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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.

FY 2018 EDAP Program Funding
Applications Accepted on a Rolling Basis
The U.S. Economic Development Administration (EDA) today published FY 2018 Economic Development Assistance Programs (EDAP) Notice of Funding Opportunity (NOFO). Under this NOFO, EDA solicits applications for construction, non-construction, planning, technical assistance, and revolving loan fund projects under EDA’s Public Works program and Economic Adjustment Assistance (EAA) programs, which includes Assistance to Coal Communities. Grants and cooperative agreements made under these programs are 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, including those negatively impacted by changes to the coal economy. Projects funded by these programs will support the U.S. Department of Commerce Strategic Plan(2018-2022) by, among other things: leading to the creation and retention of jobs and increased private investment, advancing innovation, enhancing the manufacturing capacities of regions, providing workforce development opportunities and growing ecosystems that attract foreign direct investment.

Transportation Tech 2019 Workshop Series 
Registration Deadline: January 25
Technology’s impact on the transportation field can be rewarding or distracting, depending on how it’s harnessed. Join Civic Sphere’s Transportation Tech 2019 Workshop Series, so you can learn how to leverage tech to benefit your organization and career – no current tech skills needed. Find out more, and register by January 25.

Investing in Health: Local Active Transportation Financing Initiatives
Date: January 31, 2019
2:00- 3:00pm EST
This webinar will explain the importance of active transportation financing and explore best practices among local governments. Active transportation funding provides programs and infrastructure improvements that make biking and walking safer.

AmeriCorps State and National Grants FY 2019
Letter of Intent Due: December 12; Applications Due: January 30, 2019
Through AmeriCorps, the Corporation for National and Community Service (CNCS) has helped to engage millions of citizens in meeting community and national challenges through service and volunteer action. In the FY 2019 AmeriCorps competition, CNCS seeks to prioritize the investment of national service resources in economic opportunity, education, healthy futures, veterans and military families, rural intermediaries, safer communities, and faith-based organizations. Organizations that propose to operate in only one state must apply through the Governor-appointed State or Territory Commissions. Applicants are strongly encouraged to submit a Notification of Intent to apply for this competition, but it is not required.

Flood Mitigation Assistance Grant Program
Applications Due: January 31, 2019
The Flood Mitigation Assistance Grant Program (FMA) provides funding to states, territories, federally-recognized tribes, and local communities for projects and planning that reduces or eliminates long-term risk of flood damage to structures insured under the National Flood Insurance Program. FMA funding is also available for management costs. The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) requires state, tribal, and local governments to develop and adopt hazard mitigation plans as a condition for receiving certain types of non-emergency disaster assistance, including funding for Hazard Mitigation Assistance projects. Generally, local communities will sponsor applications on behalf of homeowners and then submit the applications to their state.

Base Center Program
Applications Due: April 28, 2019
The purpose of the Administration for Children and Families’ Basic Center Program (BCP) is to provide temporary shelter and counseling services to youth who have left home without permission of their parents or guardians, who have been forced to leave home, or who might otherwise end up in law enforcement, child welfare, mental health, or juvenile justice systems. BCPs work to establish or strengthen community-based programs that meet the immediate needs of runaway and homeless youth and their families. BCPs provide youth under 18 years of age with emergency shelter, food, clothing, counseling, and referrals for health care. The award process for FY2019 BCP allows for annual awards over a three-year project period, as funds are available.

Partners for Fish and Wildlife
Applications Due: September 30, 2019
The Partners for Fish and Wildlife (PFW) Program is a voluntary, incentive-based program that provides direct technical assistance and financial assistance in the form of cooperative and grant agreements to private landowners to restore and conserve fish and wildlife habitat for the benefit of federal trust resources. Partners for Fish and Wildlife program staff coordinate with project partners, stakeholders, and other Fish and Wildlife Service programs to identify geographic focus areas and develop habitat conservation priorities within these focus areas. Project work plans are developed strategically, in coordination with partners, and with substantial involvement from Fish and Wildlife Service field staff. Applicants seeking technical or financial assistance from the PFW program are requested to consult with the Regional PFW program office before developing or applying. Private lands include, but are not limited to: tribal, Hawaiian homeland, city, municipality, non-governmental, and private fee-title properties.

