The Metropolitan Planning Council (MPC) connects the dots — between regional needs, challenges, and solutions, and among the individuals and organizations with the power and capacity to guide the growth of the ever-changing Chicago metropolitan region.
MPC Mission: Sustainable. Competitive. Equitable.
Since 1934, the Metropolitan Planning Council (MPC) has been dedicated to shaping a more sustainable and prosperous greater Chicago region. As an independent, nonprofit, nonpartisan organization, MPC serves communities and residents by developing, promoting and implementing solutions for sound regional growth.
MPC 2013 Agenda
Each year, the Metropolitan Planning Council (MPC) presents its 12-month agenda for researching, advocating and implementing policies that advance our mission to shape a more competitive and livable greater Chicago region. MPC’s policy agenda for 2013 focuses on these areas:
- Vibrant neighborhoods and a competitive regional economy
- Responsible, productive use of Chicago’s water assets
- A transportation network that serves people and the economy
- Innovative financing that unlocks regional growth
- Quality homes in attractive communities
MPC projects typically have three phases: policy development, policy promotion, and policy implementation. Policy development is done through the use of models tested in communities around the region. Policy promotion is done through education and advocacy with policymakers at all levels of government. Policy implementation is done through the practical application of MPC-designed tools communities can use. Because policy change requires time and persistence, MPC often deploys all three of these strategies during the life cycle of an individual project, in different sequences and intensities.
MPC's 75th Anniversary
In 2009, MPC marked its 75th anniversary. This video chronicles MPC’s role as an agent for positive change in the region since 1934, and features interviews with past and present MPC leaders, including Dorothy Rubel, who served as executive director from 1943 to 1974, and one-time President and longtime MPC Board of Governors leader John Baird, chairman, Baird & Warner.