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The Hearst Foundations Fund Culture, Education, Health, and Social Services Programs
Deadline: Rolling
The Hearst Foundations support well-established nonprofit organizations that address significant issues within their major areas of interests – culture, education, health and social service – and that primarily serve large demographic and/or geographic constituencies. In each area of funding, the Foundations seek to identify those organizations achieving truly differentiated results relative to other organizations making similar efforts for similar populations. The Foundations also look for evidence of sustainability beyond their support.

USDA Rural Business Development Grants
Deadline: Rolling
The USDA is currently accepting applications for Rural Business Development Grants. This competitive grant is designed to support targeted technical assistance, training, and other activities leading to the development or expansion of small and emerging private businesses in rural areas which will employ 50 or fewer new employees and have less than $1 million in gross revenue. Rural public entities including, but not limited to, towns, communities, state agencies, nonprofits corporations, federally-recognized tribes, institutions of higher education, and more are eligible to apply. There is no maximum grant amount; however, smaller requests are given higher priority. Generally, grants range from $10,000 to $500,000.

Help Increase Outreach and Education Initiatives to Fight for Fair Housing
The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development is offering $7,450,000 in grants to public and nonprofit organizations to inform the public about their rights and obligations under the Fair Housing Act. Applicants may be funded under a national-based program or a regional/local/community based program.

EDA Planning Program and Local Technical Assistance Program
Deadline: Rolling
The Economic Development Administration (EDA) is looking for applications that assist with the development of economic development plans and studies designed to build capacity and guide economic prosperity and resiliency in regions. The Planning Program helps with short-term state planning investments for the creation and retention of high-quality jobs. The Local Technical Assistance Program strengthens the capacity of local governments to undertake and promote effective economic development programs through feasibility studies and impact analyses.

TPCB Peer Program Application
Deadline: Rolling
The Transportation Planning Capacity Building (TPCB) Peer Program is a free resource for agencies in need of transportation planning assistance. The program pays for travel, accommodations, meals, and incidental expenses associated with on-site peer exchanges and offers workshops, roundtables, and webinars to participants free of charge. Interested agencies are encouraged to apply for assistance if they have a clearly identified transportation planning problem to solve and are interested in working with TPCB Program staff to plan and organize an event. TPCB also recently released two reports from peer exchanges in West Virginia and Las Vegas on transit-oriented development (TOD) and statewide and metropolitan transportation planning processes.

EDA Public Works and Economic Adjustment Assistance Programs
Deadline: Rolling
The Economic Development Administration (EDA) is seeking applications from rural and urban areas that support construction, non-construction, technical assistance, and revolving loan fund projects under EDA’s Public Works and EAA programs. These projects should be designed to leverage existing regional assets and support the implementation of economic development strategies that advance new ideas and creative approaches to advance economic prosperity in distressed communities. A portion of the funding will be designated specifically to assist communities and regions that have felt an impact from the decline of the coal industry. See U.S. Secretary of Commerce Wilbur Ross’ recent announcement making $30 million available to assist coal communities in their economic diversification efforts through the 2017 Assistance to Coal Communities (ACC 2017) initiative.

Help Homelessness with this HUD Continuum of Care Grant
Applications Due: September 28
The Continuum of Care Program is dedicated to ending homelessness and re-housing the homeless as soon as possible. Local governments and instrumentalities of local governments are encouraged to apply for funding for programs that quickly re-house individuals and families while minimizing the trauma and dislocation caused by homelessness. Ideal programs will also promote use of mainstream homelessness programs, and optimize self-sufficiency among those experiencing homelessness.

Grants Available for the HUD Community Compass Technical Assistance and Capacity Building Program
Applications Due: September 28
HUD is announcing the availability of approximately $56 million for its Community Compass Technical Assistance and Capacity Building Program (Community Compass), HUD’s integrated technical assistance and capacity building initiative. Community Compass is designed to help HUD’s customers navigate complex housing and community development challenges by equipping them with the knowledge, skills, tools, capacity, and systems to implement HUD programs and policies successfully. The NOFA is a competitive funding opportunity that gives grant recipients funds to become technical assistance providers and provide technical assistance and capacity building to HUD customers/grantees. Applicants are encouraged to procure subcontractors and consultants to demonstrate expertise across a wide variety of HUD programs, as well as in specific skill and policy areas.

African American Civil Rights History and Preservation Grants
Application Due: September 29
The National Park Service is offering grant opportunities for projects that document, interpret, and preserve sites and stories related to the African American struggle to gain equal rights as citizens in the 20th Century. Grants will fund a broad range of planning, development, and research projects for historic sites, including: survey, inventory, documentation, interpretation, education, architectural services, historic structure reports, preservation plans, and “bricks and mortar” repair. Non-federal matching share is not required, but preference will be given to applications that show community commitment through non-federal match and partnership collaboration.

HUD Fair Housing Initiative Program: Education and Outreach Initiative
Applications Due: October 6
The education and outreach initiative (EOI) of the Fair Housing Initiative Program is providing $7.45 million in funding for organizations to inform the public about their rights and obligations under the Fair Housing Act. EOI applicants may be funded under the national-based program or the regional/local/community-based program based on eligibility. Eligible applicants include Qualified Fair Housing Enforcement Organizations (QFHOs); Fair Housing Enforcement Organizations (FHOs); public or private not-for-profit organizations or institutions; public or private entities that are formulating or carrying out programs to prevent or eliminate discriminatory housing practices; agencies of state or local governments; and agencies that participate in the Fair Housing Assistance Program (FHAP). Under the EOI NOFA, applicants may apply for funding under multiple components if the applicant meets the specific eligibility requirements for each component.

