It’s NARC Membership Week – Thanks for Being a NARC Member!

The National Association of Regional Councils (NARC) annual Membership Week begins this week! This week is all about you, our members, because without your support and leadership, NARC would not be able to do the work we do: bringing regional councils across the country together and advocating for regional solutions in Washington. With the COVID-19

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NARC HEALS Act Summary

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) took to the Senate floor last week to introduce the HEALS Act, the Senate Republicans’ plan for a coronavirus relief package that would follow up the CARES Act passed earlier this year. “Our nation stands now at an important crossroads in this battle,” McConnell said. “We have one foot

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Water Resources Development Act (WRDA) Update

Congress has managed to hold to a two-year reauthorization schedule for the last three Water Resource Development Acts (2014, 2016, and 2018) and it looks like they are on track to increase that streak to four this year. This past Wednesday, the House Transportation & Infrastructure Committee voted unanimously to move H.R. 7575 The Water

Congratulations to NARC’s Photo Contest Winners!

During last week’s virtual conference, NARC President Marge Vogt announced the winners of NARC’s photo contest and shared the stories behind these great pictures. Click here to view the six winning entries and read the stories behind these photos. Also included are the runner-up entries. With so many excellent entries, it was a real challenge to pick the winners!

House Releases Transportation Reauthorization Proposal

Chairman of the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee, Peter DeFazio (D-OR) released a transportation reauthorization proposal today called Investing in a New Vision for the Environment and Surface Transportation in America Act (INVEST in America Act). Read the initial assessment of the bill here.

Read the NARC NADO and AMPO Request to Congressional Leaders for STBGP Funding in Next COVID-19 Aid Package

NARC, along with the Association of Metropolitan Planning Organizations (AMPO) and the National Association of Development Organizations (NADO) has written to congressional leaders to request that Congress appropriate at least $20 billion in flexible transportation funds through the Surface Transportation Block Grant Program (STBGP) in the next coronavirus relief bill. Read the full letter here.

GCoM & NARC Webinar: Regional Climate Action Planning and the GCoM Process

Join the Global Covenant of Mayors for Climate & Energy (GCoM) and the National Association of Regional Councils (NARC) to learn how regions can join with GCoM to take action on climate change by developing regional Climate Action Plans. The webinar will provide an overview of the GCoM process, outline the required steps for regions interested in joining, and share the potential value of working with GCoM on regional climate initiatives.

NARC Webinar: Regional Planning and the COVID-19 Pandemic

Join us for a webinar exploring the impact of coronavirus on regional planning efforts. Presenters will provide updates from their region and share their perspective regarding some of the many planning questions that have arisen from the COVID-19 pandemic, including: How might COVID-19 alter the built environment? How do you plan for growth during this period? And what major changes might COVID-19 cause for transportation systems and the way people move?

Regions Help Move Earth Day Online

Due to COVID-19, Earth Day has moved online this year, with virtual events and posts taking the place of traditional celebrations. Check out how regional councils have joined in to celebrate the day online.

NARC Analysis: CARES Act

Read NARC’s analysis of the recently passed CARES Act, which will provide the country with $2.3 trillion of aid to counter the physical and economic effects of the COVID-19 pandemic.