Public transportation plays a critical and expanding role in rural America. Just as it does in urban environments, public transportation in small towns and rural areas provides mobility choices and promotes sustainable economies. Across the country, small towns and rural communities are developing partnerships to build intermodal transit centers, creating circulator buses to catalyze private investments in their downtowns, and improving connections between people and jobs. Small towns are using public transportation investments to help address the challenges of limited resources, populations both shrinking and growing older, industrial decline, and the loss of farmland. Through strong partnerships and creative funding mechanisms, rural America is creating stronger and healthier communities through transit1 investments. Connie Garber, a passionate advocate of rural services and transportation director at York County Community Action Corporation in Maine, sums…
Reconnecting America and the Community Transportation Association of America (CTAA) today released a report that examines how smaller communities and rural regions are using transit and other mobility investments to revitalize their economies and connect residents to local and regional opportunities.
Reconnecting America President and CEO John Robert Smith will be attending the 2012 Rural Community Conference in Bozeman, Montanna. He will give the conference-closing speech on the topic of community revitalization. The Future of Rural conference will be held May 15-16 at the Montana State University campus. More information here.
Reconnecting America President and CEO John Robert Smith will participate in a webinar discussion of the article he and Gene Townsend, Mayor of Three Forks, wrote for the Montan Policy Review. (Read the article here.) Each week the Montana Policy Review: Extended Conversation has been hosting an author from its Fall 2011 issue. All webinars will be recorded and archived on the MSU Local Government Center website.
Reconnecting America's president and CEO John Robert Smith recently completed a visit to Montana. Details of the trip are available here.
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Reconnecting America CEO John Robert Smith will be visiting various cities in Montana to talk about the need for a small town and rural transportation policy. He will be meeting with local elected officials, community groups and planners. Smith will be in Billings on Sept. 21, Bozeman/Belgrade on Sept. 22, Helena on Sept. 23 and Missoula on Sept. 24. The Yellowstone Public Radio in Billings, Montana, offered this: Strategic investments in transportation by local governments can revitalize communities, says the former mayor of Meridian, Mississippi. John Robert Smith is now co-chair of the group Transportation For America. He will be in Montana this week to talk to officials and others about how he transformed a derelict portion of his downtown into a vibrant center for commerce, housing, and the arts. YPR is part of a multi-station public radio reporting project looking at the issue of transportation. Funding for the Transportation Nation project comes from the Rockefeller…