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MPO Transportation Alternatives Program (TAP) - Call for Projects

Notice is hereby given that the Region 1 Planning Council (RPC), the federally-designated Metropolitan Planning Organization (MPO) for the Rockford Urban and Metropolitan Area, is seeking eligible projects for the programming of Transportation Alternatives Program (TAP) funds.

The TAP call for projects is from September 3rd, 2019 – October 9th, 2019.  Completed applications must be submitted to RPC no later than 5:00pm October 9th, 2019. The TAP funds available through this call for projects is $845,802. 

Project application, listing of eligible project types and sponsors, and information on project matching funds requirements are available on the RPC website http://www.r1planning.org/  via this link http://r1planning.org/tip

The goal of the Transportation Alternatives Program is to allocate resources to well-planned projects that provide and support alternative modes of transportation, particularly projects that improve the safety, mobility, and quality of life for members and visitors of the community. TAP requires communities to coordinate efforts to develop and build safe, valuable and functional projects in a timely manner. Under TAP, the RPC MPO works jointly with Illinois Department of Transportation (IDOT), local governments, and the public in enhancing the transportation system and building more livable communities.

The Region 1 Planning Council, in its capacity as the federally-designated Metropolitan Planning Organization for the Rockford Region is responsible for programming various federal and state transportation funding programs. The RPC MPO is the recipient of direct sub-allocations of federal funds for TAP projects, via the FAST Act. The MPO coordinates publicly funded transportation planning and transportation improvements among the various jurisdictions in Winnebago, Boone and Ogle Counties.

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RPC Staff Recognized Among Community Leaders

“Next Up”, a special section of Rockford Register Star, published June 30, 2019, featured four of Region 1 Planning Council’s team members. The cover page read, “Who will lead the Rock River Valley in the decades ahead? It’s the people in this community who will improve the social and economic well-being of the community and its residents.”

Jon Paul Diipla, the man behind Rockford’s transportation plan

[Tretara Flowers] Serving those facing barriers she once faced

Eric Setter is ready to fight blight - land bank style

Julia Halsted recalibrates the gears of government

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Local Grant Professional Appointed to National Credentialing Board

Posted 1/17/2019

Region 1 Planning Council’s Deputy Director of Program & Funding Development and Director of the Economic Development District, Dana Northcott of Belvidere, Illinois, has been appointed to the Grant Professionals Certification Institute (GPCI) Board of Directors. GPCI, an affiliate of the Grant Professionals Association, is credited with establishing one of the industry’s leading nationally-recognized grant professional credentialing programs. This credential, called the Grant Professional Certification (GPC), is based on rigorous standards and ongoing research. GPCI-credentialed grant professionals demonstrate excellence in their profession and have a competitive edge in the market. There are currently around 350 GPCs in the nation; Dana is one of only nine in the state. As a member of the board, she will be responsible for ongoing application and evaluation of the assessment tool to promote competency and ethical practices in the industry.

According to Executive Director Michael Dunn, Jr., “Dana never ceases to amaze us with her innovative approach to developing programs for her partners and then seeking out funding opportunities. Dana has a strong reputation for approaching projects with unique solutions and delivering results.” Over the last 8 years, Northcott has generated over $11 million in public and private grant awards for governmental entities and not-for-profits throughout the region. In addition to grant research and writing, Northcott designs programs, evaluates program outcomes, and offers technical assistance and grant management services. With more than 10 years experience in public and not-for-profit organizations, and a master’s degree in public health, Northcott is particularly adept in designing community health and social service initiatives.

Northcott has been with Region 1 Planning Council (RPC) since its inception in 2017.  Prior to then, Dana led the Economic Development District of Northern Illinois’ (EDDNI) expansion into McHenry County, its successful EDA grant application for the Chicago Rockford International Airport’s MRO facility, the significant 2015 update to the region’s Comprehensive Economic Development Strategy (CEDS), and the economic development district’s integration into RPC. 

[Dana Northcott] appointed to national credentialing board

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public engagement: 2050 Metropolitan Transportation plan

Posted: 12/01/2018

Region 1 Planning Council (RPC) had begun work on the 2050 Metropolitan Transportation Plan (MTP). Public engagement is central to the development of the MTP. RPC is committed to engaging the public and stakeholders in a variety of ways. RPC requests public participation in the development process by helping identify the transportation needs, investment priorities, and other factors that will shape the transportation network over the coming decades in Boone, Winnebago, and northern Ogle Counties.

