February 3, 2017                                                                     Volume 7, Issue 1
Medina County Commissioner Adam Friedrick elected NOACA Board president 

At its January 27 meeting, the NOACA Board of Directors elected
2017 NOACA Board President
 Adam Friedrick
Medina County Commissioner Adam Friedrick president of the Board for calendar year 2017. Friedrick has been a NOACA Board member since 2014 and served as the Board's first vice president in 2016. Raised in Lakewood, Friedrick graduated from Miami University in Oxford and also served in the U.S. Marine Corps. "I look forward to serving as Board president in 2017," says Friedrick. "As representatives on the NOACA Board, members have a big responsibility to make decisions that are in the best interest of the taxpayers. To meet that objective we all need to show up. Show up prepared and on time."  
"Commissioner Friedrick is a successful businessman and county commissioner who has honed his leadership skills in the military. I look forward to working with him in his new role as NOACA Board president," said NOACA Executive Director Grace Gallucci. "There is no doubt that we will have a very disciplined and productive 2017 under his stewardship."
The NOACA Board also elected a slate of officers including vice presidents, secretary, treasurer, assistant secretaries and assistant treasurers. The newly elected NOACA officers, as well as a roster of Board members serving in 2017, are posted on the agency's website.
NOACA introduces Funding Resource Guide     

Does your community or agency have a transportation or environmental infrastructure project in development but need to find funding for implementation? NOACA will help you find potential funding sources through a new Funding Resource Guide. The guide is a user-friendly, searchable database of funding programs and can be accessed on NOACA's website under the Funding tab. You can search the database by project type, sponsor or funding source. The guide will be reviewed and updated annually.

Application cycle begins for Section 5310 funding program 
NOACA is now accepting applications for the Enhanced Mobility for Seniors and Individuals with Disabilities (Section 5310) program. This program provides capital grants to assist private non-profit corporations and public agencies who offer coordinated transportation services that are planned, designed, and carried out to meet the needs of seniors and individuals with disabilities in the Cleveland Urbanized area .
The program funds 80 percent of the cost of capital projects, including wheelchair lift-equipped vehicles, computers and other equipment, for communities and social service agencies that transport seniors and people with disabilities. Vehicle recipients provide the remaining 20 percent. NOACA serves as the designated recipient of federal Section 5310 funds for this program and manages the competitive project selection process. Applications are due at 4 p.m. on Friday, March 3.
NOACA will hold an informational meeting about the program and application process on Thursday, February 9, 10-11:30 a.m. at its office, 1299 Superior Avenue in Cleveland. NOACA strongly encourages first-time applicants to attend.
NOACA launches Speakers Bureau
Do you seek an engaging and knowledgeable speaker for your next meeting, workshop or luncheon? NOACA welcomes the opportunity to speak to your group or community on various transportation and environmental topics.   Through NOACA's Speakers Bureau, you can learn about how the agency creates a vision for the region's future transportation system, how you can become more engaged in transportation planning or how your community can benefit from NOACA's technical expertise and funding programs. Speakers can educate your group about Northeast Ohio's transportation alternatives and on the social and economic consequences of transportation decisions.

For more information about the Speaker's Bureau, contact NOACA's Communications Office at noaca@mpo.noaca.org or (216) 241-2414. To request a speaker, complete the request form.

Board Resource Guide summarizes NOACA programs and projects

If you'd like to know more about the transportation, air quality and water quality work that NOACA does, the services the agency provides, and the composition of the agency's Board of Directors, check out Navigate NOACA: A Resource for the Board of Directors. This guide can help you get better acquainted with NOACA's plans, programs and products and its Board and committee structure. Each page of the guide links to a companion Web page where additional details can be found about that page's topic .
NOACA to continue hosting bicycle/pedestrian association webinars

NOACA will continue to host monthly Association of Pedestrian and Bicycle Professionals (APBP) webinars
throughout 2017. The webinars cover a range of topics related to complete streets and active modes of transportation, including walking and bicycling. The public is welcome to attend these webinars, held at NOACA's office, 1299 Superior Avenue in Cleveland, at 3 p.m. on the third Wednesday of each month. The next webinar, Growing the Movement-University Cirriculum for Pedestrian and Bicycle Professionals, will be held on February 15. 

APBP's monthly webinars offer training credits that may meet professional accreditation requirements. APBP applies to the AICP for Certification Maintenance credits for each webinar. NOACA will provide a certificate of attendance for people who track their professional development hours. Contact NOACA Active Transportation Planner
Melissa Thompson if you are interested in attending this webinar.

ODOT initiates Safe Routes to Schools application cycle

The Ohio Department of Transportation (ODOT) is now accepting Safe Routes to Schools (SRTS) project applications. The purpose of SRTS is to encourage and enable students from kindergarten to grade 8 to walk or ride their bicycle to school. ODOT funds projects that promote a safe environment and allow children to walk or bike away from vehicular traffic. Proposed projects can be either for infrastructure (i.e., improved sidewalks, crosswalks, pavement markings) or non-infrastructure (education and encouragement programs). Apply through ODOT's website by March 3, 2017.

Grace Gallucci, Executive Director
1299 Superior Avenue | 216.241.2414
Website: www.noaca.org