On November 19, the U.S. House passed its version of President Biden’s Build Back Better Act (BBBA), a $1.75 trillion (H.R. 5376) reconciliation package that includes paid family leave, universal preschool, tax incentives, climate initiatives, and a Medicare drug price negotiation program. The legislation passed on a 220-213 party-line vot, utilizing the reconciliation process that give the House majority nearly complete control over all elements of the bill and substantially limits the minorities ability to amend
The Senate approved historic spending in the Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act (IIJA) – a $1.2T bill that reauthorizes the nation’s surface transportation and drinking water and wastewater legislation. NARC has conducted an analysis of much of the bill which is presented in two parts: a summary analysis and a chart with all of the transportation-related sections contained in the IIJA.
2021 Project Achievement and Leadership Award Blog Series: Houston-Galveston Area Council: The Regional Conservation Framework
The Houston-Galveston Area Council (H-GAC) developed the Regional Conservation Framework to help the region’s local governments coordinate and magnify their conservation efforts.
2021 Project Achievement and Leadership Award Blog Series: NARC Recognizes the Leadership of Douglas R. Hooker
Doug Hooker has served as Executive Director of the Atlanta Regional Commission (ARC) since 2011. Through his career he has worked on important regional and local projects including transportation planning, aging services, workforce development, water conservation, and homeland security. Doug is an active member of NARC’s leadership and currently serves as the Chair of the NARC Executive Directors Council.
2021 Project Achievement and Leadership Award Blog Series: San Joaquin Council of Governments: EZHub, Fare-Payments-as-a-Service for the Vamos Mobility App
The San Joaquin Council of Governments (SJCOG) partnered with Masabi LLC and their fare-payments-as-a-service product to launch EZHub onto the Vamos Mobility Platform. EZHub provides users with a “one stop shop” for seamless trip planning and ticket purchasing within one page.
2021 Project Achievement and Leadership Award Blog Series: A Conversation with the Honorable Garret Nancolas
NARC has a conversation with the Honorable Garret Nancolas, Mayor of the City of Caldwell, Idaho, recipient of the 2021 NARC President’s Award. Mayor Garret Nancolas has served on the Board of Directors of the Community Planning Association of Southwest Idaho (COMPASS) since its inception in 2000 and has represented COMPASS and Region XII on NARC’s Board of Directors since 2016.
2021 Project Achievement and Leadership Award Blog Series: SCAG’s Go Human Kit of Parts: Impacts on Street Level Community Resiliency
The Southern California Association of Governments (SCAG) developed the active transportation safety and encouragement campaign, Go Human. The goal of the campaign was to reduce injuries and fatalities involving people walking and biking and to increase rates of active transportation.
2021 Project Achievement and Leadership Award Blog Series: A Conversation with Executive Director David Warm
NARC has a conversation with David Warm, Executive Director of the Mid-America Regional Council and recipient of the 2021 NARC President’s Award.
2021 Project Achievement and Leadership Award Blog Series: Ohio River Recreational Trail Digital Guide
The Ohio-Kentucky-Indiana Regional Council of Governments (OKI) developed the Ohio River Digital Guide, an interactive digital map that is designed to aid boaters, paddlers, anglers, cyclists, and motorists to safely explore the Ohio river communities.
2021 Project Achievement and Leadership Award Blog Series: A Conversation with Executive Director Becky Bradley
NARC has a conversation with Becky Bradley, Executive Director of the Lehigh Valley Planning Commission (LVPC) recipient of the 2021 Walter Scheiber Leadership Award. Through her vision, she has helped the region manage its economic success while continuing to preserve farmland and natural resources within the region.
2021 Project Achievement and Leadership Award Blog Series: NIRPC Report Finds the Proliferation of E-commerce
NIRPC’s report, “E-commerce in Northwest Indiana,” examines changing trends in the region accentuated by these new economic and travel patterns made evident during the coronavirus pandemic. Consumer trends have emerged, allowing planners to forecast land use and economic development needs.
2021 Project Achievement and Leadership Award Blog Series: A Conversation with the Honorable Oliver G. Gilbert III
NARC has a conversation with the Honorable Oliver G. Gilbert III, Vice Chairman of the Board of County Commissioners, Chair for the Miami-Dade Transportation Planning Organization (TPO), and recipient of the 2021 Tom Bradley Leadership Award. To highlight the tremendous work done throughout the Miami-Dade region, we asked Chairman Gilbert about his leadership style and the role he sees for regionalism in government — both today and in the future.
2021 Project Achievement and Leadership Award Blog Series: MORPC and ARC’s Racial Equity Conversation Series
The Mid-Ohio Regional Planning Commission (MORPC) and the Atlanta Regional Commission (ARC) began a conversation with other regional agencies after recognizing the need to have what many may view as uncomfortable conversations about race. What started as a conversation turned into a six-week conversation series that worked to facilitate racial learning, healing, and equity building.
Pioneer Valley Planning Commission’s Kim Robinson Testifies before the House Committee on Financial Services on CDBG Funding
Last Wednesday, the House Subcommittee on Housing, Community Development and Insurance held a hearing on the Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) Program and its impact on addressing local challenges. Kimberly Robinson, Executive Director of the Pioneer Valley Planning Commission (PVPC) testified on behalf of the National Association of Regional Councils (NARC).
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
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.