IDOT/DPIT recently announced the call for projects for Section 5316 Job Access and Reverse Commute (JARC) and Section 5317 New Freedom grant programs. To learn more information about these funding programs and who is eligible to apply, please refer to the HSTP project page.
Applications are due to Jill Goforth, the HSTP coordinator, by February 25th. The applications will then be reviewed for completion and voted on for endorsement by the HSTP committee at the Wednesday, March 21st meeting.
At Thursday night's TCRPC full commission meeting, board members voted 8-7 against support of a bus feasibility study that would explore options to link Peoria to passenger rail services.
Though the vote was close, the overwhelming majority of the commission does not believe bus service is the best option for Peoria. Instead, the argument centered around whether a bus study would be a good stepping stone towards securing passenger rail in the future. According Tri-County chairman Mike Phelan, "We need rail, but we don’t want a bus as an option." The majority of the commission decided taking a stand on the issue would send a message out that Peoria will not accept bus as an alternative to rail.
The commission will continue to advocate for rail and will begin to communicate with lawmakers in Springfield on this issue.
Please see the following news articles for more information:
TCRPC has partnered with several local organizations, including Peoria Park District’s Youth and Outreach Intervention Division (ELITE), to survey 1,500 community members on their community values and experiences within the Tri-County area. The effort is part of Brilliant. Bright. Community, a project that seeks to plan for a future in Central Illinois that utilizes the talents and skills of all people to create a prosperous, diverse and rich community that endures for generations to come.
In the next few weeks, TCRPC, ELITE, and other volunteers will be personally contacting each of the 1,500 randomly selected residents to ask for their voluntary participation in this survey.
TCRPC is still looking for volunteers and interns to help with the delivery of surveys. If you would like to help out, or if you are interested in learning more about this effort, please contact Melissa Eaton at 309-673-9796 x232 or firstname.lastname@example.org.Read More
TCRPC has been named a finalist for a placemaking grant from ArtPlace, a private-public collaboration of various top foundations, federal agencies and national banks. Finalists were chosen for their potential to have a transformative impact on community vibrancy and their ability to create a sense of place using art.
If selected, TCRPC will receive financial support in converting downtown Peoria’s Fulton Plaza, an under-utilized pedestrian park, into a vibrant public space that attracts and inspires residents and visitors through locally-influenced public art and urban design.
ArtPlace expects to distribute $15 million towards various projects across the nation in 2012. This year’s grant recipients will be announced in May.
TCRPC is excited to welcome two new employees to its planning staff, Jill Goforth, and Kyle M. Smith, AICP.
Kyle, a native of Iowa, comes to us after five years as a planner for the small Gulf Coast community of Ocean Springs, MS. During that time, he was involved in the rebuilding process following Hurricane Katrina and the BP oil spill disaster.
Jill graduated this past May from Macalester College in St. Paul, MN with a bachelor's degree in Geography and Urban Studies. She grew up in Peoria, and hopes to use her education and experience to make her hometown a better place to live.Read More
Tri-County Regional Planning Commission is excited to announce the launch of its new website. The site has been redesigned with a fresh look and has been updated with current news, upcoming events and project descriptions. The upgraded design is intended to be more user-friendly, so please take the time to check it out!Read More
The Tri-County Regional Planning Commission Executive Board invites you to watch this video and discuss our regional economic development effort and the role of municipalities and counties.
Our guest speaker is Frank Knott from ViTAL Economy, Inc. Frank will help lead an open discussion and talk about successful strategies for economic development in rural communities with a focus on the importance of
broadband services to those communities. He will also address some of the unique needs of our older heritage neighborhoods
Peoria Civic Center
Thursday, October 20, 2011
456 Fulton Street
Peoria, IL 61602