REGIONAL NOTES
October 2017
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CCRPC Calendar of Events

All events held at the CCRPC unless otherwise noted. 


NOVEMBER

11/1, 5:45pm: CCRPC Executive Committee Meeting

11/7, 9:00am: CCRPC Transportation Advisory Committee Meeting

11/7, 11:00am: CCRPC Clean Water Advisory Committee Meeting

11/7, 12:30pm: CCRPC MS-4 Sub-Committee Meeting

11/8, 2:30pm: CCRPC Planning Advisory Committee Meeting

11/14, 9:00am: CCRPC Local Emergency Planning Committee Meeting

11/15, 6:00pm: CCRPC Board Meeting
 
 
Around the County: Photo of the Month
   Storm Drain Cleaning, South Burlington
 
Photo by Lee Krohn 

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Volunteer with Neighbor Rides

Neighbor Rides is a strategic initiative of United Way of Northwest Vermont supported by a dynamic group of community partners that brings people and places together to help meet the transportation needs of seniors and persons with disabilities. This partnership uses volunteer drivers to leverage government and community-funded transportation programs and help more people by decreasing the cost per ride.

 
CCRPC 
Commission Representatives

Bolton: Sharon Murray

Buel's Gore: Garret Mott

Burlington: Andy Montroll

Charlotte: Jim Donovan

Colchester: Jeffrey Bartley

Essex: Jeff Carr

Essex Junction: Dan Kerin

Hinesburg: Andrea Morgante

Huntington: Barbara Elliott

Jericho: Catherine McMains

Milton: Tony Micklus

Richmond: Bard Hill

Shelburne: John Zicconi

South Burlington: Chris Shaw

St. George: Jeff Pillsbury

Underhill: Brian Bigelow

Westford: Dave Tilton

Williston: Chris Roy, Chair

Winooski: Michael O'Brien, Vice Chair

For more information, including Commission agendas and minutes, schedule and resources, click here.
 
CCRPC  Staff

Charlie Baker, Executive Director

Dan Albrecht, Senior Planner

Pam Brangan, GISP, GIS Data & IT Manager

Jason Charest, PE, Senior Transportation Planning Engineer

Eleni Churchill, Transportation Program Manager

Forest Cohen, Business Manager

Bryan Davis, AICP, Senior Transportation Planner

Marshall Distel, Transportation Planner

Chris Dubin, Transportation Planner

Bernie Ferenc, Transportation Business Manager

Sam Francis-Fath, CCOA Data Manager

Christine Forde, AICP, Senior Transportation Planner

Tori Houston, CCOA Communications/Admin Coordinator

Peter Keating, Senior Transportation Planner

Lee Krohn, AICP, Senior Planner

Regina Mahony, AICP, Planning Program Manager

Melanie Needle, Senior Planner

Emily Nosse-Leirer, Planner

Sai Sarepalli, PE, Transportation Planning Engineer

Michelle Thibault-Hatch, Finance Assistant

Emma Vaughn, Communications Manager

For bios and contact information, click here.
 
Good morning,

In 2013, we adopted the ECOS Regional Plan after a lot of public feedback and dedicated work from more than 60 organizations including our member municipalities. We are now in the process of updating parts of the ECOS Plan focused on energy, transportation, and the economy. In the coming months, we will be seeking feedback on drafts.

The energy update will include energy conservation, renewable energy generation and siting to meet the State's future energy goals.

The transportation update will take into consideration future needs and develop projects and strategies to make our transportation system work as well as it can for all users given limited funding. We will evaluate and plan for changes such as: demographics, development patterns, technology, energy, congestion, freight, and safety. The update will include investments and strategies to preserve our existing system and make improvements for drivers, pedestrians, bicyclists, transit riders, and freight movement.

The economy section is being updated in collaboration with the Greater Burlington Industrial Corporation. This update will include issues such as labor force changes, work force education and skills, wages, housing, development, and how to better support our entrepreneurs and employers.

Over the next several months we will be highlighting these topics and participation opportunities in this newsletter and on Front Porch Forum. Please stay tuned for opportunities to share your feedback.

