Regional Commission News July 2018
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I-81 Corridor Improvement Plan - Public Comment Period
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State transportation officials are developing a plan to improve I-81 throughout Virginia. The initial comment period ends on August 6. 

From your perspective, what are the biggest issues on the I-81 corridor, and how should improvements be funded? Share them with the study team via email ( VA81CorridorPlan@OIPI.Virginia.gov) or phone (804-786-2971). 

The next public meeting will be held on Tuesday, August 28 at the Salem Civic Center, time TBD. Keep up-to-day on the plan’s development online ( http://www.ctb.virginia.gov/projects/major_projects/i-81_study.asp).
VDOT to Host SmarterRoads Hackathon in Roanoke
The Virginia Department of Transportation (VDOT) presents its next installment of the SmarterRoads Hackathon and Idea Jam series.

The two-day event will be held on Friday, August 17, through Saturday, August 18, 2018 at Roanoke's premier working space, CoLab!

VDOT ais seeking to attract a diverse group of developers, planners, futurists, big data lovers and problem solvers to help address Virginia's greatest transportation needs through the use of open data sets, including VDOT's SmarterRoads data portal. Your expertise is the key.

For more information, visit: SmarterRoads Hackathon: Roanoke
RIDE Solutions' Art by Bus Program Makes Special Presentation
On Tuesday, July 24th, RIDE Solutions’ Art by Bus program made a special presentation to the West End Center for Youth on behalf of artist David Ramey Sr.

Mr. Ramey is well know for his colored pencil drawing of the former Henry Street. All of these drawings were done by memory, almost 40 years later, and are some of the only images we have of that previously bustling part of town.

RIDE Solutions was able to donate $175 to the West End Center from proceeds of the Art by Bus chapbook sales. The next round of proceeds will be donated to the Oliver White Hill Foundation which is an organization that was very close to the heart David Ramey Sr.

To learn more about the Art by Bus program, visit https://ridesolutions.org/commuters/transit/art-by-bus/writing/.
VAPDC Hosts Summer Conference in Roanoke
On July 25th,the Virginia Association of Planning District Commissions (VAPDC) held their annual summer conference in Roanoke. This year's conference explored "Leveraging Your Region's Assets for Success".

During the three day conference, there were many presentations by local leaders in the region. One of the speakers was Roanoke Valley-Alleghany Regional Commission Executive Director, Wayne Strickland, who spoke on the commission's work with the Roanoke Region Transportation Priorities for Economic Development and Growth Study.

Along with many great speakers, the VAPDC handed out four awards;
  • The Robert W. Baker Achievement Award went to Tim Ware, former Executive Director of the George Washington Regional Commission in Fredericksburg
  • The Gordon Dixon Award went to Joan Foster, former Mayor of the City of Lynchburg
  • The Robert M. deVoursney Best Practices Award went to the Rappahannock-Rapidan Regional Commission in Culpepper
  • The VAPDC President's Award went to Kevin Byrd, Executive Director of the New River Valley Regional Commission

For more information on the VAPDC, visit: VAPDC website
Regional Commission Releases Request for Proposal
The Roanoke Valley Alleghany-Regional Commission (RVARC) is seeking proposals from qualified firms to provide a ridematching and trip planning system.

The RVARC is issuing this Request for Proposal to solicit proposals for a multimodal ridematching and trip planning system to be used throughout Virginia, but primarily in the central, southeast and southwest parts of the Commonwealth of Virginia. RVARC is issuing this RFP in conjunction with and on behalf of the Department of Rail and Public Transportation, an agency of the Commonwealth of Virginia.

Roanoke Valley-Alleghany Regional Commission in the News

" The public kickoff follows months of research and gathering of data with the help of Virginia Tech and the Roanoke Valley-Alleghany Regional Commission ."

Article by: The Roanoke Times

For more information, contact Tim Pohlad-Thomas, timpohladthomas@rvarc.org
Ongoing Projects
The Roanoke Valley-Alleghany Regional Commission is always working with localities on projects that benefit the region. Some of these projects are listed below.

  • Craig County Comprehensive Plan Update
  • Alleghany County Wrightsville Neighborhood CDBG Planning Grant
  • Alleghany Highlands Broadband Planning Effort
  • Rural Transit Study
  • Stormwater Assistance
  • Vinton Zoning Assistance
  • Working with Franklin County on "Aging in Place" issues
  • Working with local governments, tourism organizations, and the private sector on a promotional campaign for the Roanoke River Blueway
  • Working with the regional local foods partners to examine "Food Hub" needs in the region

For more information on ongoing projects contact  Tim Pohlad-Thomas   or visit  RVARC.org .