HHS Wants to Help Prepare Local Governments to Public Health Crises
Applications Due: October 10
HHS Centers for Disease Control (CDC) wants to prepare communities to rapidly mobilize and respond to specific public health emergencies that exceed the capacity of jurisdictional public health resources. This opportunity is intended to fund public health departments for response to HHS Secretarial declared and nondeclared public health emergencies and other public health emergencies. Awardees would be approved but unfunded until a crisis occurs, enabling them to plan for emergency activation activities. This award complements ongoing capacity-building and response programs by providing a mechanism for CDC to rapidly mobilize and fund jurisdictions for specific response needs for specific public health emergencies. Eligible applicants include city, township, and county governments that have functional public health emergency management programs, legal authority, and already existing public health emergency management capacity.

HUD Research and Evaluation, Demonstrations and Data Analysis and Utilization Program (HUDRD)
Applications Due: October 15
HUDRD seeks to further HUD’s Office of Policy Development and Research’s (PD&R) mission to inform policy development and implementation to improve life in American communities through conducting, supporting, and sharing research, surveys, demonstrations, program evaluations, and best practices. Through this NOFA, there will be two projects available: Project 1 – Understanding Child Trajectories in HUD-Assisted Housing and Project 2 – The Social and Economic Impacts of the Community Development Block Grant Program. More information should be available soon.

TIGER Discretionary Grants
Applications Due: October 16
The FY 2017 Appropriations Act appropriated $500 million to be awarded by the U.S. Department of Transportation (USDOT) for the TIGER Discretionary Grants program. The FY 2017 TIGER Discretionary Grants are capital investments for surface transportation infrastructure, and are awarded on a competitive basis for projects that will have a significant impact on the nation, a metropolitan area, or a region. Through the TIGER Grants Program, USDOT must take measures to ensure an equitable geographic distribution of grant funds.

2017 Targeted Air Shed Grant Program Grant Opportunity
Applications Due: October 18
The Targeted Air Shed Grant Program will assist local, state, and/or tribal air pollution control agencies in developing plans, conducting demonstrations, and implementing projects to reduce air pollution in nonattainment areas that EPA determines are the top five most polluted areas relative to ozone (O3), annual average fine particulate matter (PM2.5), or 24-hour PM2.5 National Ambient Air Quality Standards (NAAQS). The overall goal of the Targeted Air Shed Grant program is to reduce air pollution in the nation’s areas with the highest levels of ozone and PM2.5 ambient air concentrations.

HUD Resident Opportunity & Self-Sufficiency Program
Applications Due: October 23
The Resident Opportunity & Self Sufficiency (ROSS) Service Coordinator (SC) program funds nonprofits, public housing authorities/Indian housing authorities, and Native American tribal government awardees with funds to hire Service Coordinators (SCs). SCs coordinate the use of assistance under the Public Housing program (with public and private resources) for supportive services and resident empowerment activities. SCs assess the needs of public and Indian housing residents and link them to supportive services that enable participants to increase earned income, reduce or eliminate the need for welfare assistance, and make progress toward achieving economic independence and housing self-sufficiency. In the case of elderly/disabled residents, the SC links participants to supportive services which enable them to age/remain in-place thereby avoiding costlier forms of care. Funds awarded to applicants may be used for (1) SC functions, (2) training and travel related to professional and/or program development, (3) and administration cost.

National Endowment for the Humanities Dialogues on the Experience of War
Applications Due: November 2
The Dialogues on the Experience of War program supports the study and discussion of important humanities sources about war, in the belief that these sources can help U.S. military veterans and others think more deeply about the issues raised by war and military service. Although the program is primarily designed to reach military veterans, men and women in active service, military families, and interested members of the public may also participate. The program awards grants up to $100,000 to support the convening of at least two discussion programs for no fewer than fifteen participants and the creation of a preparatory program to recruit and train program discussion leaders (National Endowment for the Humanities Discussion Leaders). Discussion programs may take place on college and university campuses, in veterans’ centers, at public libraries and museums, and other community venues.

Hazard Mitigation Assistance Grant Application Period Now Open
Application Due: November 14
The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) announced that $250 million in funding is available through two Hazard Mitigation Assistance (HMA) grant programs: Flood Mitigation Assistance (FMA) and Pre-Disaster Mitigation (PDM). These competitive grant programs assist state and local governments in strengthening our nation’s ability to reduce disaster losses and protect life and property from future disaster damages. FMA provides funds to implement measures that reduce or eliminate risk of flood damage to structures insured by the National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP). PDM awards funding for all-hazard mitigation planning and projects, such as the construction of community and residential safe rooms for tornados, and wind retrofits, which are enhancements made to strengthen the roof, walls, and doors of structures to minimize damage caused by high winds.

Choice Neighborhoods Implementation Grant Program
Applications Due: November 22
Applicants can be awarded up to $30 million under the Choice Neighborhoods Implementation Grants Program. This program supports the implementation of comprehensive neighborhood revitalization plans that are expected to achieve the following three core goals:

2018 National Ground-Water Monitoring Network Grants
Applications Due: November 30
The Groundwater and Streamflow Information Program of the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) is offering a two-year cooperative agreement opportunity to state or local water-resources agencies that collect groundwater data to participate in the National Ground-Water Monitoring Network (NGWMN). USGS is working with the Federal Advisory Committee on Water Information (ACWI) and its Subcommittee on Ground Water (SOGW) to develop and administer the NGWMN.

FY2018 NOAA Marine Debris Prevention Program
Applications Due: December 16
The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) Marine Debris Prevention Program, provides funding to prevent marine debris from entering marine and coastal environments. Projects awarded through this grant competition will encourage changes in behavior of a target audience (such as students, teachers, industries, or the public) to address a specific marine debris issue, and will actively engage these groups in hands-on personal participation. Successful proposals through this solicitation will be funded through cooperative agreements. Funding of up to $1,500,000 is expected to be available in FY2018, with typical awards ranging from $50,000-$150,000. This solicitation is focused on efforts to prevent marine debris from entering the environment through targeted behavior change. Eligible applicants are state, local, and tribal governments whose activities affect research or regulation of marine debris and any institution of higher education, nonprofit organization, or commercial (for-profit) organization with expertise in a field related to marine debris.