Notice of Funding Opportunity: FY 2018-2020 RNTA
Applications Due: September 30, 2020
The Economic Development Administration (EDA) has published the FY 2018-2020 Notice of Funding Opportunity (NOFO) for Research and National Technical Assistance (RNTA) projects. The NOFO makes $1.5 million available for Research and Evaluation (R&E) projects and $1 million available for National Technical Assistance (NTA) projects:


NARC Webinar! Digital Inclusion for Regional Development
November 13, 3:00-4:00 PM ET
To fully realize the potential of broadband in our communities, we must ensure that all individuals have access to this technology and the skills needed to connect to the digital world. Tune in to this NARC webinar, in partnership with BroadbandUSA, for an overview of digital inclusion and how it can influence economic mobility, educational achievement, and health outcomes in your community. You will also hear examples of digital inclusion efforts going on across the country, including the regional digital inclusion collaboration that Eastgate Regional Council of Governments has been facilitating in Northeast Ohio.

Learn the Ropes: How to Start Your Safe Routes to School Program
November 13, 1:00 – 2:00 PM ET
Safe Routes to School programs can take many forms, developing organically or through a structured process. This webinar will highlight different types of programs and how each was started. Hear from city and school staff on best practices and ideas for how to start a program in your community.

Transportation Data Privacy Project
November 13, 1:00 – 2:00 PM ET
Transportation safety and mobility applications rely on time-sequenced location data, which leads to concerns over privacy. To address this issue, methods have been investigated to advance transportation data utility while mitigating privacy risk. Participants of this ITS JPO Data Program webinar will learn about privacy risks; time-sequenced geolocation data; a method to evaluate privacy designs; and the new method for selectively eliminating elements from geolocation data streams to balance privacy protection and data access.

Hazardous Materials Shipments: Economic and Safety Considerations
November 13, 1:00 – 2:30 PM ET
Hazardous materials shipments are often overlooked when examining non-safety related freight transportation needs, but they contribute significantly to the economic vitality of the United States.  They are transported across the country every day by trucks, railroads, pipelines, barges, and airplanes, ensuring those hazmat products meet our everyday needs and petroleum products and biofuels continue to drive the U.S. economy forward. The recent increases in U.S. shale oil and gas supplies have impacted the entire freight transportation system as more crude oil and natural gas are transported to refineries and export facilities. This webinar will discuss hazardous materials supply chains and the regulatory oversight required to ensure the labeling, packaging, shipping, and storage of hazardous materials meet state and federal requirements.

Transformative Placemaking: Expanding Opportunities for People And Places
November 14, 9:30 – 11:30 AM ET
After decades of sprawl and suburban dominance, U.S. cities are experiencing rebounding populations, growing employment, and new public and private sector investments in places that are walkable, transit-oriented, and support diverse people and amenities. But we know that the benefits of these trends are not equally distributed, presenting an urgent opportunity for local and regional leaders to advance place-led development that produces better economic outcomes for more people in more places. To help deliver on that imperative, the Metropolitan Policy Program at Brookings is launching the Anne T. and Robert M. Bass Center for Transformative Placemaking. The Bass Center will inspire public, private, and civic sector leaders to make transformative place investments that generate widespread social and economic benefits.

Webinar for 2018 Alternative Fuels Corridor Request for Designation Nominations
November 14, 1:00 – 2:30 PM ET
FHWA is establishing a national network of alternative fueling and charging infrastructure along national highway system corridors. Join FHWA and DOT’s Volpe Center for a webinar on the 2018 Alternative Fuels Corridor Request for Nominations.

Gaining Project Support from Your Team, Elected Officials, and the Public
November 14, 2:00-3:30 PM ET
This International City/County Management Association (ICMA) webinar will cover the following topics:
1. What’s key to presenting your idea or project effectively?
2. How can everyone play a role in leading and supporting productive change?
3. What can we learn from case studies about how to navigate and serve successfully?

Broadband Connectivity is Transforming Healthcare
November 14, 2:00-3:00 PM ET
Broadband connectivity is critical for many reasons, including access to quality healthcare. From remote patient monitoring to mobile health applications accessed via smartphones, tablets, or other devices, advances in telemedicine and telehealth technologies have impacted patient care and health outcomes far away from hospitals and doctors’ offices. Connected-care services significantly reduce economic and administrative costs for patients and health care providers. This Broadband USA webinar will explore innovations in telehealth and telemedicine applications and programs that two leading universities have developed to improve patient health in their states, especially in rural and remote areas.

