News from the CSPDC Region
March 2020
Spotlight: 2020 Census

The results of the 2020 Census will help determine how $675 billion dollars in federal funding flows into communities every year for the next decade. For every person who does not take the Census in Virginia, $2,000 a year for 10 years is not distributed to our local communities.

This year it is easier than ever to complete the Census because for the first time, it can be completed online, in addition to by phone and by mail. By April 1, 2020, every home will receive an invitation to participate.
Community Emergency Response Training

Staunton, Waynesboro, and Augusta County, in partnership with the CSPDC, will be offering Community Emergency Response Training ( CERT ) on Thursday evenings at 6:30 pm from April 2 – May 14, 2020. The course is free and open to anyone who lives or works in Staunton, Waynesboro, or Augusta County.  
Pre-Applications Open

Round 4 of SMART SCALE began on Tuesday, March 2, 2020 with a month-long pre-application phase. SMART SCALE is a program that distributes transportation funds based on a transparent and objective evaluation of projects that will determine how effectively they achieve statewide transportation needs.
Glasgow Awarded
Planning Grant

The Town of Glasgow has received a $35,000 Community Development Block Grant from the Virginia Department of Housing and Community Development to help develop an improvement plan for its downtown business district. The Town completed its initial phase of the planning grant by completing an inventory and assessment of its downtown commercial buildings.  
CSPDC Planner Gets
ArcGIS Pro Certified
After completing an intensive two-day Esri training online class, CSPDC Planner and GIS Coordinator, Hunter Moore became certified in ArcGIS Pro. This course was conducted to help experienced GIS ArcMap users transition to the new Esri software, ArcGIS Pro. With this certification, Ms. Moore will be able to better assist localities with their mapping and GIS planning needs.  
RideShare Launches
New App 

A new, user-friendly smart phone app “ RideShare – Rides & Rewards ” has been launched to better assist and reward commuters who reduce single occupancy vehicle trips and use alternate modes of transportation. This new platform, developed through the Virginia Department of Rail and Public Transportation, allows commuters to set up free profiles and be matched with other users traveling to the same location at the same time.
CSPDC Welcomes
New Commissioner

Ms. Pam Carter was appointed to the CSPDC Commission to represent Augusta County. She replaces Mr. Marshall Pattie, who has served since 2012. Ms. Carter has a Bachelor’s Degree from James Madison University and a Master’s Degree from the University of Iowa. She is an adjunct faculty member with Mary Baldwin University Murphy Deming College of Health Sciences Nursing Program. Ms. Carter is Vice-Chair of the Augusta County Board of Supervisors and was elected to the Board in 2018. 
Upcoming Events:
31st Annual Environment Virginia Symposium
March 31-April 2, 2020

Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) Training
April 2-May 14, 2020

SAVE the DATE: State of the Port Address in Front Royal
April 7, 2020

SAVE the DATE: Staunton, Augusta, Waynesboro Walk & Bike Summit
May 1, 2020
More information to follow
CSPDC in the News:
Afton Express Could be Coming to the Area in 2021

CSPDC Receives Broadband Grant for
Rockbridge and Bath Counties  
Agritourism Coordinator Visits Virginia's "Sweet Spot"
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