USDA: Agriculture and Food Research Initiative (AFRI)
Applications Due: September 8, 2018
The AFRI Foundational Program is offered to support grants in the six AFRI priority areas to continue building a foundation of knowledge critical for solving current and future societal challenges. The six priority areas are: Plant Health and Production and Plant Products; Animal Health and Production and Animal Products; Food Safety, Nutrition, and Health; Bioenergy, Natural Resources, and Environment; Agriculture Systems and Technology; and Agriculture Economics and Rural Communities. Single-function Research Projects, multi-function Integrated Projects, and Food and Agricultural Science Enhancement (FASE) Grants are expected to address one of the Program Area Priorities (see Foundational Program RFA for details). Additional details available.

Webinars

How Freight Shippers Drive EPA’s SmartWay Transport Partnership
September 20, 1:00 – 2:30 PM ET
Every year, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) SmartWay Program recognizes top-ranking shipper partners from all sectors and of all sizes for exceptional accomplishments in saving fuel and reducing emissions. SmartWay shippers achieve these efficiencies not only by hiring and incentivizing SmartWay carriers, but by making innovative changes in mode utilization, logistics, and facilities. Federal, state, and local transportation planners can encourage broader use of these efficient strategies through infrastructure planning and funding programs. This webinar will allow transportation professionals and other participants to gain insights from EPA and three SmartWay shipper partners on strategies that can inform freight planning processes and help create sustainable facilities and fleets that have lower impacts on surrounding land uses.

NARC/NADO Webinar! Trees, Stormwater, and Resiliency: An Opportunity for Local Communities
September 20, 2:00-3:00 PM ET
Traditional ‘gray’ infrastructure systems – like roads, utilities, and water/wastewater networks – have long supported our cities and towns as they grow and develop. However, as leaders grapple with shrinking budgets and deteriorating local infrastructure, the resilience and multifunctionality of green infrastructure and trees continues to broaden its appeal as a fiscally responsible investment for the long-term health and vibrancy of an area.

A new interactive tool developed by the Ohio-Kentucky-Indiana Council of Governments, in partnership with the U.S. Forest Service, NARC, Davey Resource Group, and Centerline Strategies, LLC, will enable community planners, engineers, stormwater managers, community foresters, and policymakers to better capitalize on trees when investing or reinvesting in their stormwater systems. This resource can help you unleash new and innovative approaches for realizing the full capacity of trees as a component of your community’s infrastructure systems. Join this webinar to discuss regional resilience planning and how TreesandStormwater.org can assist you in maximizing the benefits of trees and green infrastructure in your community.

Digital Training and Workforce Development Webinar
September 20, 2:00-3:00 PM ET
One in four jobs added to the economy over the next decade will be in technology and health care, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, and jobs in every sector will require increased math, computer, and digital literacy skills. As a result, the demand for a highly skilled, digitally trained workforce is high. Communities are taking the lead to ensure that their workforce is ready to attract and support emerging industries and businesses. Join this BroadbandUSA conversation to learn how local leaders are preparing the workforce for the digital skills needed today and tomorrow.

Tax Reform: A Look at the Players, Politics and Policies
September 21, 11:00 AM–12:00 PM ET
Tax reform is now front and center on the GOP’s agenda. The White House has proposed an ambitious timeline to enact the first major tax overhaul in more than 30 years by the end of 2017. But striking a deal will require Republicans to resolve a number of key policy issues; chief of which will be financing—especially since the border adjustment tax is now off the table. Join the National Journal for this policy webinar where they will examine the current state of affairs and review ways this debate could play out.

EDR Webinar: Insightful Voices in the Redevelopment Space
September 21, 1:00 PM ET
Catch Patricia Overmeyer, the Land Revitalization Coordinator from U.S. EPA Office of Brownfields Cleanup and Redevelopment, and Dan French, CEO of Brownfield Listings, in a webinar moderated by Bloomberg BNA Deputy Editorial Directory Mary Ann Grena Manley. Dial in for the very latest on U.S. EPA’s budget, the recently released regulatory agenda, and likely areas of policy focus for site assessment and cleanup. Hear the latest views of what is likely to change, and where bipartisan support remains strong, as well as an outside the Beltway view of current macro conditions converging to drive such a hot period of public and private sector interest in redevelopment.

Tax Reform: What it Means for Main Street, Wall Street, and K Street
September 21, 2:00-3:00 PM ET
As tax reform discussions persist in Washington with little to no detail, Congress and the Trump administration push for one major victory by the end of the calendar year in the form of a tax cut or comprehensive tax reform. Municipal Bonds for America will hold this webinar featuring experts who will discuss the prospects for tax reform, the potential changes to the municipal bond market, and how these changes could impact K Street, Wall Street, and Main Street.

How Regional Food System Investment Creates More Equitable Communities
September 21, 3:30-5:00 PM ET
The Federal Reserve System and U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) have partnered to develop a book focused on the community and economic development opportunities of regional food system investments. This is an unprecedented collaboration with a traditionally conservative section of the Executive Branch. The full report explores many positive community impacts of investing in regional food systems.

This webinar will explore examples of regional food system actors that have been proactive and thoughtful in how they incorporate equity and inclusion considerations into their efforts, including where those have been successful, and where there is opportunity to improve. You will hear inspiring presentations from the Latino Economic Development Center, La Montañita, and Capital Impact Partners.

Autonomy for Humans, with Jeffrey Schnapp
September 21, 12:00 – 12:45 PM ET
The Ongoing Transformation of the Global Transportation System speaker series explores challenges and opportunities affecting the advancement of transportation systems. Jeffrey Schnapp, co-director of the Berkman Klein Center for Internet and Society and founder/director of metaLAB (at) Harvard, will speak as part of Transforming Transportation in this installment.