For more information on the ECOS Plan and the update process, please visit: http://www.ecosproject.com/2018-ecos-plan. If you have any questions or would like to share any initial thoughts, please contact info@ccrpcvt.org.

Best Regards,

Charlie Baker
Executive Director, CCRPC
 
Transportation
Implementing ECOS Strategy 2
Free Webinar: "Implementing Complete Streets in Small Towns and Rural Communities in Vermont" - Nov. 6th, 12:00 - 1:00 PM
Streets are a vital part of livable, attractive communities. Successful implementation of Complete Streets requires much more than a one-size-fits-all approach. VT's rural and small towns face distinct challenges from urban areas when it comes to balancing the needs of all modes of transportation. The National Complete Streets Coalition recently spoke with Alta Planning + Design about the FHWA guide on Small Town and Rural Multimodal Networks. Through this conversation, the Coalition learned about some of the obstacles smaller communities may face, along with potential solutions to implementing Complete Streets. Learn how to successfully implement complete streets in a VT context. Learn More » 
FY2019 Vermont Better Roads Grant Program - Application Deadline: Nov. 17
VTrans is pleased to announce the 21st year of funding to support projects on municipal roads that improve water quality and result in maintenance cost savings. The Vermont Better Roads Program's goal is to promote the use of Best Management Practices for erosion control and maintenance techniques that save money while protecting and enhancing Vermont's lakes and streamsLearn More »
Chittenden County Projects Win $2 Million in Stormwater Mitigation Grants
VTrans has awarded six Chittenden County projects over $2 million in federal and state funding under the Municipal Highway and Stormwater Mitigation Program. This program is intended to improve the quality of state waters though mitigation of roadway stormwater runoff. To v iew all awarded projects, or for additional information on VTrans' Municipal Highway and Stormwater Mitigation Program, click here .
Chittenden County Projects Win $1 Million in VTrans Bike Pedestrian Program Grants
VTrans announced $3.3 million in grants to municipalities for bicycle and pedestrian infrastructure improvement projects, through their Bicycle and Pedestrian Program. The full list of awards can be downloaded here.
Transportation Project News & Updates
For a full list of transportation projects, visit the CCRPC Transportation Advisory Committee website; a full project list is provided in every TAC agenda and is updated regularly. View the latest TAC agenda »
 
Economy
Implementing ECOS Strategy 1
Vermont's New Economic Development Initiative: 'ThinkVermont'
Governor Phil Scott announced the launch of ThinkVermont.com, a new website that will connect existing and prospective Vermont businesses and workers to the resources and information they need to expand in or relocate to Vermont.  Learn More »
Working Lands Enterprise Announces $750k in Available Investments
Working Lands Enterprise Board is pleased to announce the opening of this year's grant cycle and the availability of approximately $750,000 in investments for the 2018 program year. Funds support projects across forestry and agriculture that enhance Vermont's communities, economy and culture. Learn More »
Chittenden County Brownfields Program Accepting Applications
If you own or wish to develop a property that is contaminated or suspected to be contaminated, please apply. To get started, read the information on different types of assistance and fill out and send us a site nomination/assistance request form.  Learn More »
 
Energy & Natural Resources
Implementing ECOS Strategies 3 & 4
Natural Shorelands Erosion Control Certification Training Workshop: Nov. 15, Essex Jct.
Vermont has over 1,400 miles of lakeshores with some of the greatest residential density and development pressure in the state. This voluntary certification course teaches landscaping techniques that control stormwater runoff and conserve wildlife habitat, which are essential shoreland development practices for protecting Vermont lakes. Learn More »
Join the Vermont Climate Pledge Coalition
The VCPC is a group of businesses, municipalities, farms, institutions, and other organizations from across our state working together to meet the goals of the Paris Climate Agreement, as well as Vermont's own ambitious energy targets. All organizations in Vermont are welcome to join the Coalition by taking action or submitting a pledge to reduce their greenhouse gas emissions.   Join Us »
 
