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Grants

Walmart Community Foundation’s Community Grant Program
Deadline: Rolling
The Walmart Foundation Community Grant Program offers up to $5,000 for local governments and nonprofit organizations to help create impact in communities. Grants can be awarded to organizations working in one of the following areas: hunger relief and healthy eating, health and human service, quality of life, education, community and economic development, diversity and inclusion, public safety, and environmental sustainability.

The Home Depot Foundation’s Community Impact Grant Program
Deadline: Rolling
The Home Depot Foundation offers grant awards up to $5,000 to nonprofit organizations and tax-exempt public service agencies in the U.S. that are using the power of volunteers to improve the community. Priority is given to projects serving veterans and/or diverse and underserved communities. Projects should be volunteer friendly, have a strong and lasting impact on the community, and keep the safety of volunteers in mind. Grants are given in the form of Home Depot gift cards for the purchase of tools, materials, or services and are required to be complete within six months of the approval date.

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.

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.

Surdna Foundation Grants
Deadline: Rolling
The Surdna Foundation seeks to foster sustainable communities in the United States – communities guided by principles of social justice and distinguished by healthy environments, strong local economies, and thriving cultures. They seek to dismantle the structural barriers that limit opportunity for many, helping to create communities that are prosperous, culturally enriching, and sustainable. The foundation makes grants to nonprofit organizations for both project and general support through one of their three program areas: sustainable environments, strong local economies, and thriving cultures. Letters of inquiry are accepted on a rolling basis and are reviewed within 90 days. After review, the staff will determine whether you will be invited to submit a full proposal, which will be reviewed by their board of directors in March, July, or December.

FY 2018 Disaster Supplemental Notice of Funding Opportunity
Applications Accepted on a Rolling Basis Until All Funds Are Obligated
The Economic Development Administration (EDA) is awarding $587 million in grants to eligible entities to address economic challenges in disaster-impacted areas. These grants will support disaster recovery activities in areas receiving a major disaster designation as a result of Hurricanes Harvey, Irma, Maria; wildfires; or other 2017 natural disasters. EDA disaster grants will be made by regional offices under the Economic Adjustment Assistance (EAA) program, which can support a wide range of construction and non-construction activities. Through this program, EDA can support disaster recovery planning strategies as well as the implementation of disaster recovery projects. Projects, among other things, must have a nexus to applicable disaster recovery and resilience efforts and be consistent with at least one of the DOC Disaster Recovery Investment Priorities.

EDA’s Disaster Supplemental Funding Opportunity
Applications Accepted on a Rolling Basis Until Funds are Obligated
The U.S. Economic Development Administration (EDA) is awarding $587 million in grants to address economic challenges in disaster-impacted areas. These grants will support disaster recovery activities in areas receiving a major disaster designation because of Hurricanes Harvey, Irma, Maria, the California wildfires, and other 2017 natural disasters. Projects, among other things, must have a nexus to applicable disaster recovery and resilience efforts and be consistent with at least one of the U.S. Department of Commerce Disaster Recovery Investment Priorities.

USDOT R&E Grants Program
Applications Due: May 22
The U.S. Department of Transportation’s (USDOT) Restoration and Enhancement (R&E) Program provides operating assistance to initiate, restore, or enhance intercity passenger rail transportation. Eligible projects include operating expenses associated with intercity passenger rail service, such as staffing costs, diesel fuel or electricity costs, station costs, lease payments on rolling stock, routine planned maintenance costs, host railroad costs, train yard operation costs, and administrative costs. USDOT is expected to award one grant that could total $4,796,500.

2018 Getting Ready to Innovate Grant Funding Opportunity
Applications due May 31
The National Aging and Disability Transportation Center (NADTC) has announced a new grant program, Getting Ready to Innovate. These planning projects will serve as incubators to develop innovations and build community support and commitment for increasing the availability and accessibility of community transportation services for people with disabilities and older adults. Grants up to $20,000 each will be awarded to as many as ten communities for a six-month period. Local and regional private nonprofit or government organizations may apply.