Freight and Passenger Rail Operations Coordination Issues and Needs
September 21, 1:00 – 2:30 PM ET
In recent years, both freight and passenger rails have experienced increased demand in many parts of the U.S. rail network. In many rail corridors, freight and passenger trains share the same tracks, or at least the same right-of-way, which creates challenges for both types of rail carriers due to their different operating characteristics, including speed, length of trains, and frequency of stops. Additional coordination challenges can also arise when multiple freight rail carriers and/or multiple passenger rail carriers, such as two Class I freight railroads and/or Amtrak and a commuter railroad, also operate within the same corridor. The differing operational needs for freight and passenger railroads can make operations coordination challenging, and it is important for transportation stakeholders who are trying to implement or advocate for increased freight and/or passenger rail operations to understand those issues. This webinar will examine both freight and passenger railroad operations coordination perspectives, including the challenges and opportunities with coordinating their operations in a way that allows both types of rail carriers to operate efficiently.

How the New Political Climate is Reshaping Site Redevelopment Opportunities
September 21, 1:00-2:00PM ET
A webinar hosted by EDR will offer a rare chance to hear Brownfield Listing CEO, Dan French, offering his unique perspective on opportunities arising in the rapid and robust recalibration of the U.S. real estate landscape. Dan will join Patricia Overmeyer, Land Revitalization Coordinator, U.S. EPA Office of Brownfields Cleanup and Redevelopment, in a timely and substantive discussion moderated by Mary Ann Grena Manley, the Deputy Editorial Director, EHS Division, at Bloomberg BNA. Their first-person perspectives will distill the headlines into real-world intel about how the priorities of the U.S. EPA are taking shape in the Trump Presidency—and how the redevelopment market is responding in a period already marked by rapid change.

Supporting Age Friendly Efforts at the State/Regional Level
September 21, 2:00-3:00 PM ET
While age friendly efforts need to be grounded at the local level, there are opportunities to improve the success of those efforts by working at the state/regional level to remove obstacles and address policy constraints. Please join Grantmakers in Aging as they present two age-friendly initiatives underway at the state/regional level. New Hampshire’s diverse stakeholders in aging issues have come together to redefine aging through a collective impact process, which hinges on the idea of building a shared vision to create age-friendly communities through collaborative efforts across the state. The Massachusetts Healthy Aging Collaborative is a network of leaders in community, health and wellness, government, advocacy, research, business, education, and philanthropy who have come together to advance healthy aging.

NTD Asset Inventory Demonstration
September 21, 2:00 – 4:00 PM ET
FTA is hosting a webinar to review the National Transit Database (NTD) Asset Inventory reporting requirements and demonstrate the new asset inventory forms in the NTD reporting system. The new asset inventory forms will be available in the NTD reporting system beginning in Report Year 2017, however 2017 reporting will be optional. The information provided in this webinar will be useful for agencies collecting data and preparing for required reporting for Report Year 2018 and beyond.

Inside the FAF4: Truck Flow Estimation Method and Visualization
September 25, 1:00 – 2:30 PM ET
During the webinar, Birat Pandey of FHWA and Maks Alam of Maks Inc. will describe the approach and methodology used to assign truck flows on the national highway network for FAF4. Supin Yoder of FHWA will provide an overview and demonstration of HEPGIS, FHWA’s interactive, web-based data visualization tool. With HEPGIS, users can develop customized data visualizations and maps using FAF4 data. This webinar is aimed at practitioners with basic or no knowledge of the FAF but who would like to move to the next experience level. This webinar will also provide a useful foundation for future webinars in this three-part series.

Inside the FAF4: Truck Flow Estimation Method and Visualization
September 25, 1:00 – 2:30 PM ET
FHWA and Maks Inc. will describe the approach and methodology used to assign truck flows onto the national highway network for FAF4. FHWA will provide an overview and demonstration of HEPGIS – FHWA’s interactive, web-based data visualization tool. With HEPGIS, users can develop customized data visualizations and maps using FAF4 data. This webinar is aimed at practitioners with basic or no knowledge of the FAF who would like to move to the next experience level. This webinar will also provide a useful foundation for future webinars in this three-part series.

Analysis of Freight Crashes along the I-10 Corridor: Problem Identification and Potential ITS Countermeasures
September 26, 1:00 – 2:00 PM ET
Traffic crashes cost society billions of dollars each year as a result of property damage, injuries, and fatalities. These traffic crashes have a negative impact on mobility, as they are a primary cause of non-recurring delay. With the Interstate 10 corridor between the ports of Los Angeles and Houston being one of the most vital links for goods movement across the U.S., safety and mobility along this freeway, particularly for freight traffic, are of significant concern to both private companies and the public. This project explores factors affecting the frequency and severity of traffic crashes along the I-10 corridor through Arizona, with a focus on freight-related crashes. Ultimately, the current safety performance along the I-10 is analyzed through the development of crash frequency and severity prediction models using integrated crash, roadway, traffic, and environmental data. Based on the results of the analysis, potential countermeasures are discussed with a focus on ITS countermeasures such as variable speed limits, dynamic lane control, and truck platooning.

Connecting Communities: Engaging Banks in Workforce Development
September 26, 3:00-4:00 PM ET
The workforce development system trains, educates, and provides social services to working-age individuals to help them succeed in the labor force and, at the same time, meet employers’ demand for quality talent. Banks and organizations partnering with them can play an important role in workforce development and the economic health of low- and moderate-income communities. Find out how by joining this webinar, which will present tools and information for banks to engage in workforce development activities that may help them fulfill their obligations under the Community Reinvestment Act (CRA).

