According to an August 12th National Association of Regional Councils release, “NARC launched it’s online livability tool, a comprehensive livability portal (http://bit.ly/14X5pxz) that offers a variety of resources and tools for local governments and their regional planning organizations. This online resource is the result of a two-year partnership with the U.S. Department of Transportation’s (DOT) Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) and Federal Transit Administration (FTA). The project yielded 13 outreach workshops, 15 case studies and a Guidebook that identifies funding and financing options, provides strategic communication templates, and helps further local and regional livability efforts (Creating Livable Communities: An Implementation Guidebook: description: http://bit.ly/1d1pYv7; download: http://bit.ly/17196Ah). These tools are designed to help regions and local governments implement their community livability vision, while coordinating transportation planning elements.
“‘These resources will empower regional planning organizations and their local government partners to lead their communities toward stronger, more resilient and competitive economies,’ said NARC Executive Director Fred Abousleman.
“Working with the National League of Cities (NLC), the National Association of Counties (NACo), the International City/County Management Association (ICMA), the American Public Works Association (APWA), the U.S. FHWA and the FTA, NARC convened subject matter experts to investigate the challenges and opportunities in planning for and implementing livable communities. The partnership shared best practices to support the U.S. DOT’s strategic livability initiative and the work done through federal interagency Partnership for Sustainable Communities…”
Title & Author: “NARC Launches Online Livability Portal” by Staff