USDA Technology Grants to Expand Access to Health Care and Education in Rural Areas
Applications Due: June 4
The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) is accepting applications for grants to use broadband e-Connectivity to improve access to healthcare and educational services in rural communities. Grants will range from $50,000 to $500,000 under the Distance Learning and Telemedicine (DLT) program. Grants can finance projects that provide job training academic instruction, or access to specialized medical care. Proposals for projects whose primary purpose is to provide opioid prevention, treatment, and recovery will receive 10 priority points when applications are scored. Also, USDA will provide priority points for grants that offer access to Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM) courses.

EPA Announces Availability of Funding to Reduce Emissions from Diesel Engines Nationwide
Applications Due: June 12
EPA anticipates awarding approximately $40 million in competitive grant funding for the Diesel Emissions Reductions Act‘s (DERA) Clean Diesel Funding Assistance Program. The program is soliciting proposals nationwide for projects that achieve significant reductions in diesel emissions in terms of tons of pollution produced and exposure, particularly from fleets operating in areas designated by the administrator as poor air quality areas. Eligible uses of funding include school buses, class 5-class 8 heavy-duty highway vehicles, and locomotive engines. EPA will host identical informational webinar sessions on May 1 and May 3.

The Rockefeller Foundation and Chan Zuckerberg Initiative Communities Thrive Challenge
Register by June 12; Applications Due June 19
The Rockefeller Foundation and the Chan Zuckerberg Initiative have partnered up to create the Communities Thrive Challenge – a funding opportunity open to organizations working to expand economic opportunity for low-income and financially insecure people and communities. They are looking for nonprofit programs, businesses, organizing or advocacy models, technologies, economic development strategies, or other approaches that deliver significant and consistent results in any of the following areas: better work, skills development and opportunity matching, financial security, and economically vibrant communities. As many as ten organizations will receive a $1 million grant, as well as best-in-class technical assistance and an opportunity to share their stories on a national stage.

Choice Neighborhoods FY 2018 Planning Grants
Applications Due: June 12
The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) is making up to $5,000,000 available for Planning Grants, including Planning and Action Grants. Planning Grants are two-year grants that assist communities with severely distressed public or HUD-assisted housing in developing a successful neighborhood transformation plan and building the support necessary for that plan to be successfully implemented. Planning and Action Grants are three and a half year planning grants that pair planning with action. This program is focused on three core goals:

  1. Housing: Replace distressed public and assisted housing with high-quality mixed-income housing that is well-managed and responsive to the needs of the surrounding neighborhood;
  2. People: Improve outcomes of households living in the target housing related to employment and income, health, and children’s education; and
  3. Neighborhood: Create the conditions necessary for public and private reinvestment in distressed neighborhoods to offer the kinds of amenities and assets, including safety, good schools, and commercial activity, that are important to families’ choices about their community.

Consolidated Rail Infrastructure and Safety Improvements (CRISI)
Applications Due: June 21
The purpose of the CRISI Program is to assist in funding capital projects that improve passenger and freight rail transportation safety, efficiency, and reliability. Programs eligible for funding under this grant program include deployment of railroad safety technology, capital projects, highway-rail grade cross improvement projects, regional rail and corridor service development plans and environmental analyses, and any project necessary to enhance multimodal connections or facilitate service integration between rail service and other modes. Eligible applicants include states, a group of states, an interstate compact, a public agency or publicly chartered authority established by one or more states, and a political subdivision of a state.

USDA Rural Community Development Initiative
Applications Due: June 25
Rural Community Development Initiative (RCDI) grants are awarded to help nonprofit housing and community development organizations; low-income rural communities; and federally recognized tribes supporting housing, community facilities, and community and economic development projects in rural areas. Grant awards range from $50,000 to $250,000. Awardees will be required to provide matching funds in an amount at least equal to their RCDI grant. Grants may be used for, but are not limited to:

Innovative State and Local Public Health Strategies to Prevent and Manage Diabetes, Heart Disease, and Stroke
Applications Due: June 30
HHS grants support the design, testing, and evaluation of novel approaches to address evidence-based strategies aimed at reducing risks, complications, and barriers to prevention and control of diabetes and cardiovascular disease (CVD) in high-burden populations. Work will occur in state and local/city/county health departments with a population of 900,000 or more where significant reach may be achieved. Consortia of smaller local/city/county health departments may submit one application that, together, includes a population of 900,000 or more. High burden populations are those affected disproportionately by high blood pressure, high cholesterol, diabetes, or prediabetes due to socioeconomic or related factors.