Speakers will include workforce development entities and their bank partners. They’ll be introduced by Elizabeth Sobel Blum, senior community development advisor at the Federal Reserve Bank of Dallas, who will give a brief overview of the Dallas and Kansas City Feds’ publication, Engaging Workforce Development: A Framework for Meeting CRA Obligations.

USDOT Webinar Series on the Status of the Connected Vehicle Pilot Deployment Sites
September 27 – NYCDOT Webinar: Update at the System Design Milestone
USDOT is hosting a webinar series to update the public on each of the Connected Vehicle Pilot sites–New York City; WY; and Tampa, FL. As part of USDOT’s Connected Vehicle Pilot Deployment Program, these sites are designing, building, and testing the nation’s most complex and extensive deployment of integrated wireless in-vehicle, mobile device, and roadside technologies.

Recovery, Prevention, & Hope: HHS National Live Stream Event
September 27, 12:00-2:30 PM ET
Live from Washington D.C., the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) will convene national leaders and experts to talk about the opioid epidemic and other addictions to raise awareness, encourage compassion, reinforce the role of community and families in long-term recovery and prevention, and make a call to action. A new tool kit for faith and community leaders will also be introduced.

Land-Use Related Freight Transport Challenges and Opportunities in London
September 27, 11:00 AM – 12:00 PM ET
The Peer-to-Peer Exchange Program is designed to share global cases of best practices and real-world examples of sustainable urban freight systems. This webinar will discuss the challenges and opportunities related to the interface between land-use and freight transport in London. The webinar will present a public-sector perspective on the current framework for managing freight transport to meet economic, safety and environmental objectives. Insight into Transport for London’s (TfL) work in addressing freight transport issues and perspectives into future directions for urban freight policy-making will be presented. The discussion will cover barriers to, and opportunities for, urban freight transport and land-use interactions, considering the mixing of residential and industrial land-uses. Additionally, the discussion will touch on logistics land-use trends, the availability and affordability of logistics land, and the increase in freight intensity that occurs as the distance between depots and their delivery area in London increases.

FHWA/FTA webinar on Value Capture and Transportation Projects
September 27, 2:00 – 3:30 PM ET
This webinar will provide background on economic and implementation considerations and cover strategies such as impact fees, special assessment districts, and air rights sales/leases. FHWA and FTA case studies on these topics will be discussed. Staff will take questions live and through the chat pod following the session.

Shared Use Ambassador Highlight: Ohio Department of Health, Creating Healthy Communities Program
September 27, 1:00 – 2:00 PM ET
This webinar will highlight the first Organization Shared Use Ambassador; the Ohio Department of Health, Creating Healthy Communities Program; and their commitment to shared use policy adoption, implementation, advocacy, and education in communities with chronic disease concerns. A statewide health initiative since 2010, Creating Healthy Communities (CHC) is a CDC funded program committed to preventing and reducing chronic disease statewide. Currently in 23 counties in Ohio, the CHC program is found in rural, suburban and urban communities and assists with the implementation of sustainable evidence-based strategies. Attend this webinar to learn more about the state level program, support and resources, and hear from select communities on how they are implementing shared use to advance physical activity and healthy living in areas of high need.

Walking Towards Justice- The Color of Law
September 27, 2:00 – 3:00 PM ET
To provide an open platform for discussion and aid in identifying potential solutions to improve walkability for all, America Walks has launched a new social equity-inspired online discussion series titled: Walking Towards Justice. This webinar series integrates literature into a discussion regarding the intersectionality of mobility, race, class, gender, and politics. The first discussion will explore the intersection of walkability and residential segregation.

EconWorks from the MPO Perspective
September 28, 1:00 – 2:30 PM ET
This FHWA webinar will cover:

Workplace Wellness: Walk this Way
October 5, 2:00 – 3:00 PM ET
Healthier workers are more productive, have fewer sick days, and have decreased health care costs. Given that many adults spend half their waking hours at work, the workplace can play a big role in supporting positive lifestyle changes. Workplace wellness, though, does not begin and end at the office door. Employee wellness and community health are fundamentally linked. This webinar will provide an overview of state and local policies that support physical activity and wellness in and around the workplace.

Friends and Allies in the Walking Movement
October 11, 2:00 – 3:00 PM ET
Champions of the walking movement come from different backgrounds, sectors, and viewpoints. By working together, we can create communities that are safe, accessible, and enjoyable places to walk and be physically active. Hear successful examples of policies, programs, and practices that have demonstrated the power of working together and strengthening the walking movement. This webinar is for walking advocates of all backgrounds and knowledge levels.

Elements of a Transportation Asset Management Plan Webinar
October 11, 2:00 – 3:30 PM ET
This webinar addresses financial plans and investment strategies and is the latest in the FHWA and AASHTO TAM webinar series.

Workshops/Events

Leading Economically Competitive and Resilient Communities Training Program
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The Delta Regional Authority presents a series of intensive two-day courses focused on economic development and disaster resiliency strategies to enhance the effectiveness of local elected officials, economic development practitioners, and other community leaders in the Delta region. The workshops are held in partnership with the International Economic Development Council (IEDC) and the U.S. Department of Commerce Economic Development Administration (EDA).

Each workshop will consist of a two-day training that covers one of the following courses – Module A: Basic Economic Development Strategies, Module B: Economic Resilience and Disaster Recovery, or Module C: Advanced Economic Development Strategies. The courses require no prerequisites, and participants are encouraged to attend any of the training workshops offered.

New NHI Course: The Role of Data in Transportation Performance Management
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The Role of Data in Transportation Performance Management is a two-day instructor-led training course offered by the National Highway Institute (NHI). Its goal is to enable participants to manage, analyze, integrate, and use data from diverse sources to support an effective agency TPM function.

