Washington has averted a shutdown! On Saturday, the U.S. Senate passed the so-called CRomnibus appropriations bill (H.R. 83), funding most of the Federal government through September 2015 in a vote of 56-40. The exception is the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, which is funded through February 27. Since the CRomnibus still needs to go through a number of procedural hurdles before becoming law, the Senate also passed another continuing resolution through Wednesday, December 17, which President Obama signed late on Saturday. The President is expected to sign the bill on Wednesday, after the Offfice of Management and Budget’s review and the enrollment process is complete. See NARC’s website for a summary of the CRomnibus.
In National Conference of Regions news…We just confirmed Joseph Szabo, Administrator of the Federal Railroad Administration and soon-to-be Senior Fellow at Chicago Metropolitan Agency for Planning, to participate in our freight panel. Szabo joins a distinguished group of speakers – including Bruce Katz and Ray LaHood – for this year’s conference. Please remember that early-bird registration ends December 17th! Click HERE to see the updated agenda.
Solar Ready II Team Meeting in Texas: Last week, the Solar Ready II team convened in Arlington, Texas at the offices of the North Central Texas Council of Governments. The purpose of the meeting was for the ten participating regional councils to present their individual Solar Ready II projects and discuss goals, successes, challenges, and next steps with the team. In addition, participants received a tour of the Dallas-Fort Worth Airport solar installation. Other meeting attendees included a representative from the U.S. Department of Energy SunShot Initiative, several NARC staffers, and Meister Consultants Group. The Solar Ready II project, funded by the U.S. Department of Energy SunShot Initiative Rooftop Solar Challenge II, is striving to reduce the soft costs associated with solar energy development through the adoption of solar best management practices on the local level. Click HERE to learn more about Solar Ready II.
Click HERE to view the list of grants still open!
December 17, 2014 1:00-2:30 PM ET
This Federal Highway Administration webinar will provide an overview of MAP-21 provisions encouraging state freight advisory committees and the benefits of freight advisory committees in general. One initiative pursued by many public sector agencies is the creation of such committees for their organizations. Though the creation of state freight advisory committees is encouraged in MAP-21, many states and metropolitan planning organizations (MPO) have independently worked to create such committees. This webinar will review the performance of these committees as well as discuss the activities conducted by state departments of transportation and MPO-organized freight advisory committees. Click HERE to register.NARC CONFERENCE: NARC’s 2015 National Conference of Regions
February 8-10, 2015 – Washington, DC
Registration is open for the National Conference of Regions. This conference is a forum for locally-elected officials and their Regional Councils to explore federal policy issues, and discuss NARC’s legislative priorities for the 114th Congress. Click HERE for the conference webpage.