Livingston paquette rpo2012

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

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Livingston paquette rpo2012

  1. 1. NADORural Transportation Conference Burlington, Vermont April 2012
  2. 2. Project Location
  3. 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. 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. 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. 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. 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. 8. QUALITY OF LIFEMOBILITY EMPLOYMENT HOUSING
  9. 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. 10. Who works in region? INTERNAL INFLOW OUTFLOW 45,845 57,349 113,082 2010 Census OnTheMap
  11. 11. Transportation is a means to  an end‐ Housing, Jobs, and Retail
  12. 12. Affordable transportation?
  13. 13. Traditional solutions are not the answer‐ need innovative  solutions based on  collaboration and  partnerships
  14. 14. Underserved are under  appreciated and not  communicated with
  15. 15. Reach out beyond your traditional stakeholders
  16. 16. Create awareness of options  and opportunities
  17. 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. 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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