The course will begin with an overview of data management. It then details each part of the data supply chain–covering common needs, considerations, and challenges along the way. During the second day, the sessions will cover issues related to data assessment and data improvement planning. The course material is synthesized at the end of the course, through the creation of a data management and improvement plan. This training can provide a useful starting point for agencies that wish to undertake improvements at all stages of the data life cycle.

Steps to Effective Target Setting for TPM
A new FHWA course, Steps to Effective Target Setting for TPM, is now available through the National Highway Institute (NHI). This two-day instructor-led course explains the elements of target setting and how to establish reasonable, attainable performance targets. Upon completion, participants will be able to explain the key steps and factors in target setting; set targets; identify coordination needs; identify key stakeholder roles; and identify effective communication strategies. The primary audience comprises program managers, planners, and engineers responsible for target setting and transportation plans at state DOTs, MPOs, regional transit agencies, and FHWA and FTA employees who provide oversight and assistance for target setting.

Intelligent Transportation Systems (ITS) Procurement
This National Highway Institute FHWA course will provide an overview of strategies for successfully deploying ITS projects that build on systems engineering principles and practices and will present an approach to defining ITS projects and desired outcomes. The focus of this course is on the procurement stage of the overall acquisition process. For this course, the procurement stage spans from identifying what you need to developing a procurement that helps you get what you need through contractor selection. This course will provide you with tools to develop the key aspects of a request for quote (RFQ), request for proposal (RFP), invitation for bid (IFB), or goods contract advertisement to ensure a successful procurement.

Conferences

Call for Abstracts: 16th National Tools of the Trade Conference on Transportation Planning for Small and Medium-Sized Communities
Abstracts Due: October 15
The Transportation Research Board Committee ADA30 on Transportation Planning for Small and Medium-Sized Communities has issued a Call for Abstracts as part of the 16th National Tools of the Trade Conference. ​Tools of the Trade is a national conference providing practical techniques for transportation professionals in small (under 50,000 residents) and medium-sized (50,000 to 250,000 residents) communities. The conference is scheduled for September 2018 in Kansas City, MO.

Call for Abstracts! Applying Census Data for Transportation Conference
Conference dates: November 14-16, Kansas City, MO
This conference will focus on the use of census data for transportation applications by exploring the results of current research, sharing experiences of practitioners who are using census data, and defining potential strategies for practical improvements in data use for current and emerging data needs. There is an electronic submittal form at https://s.zoomerang.com/r/Censustrans. Direct all questions to Mai Le at 202-334-2827 or mqle@nas.edu. As part of the conference there is also a student paper competition. Two winning papers will receive up to $1,000 in travel and registration reimbursement.

Publications

TRB Straight to Recording for All: Breaking Down Barriers – Funding and Finance Issues and Innovations in Public Transportation
Watch TRB recorded presentations that examine new approaches to funding and financing transit projects, including issues confronting sponsors of public transportation projects and programs and how transit agencies have addressed these issues. Topics include the use of passenger revenue-based Transportation Infrastructure Finance and Innovation Act (TIFIA) loans for transit capital projects, a review of how transit project sponsors are partnering with the private sector, and case studies of the funding and finance tools project sponsors are using.

Five Years After Great Recession American Children Still Suffer
As of 2013, 14.7 million children were in poverty, a significant increase from the 12.8 million children in poverty before the recession began. This paper from First Focus examines four factors – health, food security, housing stability, and maltreatment – and reviews the relationship of each to the well-being of children during the Great Recession, analyzing research and data from before, during, and after the Great Recession.

U.S. Foreign Born Population Projected to Reach 18.8% by 2060
According to new Census Bureau population projections reported by Pew Trusts Research, the U.S. foreign born population will set a new record for their share of the total population.

AARP Livability Index
AARP will release a new web-based Livability Index, based on nationally available data, mapping technology, and public policies to assess the livability of communities. The Index will help users better understand their communities and make decisions. Sign up to receive the AARP Livable Communities e-Newsletter.

Building Healthy Places Toolkit
The Urban Land Institute (ULI) released Building Healthy Places Toolkit: Strategies for Enhancing Health in the Built Environment to provide guidance on creating healthy, vibrant communities. The toolkit builds on previous ULI efforts, including the Building Healthy Places Initiative and Healthy Corridors Project.

Local Government Employment Buoys Stagnant Public Sector
The National League of Cities highlights increased local government employment helping prop up public sector jobs in CitiesSpeak. The blog notes that total public sector employment was up 7,000 jobs in February, with local government representing 4,000 of those jobs. Despite these improvements, local government employment remains 512,000 jobs below its July 2008 post-recession peak.

Affordable Housing for Who?
The National Low Income Housing Coalition (NLIHC) released Housing Spotlight: Affordable Housing is Nowhere to be Found for Millions, focusing on the gap between the number of low income renters and the number of units available in their price range. NLIHC finds that there is a national shortage of 7.1 million affordable rental units available to rental households with incomes at or below 30 percent of area median income (AMI)

APA Issues Post-Disaster Recovery Manual
Over the past four years, the American Planning Association (APA) Hazards Planning Center worked under an agreement with FEMA to develop Planning for Post-Disaster Recovery: Next Generation (PAS 576). This updated manual offers a no-nonsense explanation of the benefits and limitations of planning for unpredictable events.

Affordable Rental Housing Research Study
A study of affordable rental housing conducted by the New York University Furman Center analyzes rental housing affordability trends in the central cities of the 11 largest metropolitan areas in the U.S. This study looks into recent trends in rent levels, rent burdens, affordable units, and the gap between the number of low-income households in need of affordable housing and the number of existing affordable units. Data analysis is based on data from the U.S. Census Bureau, including data from the American Community Survey from 2006 through 2013, and uses geographic information from the Missouri Census Data Center.

Housing and Neighborhood Resources
How Housing Matters provides a new resource on housing and neighborhood issues. Funded by the MacArthur Foundation, the Urban Land Institute will host research and practical information on how housing can contribute to better educational opportunities and outcomes for children; stronger economic foundations for families and communities; and healthier people and neighborhoods.