EPA Announces New Funding for Water Infrastructure Projects
Letter of Interest Due: July 6
The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announced the availability of $5.5 billion in loans, which could leverage over $11 billion in water infrastructure projects through the Water Infrastructure Finance and Innovation Act (WIFIA) program. The two priorities for this funding round are: 1) to provide for clean and safe drinking water, including reducing exposure to lead in the nation’s drinking water systems; and 2) to repair, rehabilitate, and replace aging infrastructure and conveyance systems. In the letter of interest, the prospective borrower should provide information to demonstrate the project’s eligibility, financial creditworthiness, engineering feasibility, and alignment with EPA’s policy priorities. If EPA selects the project, then the prospective borrower is invited to apply.

USDOT Launches BUILD Transportation Program and Announces $1.5 Billion NOFO
Applications Due: July 19
The U.S. Department of Transportation (USDOT) announced $1.5 billion in discretionary grant funding through the Better Utilizing Investments to Leverage Development (BUILD) Transportation Discretionary Grants program. BUILD Transportation grants replace the pre-existing Transportation Investment Generating Economic Recovery (TIGER) grant program. FY 2018 BUILD Transportation grants are for investments in surface transportation infrastructure and will be awarded on a competitive basis for projects that will have a significant local or regional impact. BUILD funding can support roads, bridges, transit, rail, ports, or intermodal transportation. Projects for BUILD will be evaluated based on merit criteria that include safety, economic competitiveness, quality of life, environmental protection, state of good repair, innovation, partnership, and additional non-federal revenue for future transportation infrastructure investments. USDOT intends to award a greater share of the grant funding to projects located in rural areas (as opposed to urban areas) that align well with the selection criteria.

AmerisourceBergen Foundation Opioid Resource Grant Program
Applications Due: July 31
The AmerisourceBergen Foundation announced the broadening of its current efforts toward curbing opioid abuse through its new grant program. The Opioid Resource Grant Program supports and advances ideas from innovative non-profit organizations to redefine best practices across the country in the fight against the opioid epidemic. Funding from the program will be allocated to organizations committed to pioneering new ideas, and priority will be given to proposals that address the safe disposal of opioids and education around prevention. The size of grant disbursements will depend on the needs of each grantee, up to $100,000 per grant.

USDA: Agriculture and Food Research Initiative (AFRI)
Applications Due: September 8
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.

Great Lakes Restoration Initiative, Partners for Fish and Wildlife 2018
Applications Due: September 30
The Great Lakes Restoration Initiative targets the most significant environmental problems in the Great Lakes ecosystem with federal funding and program implementation. One goal is to improve habitat and wildlife protection and restoration. Using appropriations from the Great Lakes Restoration Initiative, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service’s Partners for Fish and Wildlife (PFW) Program anticipates funding wetland (both coastal and interior) and associated upland habitat restoration and enhancement projects for conservation of native Great Lakes fish and wildlife populations. Restoration projects will be completed on privately owned (non-federal/non-state) lands. Emphasis will be placed on, but not limited to, completing projects within the watersheds of Great Lakes Areas of Concern and in coastal zones. Projects must advance their mission, promote biological diversity, and be based upon sound scientific biological principles. Applicants seeking funding under this program should review the program strategic plan and contact the PFW state coordinator PRIOR TO applying for funding.

