Reconnecting America Interim President & CEO Allison Brooks and Project Manager Elizabeth Wampler will be in Seattle on August 12-13 to train Planning & Development Department staff in transit-oriented development (TOD) data and implementation tools in order to help promote walkable, vibrant, and affordable neighborhoods around major public transportation hubs in the region. Additional information about this place-based sustainability technical assistance is available here.
Reconnecting America Program Director Catherine Cox Blair and Program Associate Bill Sadler will be in Phoenix July 23-24 for the EPA Building Blocks project with Valley Metro. Additional information about this place-based sustainability technical assistance is available here.
Reconnecting America Project Manager Elizabeth Wampler will be participating in the Department of Housing and Urban Development Technical Assistance Implementation Site Visit and Peer Exchange in Seattle on July 9-11. The technical assistance program is part of HUD's Capacity Building for Sustainable Communities grant program.
Reconnecting America President & CEO John Robert Smith gave the National League of Cities Summer Policy Forum an update on the current Amtrak reauthorization legislation. Smith, the former mayor of Meridian, MS, is a member of the League's Transportation and Infrastructure Services Committee.
Policy Associate Sasha Forbes discussed urban sustainability and the connections between TOD and its impact on sustainability as a whole at The Washington Center for Internships and Academic Seminars in Washington, DC. Forbes works on federal, state, and local level transit-oriented development policies and research projects, particularly as they relate to affordable housing, mixed-income housing, and sustainable communities.
Reconnecting America Policy Director Sarah Kline will be participating in the National Rural Assembly conference in Bethesda, MD, June 25. Kline will be a member of a panel in a breakout session discussing the MAP-21 transportation legislation in order to illustrate the federal rule-making process. The principles of rule-making that will be reviewed apply to any issue area. The National Rural Assembly is a movement of people and organizations devoted to building a stronger, more vibrant rural America for children, families, and communities.
Reconnecting America Policy Associate Sasha Forbes will be participating in an invitation-only roundtable discussion on “The High Cost of Getting Around” on June 20 in Washington, DC. Sponsored by the Center for American Progress and The Leadership Conference Education Fund will co-host a private, this roundtable brings together transportation experts, anti-poverty advocates, and civil rights advocates to identify challenges and solutions to ensure families in all communities can affordably and reliably connect to key services and opportunities — whether they rely on public transit or are in communities currently better served by vehicle ownership.
Reconnecting America's Abby Thorne-Lyman, director of the Center for Transit-Oriented Development, and Reconnecting America Project Manager Elizabeth Wampler participate in a lunchtime forum at the SPUR Urban Center on June 11 in San Francisco. They will be joined by Vu-Bang Nguyen of Urban Habitat and Egon Terplan of SPUR for a discussion of how to encourage job growth near transit and improve job access via transit, particularly for low- and moderate-income workers.
Reconnecting America Policy Director Sarah Kline will moderate a session at the American Public Transportation Association Rail Conference in Philadelphia on June 4. The session is entitled "Transit Oriented Development or Development Oriented Transit?"
Program Director Catherine Cox Blair, with our CTOD partner the Center for Neighborhood Technology’s Stefanie Shull, will be leading the (Re-)Emerging Economies Action Team Learning from Place Workshop on June 4-5 at the Annie E. Casey Foundation in Baltimore. The (Re-) Emerging Economies Action Team (REEAcT) is a coalition of regions and communities that face slow or declining market sectors, high concentrations of poverty, fragmented governments, and limited capacity and resources. The effort is part of the Partnership for Sustainable Communities funded by HUD, DOT and EPA.