Smart Gentrification
Jonathan Grabinsky and Stuart M. Butler from the Brookings Institution discuss “smart” gentrification and its role in fighting poverty. Between 1970 and 2010 the number of high-poverty neighborhoods in the U.S. tripled, while only 10 percent managed to escape poverty. While displacement is a possible outcome for existing low-income residents, “smart” gentrification can result in mixed-income communities rather than exclusive high-income communities. Cities like Washington, DC are attempting to regulate gentrification in order to preserve affordability for existing residents. Click HERE for part one, and HERE for part two of this Brookings discussion.

Income Segregation
The segregation of upper and lower income households has risen in 27 of the nation’s 30 largest metros, according to a 2012 report by the Pew Research Center. The report found that economic segregation is positively associated with population size and density, the share of minority residents, and wage inequality. According to the report, cities and neighborhoods are becoming more homogenous and segregated by income, education, and occupation. Click HERE to read more.

Getting to Green: Paying for Green Infrastructure, Finance Options, and Resources for Local Decision-Makers: This report summarizes various funding sources that can be used to support stormwater management programs or finance individual projects. Click HERE for the report.

Coastal Stormwater Management through Green Infrastructure: This handbook is designed to assist coastal municipalities within the Massachusetts Bay and Cape Cod Bay areas to incorporate green infrastructure into their stormwater management planning, and can be useful for other states.Click HERE for the handbook.

CDC Healthy Community Toolkit: Centers for Disaster Control and Prevention (CDC) has developed a Healthy Community Design Checklist Toolkit to highlight the connection between community design and health. Click HERE for tools and resources.

EPA Report: Connectivity of Streams and Wetlands to Downstream Waters: EPA’s Office of Research and Development released its final report, Connectivity of Streams and Wetlands to Downstream Waters. The report summarizes current scientific understanding about the connectivity of streams and wetlands to downstream waters. EPA conducted a review of more than 1,200 peer-reviewed and published documents on scientific evidence regarding the effects that streams, non-tidal wetlands, and open-waters have on larger downstream waters such as rivers, lakes, estuaries, and oceans. The report concludes that streams, wetlands, and other open-waters influence the integrity of downstream waters through both structural and functional connections. This report is meant to inform policy and regulatory decisions, including the Clean Water Rule (Waters of the U.S.) being developed jointly by EPA and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers. Click HERE for the report.

GAO Publishes Report on Surface Transportation Performance Measures in MAP-21: On Friday, the U.S. Government Accountability Office (GAO) published the results of a review on the implementation of the MAP-21 surface transportation performance measures. Click HERE for the final report, entitled Surface Transportation: DOT Is Progressing toward a Performance-Based Approach, but States and Grantees Report Potential Implementation Challenges.

The Innovative MPO: A new report from Transportation for America highlights MPO successes from around the country. This new handbook is designed to give MPO staff, policymakers, technical and advisory committees innovative ways to achieve goals on behalf of their communities. Click HERE for the full report.

DHS 2014 National Emergency Communications Plan: The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) released its first updated National Emergency Communications Plan (NECP) since the original in 2008. The NECP is the Nation’s over-arching strategic plan for enhancing emergency communications capabilities and interoperability nationwide, and this update addresses the increasingly complex communications landscape that the public safety community uses. The plan provides a roadmap for improving emergency communications for traditional emergency responder disciplines such as law enforcement, fire, and emergency medical services, while recognizing the importance of engaging non-traditional disciplines including public health, public works, and transportation agencies. The 2014 NECP focuses on three priorities: (1) Maintaining and improving emergency responders’ current Land Mobile Radio systems; (2) Ensuring emergency responders and government officials plan and prepare for the adoption, migration, and use of broadband technologies, including the Nationwide Public Safety Broadband Network; and (3) Enhancing coordination among stakeholders. Click HERE to view the 2014 NECP and related documents.

NLC Report on Open Data: The capture and analysis of data is transforming the 21st Century. As society becomes more data driven, data has the ability to drive the bottom line for private companies and help the public sector to define where and how services can best be delivered. In City Open Data Policies: Learning by Doing, the National League of Cities (NLC) identifies how cities can take advantage of the opportunities presented by open data initiatives. Click HERE to read a summary of their recommendations and to download the report.

New CEs Available: On October 6, FTA published a joint final rule with FHWA that adds a number of new categorical exclusions (CEs) for FHWA and FTA pursuant to Section 1318 of MAP-21. The CEs were developed based on responses to a stakeholder survey conducted in September 2012 and published in a notice of proposed rulemaking in September 2013 for public review and comment. The new CEs became effective November 5th. Click HERE for access to the new Guidance for Implementation of FTA’s Categorical Exclusions webinar recording.

Ranking Metropolitan Areas by Transit Accessibility: The University of Minnesota has released a report, Access Across America, ranking major metropolitan areas by the accessibility to jobs by transit. Based on 46 of the largest metropolitan areas in the U.S., researchers collected detailed transit route and schedule information for each city followed by calculating the number of jobs a resident can reach by transit and walking between the hours of 7 AM and 9 AM. Cities like Washington, Philadelphia, Seattle, and Denver performed significantly better in the Access Across America transit report than the University’s 2013 Automobile Accessibility report. This report supports the University’s ongoing efforts to develop tools for assessing transportation performance. Click HERE for more information.

Labor Trafficking in America: A new report from the Urban Institute and Northeastern University, Hidden in Plain Sight: Labor Trafficking in America, documents labor trafficking abuses occurring in the major U.S. industries of agriculture, domestic work, hotels, restaurants, and construction. This study chronicles the experiences of labor trafficking victims from the point of recruitment for work, forced labor victimization, attempts to escape and get help, and efforts to seek justice through civil or criminal cases. Interview and case file data detail the ubiquity of trafficking, which occurs both in plain sight and behind lock and key.Detailed recommendations propose next steps for policy and practice. Click HERE for the report.

