East AlabamaRural Planning Organization (RPO)
The East Alabama Rural Planning Organization (RPO) fulfills a federal mandate that requires state departments of transportation to establish a consultation process for rural elected officials on transportation issues.
The RPO is structured similarly to a Metropolitan Planning Organization with a Policy Committee as well as a Technical Advisory Committee. The region is divided into three smaller RPO districts with Policy and Technical Advisory Committees meeting on a quarterly basis. The mayors and representatives of the county commissions serve on the RPO District Policy Committees along with ALDOT representatives. Each member jurisdiction also appoints a representative to the Technical Advisory Committee.
The Northern District encompasses Etowah and Cherokee Counties and is served by ALDOT North District.
The Central District encompasses Calhoun, Clay, Cleburne, and Talladega Counties.
The Southern District encompasses Chambers, Coosa, Randolph, and Tallapoosa Counties.
The Central and Southern Districts are served by ALDOT East Central District, Alexander City Area, Districts I and II.
The 2015 Alabama Transportation Planners Association conference was held on March 17th and 18th in Tuscaloosa, Alabama. Click here for highlights and information presented at the conference.
Center for Environmental Excellence by AASHTO: View an archived webinar of a workshop which provided a forum for information exchange on approaches to evaluating and mitigating the impacts of extreme weather events on transportation infrastructure.
Check out the U.S. Cluster Mapping website, a national initiative that provides open data on regional clusters and economies to support U.S. business, innovation and policy. Here users will find interactive, robust data and tools to understand clusters and regional business environments, improve institutions, and locate appropriate partners across the country.
H-GAC Releases Instant Impact Guide: Houston-Galveston Area Council (H-GAC), in partnership with Better Houston, has published Instant Impact Guide: Simple, Cost-Effective Ideas for More Vibrant, Pedestrian-Friendly Streets. The Instant Impact Guide incorporates ideas that are relatively quick to implement and can help build momentum for improving your community’s pedestrian, bicycling, and economic revitalization goals. Many projects outlined in the guide can also serve as test cases for potential projects before they are implemented permanently. The guide is available HERE.