Each year federal and state dollars are invested into the transportation system in the region. Metropolitan Planning Organizations (MPO), such as Region 1 Planning Council, must update their MTP every five years in order for the region to obtain and invest federal transportation funding. The MTP serves as the blueprint for these investments over the next 20-30 years. The last update, Transportation for Tomorrow (2040): A Long Range Transportation Plan for the Rockford Region, was last adopted by the MPO Policy Committee in July 2015.

RPC has launched an online survey on their website www.r1planning.org, , to gather public input for the 2050 MTP. The survey covers current transportation needs within the region, as well as how to plan for transportation and development out to 2050. Survey answers will be used to help develop the 2050 MTP goals and strategies.

The following public workshops will be hosted by Region 1 Planning Council to provide information of the current state of the transportation network and gather public input. The format of these workshops allows for informal discussion between the public and RPC staff, as well as activities. The times and locations are indicted below.

Public Workshops

Tuesday, January 22, 2019

4:00 - 6:30 PM

North Suburban Library/Loves Park

6340 N. 2nd St., Loves Park, IL

Wednesday, January 23, 2019

4:00 - 6:30 PM

Byron Public Library

100 S. Washington St., Byron, IL

Thursday, January 24, 2019

3:00 - 6:00 PM

Regional Design Center

315 N. Main St., Rockford, IL

Tuesday, January 29, 2019

10:30 AM – 1:30 PM

RMTD East Side Transfer Center

725 N. Lyford Rd., Rockford, IL

Wednesday, January 30, 2019

2:00 – 5:00 PM

Machesney Park Village Hall

300 Roosevelt Rd., Machesney Park, IL

Thursday, January 31, 2019

6:30 – 8:00 PM

Belvidere Family YMCA

220 W. Locust St., Belvidere, IL

 RPC is also organizing additional events throughout the three-county area to gather public insight through early February 2019. A full list of events will be posted on the RPC website at http://r1planning.org/fundamentals/.

pUBLIC COMMENT: lIMITED ENGLISH PROFICIENCY PLAN

Notice is hereby given that the Region 1 Planning Council Metropolitan Planning Organization (MPO) is seeking public comments on its draft of the Title VI & Environmental Justice Considerations Plan and the Limited English Proficiency Plan.

The Title VI & Environmental Justice Considerations Plan is a federally required document that reflects the MPO’s commitment to protect against discrimination in transportation planning and processes. The document also provides information regarding the transportation planning process, organizations involved in the transportation planning process, and information regarding other MPO planning documents.

Title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 requires that no person in the United States of America shall, on the grounds of race, color, sex, or national origin, be excluded from the participation in, be denied the benefits of, or be otherwise subjected to discrimination under any transportation planning program or transportation planning activity for which the MPO receives federal transportation financial assistance.

Any person who believes they have been aggrieved by an unlawful discriminatory practice pertaining to the MPO transportation planning process under Title VI has a right to file a formal complaint with RPC. Environmental Justice (EJ) builds on to Title VI activities by including the consideration of the impacts to low-income populations in addition to minority populations into transportation planning and decision-making processes. The MPO Title VI & Environmental Justice document discusses and elaborates on matters related to Title VI & Environmental Justice in the context of transportation planning activities in the region, and persons who may feel they have need of the redress provided by Title VI.

The draft Title VI & Environmental Justice Considerations Plan can be viewed at:

 http://www.rmapil.org/wp-content/uploads/title_vi_ej_draft_v1.pdf.

The Limited English Proficiency (LEP) Plan is designed to help identify reasonable steps to provide language assistance for LEP persons seeking meaningful access to MPO programs and planning processes as required by Executive Order 13166 from the Office of the President of the United States. The LEP details procedures on how to identify a person who may need language assistance, the ways in which assistance may be provided, training staff, how to notify LEP persons that assistance is available, updates on events and demographic changes since the original release of the plan, and information for future plan updates.

The draft Limited English Proficiency Plan can be viewed at: http://www.rmapil.org/wp-content/uploads/2018_lep_draft_v1.pdf.

As stipulated in FAST Act, a 30-day public comment period is afforded on the draft documents. The purpose of this comment period is to solicit feedback from the public as to how they perceive the transportation planning process as well as solicit suggestions from the public as to how to better the process.

Public comments will be accepted regarding the Title VI & Environmental Justice Considerations Plan and the Limited English Proficiency Plan from November 16, 2018 until December 17, 2018. Comments can be submitted to the MPO through email, telephone, or sending written comments. MPO staff contact information is listed below.

Margaret Campbell, Metropolitan Planner | Region 1 Planning Council 313 N Main Street, Rockford, IL 61101 | 815-319-4193

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