Contact Congress: Coalition Letter Outlines Local Issues with DRIVE Act

On August 25, the National Association of Regional Councils (NARC) and other members of the Local Officials for Transportation (LOT) Coalition (National Association of Counties, National League of Cities, U.S. Conference of Mayors, Association of MPOs, and National Association of Development Organizations) sent a letter to House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee leadership last week outlining…

NARC’s New Regional Solar Deployment Tools

As demand for solar energy continues to grow, many local governments look for strategies to spur solar deployment in their communities. Regional planning organizations are in a prime position to provide tools, guidance, and technical assistance to their member governments to help them increase local solar adoption. The National Association of Regional Councils (NARC), as…

Last Chance to Help Increase Local Control of Transportation Funding

Urge Your Senators to Co-Sponsor and Support the Wicker-Booker Amendment #2289 The U.S. Senate will complete work on a multi-year transportation reauthorization bill, the DRIVE Act, by Thursday. An important amendment by Senators Roger Wicker (R-MS) and Cory Booker (D-NJ) would dramatically increase the amount of surface transportation program (STP) funding directed to local governments.…

HUD Announces Affirmatively Further Fair Housing Final Rule

The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) today released the Affirmatively Furthering Fair Housing Final Rule. This rule aims to equip local communities, States, and Insular Areas with clearer guidelines, new tools, and data to meet fair housing obligations established in law. HUD plans to collaborate with communities to provide tools and technical…

Key Provision of Fair Housing Act Upheld by Supreme Court

Key Provision of Fair Housing Act Upheld by Supreme Court By NARC Intern: Nico Stauffer-Mason On June 25, the Supreme Court issued a landmark decision regarding housing discrimination and the administration of affordable housing programs. In Texas Department of Housing and Community Affairs v. The Inclusive Communities Project, the Court affirmed that the Fair Housing…

Senate EPW DRIVE Act Analysis

The Senate EPW DRIVE Act: Lots to Like, But Improvements Needed This week, the Senate Environment and Public Works (EPW) Committee passed out of committee – in a 20-0 vote – a transportation authorization proposal called the Developing a Reliable and Innovative Vision for the Economy (DRIVE) Act (S. 1647). The DRIVE Act is a…

The Senate EPW DRIVE Act: Lots to Like, But Improvements Needed

This week, the Senate Environment and Public Works (EPW) Committee passed out of committee – on a 20-0 vote – a transportation authorization proposal called the Developing a Reliable and Innovative Vision for the Economy (DRIVE) Act (S. 1647). The DRIVE Act is a six-year bill with $278 billion in contract authority for fiscal years…

NARC Urges You to Call Senate EPW this Morning

To NARC Members: NARC staff is busy preparing a complete, section-by-section analysis of the Senate Environment and Public Works Committee’s transportation reauthorization legislation that was released yesterday morning and will be marked up on today at 9:30am. Of particular importance is the level of STP suballocation. The EPW bill increases the portion of STP that…

Green Infrastructure & Forestry Toolkit Webinar – June 24, 2:00 PM ET

Join NARC and Virginia Tech’s Center for Leadership in Global Sustainability for an informational webinar on the Green Infrastructure & Forestry Toolkit (GIFT) tomorrow, Wednesday, June 24th at 2:00 PM ET. GIFT is designed to be a one-stop-shop for information and resources on green infrastructure and urban forestry. Featuring a series of essential guides, outreach…

Press Release: The National Association of Regional Councils Celebrates Regional Leadership and Excellence

Last night, the National Association of Regional Councils (NARC) presented its 2015 General Achievement and Leadership Awards at its 49th Annual Conference and Exhibition Gala Dinner in Raleigh, North Carolina. “We are thrilled to announce this year’s achievement and leadership awards,” said NARC Immediate Past President Gary Moore, Judge Executive, Boone County, KY. “Our members, leaders,…

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