Linking Communities Together Through Innovative Regional Transportation Planning
May 12, 2015
Metropolitan planning organizations (MPOs) and regional planning councils are in the midst of a wave of innovative practices in how they work with communities to create long-range plans and how they work with local jurisdictions to implement land use, transportation and development decisions that support regional outcomes.
Mariia Zimmerman shared highlights of recent work that she has conducted through her company, MZ Strategies, looking at some of the emerging best practices including highlights from the Innovative MPO Guidebook published by Transportation for America. Specifically, what types of local assistance programs are being created to foster more livable communities, how are regional agencies incorporating social equity into their investment decisions, and what role are MPOs and regional planning agencies playing in cross sector regional collaboratives.
Erich Zimmermann focused on how MPOs and regional planners are innovating to provide better value to the communities they serve. Regional planners across the country are finding new ways to demonstrate their important role in transportation, economic development, and community well-being.
Mariia Zimmerman is a transportation expert providing planning and policy consulting services to local communities, governments, foundations, and national advocacy organizations. She brings almost 20 years of policy experience including senior leadership positions with the federal government, the national Center for Transit-Oriented Development, and on Capitol Hill. Zimmerman specializes in collaborative efforts to update land use policies and align funding programs to support equitable development, and integrate regional transportation, housing, and economic planning to support thriving and inclusive communities. More information may be found at www.mzstrategies.com.
Erich Zimmermann is responsible for the National Association of Regional Council's (NARC) transportation portfolio, which includes managing priorities for member metropolitan planning organizations and regional transportation planning organizations. He works with members to refine policy priorities and recommendations for the federal surface transportation authorization and amplifies these messages to Congress and the administration. Zimmermann manages and executes NARC's transportation technical assistance and education program, providing a suite of member outreach, training, and peer networking opportunities on transportation issues. Previously, he spent nearly a decade at Taxpayers for Common Sense.