Webinars

Electric Vehicle Infrastructure Projection (EVI-Pro) Lite Tool Webinar
May 21, 3:00-4:00 PM ET
EVI-Pro Lite is a simplified version of EVI-Pro, which was developed through a collaboration between the National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) and the California Energy Commission, with additional support from the Department of Energy’s Vehicle Technologies Office. EVI-Pro uses detailed data on personal vehicle travel patterns, electric vehicle attributes, and charging station characteristics in bottom-up simulations to estimate the quantity and type of charging infrastructure necessary to support regional adoption of electric vehicles. The webinar will introduce the new EVI-Pro tool, which allows users to project consumer demand for electric vehicle charging infrastructure.

Power Play: Investing in Cutting-Edge Inclusive Energy Efficiency Programs for Cooperatives and Their Members
May 22, 1:00-1:45 PM ET
Join the Partnership for Advancing an Inclusive Rural Energy Economy for a webinar on rural electric cooperatives (co-ops) that are delivering cutting-edge inclusive energy efficiency programs for their customer-members – saving members money while supporting local economic development in their communities. The webinar will include information about the U.S. Department of Agriculture Rural Utilities Services (RUS) loan programs that co-ops can take advantage of to help deliver these benefits – and how to access these funds.

BUILD a Better Transportation Grant Application: Leverage Economic Development Impacts
May 22, 2:00 – 2:30 PM ET
TREDIS offers many tools to help you meet the benefit-cost analysis requirements set forth by USDOT for BUILD grants and to expand your analysis and application narrative to show how your project contributes to the economy, generates tax or toll revenues, and leverages public and private investment. This webinar will detail the services TREDIS provides. The content of this webinar is suitable for DOTs, MPOs, and consultants looking to enhance their grant applications with expanded analysis options.

There’s A Walking App for That
May 22, 2 PM ET
While many people are talking about how technology will influence the shape of our cities and what we define as walkability, what about the technology that will influence how we walk as a physical activity? Today, apps are available to track steps, plan routes, and even provide tunes for the trails. Hear from three experts working to bring technology to one of the most common forms of physical activity on what’s out there, what’s coming, and how it can make walking more safe, accessible, and fun! This webinar is intended for our more experienced advocates as well as those just getting started on the walking path.

AAPA Webinar on New FY 2018 Funding Opportunities for Port Multimodal Projects
May 22, 4:00 – 5:00 PM ET
With passage of the FY 2018 Omnibus and previously authorized programs, over $3 billion in federal infrastructure funding will be available in coming months. The American Association of Port Authorities and USDOT will host a webinar on how USDOT grant programs can fund port infrastructure projects. Learn how these grant programs work together and what funding opportunities are most appropriate for port projects in FY 2018.

Innovative Ways to Gain Insight into the Needs of Freight Activity
May 23, 11:00 AM – 12:00 PM ET
In this webinar, the University of Illinois at Chicago and the Delaware Valley Regional Planning Commission (DVRPC) will discuss innovative ways to gain insight into the needs of freight activity at the micro and macro levels. Dr. Kawamura from the University of Illinois at Chicago will discuss the methodology his team developed to measure and examine the ease/difficulty of making freight deliveries to an area using data from Chicago, Illinois. DVRPC will present its approach to identifying freight clusters, referred to as “freight centers.” The analysis used various data sets and a “freight quotient” calculation to pinpoint 70 unique freight centers, which have been assigned to one of five categories: international gateway, heavy industrial, distribution and logistics, high-tech manufacturing, and local manufacturing and distribution. The freight centers have been included in DVRPC’s 2045 long-range plan and will form the basis for future technical work and the prioritization of capital improvements.

Best Practices for State & Local Government Disaster Recovery Planning
May 24, 2:00-3:00 PM ET
The U.S. Department of Justice estimates more than 4,000 ransomware attacks have occurred every day since the beginning of 2016, and government is a prime target. Given such risks, a robust disaster recovery and data protection plan is critical for any state or local government organization. Join Government Technology and the Center for Digital Government as they discuss best practices for data backup and recovery. They will explore:

BUILD Grant Webinars
May 24, How to Compete for BUILD Transportation Grants – All Applicants 
May 29, How to Compete for BUILD Transportation Grants – Rural/Tribal Applicants
May 31, Preparing a Benefit-Cost Analysis for a BUILD Application
For 2018 BUILD Transportation Discretionary Grants, USDOT is offering a series of special topic webinars that delve into various aspects of the BUILD application process. These webinars are a great resource for anyone considering applying to BUILD this year or those preparing a BUILD application, as the webinars come from the funding source and share the expertise of USDOT to prospective applicants.