Quality of Place
Implementing ECOS Strategy 2
America Walks: 2017 Community Change Micro Grants Open
America Walks is excited to extend another round of community change micro grants to individuals and communities interested in improving the public sphere for walking or otherwise helping to make walking more commonplace. This program awards up to $1,500 to fund or help to catalyze smaller-scale, low-cost projects and programs that increase the prevalence of walking, expand the diversity of people and organizations working to advance walkability, and help to make walking safer, easier, and more fun for all community members.   Learn More »
Fall Planning & Zoning Forum: Nov. 1, South Burlington
This workshop offers municipal planning and zoning officials a dynamic mix of legal information, practical solutions, and policy discussions, as well as many opportunities to ask questions and share experiences. Learn More »
 
Emergency Preparedness
Implementing ECOS Strategy 2
Regional Dispatch Implementation Study Update
This project seeks to better coordinate emergency services among neighboring communities in Chittenden County. View the October 13th project update and learn more »
FEMA Announces Pre-Disaster Mitigation (PDM) and Flood Mitigation Assistance (FMA) Grant Programs
FEMA has released their Notice of Funding Opportunities (NOFOs) for both the Pre-Disaster Mitigation (PDM) and Flood Mitigation Assistance (FMA) grant programs for FY17. The application period opened on August 14 and will close on November 14.
  • PDM: Vermont will receive a $575,000 (federal share) set-aside for eligible projects/plans under PDM, in addition to the chance to apply for up to 15% of the PDM funding allocation for competitive projects. Read more here.
  • FMA: $160 million has been obligated to FMA for FY17, with a prioritization of $70 million on flood mitigation projects. FEMA has determined that Advance Assistance funding will be provided to develop potential mitigation projects and acquire the data necessary to create eligible and robust applications in future rounds of funding. FMA funding can also be used for floodplain restoration projects that benefit NFIP-insured properties and those communities in good standing with NFIP. Read more here.
Contact Lauren Oates with potential project ideas, Desk: (802) 241-5363, Cell: (802) 798-2084. Eligible applicants must apply for funding through the Mitigation eGrants system on the FEMA Grants Portal accessible at https://portal.fema.gov
 
Social Community
Implementing ECOS Strategies 5, 6 & 8
Opioid Prevention Funding Opportunity - Applications Due Nov. 1
The Vermont Department of Health will provide mini grants for up to 15 communities to initiate comprehensive community team work related to opioids. These efforts will be coordinated with those currently underway through the federally-funded Regional Prevention Partnerships (RPP) with funding available to local government, communities, medical/hospital partners, businesses, schools, law enforcement, youth serving agencies, and prevention organizations. All applicants must be not for profit Learn More »
Pathways to College and Career Fair: Nov. 3
Burlington's Community and Economic Development Office is partnering with Champlain College to host a "Pathways to College and Career" Fair on Friday, Nov. 3 from 3 to 6 p.m. at Champlain College. This free and open-to-the-public event in the Champlain Room of the Center for Communication and Creative Media is designed to support high school students' access to career resources and opportunities, and will feature a resource fair and workshops on applications and financial aid.   Learn More »
Gov. Scott Proclaims October Farm to School Month; Two New Grant Opportunities Released
This year, with the help of the Vermont Agency of Education and the Vermont Department of Health, the Vermont Agency of Agriculture, Food & Markets is pleased to announce the release of two new Farm to School grant opportunities for 2018. New this year, both Farm to School grant opportunities are available to childcare providers as well as schools . View applications for: Vermont Farm to School & Child Nutrition Grant, and Vermont Farm to School & Farm to Childcare Equipment Grant
CCOA Opioid Scorecard
The Chittenden County Opioid Alliance (CCOA) Scorecard contains indicators chosen to best measure the work the Alliance is doing. Data on the Scorecard is specific to Chittenden County's opioid crisis with context and data comparisons to national trends. Scorecard Metrics include: # of accidental opioid overdose fatalities in Chittenden County, # of opioid-related Emergency Department visits at UVM Medical Center and average time spent on Chittenden County treatment hub wait list. To see more metrics and learn specifics about the work the Alliance is measuring, click here.
 
If you have any questions, feedback, or suggested content for upcoming issues, please contact Emma Vaughn, Communications Manager: evaughn@ccrpcvt.org or (802) 846-4490 x *21.