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EPA Urban Waters Regional Winners

Congratulations to Northwestern Indiana Regional Planning Commission in Portage, IN and the Toledo Metropolitan Area Council of Governments in Toledo, OH on winning the 2014 U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s Urban Waters grants. The Northwestern Indiana Regional Planning Commission (NIRPC) will engage community members by establishing a volunteer stream monitoring network in the Little Calumet-Galien sub-basin. In […]

Member Assistance Request: Separate ADA Compliance Requirements for MPOs

Caltrans, for the first time ever, is requiring an American with Disabilities Act (ADA) certification by way of the Exhibit 9-C, available by clicking HERE. The San Joaquin Council of Governments (SJCOG) was recently asked to submit Exhibit 9-C to proceed with federal-aid projects. Specifically, does any other state Department of Transportation, as the cognizant agency, […]

Member Assistance Request: Comprehensive Infrastructure Document

The Metropolitan Washington Council of Governments (MWCOG) is seeking information from its peers on the development of comprehensive infrastructure documents. MWCOG plans to create an all-encompassing document that includes infrastructure plans for roads and bridges, transit, water, energy, etc., and would like to see if any other regional planning organizations have done something similar. Specifically, […]

NARC Selects Two Regional Centers of Excellence: Eastgate Regional Council of Governments and Southwest Florida Regional Planning Council Recognized for Outstanding Urban Forestry Projects

NARC, in partnership with the U.S. Forest Service, recognized two green infrastructure programs to serve as national models of urban forestry focused green infrastructure. Eastgate Regional Council of Governments (Eastgate) in Youngstown, OH and the Southwest Florida Regional Planning Council (SWFRPC) in Fort Myers, FL will carry out peer-to-peer communication projects, present at NARC’s 48th […]

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 […]

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