Midterm Elections and the Future of Water
November 14, 1:00-2:00 PM ET
Earlier this year, the US Water Alliance released the One Water for America Policy Framework, with policy suggestions at the national, state, and local level. No matter how you may be interested in advancing One Water policies, elections matter and water is no different despite its bipartisan support. In the 2018 election cycle, control of both chambers of Congress is in play, 36 governorships are up for election (many of which are term-limited open seats), and many state legislative and local election seats are up as well. Turnout is already expected to be well above average for a midterm year. Learn from a bipartisan pair of panelists what the results of the election are and what practical and policy impacts might result from changes in the federal government and in the states.

Impacts of Property Assessed Clean Energy Programs
November 14, 2:00-3:00 PM ET
Established by state legislation and enabled by local governments, Property Assessed Clean Energy (PACE) financing leverages private capital to upgrade existing homes and buildings to reduce energy consumption, promote renewable power, and mitigate the effects of natural disasters. The improvements are repaid over time through a special assessment on the property owner’s property tax bill. Join this REMI webinar to hear the impacts PACE financing has on the built environment, natural environment, and economic vitality in communities that these programs serve.

FCI Briefing Series: Census 2020 Messaging Testing Results
November 14, 3:00-4:30 PM ET
For this Funders Census Initiative (FCI) webinar, Monica Vines, a Census Bureau researcher, will be giving an overview on the messaging research conducted by the Bureau and their findings. This research included the 50,000-person Census Barriers, Attitudes, and Motivators Survey (CBAMS) as well as many additional focus groups. Please attend with your questions – they are leaving most of the 90 minutes with the Bureau for a robust discussion.

NARC Webinar! NARC-LISC Opportunity Zones Webinar
November 15, 3:00-4:00 PM ET
NARC and the Local Initiatives Support Corporation (LISC) will hold a webinar on the Opportunity Zones program on November 15. The presentation will provide an overview of the program, how it aims to attract private investment to underserved areas, and what to expect over the next phases of Opportunity Zone implementation. Wasatch Front Regional Council will also be featured, sharing their role in designating Opportunity Zones in Utah and potential opportunities this program presents for their organization and their region.

Walk Audit 2.0: Walkability Assessment Next Steps
November 15, 1:00 – 2:00 PM ET
Walk audits are a great tool in creating communities where residents can participate in making their vision of healthy, safe, walkable streets real. In a walk audit, community members go for a walk together, noting what makes their streets feel comfortable for walking and what’s missing. But what to do with this information? In this webinar, you will hear from community partners in Oregon and Washington who have completed walk audits and explore next steps for turning their vision into reality.

FTA Public Transportation Agency Safety Plans Webinar Series
PTASP Final Rule Frequently Asked Questions, November 15, 2:00 PM ET
Guidance on Using SSPPs to Develop an PTASPs, December 5, 2:00 PM ET
Following publication of two important new safety rules, FTA is hosting a new webinar series to provide technical assistance to transit agencies on the Public Transportation Agency Safety Plan (PTASP) Final Rule. The PTASP Final Rule requires certain rail and bus operators to develop safety plans to better manage their safety risk using Safety Management Systems. FTA’s phase two webinar series runs from October 2018 through December 2018.

Scenarios for Adoption of Autonomous Vehicle Technologies in Freight
November 16, 3:00 – 4:00 PM ET
Innovation adoption research has largely ignored organization adoption, and little work has been done to understand or predict the adoption of innovations by freight organizations. This National Institute for Transportation and Communities (NITC) session will present a dis-aggregate market penetration model for freight transportation organizations adopting connected/automated vehicle (CAV) technology and demonstrate an application using a case study area in Memphis, TN. The webinar will also highlight future organizational adoption research for CAVs.

Leading with Health: Complete Streets and Bicycle and Pedestrian Planning
November 27, 2:00 – 3:00 PM ET
Complete Streets policies and bicycle and pedestrian plans are two key tools used by cities and counties to support community visions and goals for health, and health stakeholders have a crucial role to play in advancing strong policies and plans in their communities. In this webinar, you’ll hear from a county health department that developed pedestrian plans for unincorporated communities, a health coalition that led a Complete Streets policy effort, and about other ways to bring a health focus to local walking and bicycling initiatives.

Active Transportation for Healthy Communities
November 29, 2:00 PM ET
Activity-friendly and walkable communities are designed in ways that make physical activity easier and more accessible for everyone. America Walks has seen the dedication, passion, and innovation in communities across the US as they work to improve transportation systems to become more active, healthy, and safe with activity-friendly connections to important places in the area that attract people, provide social interaction, and allow for participation in multiple activities. In alignment with the Center for Disease Control’s Connecting Routes + Destinations materials, this webinar will highlight work being done by three communities of various sizes to create more activity-friendly connections for all.

