The Game Changers Analysis Process is a step-by-step process:
Step 1: Select a region, subregion, or district.
Step 2: Scan planned infrastructure projects for the selected area. (This step may also include the identification of existing infrastructure resources that are underused or that present opportunities.)
Step 3: Evaluate projects according to a variety of criteria. ULI Chicago’s Infrastructure Committee chose the following criteria (see definitions below):
- economic competitiveness,
- environmental sustainability,
- support, and
- funding and financial feasibility.
Step 4: Draft a working list of significant infrastructure projects and associated land use aspects.
Step 5: Test and build support for the working list through outreach to project partners and relevant communities and stakeholders.
Step 6: Document the final list of significant infrastructure projects and their associated land use aspects.
Economic competitiveness: the extent to which the proposed project enhances the economic competitiveness of the entire Greater Chicago region (the tristate metropolitan area) by increasing the efficiency, productivity, or attractiveness of the entire region. Projects considered significant for economic competitiveness have the potential to attract capital investment and jobs to, or to stem the loss from, the Greater Chicago region.
Opportunity: the extent to which the project provides economic or quality-of-life opportunities for the communities or neighborhoods most directly affected by the project or for other underserved populations. Opportunity includes improved access to jobs and education.
Environmental sustainability: the extent to which the proposed project improves the quality of the environment, including but not limited to improving environmental quality by reducing carbon emissions, protecting identified natural areas, promoting the more efficient use of water resources, and reducing water or air pollution.
Support: the extent to which the project has support from elected officials, key agencies, major stakeholders, and perhaps even the general public.
Funding and financial feasibility: the extent to which funding sources have been identified to cover project costs and the potential for the project to attract private sector investment in the form of public/private partnerships.