Budget and Appropriations Call Resources

In response to budget and appropriations requests for information, NARC hosted a conference call last week. Both the National Association of Counties (NACo) and National League of Cities (NLC) provided important county and city perspectives during the call. Here are some resources from the call: Call Summary Fast Facts – House Appropriations Fast Facts –…

EPA Setbacks Re: Obama Administration Regulation Rollbacks

Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Administrator Scott Pruitt has been working quickly to repeal a list of environmental regulations from the last administration. States and environmental groups have taken EPA to court multiple times in the last few months to block deregulations, leading to some setbacks for the agency. Last Monday, the U.S. Court of Appeals…

NARC Advocates for Job Training and Workforce Programs

NARC participates in the Campaign to Invest in America’s Workforce coalition, a collection of national organizations that advocate for federal investment in skills-building programs to improve our national workforce. On Friday the coalition submitted a letter to the chairman and ranking members on the Senate Appropriations Committee urging them to pass a Labor, Health and…

Senate THUD Bill

Last Thursday, the Senate Appropriations Committee unanimously approved a $60.1 billion FY2018 spending bill that provides $3.6 billion more than the House Appropriations version. The Senate total includes $550 million for the Transportation Investment Generating Economic Recovery (TIGER) grant program. The Senate measure would provide $19.5 billion in discretionary funding for USDOT, $3.3 billion more…

NARC Urges T&I Committee to Reauthorize and Improve EPA’s Brownfields Program

Today the National Association of Regional Councils, National League of Cities, National Association of Counties, and U.S. Conference of Mayors sent a letter to members of the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee urging them to reauthorize and improve the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s Brownfields Program under the Brownfields Reauthorization Act of 2017 (H.R. 1758). Suggested…

U.S. Census Bureau Releases New ACS Statistics

The U.S. Census Bureau has released new American Community Survey (ACS) estimates for detailed race, Hispanic Origin, ancestry, and tribal populations. These statistics provide the greatest level of statistical information for detailed populations. Two resources included in this release are the Selected Population Tables, which provide estimates for 416 race, Hispanic Origin, ancestry, and tribal population…

Iowa Data Bike

Iowa Data Bike is a proof-of-concept initiative by the Des Moines Area MPO in partnership with the Iowa Department of Public Health and Iowa Natural Heritage Foundation. Using an app that senses the roughness of pavement, Data Bike will generate data scoring the condition of trails, as well as collect 360-degree imagery of the trails…

Member Alert! Tell the House Appropriations Committee to Restore Cuts to OAA and WIOA Programs, and LIHEAP

Last week the House Labor-Health and Human Services (HHS) Appropriations Subcommittee, which determines funding for a range of programs important to regional councils, adopted a fiscal year 2018 appropriations bill that would make significant cuts in funding to programs established under the Older Americans Act (OAA) and the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA) as…

Impact of Future Technology in Miami-Dade TPO’s 2045 LRTP Study

The Miami-Dade Transportation Planning Organization commissioned a study to examine existing and future technologies that will impact their 2045 long-range transportation plan and provide recommendations for incorporating technology. The report went through each time period until 2045 and predicted developments on a variety of topics. The report suggested that the TPO should update its travel…

Member Blog: Let’s Not Get Run Over by Major Transportation Trends

In this blog post, Lyle Wray, executive director of the Capitol Region Council of Governments in Hartford, CT, explores community impacts of ride-sharing and solutions for working with disruptive technologies such as shared rides, electric vehicles, autonomous vehicles, and connected vehicles. Wray suggests developing a framework for measuring impacts, forecasting, and tracking results of pilots…

MVRPC Introduces the Equity Regional Profile

The Miami Valley Regional Planning Commission (MVRPC) released the Miami Valley Equity Regional Profile in partnership with the Kirwan Institute for the Study of Race and Ethnicity. The profile provides historical context on the issue of equity and presents an analysis of equity at the regional and sub-regional level. The study revealed that the MVRPC…

Brownfields Legislation Passes in House Energy and Commerce Committee

When NARC, NACo, NLC, and USCM put up a united front on reauthorizing and improving the EPA Brownfields Program, the House listened. We are happy to report that the Brownfields Enhancement, Economic Redevelopment, and Reauthorization Act of 2017 (H.R. 3017) passed the House Energy and Commerce Committee with amendments favorable to our requests. It authorizes appropriations…

EPA, Army Begin Process to Repeal WOTUS Regulation

On June 27, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), U.S. Department of the Army, and U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) published a press release stating that they are initiating the first of a two-step process to withdraw and rewrite the 2015 “Waters of the US” (WOTUS) regulation put in place by the Obama administration. President…

Capitol Hill Briefing on the National Flood Insurance Program

Eyes are on Congress to settle disagreements surrounding the National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP) before the September 30 renewal deadline. To frame the conversation on the different issues surrounding NFIP reauthorization, representatives of the American Academy of Actuaries’ Flood Insurance Work Group came to Capitol Hill last Monday to give a briefing on findings from their…

NARC Member Opportunity: Engaging with UC Davis’ National Center for Sustainable Transportation

Date: Tuesday, July 18, 2017 Time: 1:00 – 2:00 PM ET Sign up: Please use this sign up link. Call-in information will follow. NARC will host a webinar/call and dialogue with Laura Podolsky (Policy Director, National Center for Sustainable Transportation – NCST*) to introduce NARC members to a potential resource for information, research, and educational…

INFRA Program Will Replace FASTLANE Grants

The U.S. Department of Transportation (USDOT) will announce changes in tomorrow’s Federal Register to the FASTLANE freight grant program that was created in the FAST Act reauthorization. The Notice of Funding Opportunity (NOFO) will contain the changes, including the program’s new name. The Infrastructure for Rebuilding America (INFRA) program, with a new set of criteria…

DMAMPO’s Approach to Bike Trail Maintenance

The Des Moines Metropolitan Planning Organization (DMAMPO) is using an innovative method for collecting data and measuring the health of recreational trails. This summer, a DMAMPO intern will be cycling central Iowa’s 600 miles of paved trails on a “data bike,” equipped with an electric hub to ensure constant speed for accurate data collection. As…

FAA Reauthorization Action Heats Up

Both the House and Senate released versions of FAA reauthorization proposals this week. House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee Chairman Bill Shuster unveiled the 21st Century Aviation Innovation, Reform, and Reauthorization Act (21st Century AIRR Act) yesterday, which moves air traffic control operations from FAA to a private non-profit called the American Air Navigation Services Corporation.…

CDBG FY 2018 Funding Support Letter to THUD Members

Earlier this month, 1,867 national, state, and local organizations signed onto a letter to members of the Transportation, Housing and Urban Development, and Related Agencies Committee urging a minimum FY 2018 appropriation of $3.3 billion in formula funding for the Community Development Block Grant Program (CDBG). The letter highlights CDBG achievements and how they have…

Press Release: NARC Elects 2017-2018 Leadership

The National Association of Regional Councils (NARC) recently celebrated its 51st Annual Conference and Exhibition in Monterey, California and elected leaders for 2017-2018. For over 50 years, NARC has served as a national voice for a regional approach to meeting local challenges. NARC members work collaboratively in their communities – large and small, urban and rural —…

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