Want America to Be ‘Great’ Again? Pay For It – By Pat Jones, IBTTA

The following article, Want America to be Great Again? Pay for It, by Pat Jones was originally published as a guest editorial in the April 18 issue of Time magazine. Pat Jones is the CEO of the International Bridge, Tunnel, and Turnpike Association (IBTTA), an organization that represents tolling agencies from around the nation and…

Annual Conference Hotel: Note for Saturday Only

The hotel has increased the number of rooms available for Saturday night, June 3. If you were trying to book a reservation that started or included that night, but had been unable to complete the process OR if you still need to book a reservation that includes that night, please reserve your room by midnight,…

Federal Support for Job Training Programs

On April 4, the House Appropriations Subcommittee on Labor, Health and Human Services, Education, and Related Agencies held a hearing, Examining Federal Support for Job Training Programs. Witnesses included University of Maryland School of Public Policy Professor and Atlantic Council Senior Fellow Douglas J. Besharov, Urban Institute Fellow Dr. Demetra Smith Nightingale, and Markle Foundation…

NARC Issues Statement in Support of Brownfields

Last month, two House panels heard from local officials how important the program has been to protecting cities and counties from liability concerns as these sites are rehabilitated and made available for redevelopment. NLC President and Cleveland Councilmember Matt Zone told the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee’s Water Resources and Environment Subcommittee that successes in…

National Community Development Week

National Community Development Week – April 17-22, 2017 – is a national observance that honors the work made possible by Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) and HOME Investment Partnerships Program (HOME) funding. The CDBG program provides grants to over 1,200 state and local governments and funds activities such as housing rehabilitation, business assistance, senior services,…

Is a Government Shutdown in the Cards?

With Congress on recess for one more week and the April 28 government funding deadline looming, talk of a government shutdown escalated in the media this weekend. Republican leaders want to show that they can adopt a funding bill that provides the government with sufficient funding, while Democratic leaders pledge that they will not support…

NARC Issues Statement in Support of Brownfields

Federal brownfields redevelopment programs administered by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) have helped communities redevelop unused or abandoned land to revitalize local communities and encourage economic development. Last month, two House panels heard from local officials how important the program has been to protecting cities and counties from liability concerns as these sites are…

Budget Facts and Talking Points to Share with Congressional Leaders

The budget process is complex and filled with arcane rules and complicated precedents. Over the past seven years, Congress has passed and the president has signed a number of so-called budget control acts designed to limit overall spending and reduce the deficit and the debt. As a result, the budgeting process became even more complicated.

ESRI Story Map Highlights US Infrastructure Issues

On March 9, the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE) released its 2017 report card of U.S. infrastructure, and assigned the country’s transportation networks an overall letter grade of D+. The ASCE estimated that the nation would need to invest $4.9 trillion over the next decade to restore infrastructure to relative health (a B+ grade)—up…

Take Action! Tell Congress: Don’t Cut Non-Defense Discretionary Programs

Now is the time to take action. Now is the time to let Congress know that programs like the Community Development Block Grant (CDBG), Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP), or the Transportation Investment Generating Economic Recovery (TIGER) grant program must not be cut. The president’s fiscal year 2018 budget, if adopted, would substantially…

2017 NARC Elections in Monterey

Elections for NARC Officers, Board of Directors, and Executive Directors Council (EDC) positions will take place at the upcoming annual meeting. NARC is your organization and we want you to participate in serving and electing 2017-2018 leadership! Both the Board and EDC will meet during the 51st Annual Conference & Exhibition, and these meetings are…

MAPC on Greater Boston Population Growth

On March 29th, the Boston Globe interviewed Metropolitan Area Planning Council (MAPC) Executive Director Marc Draisen on the slowing growth of the Boston region. Five large counties in Eastern Massachusetts added about 25,000 people in 2016, according to the Census Bureau, a number that fell for three consecutive years and is down by nearly half…

DVRPC Transit Benefits Extended to Uber

Participants in the Delaware Valley Regional Planning Commission’s (DVRPC) RideECO commuter benefit program can now use their benefit debit cards to pay for uberPOOL rides. RideECO allows employers and commuters to save by putting pre-tax dollars towards fares on public transportation and vanpools. Currently, nearly 500 employers and 10,000 employees participate in the program. The…

The Trump Administration’s Budget Blueprint: The Regional Impact

Today President Trump unveiled his first federal budget blueprint, which calls upon Congress to make dramatic changes to the shape, if not the size, of the federal government. The plan calls for deep cuts at some departments and agencies while significantly increasing funding at others. At the core of the proposal is a $54 billion…

CIAW Letter to OMB on WIOA Funding

In a letter to Office of Management and Budget (OMB) Director Mick Mulvaney, the Campaign to Invest in America’s Workforce (CIAW) asked the administration to carefully consider any proposed cuts to the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA) programs. Noting that “any cuts to WIOA programs would come on top of historic disinvestments in critical…

Is the Community Development Block Grant on the Chopping Block?

By Neil E. Bomberg, senior policy advisor at NARC On Thursday, March 9, the Washington Post reported that the Trump administration is planning to eliminate all funding for the Community Development Block Grant (CDBG). In response to the Post’s requests for clarification, a spokesperson for the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) said…

Budget and Appropriations: Where Do We Go From Here?

By Neil E. Bomberg, senior policy advisor at NARC As the Senate and House move to finalize fiscal year (FY) 2017 funding for the federal government, it is becoming increasingly clear that three obstacles – two pieces of legislation and an on-going congressional investigation – stand in the way of a rapid and conclusive FY2017…

Campaign to Invest in America’s Workforce Issues Letter in Support of Maintaining WIOA Funding

The Campaign to Invest in America’s Workforce (CIAW), of which NARC is a founding member, forwarded today a letter to Senate and House Appropriations Committee chairs and ranking members urging them to fund, at current levels, key education and workforce programs that will contribute to successful workforce development and job growth efforts. Among the programs emphasized…

NARC’s Congressional Breakfast

To wrap up our National Conference of Regions last week, NARC members attended a breakfast at the Capitol Visitors Center where they heard from federal lawmakers before meeting with their delegation and agency contacts. Rep. Paul Tonko (D-NY), Rep. Rodney Davis (R-IL), and Rep. Julia Brownley (D-CA) joined us to talk about transportation, infrastructure, water…

NARC Tours Union Station

Last week at NARC’s National Conference, attendees and staff participated in a mobile tour of Union Station train station. Phil Hancock, Assistant Secretary at Amtrak, guided us through the building, providing interesting photos and facts about its history along the way. Check out some of the photos below! You could be having as much fun…

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