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Regional governments: friends or foe? Metropolitan planning organizations, regional planning agencies and councils of government can either help or hinder local community TOD efforts. Meet three regional planning agencies -- from the Bay Area, Boston and Chicago -- who believe in helping. Learn how they support communities in planning for, financing and implementing TOD. What is the role of regional leadership? How did these programs evolve? How do they reflect the needs of your own community? Discuss key elements in small groups with the team of presenters: TOD planning grants, housing affordability as a transportation crisis, and market feasibility. Learn to advocate for your regional agency to take a deeper role in TOD.
Moderator: Chris Sandvig, Regional Policy Director, Pittsburgh Community Reinvestment Group, GoBurgh Initiative, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
Jessica Hector-Tsu, PE, Director, Planning and Market Development, Regional Transportation Authority, Chicago, Illinois
Matthew Smith, Senior Economic Development Planner, Metropolitan Area Planning Council, Boston, Massachusetts
Therese Trivedi, Senior Planner, Metropolitan Transportation Commission, Oakland, California