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Mark Paquette, of the Windham Regional COG, and Ken Livingston, of Fitzgerald & Halliday, at the 2012 National Rural Transportation Conference.

Mark Paquette, of the Windham Regional COG, and Ken Livingston, of Fitzgerald & Halliday, at the 2012 National Rural Transportation Conference.

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  • 1. NADORural Transportation Conference Burlington, Vermont April 2012
  • 2. Project Location
  • 3. Regional Characteristics • 1,250 square miles  • 64 towns, 3 regional planning agencies, 2 tribal  nations • Population 430,331 • Poverty Rate near 25% • One out of three working households fails to meet  the self‐sufficiency standard in the region • 25.5% of area adults have bachelor’s degree
  • 4. How did this begin? A Sustainable Communities Regional Planning Grant from:• US Dept. of Housing and Urban Development• US Dept. of Transportation• US Environmental Protection AgencyTo develop a cohesive regional plan of sustainable  development for Eastern CT
  • 5. Lead Partners• Eastern Connecticut Workforce Investment Board• Northeastern CT Council of Governments• Southeast CT Council of Governments• Southeastern CT Housing Alliance• Windham Region Council of Governments
  • 6. Consortium Members• 1,000 Friends of Connecticut • The Last Green Valley, Inc.• The Access Community Action Agency  • Thames Valley Community Council for • City of New London, Connecticut Action• City of Norwich, Connecticut • Town of Groton, Connecticut• EASTCONN • Town of Killingly, Connecticut• Eastern Connecticut State University • Town of Putnam, Connecticut• Mohegan Tribal Utilities • Town of Windham, Connecticut• Northeastern Connecticut Economic  • Transportation to Work Consortium Partnership • United Way of Central and Northwestern • Norwich Community Development  Connecticut Corporation • Windham ARTS Collaborative• Quinebaug Valley Community College • Windham Region Community Council, Inc.• Southeast Area Transit District • Windham Region Transit District• Southeastern Connecticut Enterprise  Region
  • 7. What is the Project?The creation of this plan will include an analysis to: – Identify benefits of a fully integrated plan – Identify current and future challenges the plan  should try to address – Evaluate system issues contributing to the mismatch  between current plans
  • 8. QUALITY OF LIFEMOBILITY EMPLOYMENT HOUSING
  • 9. Workforce development Real Estate and  Other Services (excluding  Rental and  Public Administration) Leasing Mining,  2% Finance and  1% Quarrying, and  Management of  Oil and Gas  Insurance Companies and  Information Extraction 2% Enterprises 1% Agriculture,  0% Administration & Support,  0% Forestry, Fishing  Waste Management and  and Hunting Remediation Utilities 1% 1% 3% Wholesale Trade 3% Construction 3% Health Care and Social  Transportation and  Assistance Warehousing 15% 3% Public Administration 3% Professional,  Manufacturing Scientific, and  14% Technical Services 4% Accommodation and  Food Services 8% Educational Services 13% Retail Trade Arts,  10% Entertainment,  and Recreation 12%
  • 10. Who works in region? INTERNAL INFLOW OUTFLOW 45,845 57,349 113,082 2010 Census OnTheMap
  • 11. Transportation is a means to  an end‐ Housing, Jobs, and Retail
  • 12. Affordable transportation?
  • 13. Traditional solutions are not the answer‐ need innovative  solutions based on  collaboration and  partnerships
  • 14. Underserved are under  appreciated and not  communicated with
  • 15. Reach out beyond your traditional stakeholders
  • 16. Create awareness of options  and opportunities
  • 17. More Information• www.sustaineasternct.org• Follow us on Twitter @sustaineastct• http://www.facebook.com/sustaineasternct Ken Livingston, AICP Mark Paquette Fitzgerald & Halliday, Inc. Executive Director www.fhiplan.com Windham Regional Council of  klivingston@fhiplan.com Governments 860‐247‐7200 www.wincog.org director@wincog.org (860) 456‐2221
  • 18. Real Life“I know a lot of people looking and cannot find anything”“No affordable housing for low income single mothers”“There are not enough jobs in general”“Minimum wage jobs – not even enough to cover rent –let along buy food” “No buses to the towns where they have jobs”“Public transportation doesn’t run often”“Minimum wage doesn’t cover the cost of living”

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