National Wildlife Federation (NWF) Report on Protecting Communities and Ecosystems During Extreme Weather: The National Wildlife Federation along with the Allied World Assurance Company and Earth Economics have developed a report that focuses on natural defenses from hurricanes and floods in the coastal waters of the Atlantic and Pacific Oceans, the Gulf of Mexico, and the nation’s extensive network of rivers and streams. Click HERE for the report.

Ranking Metropolitan Areas by Transit Accessibility: The University of Minnesota has released a report, Access Across America, ranking major metropolitan areas by the accessibility to jobs by transit. Based on 46 of the largest metropolitan areas in the U.S., the researchers collected detailed transit route and schedule information for each city followed by calculating the number of jobs a resident can reach by transit and walking between the hours of 7 AM and 9 AM. Cities like Washington, Philadelphia, Seattle, and Denver performed significantly better in the Access Across America transit report than the University’s 2013 Automobile Accessibility report. This report supports the University’s ongoing efforts to develop tools for assessing transportation performance. Click HERE for more information.

Federal Investment in Transportation Infrastructure Creates American Jobs: Even though our decaying infrastructure is creating a significant drag on the economy, both Congress and the Administration continue to delay making long-term decisions about investing in our infrastructure. The Center on Globalization, Governance, and Competitiveness at Duke University developed a detailed report evaluating the cost of inaction from an international competitiveness and job creation perspective. Some findings of the report include: that the U.S. is less competitive than 15 of our major trading partners because of our old and broken transportation infrastructure; underinvestment costs the U.S. over 900,000 jobs – 97,000 are American manufacturing jobs; and that maximizing American-made materials when rebuilding infrastructure has the potential to create even more jobs. Click HERE for the full report.

Going Local: Connecting the National Labs to their Regions to Maximize Innovation and Growth
The Metropolitan Policy Program at Brookings has released a report on enhancing the national labs’ impact on regional economies and innovation. The report argues that the frequently rule-bound, “behind the fence” operating style of the Department of Energy (DOE) lab system has likely limited these invaluable institutions’ contributions both to local innovation and growth. Senior Fellow and Policy Director Mark Muro stated that the report argues that the hubs need to engage more with local industry clusters in order to deliver fully on their national mission and it recommends a number of ways to allow for that. Click HERE to read the report and to access additional information.

Small Legacy Cities, Equity, and a Changing Economy
Small Legacy Cities, Equity, and a Changing Economy is a report completed by a group of graduate students from the University of Pennsylvania’s Department of City and Regional Planning in spring 2014. With the Federal Reserve’s Department of Community Development Studies and Education acting as client, the students were tasked with evaluating the extent to which economic revitalization strategies in Wilmington, DE, Lancaster, PA, and Bethlehem, PA had led to equitable outcomes for low- and moderate-income residents. The report also presents city-specific recommendations and proposes a framework for integrating equity as a strategic priority into local economic development efforts. Click HERE to read the report.

Partnership for Sustainable Communities: Five Years of Learning from Communities and Coordinating Federal Investments
EPA released a report that summarizes its collaborative efforts with the U.S. DOT and HUD. These efforts have been aimed at improving the livability of communities, in part through improving access to public transportation and safe walkways. Click HERE to read the report.

AASHTO: Guide for Geometric Design of Transit Facilities on Highways and Streets, 1st Edition
This guide provides a comprehensive reference of current practice in the geometric design of transit facilities on streets and highways, including local buses, express buses, and bus rapid transit operating in mixed traffic, bus lanes, and high-occupancy vehicle lanes, as well as bus-only roads within street and freeway environments. It also covers streetcars and LRT running in mixed traffic and transit lanes, and within medians along arterial roadways. These guidelines are based on a review of relevant AASHTO, TRB, and ITE documents, as well as design reports provided by various transit agencies. They are designed for use by public agencies, practitioners, and developers in need of basic information about planning, locating, sizing, designing, and implementing transit facilities along roadways. Click HERE to purchase the guide.

Role of Regional Planning Organizations in Transportation Planning Across Boundaries
The Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) Office of Planning, in partnership with the U.S. Department of Transportation (USDOT) Volpe National Transportation Systems Center, prepared this white paper. This research examines how RPOs and rural interests are integral partners in transportation planning efforts for megaregions and explores methods for their participation. Click HERE to read the report.

A Guide to Regional Transportation Planning for Disasters, Emergencies, and Significant Events
The Transportation Research Board’s (TRB) National Cooperative Highway Research ProgramReport 777: A Guide to Regional Transportation Planning for Disasters, Emergencies, and Significant Events uses foundational planning principles, case studies, tips, and tools to explain implementation of transportation planning for possible multijurisdictional disasters, emergencies, and other major events. In addition to the guide, there is a research report and PowerPoint presentation describing the project. Click HERE to access the publication.

TRB’s Transportation Research Record Developing Countries 2013
This publication consists of 16 papers that explore travel time and space mean speed of nonmotorized vehicles; a review of India’s national urban investment program; assessment of public–private partnership in traveler information provision; low-mass urban microcars; transition Beijing, China to a transit city; and lessons of bus rapid transit from nine cities in China. Click HERE for additional information and to read the journal.

U.S. DOT Online Resource to Learn about ITS
The Intelligent Transportation Systems (ITS) ePrimer provides transportation professionals with fundamental concepts and practices related to ITS technologies. This online resource can help practicing professionals better understand how ITS is integrated into the planning, design, deployment, and operations of surface transportation systems. The ITS ePrimer is both a stand-alone reference document for the practitioner as well as a text for education and training programs. Click HERE to access the web-based textbook.

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