NARC Webinar! Fleets for the Future: Best Practices for EV Charging Infrastructure
May 31, 12:30 – 1:30 PM ET
Fleets for the Future (F4F) is a national project team of regional councils, Clean Cities coalitions, and industry experts tasked with coordinating regional and national procurement initiatives to consolidate bulk orders of alternative fuel vehicles (AFVs) and infrastructure. Please join the F4F team on May 31 to learn the basics on electric vehicle supply equipment (EVSE) technology, strategies for effective planning for light duty, medium duty, and heavy duty vehicle charging, and best practices for seamless EV and EV charging programs. You can find our team’s best practice guide for electric vehicle procurement on our website here: http://www.fleetsforthefuture.org/f4f-best-practices/. There will be a Q&A session following the presentation.

USDOT ITS JPO Webinar: NYCDOT Connected Vehicle Pilot – Application Design Stage Update
June 18, 2:00 – 3:30 PM ET
USDOT awarded three cooperative agreements collectively worth more than $45 million to initiate a Design/Build/Test/Deploy Connected Vehicle (CV) Pilot Deployment Program to three agencies: Wyoming DOT, New York City (NYC) DOT, and Tampa Hillsborough Expressway Authority (THEA). From September 2015 to September 2016, each site prepared a comprehensive deployment concept to ensure a rapid and efficient connected vehicle capability roll-out. Now the three sites are nearing the end of the 20-month phase to design, build, and test these deployments of integrated wireless in-vehicle, mobile device, and roadside technologies. This session will discuss the connected vehicle applications being developed as part of the NYCDOT Connected Vehicle Pilot. Representatives from the NYCDOT Pilot will share their experiences of designing safety-related CV applications; identify technical and other barriers they are facing and how these barriers are being overcome; and discuss how these applications will eventually be tested and their performance measured.

Workshops/Events

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.

Ridership Forecasting with STOPS for Transit Project Planning
June 12-14, Seattle, WA
The National Transit Institute is offering a course on transit ridership forecasting using FTA’s Simplified Trips-on-Project Software package (STOPS) in both Atlanta and Seattle. FTA developed the course to provide training on STOPS and its usefulness in transit project planning. The course is intended for travel forecasters looking to understand STOPS in detail as well as transit planners looking to become more proficient in the use of travel forecasts to inform planning decisions. The three-day course covers: how STOPS works; how to use STOPS for individual projects; and how to use ridership forecasts to prepare a narrative about the benefits of transit projects.

Conferences

NARC 52nd Annual Conference & Exhibition
June 3 – 6, Orlando, FL
Join the National Association of Regional Councils (NARC) and MetroPlan Orlando for our 52nd Annual Conference and Exhibition, which will take place in Orlando, Florida from June 3-6, 2018. Representatives of regional councils and MPOs — leadership, professional staff, board members, local elected officials, and program staff — will come together to share best practices, attend informative sessions on program, legislative, and regulatory issues. Speakers include experts from the public and private sector, congressional and state lawmakers, individuals from universities and non-profit organizations, and regional council staff.

Publications

NLIHC Report on the Affordable Housing Gap
In their newest report, The Gap: A Shortage of Affordable Homes, the National Low-Income Housing Coalition (NLIHC) found a shortage of 7.2 million affordable and available rental homes for extremely low-income renter households. These households are defined as those with income at or below the poverty level, or in the lower 30 percent of their area’s median income. Seventy-one percent of extremely low-income renter households are severely burdened by housing costs, spending more than half of their income on housing. The study presents the availability of affordable homes for renter households in each state, D.C., and the 50 largest metropolitan areas.

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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