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June 21, 2016
Federal Agencies Partner to Host Livability Workshop in the Permian Basin
Representatives from U.S. Department of Transportation, U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, and the United States Eviromental Protection Agency to speak.
Midland, Texas, June 21, 2016 - The Permian Basin Metropolitan Planning Organization (MPO) invites the public to attend a free Livability Workshop on Wednesday, August 31, 2016 from 9:00a.m. to 4:30 p.m. The workshop will be held at the Fisher Community Room in the Atmos Energy Building at 2304 Loop 40 in Midland. The day’s agenda includes discussions on best practices for integrating livability and sustainability goals and objectives in the transportation planning process. Please join your peers to discuss how a multimodal transportation system can best support improved quality of life in urbanized areas.
Participants at this free workshop will hear the latest information on how livability goals and objectives can be advanced through the metropolitan transportation planning process. Feel free to bring questions about projects that you are involved in or to get help and insight on issues from the presenters. Discuss how agencies, local governments, and the private sector can work together collaboratively to advance key livability goals and objectives. Visit the Permian Basin MPO website (www.permianbasinmpo.com) to register for this event.
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Permian Basin MPO
The Permian Basin MPO is a regional agency mandated under federal law to conduct a cooperative, continuous and comprehensive transportation planning process. The agency plans and commits funds for the construction of transportation improvements across multiple transportation modes. MPO funding comes from the Federal Highway Administration and the Federal Transit Administration through the Texas Department of Transportation. The area of MPO responsibility includes portions of Martin, Midland and Ector Counties, and the Cities of Midland and Odessa. Planning and transportation project prioritization decisions and MPO staff directives are made by the Policy Board which consists of elected officials from the five entities named above and two other Board positions filled by the TxDOT Odessa District Engineer and the EZ Rider transit service manager. A key priority of the Policy Board is to ensure that federal and state tax dollars are spent wisely and in accordance with the region’s most vital needs.
August 31, 2016
9:00 – 4:30 PM (Central)
Atmos Energy Building (Community Room)
2304 Loop 40, Midland, Texas 79706
Purpose: Identify opportunities and tools to better integrate livability and sustainability into the transportayion planning process.
09:00 - Welcome and Introductions – Kirk Fauver, FHWA Texas Division Office
09:20 - EPA/HUD/DOT Livability Connections – Federal Agency Representatives
10:10 - Break
10:20 - EPA’s Green Infrastructure Program – Suzanna Perea, US EPA Region 6
10:50 - Transportation Planning and Livability – Jim Thorne, FHWA Resource Center
11:45 - Lunch
01:00 - Freight and Livability – Caroline Mays, TxDOT
01:50 - Break
02:00 - Tools and Resources for Sustainability and Livability – Jim Thorne, FHWA
03:20 - Working Session: Applying tools in the planning process
04:20 - Wrap up discussion, next steps
04:30 - Adjournment