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…

Make an Impact on National Energy Policy!

NARC is working on a new building energy codes initiative with six other national organizations. NARC’s role in the project is to inform regional councils and their member local governments about the upcoming November 2016 vote on the 2018 International Energy Conservation Code. In order to vote, all local governments and city agencies must be…

President’s Final Budget Request Sent to Congress

Characterized as “dead on arrival,” President Obama released the last budget of his Administration last Tuesday. Filled with policy proposals, the budget blueprint was met with accolades from supporters and dismissals from opponents, much like previous presidential budget releases. The budget proposes $2.9 trillion in deficit reduction over the decade from FY 2017 to 2026,…

Looking for Superbowl Options During the Conference?

The Ritz will have the game showing in all the bar and lounge areas with no cover charge. If you prefer to make a reservation for a group, click HERE to see more formal group options at the Ritz. Below are some spots in the immediate neighborhood of the Ritz: Stoney’s on L  http://www.stoneysonl.com/ Café…

Collaboration: A Key to Building Stronger Regions

By Valarie J. McCall, Chair, American Public Transportation Association, and Secretary, Northeast Ohio Areawide Coordinating Agency Congratulations! Input from NARC and its members has helped shape a new federal transportation bill – the first long-term, fully funded surface transportation bill Congress has enacted in ten years. We now transition from prolonged efforts seeking enactment of…

Want to Influence National Energy Policy?

Building energy codes are an effective tool that regions and local governments can use to reduce energy consumption, electricity bills, and carbon emissions. These codes set the minimum energy efficiency requirements for building construction and renovation. Building energy codes improve efficiency by creating construction guidelines and selecting building components, including wall and ceiling insulation, window…

Omnibus Spending Package Details

Congress passed the 2016 Omnibus Appropriations bill to keep the government open through the end of the fiscal year, September 30, 2016. The legislation includes funding for virtually the entire federal government, totaling approximately $1.15 trillion. The bill avoided the automatic spending cuts set back in 2013 (known as sequestration) in addition to some last…

Omnibus Spending Package Transportation Update

This week, Congress released a $57.6 billion spending package for Transportation-Housing and Urban Development (THUD) programs for fiscal year 2016 as part of the larger Omnibus funding package. The THUD bill adopts the policies and funding levels from the newly-passed FAST Act. The plan also reversed cuts from the TIGER grant program to maintain the…

NARC Statement on the FAST Act

“The conference agreement on the Fixing America’s Surface Transportation Act (FAST) is, at long last, a long-term, well-funded transportation reauthorization that contains important provisions for metropolitan and rural planning organizations and their local elected officials,” said Leslie Wollack, Executive Director of the National Association of Regional Councils (NARC). “We applaud Congress for recognizing the vital role…

NUCFAC Releases Ten-Year Urban Forestry Action Plan

After receiving input from nearly 1,000 urban forestry leaders and stakeholders from around the country, the National Urban and Community Forestry Advisory Council (NUCFAC) released their Ten-Year Urban Forestry Action Plan: 2016 – 2026 during the Arbor Day Foundation’s Partners in Community Forestry Conference in Denver, Colorado. The plan expands awareness of the benefits that…

NARC Announces Leslie Wollack as Executive Director

Washington, DC (November 19, 2015) – The National Association of Regional Councils’ (NARC) Board of Directors is pleased to announce Leslie Wollack as Executive Director, effective today.  She will succeed Joanna Liberman Turner, who accepted the position of Director of Government Relations for The Hershey Company. Ms. Wollack served as the Deputy Executive Director at…

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