, the City of Chicago, and CMAP has yielded important changes to STP-L, establishing performance-based outcomes to program the local dollars and a new shared fund for accomplishing transformational local projects that implement regional priorities like an enhanced freight network or improved transportation for economically disconnected residents.{{Memorandum of agreement between The City of Chicago and the CMAP Council of Mayors regarding the distribution and active program management of locally programmed Surface Transportation Block Grant funds under the Fixing America’s Surface Transportation Act, October 11, 2017, https://cmap.illinois.gov/wp-content/uploads/2017-STP-Agreement.pdf.}}

Action 1

Continue to lead in pursuing federal and state investments where appropriate.

Implementers

CMAP

Action 2

Collaborate with regional partners for more efficient, effective, and cooperative programming decisions.

Implementers

CMAP

Action 3

Develop a process to develop, coordinate, and prioritize responses to federal funding opportunities such as INFRA( Infrastructure for Rebuilding America ) and TIGER( Transportation Investment Generating Economic Recovery ) /BUILD( Better Utilizing Investments to Leverage Development Transportation Discretionary Grants program ) .

Implementers

CMAP and partners