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Connecting education and economic development is essential for the state and the region to fully emerge from the Great Recession, according to economists and regional leaders at SCAG's Fourth Annual Economic Recovery & Job Creation Summit. Recent U.S. Census data shows that 3.2 million people in the six-county SCAG region lived in poverty in 2012, up from 1.9 million in 1990. In addition to the poverty report, the Summit also released economic outlook reports for Los Angeles, Orange, Ventura and Imperial Counties, and the Inland Empire. For additional details, please download the attached press release.

Keywords : economy

The California Transportation Commission (CTC), Southern California Association of Governments (SCAG), Riverside County Transportation Commission, San Bernardino Associated Governments, the Greater Riverside Chamber of Commerce and Inland Action want to hear from Inland Empire residents about how they view current highway and road conditions, and proposals to stabilize funding for transportation system repairs and maintenance.

These organizations are hosting a public forum to discuss and generate feedback on Thursday, January 14, 2016, 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. at the Riverside County Administration Center located at 4080 Lemon Street, Supervisor’s Chambers, Riverside, CA 92501.

Topics to be covered at the forum include roadway infrastructure and maintenance needs at the local, regional and state levels; reasons for California’s and the Inland Empire’s deteriorating transportation system; and potential short-term solutions to stabilize road repair and maintenance funding over the longer term.

Event participants include: CTC Commissioner Joseph Tavaglione; SCAG Transportation Committee Chair Alan Wapner; CTC Executive Director Will Kempton; Department of Transportation Chief Deputy Director Kome Ajise; Riverside County Transportation Commission Executive Director Anne Mayer; San Bernardino Associated Governments Executive Director Ray Wolfe; Inland Action Transportation Committee Chair John Mirau; and a representative from the Greater Riverside Chamber of Commerce.

​The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) promulgated the 2012 annual PM2.5 National Ambient Air Quality Standard on January 15, 2013.  Subsequently, EPA established initial air quality designations for most areas in the United States including California for the new PM2.5 standard. In the SCAG region, two areas were designated as nonattainment areas for the new PM2.5 standard: the urbanized area of Imperial County and the whole South Coast Air Basin.

These new area designations became effective April 15, 2015. As a result, transportation conformity is required to be re-determined for the 2012-2035 Regional Transportation Plan/Sustainable Communities Strategy (RTP/SCS) and 2015 Federal Transportation Improvement Program (FTIP) for the new PM2.5 standard by April 15, 2016.  

To fulfill the federal requirement, the Southern California Association of Governments has prepared a Draft 2012-2015 RTP/SCS and 2015 FTIP Conformity Re-Determination Report and is releasing the Draft Report for a 15-day public review. The public comment period commences on December 30, 2015 and concludes on January 13, 2016 at 5 p.m. To download the Draft Report and the Public Notice of Availability with detailed instructions about how to submit written comments, please visit SCAG's Regional Conformity Determinations webpage​.


Keywords : Air Quality

On Thursday, Dec. 3, the Regional Council agreed to release for public review a $555.4 billion plan to fix aging infrastructure and improve the region’s transportation network.​ Fully implemented, the Draft 2016-2040 Regional Transportation Plan/Sustainable Communities Strategy (2016 RTP/SCS) would close critical gaps in Southern California’s transportation network and meet the mobility needs of a population that is expected to grow by 3.8 million people during that period. In addition, the plan would add 188,000 jobs per year from construction, operations and maintenance and reduce greenhouse gas emissions by 22 percent. For more details, read the press release.

Keywords : rtp
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