You Play a Critical Role in Setting National Energy Policy!

NARC is working with the Energy Efficiency Codes Coalition (EECC) and local governments nationwide to alert you and your jurisdiction to an opportunity to vote for more efficient buildings in this fall’s 2018 International Energy Conservation Code (IECC) update. The IECC is the basis for the energy code in over 40 states and thousands of…

What Regions Need to Know about Zika

As the first cases of the Zika virus were identified in the contiguous United States, it is important for regions and elected officials to understand the virus and ways they can educate and prepare their communities. A map showing where in the United States cases of the Zika virus have been reported to ArboNET, a…

4th Urban Waters National Training Workshop

By: McKenzie Bradford, NARC Intern At last week’s 4th Urban Waters National Training Workshop sponsored by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) in Pentagon City, panelists reaffirmed an idea that seems obvious yet is often overlooked by public officials and local community members alike. Water is vital to more of our daily needs than we realize…

19th Annual Congressional Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency EXPO + Policy Forum

By: McKenzie Bradford, NARC Intern Last week, large crowds flowed continuously through Capitol Hill’s Cannon House Office Building for the 19th Annual Congressional Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency EXPO and Policy Forum. The event featured a total of nine panels in which speakers exemplified the breadth of renewable energy and energy efficiency companies and organizations…

Press Release: NARC Elects 2016-2017 Leadership

Washington, DC (July 14, 2016): The National Association of Regional Councils (NARC) recently celebrated its 50th Annual Conference and Exhibition in Salt Lake City, Utah and elected its 2016-2017 leadership. For over 50 years, NARC has served as a national voice for a regional approach to problem solving through cooperative action across the boundaries of individual local…

Press Release: NARC Celebrates Regional Leadership and Excellence

Washington, D.C. (July 12, 2016) – The National Association of Regional Councils (NARC) presented its 2016 General Achievement and Leadership Awards at its 50th Annual Conference and Exhibition Gala Dinner in Salt Lake City, Utah on June 28th. Unique to this year, NARC created a story map to invite you to learn more about each award…

NARC Calls on Senate Leaders to Consider S 2848

Last week, NARC joined with other local government organizations calling on Senate leaders to bring up the Water Resources Development Act (WRDA) S 2848 for debate this summer.  The $9 billion bill authorizes flood protection, navigation and ecosystem restoration projects under the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers and was adopted by a Senate panel last…

DOL’s Highly Anticipated & Controversial Overtime Pay Rule

Last week, the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) released its highly anticipated and controversial overtime pay rule which will go into effect on December 1, 2016. DOL last updated the regulations in 2004. The new rule focuses primarily in updating salary and compensation levels needed for executive, administrative, and professional employees to be exempt from…

NARC and Esri Combine Forces to Build Regional Collaboration

WASHINGTON, D.C. (May 9, 2016) – The National Association of Regional Councils (NARC) and Esri, the world leader in geographic information systems (GIS), are proud to announce their partnership to bring a wide range of resources to NARC members.  Working with Esri, NARC will be able to develop maps and applications that will allow the…

New Study Finds that Rural Broadband Holds Economic Benefits for All

A post by Sarah Reed More widespread access to broadband service in smaller, rural communities has significant economic benefits for both rural and urban areas, according to a new study from the Hudson Institute entitled The Economic Impact of Rural Broadband. The report finds that economic benefits are dispersed more heavily towards urban areas, with…

Advanced Copy of FHWA NPRM

Earlier today, the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) released on its website a copy of the Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (NPRM) proposing national performance measures regarding performance of the National Highway System, Freight Movement on the Interstate System, and the CMAQ program. (Note that this is an advanced copy of the NPRM; the official version will…

NARC FY17 Transportation Appropriations Letters

Today NARC sent a letter to both the House and Senate regarding FY2017 transportation appropriations. The letters urge Congress to fully fund the Capital Investment Grant program and the Transportation Investment Generating Economic Recovery (TIGER) program at levels recently reauthorized by the Fixing America’s Surface Transportation (FAST) Act. Click HERE for the FY17 House Appropriations…

Senate Sets OAA Funding Levels for the Next Three Years

This afternoon the Senate gave final approval to S. 192, a bipartisan bill to reauthorize the Older Americans Act (OAA) for three years. The legislation was passed without opposition by a voice vote.  At a time when the nation’s population of seniors continues to grow, passage of S. 192 will allow local Area Agencies on…

Presentation Available for NARC’s Webinar on Safety Performance Management Measures Final Rule

Earlier this week, NARC Director of Transportation Programs Erich Zimmermann held a webinar outlining the Safety Performance Management Measures final rule – the first of three primary rulemakings regarding performance management and measurement – recently released by the Federal Highway Administration. Erich discussed changes in the rule and how this will affect our members. Find his…

NARC Receives Grant to Advance Fuel-Efficient Vehicle Technologies

WASHINGTON (March 22, 2016) – The National Association of Regional Councils (NARC) is launching the Aggregated Alternative Technology Alliance (AATA) initiative as part of the national effort to reduce petroleum consumption by 2.5 billion gallons per year by 2020 through the acquisition of alternative fuel and/or advanced technology vehicles and related technology (AFATVs). This initiative…

House Passes OAA Reauthorization Bill by Voice Vote!

After six months of negotiations between House majority and minority leaders on the House Education and Workforce Committee, an agreement has been reached on the House’s version of the Senate-passed Older Americans Act (OAA) reauthorization bill (S. 192). NARC sent a letter endorsing S.192 to all House members on Friday. Today, the bill moved to…

OAA Up for House Vote on Monday

Reauthorization of the Older Americans Act (OAA; S.192) is up for vote in the House this Monday. The Senate passed S.192 without amendment on July 16th of last year. The National Association of Regional Councils (NARC) supports this legislation because it will allow our members, which house a substantial number of Area Agencies on Aging,…

Take Action on FY2017 Appropriations

Key federal programs important to regions need protecting in FY2017 appropriations legislation. Several of these programs are addressed by “Dear Colleague” letters currently circulating in Congress. If these programs benefit your organization or region, we urge you to contact your House and Senate members and ask them to sign on. Please note that the deadlines…

Solar Ready II Team Meeting in Washington, DC

Earlier this week, nine regional councils  on the Solar Ready II team and representatives from the U.S. Department of Energy and Meister Consultants Group convened in Washington, D.C. at NARC and the Metropolitan Washington Council of Governments’ offices for a final all team meeting. The Solar Ready II project, funded by the U.S. Department of…

President Obama Releases 2017 Budget Proposal

Last week, President Obama released the proposed fiscal year 2017 budget – the last of his Administration. The budget includes several new proposals for local programs including funds to address the drug epidemic sweeping the nation, a clean transportation initiative, and an education and training program. Even though critics dismissed the proposal as “dead on…

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