4/5 Webinar on Planning Environment Linkages

With support from the Federal Highway Administration, the NADO Research Foundation held a webinar on Planning Environment Linkages: Interagency Partnerships and Public Engagement on Tuesday, April 5, 2022, 2:00 – 3:15 p.m. Eastern Time.

About the webinar

Regional transportation planning organizations in rural and small metro areas can benefit from incorporating environmental considerations into the transportation planning process. Often referred to as Planning Environment Linkages (PEL), this work entails planning for environmental, community, and economic goals early in transportation decision-making process. PEL has the potential to decrease project cost, schedule times, and redundant efforts. Interagency partnerships and robust public involvement are two steps that regional organizations can take to enhance PEL in their work. 

In this webinar, attendees learned: PEL information and resources available from the Federal Highway Administration, how interagency coordination works in one state-regional-local partnership, and successes and challenges of public engagement in a rural and small city region.

Panelists included:

  • Lana Lau, Environmental Specialist, Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) Office of Project Development & Environmental Review
  • Brian Hare, Director of the Center for Program Development and Management, Pennsylvania Department of Transportation
  • Beth Burks, Executive Director, Humboldt County Association of Governments

Who should attend: regional transportation professionals from rural and small metropolitan organizations, state DOT planning and environmental staff, local government planning and public works staff in small and medium-sized communities, consultant partners, and other stakeholders.

More information

View more resources on PEL here: https://ruraltransportation.org/category/resources/environment/. The Federal Highway Administration provides PEL resources and information here: https://www.environment.fhwa.dot.gov/env_initiatives/PEL.aspx.

This work is supported by the U.S. Department of Transportation under requisition number HEPE210001PR. Any opinions, findings and conclusions, or recommendations expressed in this webinar are those of the participants and do not necessarily reflect the views of U.S. DOT or the NADO Research Foundation.

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Joe McKinney serves as Executive Director of the National Association of Development Organizations (NADO). Headquartered in Washington DC, NADO provides advocacy, education, research, and training for the nation’s 500+ regional planning and development organizations.

Joe has thirty-one years of experience having served in city, county, regional, national association, and government management since 1991. He holds a bachelor’s degree in Public Policy Analysis from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and is a candidate for a master’s degree in Public Administration from UNC-Chapel Hill.

McKinney has provided congressional testimony on numerous occasions regarding the importance of regional development organizations in helping shape the nation’s economic growth. He is nationally recognized for promoting innovative solutions in areas such as planning and economic development, workforce development, transportation and transit, and aging services.

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