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SEMCOG Sponsors Green Infrastructure Survey

The Southeast Michigan Council of Governments (SEMCOG) is offering its residents a unique opportunity to provide input for where additional green infrastructure, or natural areas, are located in Southeast Michigan. SEMCOG and its partner organization, the Metropolitan Affairs Coalition (MAC) are sponsoring a regional survey, available HERE. Green infrastructure can provide additional recreation opportunities, improve […]

Metropolitan Council: Sun Will Grow Energy Savings at Blue Lake

Sunshine will help power wastewater treatment at one of the largest metro-area treatment plants, once thousands of solar panels are up and running near the Blue Lake plant in Shakopee, MN. The Metropolitan Council recently approved a long-term arrangement with a contractor that will allow the Council to lease buffer land just west of the […]

CMAP Releases Freight/Manufacturing Report

The Chicago Metropolitan Agency for Planning (CMAP) released a new report, The Freight-Manufacturing Nexus: Metropolitan Chicago’s Built-in Advantage, which explores how the U.S. freight system’s convergence in metropolitan Chicago offers distinct competitive advantages to our region’s resurgent manufacturing cluster. Next City, a media organization, covered the report’s release HERE. Click HERE to access a copy of […]

CCOG’s Local Food Systems Study Underway

A Local Food Systems study is underway by the Centralina Council of Governments (CCOG) to examine how food in the 14-county bi-state region is produced, distributed and consumed. The ultimate goal of the Food Systems Work Group’s work is a regional food system that supports locally-produced foods with enhanced access to them as part of […]

NARC Celebrates Regional Leadership and Excellence

The National Association of Regional Councils (NARC) presented its 2013 General Achievement and Leadership Awards at its 47th Annual Conference and Exhibition, in Philadelphia, PA on June 26, 2013. “We are excited to present our annual awards, which recognize regional excellence and successful programs across the country,” said NARC President Penny Gross, Supervisor, Fairfax County, […]

NARC Releases Regional Food Systems Case Study Report: Local Food in Oregon

NARC partnered with the Central Oregon Intergovernmental Council (COIC) to learn more about the food system in place in Bend, OR, which was designed to provide access to local food to an underserved, economically depressed regional population.  COIC, the regional planning organization in Bend, plays a pivotal role in managing and administering the food system […]

NARC Releases Economic Competitiveness Planning Report

NARC Releases Economic Competitiveness Planning Report: In partnership with the McKnight Foundation, the Metropolitan Council (Minneapolis, MN) and MZ Strategies, LLC, NARC released Planning for Regional Competitiveness: For Regional Economic Partners in the Minneapolis-Saint Paul Metropolitan Area. Thirty peer regions were surveyed providing a status assessment of current regional economic competitiveness and equity planning efforts nationwide. […]

Mayor Marie Lopez-Rogers Publishes Editorial on the Role of Local Governments and the Need for Immigration Reform

NARC Board Member, National League of Cities President, and Mayor of Avondale, AZ, The Honorable Marie Lopez Rogers published an editorial highlighting the responsibilities and challenges local governments face in dealing with immigration issues. Promoting a call to action in Washington, Lopez Rogers stated, “As city leaders, we have no control over the regulation of […]

Chicago Metropolitan Agency for Planning (CMAP) Launches Website to Promote Local Food Systems

As part of the Go to 2040 regional plan for prosperity, CMAP has launched an online resource and short documentary aimed at educating local elected officials, planners and economic development practitioners on the importance of promoting and supporting local agriculture. The site is available HERE. The Chicago Egotist also blogged about CMAP’s efforts.

SunShot Awardee Spotlight: Mid-America Regional Council

Yesterday, the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) highlighted the Mid-America Regional Council’s (MARC) work on the DOE SunShot Initiative’s Rooftop Solar Challenge. In August, MARC held a discussion forum to present their Solar Best Management Practices to local stakeholders. MARC began developing measures to clear a path for the rapid expansion of solar energy in […]

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