2011-2015 ACS 5-Year Estimates and 2016 Determinations for the Voting Rights Act

The U.S. Census Bureau released the 2011-2015 five year ACS estimates, offering a wealth of demographic and socio-economic data on more than 40 topics for communities of all sizes. The five-year estimates average data collected over the relevant time period from an annual sample of roughly 3.5 million addresses, to ensure acceptable levels of statistical…

House Passes Continuing Resolution and Water Bill

A four-month continuing resolution (CR) passed the House today by a 326-96 vote, and must be finalized by tomorrow to avert a government shutdown. The CR funds federal agencies through April 28 with additional dollars for a few urgent needs such as natural disaster relief and war operations, and $7 million for New York City…

Assistance Request: CDBG Success Stories

NARC has joined with the Community Development Block Grant Coalition to highlight the value of federal housing and community development programs to communities as the President-elect Trump Transition team develops policies on housing and community development. We are seeking information on CDBG projects that have made a significant contribution to your communities. The Community Development…

DVRPC Board Retreat and Megaregions Workshop

This week, the Delaware Valley Regional Planning Commission (DVRPC) held their annual Board Retreat in conjunction withe a Federal Highway Administration workshop on megaregions. The-two day event brought together local, state, and federal transportation experts to explore how to work together on a megaregion level. Day one featured national megaregions expert and director of the…

NARC Webinar Slides: 2016 Election Outcomes and Impact

NARC held a post-election webinar, 2016 Election Outcomes and Impact, on Monday detailing the overall results and thoughts about the incoming Administration. The slides include information on the new Congress and thoughts on what the new Administration might focus on. Check out the presentation slides for more detail.

Trump Selects Elaine Chao as Next U.S. DOT Secretary

Washington, D.C. (November 29, 2016): President-elect Donald Trump will reportedly announce later today that he is nominating Elaine Chao to serve as the next Secretary of Transportation. Chao has extensive executive experience, having served as Secretary of Labor for the entirety of the George W. Bush Administration and Deputy Secretary of Transportation under the George…

Rep. Visclosky Recognizes NIRPC’s 50 Years of Service in the House

In the House yesterday, Representative Peter Visclosky (D-IN) recognized the Northwestern Indiana Regional Planning Commission (NIRPC) for 50 years of service and dedication to infrastructure planning in the areas of transportation, land use, and the environment. Representative Visclosky expressed gratitude, recognized influential people over the years, and provided a nice history of the organization. He…

What Does a Trump Presidency Mean for the Supreme Court?

Lisa Soronen, executive director of the State and Local Legal Center, spoke on this topic at NARC’s 50th Annual Conference & Exhibition in Salt Lake City earlier this year and now provides an update in the National League of Cities blog, CitiesSpeak. While still a candidate, President-elect Donald Trump released two lists of potential Supreme…

Change is Afoot after Historic Election

Last week’s election of Donald J. Trump as the nation’s 45th president came as a surprise to many, both inside and outside the Beltway. However, one thing is certain: one-party rule has returned to Washington, D.C. for the first time since 2010. This time, Republicans will control both chambers of Congress and the White House.…

What NARC’s Move Means for Regions

Washington, D.C. (November 1, 2016): Yesterday the National Association of Regional Councils’ (NARC) staff unpacked boxes, perfected furniture placement, and started work in our new home at 660 North Capitol Street NW Suite 440, Washington, D.C. 20001. What does this mean for regions? It means a lot and here’s why: OUR NEW NEIGHBORS ARE GREAT…

Overtime Rules: Questions Answered

Plews Shadley Racher & Braun, LLP offered to follow up on a few questions from members regarding the new labor overtime rules discussed at the Executive Directors Conference in September. Here they are: The U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) maintains a number of fact sheets on various wage/hour topics.  DOL maintains a searchable index of…

Domestic Violence Awareness Month Spotlight: Maricopa Association of Governments

The Maricopa Association of Governments (MAG) in Phoenix, Arizona has made protecting vulnerable populations and improving quality of life in their region one of their top priorities. This includes being a leader in keeping people safe from and ending domestic violence. MAG’s efforts have been ramped up this fall during Domestic Violence Awareness Month through…

ACL’s NIDILRR Seeking Input to Guide Strategic Planning

The Administration for Community Living’s (ACL) National Institute on Disability, Independent Living, and Rehabilitation Research (NIDILRR) is seeking comments and will be hosting several listening sessions across the country to help inform future funding priorities and strategic direction. Mandated by Congress to develop a long-range plan every five years, NIDILRR is committed to incorporating input…

Funding for Wildfires

Pressure is building to change the way Congress funds the cost of fighting wildfires. Senators of both parties have joined the White House in urging action during the lame-duck session aimed at providing a more stable financing mechanism for wildfire suppression. Under current policies, the Forest Service must pull money from other programs each year…

CDBG Coalition Letter to Congress

Today, the CDBG Coalition sent a letter to House and Senate leaders thanking them for their leadership and support of the Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) Program and $3.0 billion in formula grants for CDBG in the FY2017 Transportation-HUD spending measure. The coalition asked for continued support for this level of funding in the final…

Two Lawsuits Challenge New DOL Overtime Rules

The U.S. Department of Labor’s (DOL) new salary test for exempt employees is set to take effect December 1, raising the salary level to qualify for certain white collar overtime exemptions from $455 per week to $913 per week. However, two lawsuits filed on September 20 might delay or even stop the rules from taking effect.…

October is National Domestic Violence Awareness Month!

Did you know that domestic violence is an alarming and pervasive problem in our country? The National Intimate Partner and Sexual Violence Survey data reports that on average, 24 people per minute are victims of rape, physical violence, or stalking by an intimate partner in the US. Over the course of a year, that equals…

MPO Coordination NPRM Comment Period Extended

We have confirmed that USDOT is reopening the docket and granting the many requests for extension of the comment period on the MPO Coordination Rule. It will be a 30-day extension, which will begin once the announcement appears in the Federal Register possibly later this week. The new deadline is likely to be mid-to-late October.…

Senate Passes WRDA

The Water Research Foundation applauds passage of WRDA and thanks the many organizations that helped the cause. NARC was part of this effort in June – Click HERE to read the letter. WASHINGTON, DC–(Marketwired – September 15, 2016) – On behalf of a diverse coalition of organizations representing the drinking water, wastewater, stormwater, flood risk…

Strengthening Emergency Preparedness through Alternative Fuel Vehicles

Preparing our communities for disasters and emergencies is essential for minimizing loss and ensuring swift recovery. Transportation services are a crucial aspect of emergency planning and petroleum is often in short supply when a disaster strikes. The Initiative for Resiliency in Energy through Vehicles (iREV) is addressing the challenge of these disruptions by developing resources…

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