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.

NARC’s Heroes Act Summary

This past Friday, the House of Representatives passed the Health and Economic Recovery Omnibus Emergency Solutions Act (HEROES Act). The 1,815-page legislation would provide a $3 trillion follow-up to the $2.2 trillion CARES Act aid passed into law in March. This summary provides a breakdown of the bill’s contents, with a focus on key items for regions including transportation and economic development provisions.

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.

NARC Webinar: The Regional Response to the COVID-19 Epidemic Part III: A Regional Conversation

As part of our continuing effort to help keep you informed about COVID-19, NARC will host a webinar on regional responses to COVID-9, on Wednesday, March 18, 2020 at 3:00 p.m. eastern/2:00 p.m. central/1:00 p.m. mountain/12 p.m. pacific. Topics that will be covered include “continuity of operations,” regional council support of their member cities and counties, and public outreach. This will also be an opportunity for you and your colleagues to share information, concerns, and solutions.

Regional Resources for the Coronavirus (COVID-19) Epidemic

As the coronavirus (COVID-19) epidemic continues to spread across the country, regions have begun to take action. NARC has collected resources for local governments and regional councils as they work to support their communities.

NARC Webinar: Differential Privacy for the 2020 Census

The National Association of Regional Councils invites you to join us for a webinar with Tim Reardon, Data Services Director at the Metropolitan Area Planning Council in Boston, MA. He will discuss differential privacy, how it could be implemented, and the impacts that are likely to occur. He’ll also share his analysis of the impact of differential privacy on the data available in the Boston region and a set of performance metrics that differential privacy must meet to ensure the preservation of the integrity of the data that communities across the nation rely upon.