A Message from IMDC Executive Director, Dr. Suzet McKinney
Dear IMD Partners and Friends:
I hope you and your loved ones stayed safe during this week’s bout of winter weather that affected parts of the Chicagoland area. The good news is that spring is on the horizon! The start of spring also marks my 6th month as Executive Director of the IMDC, and when I look back at all the people I’ve met and all the great work going on in the District, it’s hard to believe it’s been such a short time since I was given this great opportunity!
Many of you have talked to me about the individual goals and plans for your respective organizations going forward. To that end, I want to share with you some of the initiatives we have planned for the coming months. First, we’ve been working closely with the Gateway Development team to obtain the final approvals needed to break ground this year. We know that the Gateway project will have a great impact on those who work, live and visit the District, so we will remain diligent in our oversight of the process to ensure that it progresses in a smooth and timely manner.
Second, in October of 2014, the IMDC began stakeholder outreach, focus group meetings and conducted research to inform a series of updates to the IMD Master Plan. Priority areas included promoting urban style development, providing quality amenities for employees and supporting transit use and walkability. We gathered that feedback, research and data and presented the updated Master Plan to the City Planning and Building departments, various elected officials and the IMDC Board of Commissioners. Now, we would like to present the plan to you, our stakeholders and the general public for a period of comment and additional feedback. The plan can be found on our website by clicking here. The public comment period will be open until April 4th, 2016. Please email your feedback to IMDMasterPlan@medicaldistrict.org. The numerous initiatives currently underway in the IMD make an updated master plan essential for future success. So we welcome your feedback as we begin to determine the best path forward for the IMD. We look forward to working together to build on what is already a world class urban Medical District.
Suzet McKinney, DrPH, MPH
Congratulations, Commissioner Foster!
On Friday, February 5, 2016, IMDC Commissioner Corey Foster received a 2016 Chicago Defender Men of Excellence Award. Pictured here with Chicago Defender President/Publisher, Cheryl Mainor, Commissioner Foster was among a number of distinguished individuals to receive this prestigious award. Awards are given to public and private leaders, motivators, educators, entrepreneurs, civil servants and others who exemplify high levels of ethics, accountability and integrity.
Free CAN TV Membership
In celebration of moving to their new home in the IMD, CAN TV is offering complimentary memberships to Chicago nonprofits for the remainder of the calendar year. As part of the membership, your organization can air a message on CANTV42, an interactive community bulletin board channel. For more information or to sign up for a membership, call CAN TV's Nonprofit Services Department at 312-738-1400.
EVENT: Yourself 3D Printed: Intro to 3D Printing and Digital Manufacturing
On March 2nd, Dima Elissa of Vismed 3D will host a workshop on 3D Printing and digital manufacturing. The course will provide an introduction and overview of the history of digital manufacturing, how it can be used in tandem with traditional manufacturing, existing (and upcoming) ways to implement the process, and will debunk some common myths about 3D printing. Attendees will also learn how digital manufacturing will affect the future of medicine, trade, manufacturing and logistics, and why it’s a critical technology to understand. Every attendee will receive a “3D portrait” and see the presenters use the technology firsthand. For more information about the course, visit the IMDC Events Calendar. To register for the course, click here.
EVENT: Keeping My Family Safe: An evening for parents
As parents, we should know what to communicate to our children, behaviors to watch out for and steps to take to protect our families. Join The Chicago Children’s Advocacy Center on Thursday, March 31st for "Keeping My Family Safe: An evening for parents.” Attendees will learn how to teach healthy development, create a family safety plan and intervene in concerning situations. Light dinner will be provided, and child care is available for children over age 3 who are potty trained. To register for this free event, click here.
IDOT PUBLIC SAFETY MEETINGS
The Illinois Department of Transportation (IDOT) has been preparing contracts and plans for construction on the westbound side of the Jane Byrne Interchange. With contract letting scheduled for this summer, IDOT will host a series of Incident Management meetings to present the project and discuss anticipated roadway and expressway closures that may affect organizations in and around the IMD. Attendance is open to anyone. For more information, contact Mr. Brian Kuttab, Project Manager, at (847) 705-4431 or Brian.Kuttab@illinois.gov.
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