Virtually (June 16, 2021) – The National Association of Regional Councils (NARC) presented its 2021 General Achievement and Leadership Awards today during a virtual awards ceremony held at the NARC 55th Annual Conference & Exhibition. “I am so pleased and so proud as President of NARC to be able to celebrate these achievements in regional cooperation, excellence, and leadership,” said NARC President Bob Cannon, Supervisor of Clinton Township, Michigan and former chair of Southeast Michigan Council of Governments. “What greater honor is there than to be able to recognize the valuable contributions of my colleagues.” Seven projects received 2021 Achievement Awards and six regional leaders received 2021 Leadership Awards.
The Senate Environment and Public Works Committee over the weekend released a new reauthorization bill that is very similar to the bill it passed two years ago, which died from inaction from other committees. This new bill provides $304 billion in contract authority, some 90% of which goes out through formula. Though some proposed programs were eliminated from the earlier version of the bill, several notable new programs remain, including new apportionment programs focused on carbon reduction and resilience. What follows is a brief rundown of some of the more relevant items in the bill.
The following is a Regions Lead guest post by the Southern California Association of Governments (SCAG): The Southern California Association of Governments (SCAG), which serves as the metropolitan planning organization for nearly 19 million people – the largest metropolitan planning organization in the nation – adopted its first-ever Racial Equity Early Action Plan. This document
Treasury Department Provides Initial Guidance for the Distribution of $350 million in State and Local Aid
On Monday May 10, the U.S. Department of Treasury released guidance on the State and Local Coronavirus Fiscal Recovery Fund (Recovery Fund), as part of the American Rescue Plan Act. Included in the guidance is the flexibility to use Recovery Funds to invest in broadband infrastructure, services and programs to contain and mitigate the spread
The National Association of Regional Councils (NARC) seeks a summer intern to support its transportation and economic development programs. Position Overview: The successful candidate will work on legislative and policy issues related to NARC’s transportation and economic development programs. Responsibilities may include issue-based research, policy formulation, legislative analysis, Congressional and Administrative correspondence, website content development,
Now that we are more than one year into the COVID-19 pandemic, there is one thing that is certain: there is no single way to safely bring employees back into the office. While employers are grappling with how to safely have employees return to the office, employees are also grappling with whether it would be better for them to return to the office or continue to work remotely.
The National Association of Regional Councils (NARC) recently became an outreach partner for the Federal Communications Commission’s (FCC) Emergency Broadband Benefit Program (EBBP). The Emergency Broadband Benefit is a program to help households struggling to pay for internet service during the pandemic. This new benefit will connect eligible households to jobs, critical healthcare services, and
Biden Announces American Jobs PlanYesterday afternoon President Biden introduced his American Jobs Plan in Pittsburgh. This wide-ranging proposal would invest in transportation infrastructure of all types, affordable housing, public schools, colleges and childcare facilities, VA hospitals, water, electricity transmission, electric vehicles, broadband, workforce development and more. Plan Overview:According to the initial outline released by the administration, the plans seeks to: create millions of
An innovative collaboration among federal, public and private entities has come together in the San Antonio, Texas region to form a defense-based public-private/private-public sector partnership (P4) designed to protect a military installation, public and private infrastructure, essential government services and private sector businesses from the danger posed by natural and man-made electromagnetic disturbances.
In response to a Federal Register notice that proposes to raise the population threshold for the designation of a Metropolitan Statistical Area (MSA), NARC has submitted comment to the Office of Management and budget opposing the change. Comments on this notice are due by March 19, 2021. NARC members are encouraged to utilize this language for their own
NARC Analysis: American Rescue Plan Last week, President Joe Biden signed the American Rescue Plan Act of 2021 into law. The $1.9 trillion bill will provide additional relief to address the continued impact of the coronavirus pandemic on the economy, public health, state and local governments, individuals, and businesses. NARC has created a PowerPoint presentation
For Immediate Release. Contact: 202.618.6363 / firstname.lastname@example.org Clinton Township, MI, Supervisor Bob Cannon Takes the Lead as Next President of the National Association of Regional Councils Washington, DC (February 8, 2021): Clinton Township, MI, Supervisor Bob Cannon was elected this evening to serve as the next president of the National Association of Regional Councils (NARC). Cannon’s