National Coalition on Truck Parking Annual Meeting Web Conference
December 6, 1:30 – 4:00 PM ET
Continuing its multi-year focus on truck parking safety, USDOT will be hosting a web conference for the National Coalition on Truck Parking (“Coalition”) to discuss truck parking initiatives. The agenda will include an overview of products developed in 2018; updates from states, Metropolitan Planning Organizations, and core partners on truck parking initiatives; and discussion of future Coalition activities.

The meeting will feature presentations by leaders of the working groups. Launched in 2017, the working groups brought together stakeholders from across the nation to create strategies for various truck parking improvement initiatives related to: parking capacity; technology and data; funding, finance, and regulations; and, coordination with regional/local governments. Information on the working groups, meeting minutes, and products are available here.

Addressing Inequities in Health: Key Concepts for Counties
December 6, 2:00-3:15 PM ET
Join the National Association of Counties to learn how counties can use health equity as a framework to develop programs and policies to improve the health of their residents. Experts from County Health Rankings & Roadmaps and the Government Alliance on Race and Equity will share strategies and tools for counties doing work to create positive shifts in health for their residents. You will also hear from Boone County, MO on the work they are doing to create more equitable health opportunities in their community.

Introducing the Exploratory Modeling and Analysis Tool
December 18, 2:00 – 3:00 PM ET
Emerging connected and autonomous vehicle technology, new mobility services, and changing travel patterns will potentially have significant impacts on future surface transportation operations and travel demand. The dimensions and depth of uncertainty around the potential impacts due to changing travel behavior and emerging technologies call for a more comprehensive and exploratory approach to planning future mobility. This webinar will describe the concepts and overall framework behind the development of the Travel Model Improvement Program Exploratory Modeling and Analysis Tool (TMIP-EMAT), a utility to be integrated with existing travel forecasting models to facilitate the application of these models in an exploratory, rather than predictive, manner. Illustrative examples from the proof of concept deployment of TMIP-EMAT using the Greater Buffalo-Niagara Regional Transportation Council regional travel demand model will be presented.


Introduction to Transportation Conformity
December 11 – 13, Cleveland, OH
The Northeast Ohio Areawide Coordinating Agency (NOACA) is teaming up with the National Transit Institute (NTI) to host an Introduction to Transportation Conformity course at their office in Cleveland on December 11 – 13. This three-day course will present basic information about conformity requirements and the relationship of the transportation and air quality planning process to help prepare staff of federal, state, and local agencies to participate in interagency consultation and work effectively in resolving conformity issues. There is no cost to attend for public agencies, but advanced registration is required.

5th Annual Walkability Action Institute RFA
Applications Due: December 14
The National Association of Chronic Disease Directors (NACDD) will be hosting their 5th Annual Walkability Action Institute on April 22-25, 2019 in Decatur, GA. NACDD has opened their request for applications (RFA) to offer eight interdisciplinary regional teams a chance to compete for travel assistance to attend the action institute. The course combines traditional learning methods with robust activities and outdoor learning. The teams must have a minimum of public health, planning, transportation, and elected official representation. Start forming your teams now!

EDC-5 Regional Summits
The objectives of the Every Day Counts (EDC) Regional Summits are to: facilitate dialogue, encourage creative thinking, and celebrate a shared vision for new opportunities. These Summits are an integral component of the EDC model, bringing together transportation leaders and front-line professionals responsible for the development and delivery of highway projects. The Summits provide transportation professionals the opportunity to learn about the 10 innovations promoted through EDC–5, exchange ideas with their state, local, and industry counterparts, and provide feedback to FHWA on the support and resources needed to adopt the innovations. The summits will be in Baltimore, MDAlbany, NYSt. Louis, MOPortland, OR, and Orlando, FL.

New NHI Course: The Role of Data in Transportation Performance Management
Signup to Host this Course
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.


2019 TRB Annual Meeting Resiliency Tabletop
January 13, 2019, Washington, DC, 9:00 AM – 12:00 PM ET
This exercise will assemble fifteen multi-disciplinary teams at the Annual Transportation Research Board (TRB) meeting in Washington, DC. Each team will have representatives in each of the following groups: economics and commerce, infrastructure, emergency management, government transportation entities (all levels), and government non-transportation entities. During the 4-hour exercise, each team will collectively complete a workbook to stimulate a recovery from a freight disruption that affects local communities, regional economies, and national supply chains.


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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