McLean County Regional Planning Commission Community Information Forum

McLean County Regional Planning Commission’s 14th Annual Community Information Forum

Wednesday, April 10th at 7:00am

The Chateau Hotel and Conference Center

1621 Jumer Drive, Bloomington


Tickets are $30 

Nonprofit Organization Discounted Tickets $20

Student Discounted Tickets $15

Tables of 8 are available for $160 for all parties 


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The McLean County Regional Planning Commission (MCRPC) will be hosting the 2019 Community Information Forum on Wednesday, April 10, 2019 at 7:00am.  


Stakeholders in McLean County should be thinking about the oncoming deployment of autonomous vehicles (AV) , the first of which we will likely see within the next five years.  The coming AV revolution offers substantial benefits for the efficiency and safety of vehicular travel. Some benefits include lower accident rates and first and last mile solutions, the latter of which has been a consistent issue for public transit agencies. However, there will also be challenges with AV's such as exacerbating urban sprawl, increasing vehicle miles traveled, and creating social equity issues. 


Cities need to prepare for this mobility revolution. Public policy will largely shape how, how soon, and how smoothly these cars deploy into our communities.

This forum has been approved for 2 CM credits from APA-IL!


"Smart Cities - How to Plan for Multimodality" 


Keynote Presentation:  Carla Bailo, President and CEO of the Center for Automotive Research (CAR) in Ann Arbor, MI.

CAR CEO Carla Bailo will discuss how communities need to plan for a future that involves multiple modes of transportation operating seamlessly and simultaneously. Connected and automated vehicles will be part of a transportation future that involves conventional vehicles, vehicle sharing solution, public transportation, ride hailing, and other transportation solutions. As they develop and execute their annual plans, communities will have to plan for their residents taking advantage of a much more flexible but also much more complex transportation system.


About Carla Bailo

Carla is a leader in engineering and vehicle program management with 35 years of experience in the automotive industry. Under Carla’s leadership, CAR continues to be a preeminent resource of objective and unbiased research, analysis, and information regarding the North American automotive industry.

In addition to her role at CAR, Carla is the 2016-2018 VP of automotive for SAE International, a global association of more than 138,000 engineers and related technical experts in the aerospace, automotive and commercial-vehicle industries.

Prior to joining CAR, Carla was most recently the assistant VP for mobility research and business development at The Ohio State University. Carla also has 25 years of experience at Nissan North America, Inc., where she served as senior VP of research and development. She also spent 10 years at General Motors.  She has a MS degree in mechanical engineering from the University of Michigan and a BS degree in mechanical engineering from Kettering University.



Sponsorships opportunities are available.

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Please contact Traci Andracke at or 309-829-1183 for more information. 


About Information Forums

The community information forum was envisioned by the McLean County Regional Planning Commission in 2005 to highlight awareness of issues that could affect future regional and community planning. Educating the general public, government, and business about innovations in planning and development practices is important for the future of any region. Each forum addresses a topic and features a speaker that has successfully implemented important planning concepts on the local, regional, or national level.


The McLean County Chamber of Commerce produces this event in partnership with the McLean County Regional Planning Commission.  For more information on the McLean County Regional Planning Commission, please visit their website by clicking here.