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Posted April 07, 2017

Toolbox Tuesday Webinar: Demographics Data for Public Health Planning

Toolbox Tuesdays provides a range of practical skills and knowledge for local planning practitioners including training in the use of technology and education for practical approaches to timely issues.

This webinar will provide an overview of new, free online tools for integrating public health data into planning and policy, particularly assessing chronic disease at the neighborhood level; designing for safety to maximize increasing the rate of physical activity to reduce the risk of chronic disease; successful strategies for communicating with non-health professionals on the project team about the determinants of health; and evaluating design options.

To RSVP and receive webinar log-in information, please contact India Brookover at brookover@scag.ca.gov

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Project Applications due to California Transportation Commission January 30, 2018.

The California Transportation Commission (CTC), in adopting Final Guidelines for the Trade Corridor Enhancement Program, has announced availability of approximately $1.3 billion in federal and state funds for corridor-based freight projects nominated by local agencies and the State. As noted in the guidelines, project applications for the 2018 Trade Corridor Enhancement Program are due to the CTC by Tuesday, January 30, 2018. The guidelines also specify that SCAG (in its role as a Metropolitan Planning Organization) is responsible for compiling project nominations from eligible agencies in Imperial, Los Angeles, Orange, Riverside, San Bernardino, and Ventura counties and confirming consistency with the 2016 Regional Transportation Plan/Sustainable Communities Strategy. As such, SCAG prepared a 2018 TCEP nomination form with further guidance on the application process for project nominations from the SCAG region.

The California Transportation Commission recently approved the allocation of approximately $11.5 million in Sustainable Planning and Adaptation grants for the six-county region represented by the Southern SCAG. The funding will come from proceeds from increases in gasoline taxes approved under Senate Bill 1.

$6.3 million of the funding coming to the SCAG region was awarded in competitive grants for a total 15 planning projects across Southern California that include transit villages, complete streets and corridor safety strategies. These regional investments are all part of the implementation of SCAG’s 2016-2040 Regional Transportation Plan/Sustainable Communities Strategy.

SCAG itself received a $940,000 grant – the largest competitive award in the state – to develop a Regional Climate Adaptation Framework that will help cities and counties create effective, customized strategies for achieving greenhouse emission reduction goals.

The six-county region was also awarded over $5 million in formula grants, which are allocated across the state according to factors including population. That money will be used to fund future grants that directly support local planning projects and internal research that will help our region reach the state’s ambitious climate goals.

The Sustainable Planning and Adaptation grants provide a major boost to regional efforts to build climate resilience, expand transportation options and support public health.

​A coalition of transportation agencies from across Southern California today issued a joint letter to Congressional leadership raising concerns that the current tax reform proposals pose a threat to Southern California’s transportation system, and consequently the health of the regional economy.

The letter cites several ways that the proposed legislation could negatively impact the transportation industry and is signed by the Southern California Association of Governments, Imperial County Transportation Commission, Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority, Metrolink, Orange County Transportation Authority, Riverside County Transportation Commission, San Bernardino County Transportation Authority, San Diego Association of Governments and Ventura County Transportation Commission.

Read the full press release here.

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