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The Regional Planning Commission for Jefferson, Orleans, Plaquemines, St. Bernard, St. Tammany and Tangipahoa Parishes, is a 31 member board of local elected officials and citizen members, appointed to represent you on regional issues. This board is supported by a staff of 23 professionals with broad experience, and doctorates or masters degrees, in a variety of areas including urban and regional planning, community development, economics, engineering, government, history, law, landscape architecture, political science, sustainable development, transportation, geography and other disciplines.

DRAFT METROPOLITAN TRANSPORTATION PLANS FOR NEW ORLEANS AND ST. TAMMANY URBANIZED AREAS

NOW AVAILABLE FOR PUBLIC REVIEW AND COMMENT

The Metropolitan Transportation Plans describe the transportation goals and objectives, planning process, financial resources, and project implementation schedule for the region over the next 30 years. RPC will present the plans and receive comments at the meetings listed below.  The RPC will receive comments on the plan in writing until January 12, 2015, or at the regular RPC meeting on January 13th, 2015 at the Regional Transportation Management Center. Written comments should be directed to jsappington@norpc.org or by mail to Jason Sappington, 10 Veterans Boulevard, New Orleans, LA 70124.

St. Tammany Transportation Plan Public Meeting - Covington
Tuesday, December 16, 2014
5:30 p.m. – 7:00 p.m.
St. Tammany Council Chambers
21490 Koop Drive, Mandeville, LA

St. Tammany Transportation Plan Public Meeting - Slidell
Wednesday, December 17, 2014
5:30 p.m. – 7:00 p.m.
Slidell Council Chambers
2055 Second Street, Slidell, LA

New Orleans Meteropolitan Transpotation Plan Public Meeting - New Orleans

Thursday, December 18, 2014
5:30 p.m. – 7:00 p.m.
10 Veterans Blvd, New Orleans, LA 70124

DRAFT PROPOSAL TO USEPA FOR ADDITIONAL FUNDING FOR RPC's BROWNFIELD REDEVELOPMENT PROGRAM

NOW AVAILABLE FOR PUBLIC REVIEW AND COMMENT

RPC's Brownfield Redevelopment Program intends to submit a proposal in response to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (USEPA)'s FY15 national Brownfield Assessment Grant to request additional funding to conduct environmental assessments and develop cleanup plans for Brownfield sites in our member parishes. USEPA defines a Brownfield site as: real property, the expansion, redevelopment, or reuse of which may be complicated by the presence or potential presence of a hazardous substance, pollutant, or contaminant. RPC has successfully administered its Brownfield program since 1999 and this funding would allow us to continue to facilitate the redevelopment of vacant and abandoned properties throughout the metro region.

RPC's Draft Proposal is currently available for public comment. Comments and questions on the proposal should be sent to Rebecca Otte: rotte@norpc.org by December 3, 2014. The proposal is due to USEPA by December 19, 2014.

THE RPC HAS HEARD FROM YOU!

RPC is in the midst of a public outreach effort aimed at engaging citizens on transportation priorities and challenges. Several community meetings have been held around the region, including New Orleans East, Kenner and on the West Bank of Jefferson Parish. Additionally, a survey has been disseminated to identify the public's transportation needs and ideas. The survey period is closed and RPC is compiling the results. Upon completion (Sept. 2014), a report will be available online and in print. Please check back here for a report on the results of your feedback.

If you would like to know more about this outreach effort, please call Nik Richard at 504-483-8535 or email at nrichard@norpc.org

RPC transportation planner and Title IX Coordinator Nik Richard, left, listens to residents’ thoughts about transportation-related priorities at a public meeting held June 11 in Kenner. .

RPC Commemorates Bike to Work Day

Several RPC staffers participated in New Orleans Bike to Work Day, celebrated this year on Wednesday, April 10. One of numerous similar events held at different times of year across the country, Bike to Work Day aims to encourage the public to try bicycling as a mode of transportation and to call attention to the rights and needs of bicyclists as legal users of the road. In this photo, RPC staffers, from left, Karen Parsons, Meredith Soniat, Tricia Keffer, Dan Jatres, Maggie Woodruff and Emilie Bahr, head out to grab lunch on their bikes.  

Photo by Megan Leonard

Regional Planning Commision Assists with Conceptual Designs for Kenner Streetscape Improvements

The RPC and the City of Kenner, working with consultants GEC Inc. and M. Johanna Liebe, recently concluded a conceputal design process aimed at bringing a series of capital improvement projects outlined in the city's Kenner 2030: Strategic Plan for a Prosperous Future one step closer to implementation. The designs focused on three streetscape improvements that will enhance access, safety and quality of life for city residents.




















Williams Blvd, at Airline today (on left) and proposed (on right)

New Orleans Tourism Chief Discusses New Strategy for Attracting Visitors

Mark Romig, president and CEO of the New Orleans Tourism Marketing Corporation, the city's leisure travel-promotion agency, spoke to the RPC Board in March about his organization's new approach to selling the city to visitors.

New Orleans has much more to offer than Bourbon Street, Romig said. "We need to be marketing what's found elsewhere in the city." To that end, the NOTMC has created a new website, followyournola.com, and online and TV ads that promote the architecture, food, music and people found outside of the French Quarter. The agency is marketing specifically to a group Romig dubbed "the experiential discoverers," those he described as drawn to the city in pursuit of authentic experiences unique to New Orleans.

Romig touted the economic value of tourism to the region. Visitors to New Orleans spent $6 billion in 2012, he said, adding that the New Orleans tourism industry is responsible for 78,000 jobs.

Although areas outside New Orleans are not presently included in the NOTMC's campaign, Romig said subsequent iterations of the website and other initiatives could promote activities and attractions beyond the city limits. "We look at New Orleans as the base camp of a visitor to this part of the state," he said.

New Orleans hosts roughly 9 million visitors annually, Romig said. Tourism numbers for 2013 had not yet been released at the time of his presentation, but Romig said the city is on pace to record the highest visitation

Magnolia
NOTMC's website followyournola.com is one component of the organization's new tourist-attraction strategy.

Census

CENSUS 2010: Download GIS files

(PL-171-redistricting data)

Census 2010 parish, tract, block group and block geographies joined with total population, population by race, and housing occupancy data.  These files are formatted as shapefiles for use in GIS software (download is a zipped file).    A methodology paper describing the RPC process of downloading and formatting categorical names and of summarizing race data is available with each download. 
For a quick map view demonstrating demographic changes between 2000 and 2010 please click on the hyperlink below and zoom into your specific area of interest:

NY Times: Mapping the 2010 U.S. Census


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