53rd ANNUAL CONFERENCE & EXHIBITION
Gain knowledge, tools, and resources to build your community at NARC’s 53rd Annual Conference & Exhibition in Omaha, Nebraska from June 9-12, cohosted by the Omaha – Council Bluffs Metropolitan Area Planning Agency.
Events begin Sunday afternoon with two optional mobile workshops exploring Omaha. Sessions and exhibits will highlight economic development tools for regions, the impact of changing demographics, innovations in transportation, regional data solutions, and approaches to disaster response and resiliency.
Now Accepting Awards Nominations!
The NARC Achievement & Leadership Awards recognize outstanding regional programs and individuals. Gain recognition for all the outstanding work you do at the NARC Awards Gala Dinner during the 53rd Annual Conference and Exhibition in Omaha, Nebraska on June 11th!
Guidelines and application are available here. APPLICATIONS DUE: May 1
Congress returns from recess April 29.
Senators to Metro: No More Federal Funding If You Buy Chinese Rail Cars
A Senate bill would raise federal funding for the DC Metro system from $150 million to $200 million per year and approve that funding for ten years – but only if the transit agency agrees to not buy new rail cars from China. The legislative push, brought about by the region’s senators, comes as China’s state-owned rail company is pursuing a Metro contract worth over $1 billion. This deal could potentially save Metro hundreds of millions of dollars, but there is growing concern in Washington over the effect of Chinese domination on American manufacturers and the potential security risk that Chinese-manufactured technology poses.
U.S. Transportation Secretary Elaine L. Chao Announces Availability of $900 Million in Infrastructure Grant Funds
USDOT has announced the availability of $900 million in discretionary grant funding through the BUILD program. The FY 2019 BUILD Transportation grants are critical investments in surface transportation infrastructure and will be awarded to projects that illustrate significant local or regional impact. The DOT intends to award up to 50% of available grant funding to projects in rural areas, giving special consideration to projects focused on improving transportation, infrastructure and economic conditions in rural communities. The deadline to apply for the FY 2019 BUILD Transportation Discretionary Grants program is July 15, 2019.
National Coalition on Truck Parking’s Releases Advocacy Resources With Ease-of-Use in Mind
The National Coalition on Truck Parking released new resources geared towards making state, regional, and local government coordination easier when it comes to truck parking issues. The materials cover topics including how to improve truck parking across regions, the importance of local planning and zoning, and how to include truck parking in MPO freight plans.
Alphabet’s Drone Delivery Business Cleared for Takeoff by FAA
Wing Aviation LLC, a Google subsidiary, has become the first drone operator to receive FAA approval as an airline. Wing can now legally begin dropping products to actual customers, and while there are limits on where the offshoot can operate, there is growing optimism about the precedent this sets. Plans are also in the works to conduct extensive outreach to local government leaders and the public to address concerns regarding noise and privacy and understand how this will affect local communities. The approval marks a big step towards the integration of drones into the American economy and highlights the changing landscape of delivery services.
Connecting Transportation and Health: A Guide to Communication and Collaboration
The National Cooperative Highway Research Program has compiled a guide for transportation professionals on connecting transportation and the public health sector. The resource provides insights into how to communicate and work within the public health sector on a federal, state, regional and local level, while also highlighting techniques for successful collaboration and coordination with health professionals.
Miami Valley Regional Planning Commission (MVRPC) Selected as the 2019 Local Public Agency of the Year
ITIF Proposes Plan for Replacing the Gas Tax with a Road User Charge
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