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updated December 12, 2017

Public Comment Period:
Comprehensive Economic
Development Strategy (CEDS)

Contribute your voice by January 11, 2018!

The Treasure Coast Regional Planning Council is pleased to share the draft of the 2018-2023 Comprehensive Economic Development Strategy (CEDS) for your review and comment. Your comments are invaluable in shaping the 2018-2023 CEDS into a regional planning strategy to reflect all of the Treasure Coast.

The Treasure Coast Regional Planning Council is a designated Economic Development District through the US Economic Development Administration (EDA). As the region's EDD, Council develops the CEDS to identify regional priorities for economic and community development.

Public comment will shape the final version of the CEDS, which will be voted for adoption at the next Council meeting and released in February 2018. Please be sure to contribute your voice by January 11, 2018.

Check out the CEDS here!

Submit comments to Thomas Lanahan at tlanahan@tcrpc.org

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5th Annual Safe Streets Summit
February 1-2, 2018

This conference is a collaborative effort between the Palm Beach Transportation Planning Agency, the Broward Metropolitan Planning Organization and the Miami-Dade Transportation Planning Organization to provide a local, yet regionally connected approach to prioritizing and implementing Complete Streets throughout Southeast Florida. The Safe Streets Summit brings together national speakers, public officials, technical staff, and community partners to elevate our efforts on how to design and implement safe and equitable transportation facilities for all modes of transportation. 


The theme for 2018 is “Love Your Streets,” bringing a focus on how we can work together to build more livable, safer, equitable, and connected streets and communities for all. The conference will highlight the tools and elements that can help our residents love where they live, work, and play, while emphasizing how to make this vision a reality. This year’s main Conference will be held at the Hilton West Palm Beach.

For more information, click here.

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Contact Person: Doug Coward, Executive Director, SELF
Telephone Number: (772) 468-1818
Email Address: dougc@solarenergyloanfund.org

NEW Solar Program Offers Wholesale Prices and 100% Upfront Financing
St. Lucie County, FL, October 2, 2017 –

If you have been thinking about putting solar panels on your home or business and making your own electricity from the sun, then now is your time to act! Thanks to the new “SunSavers” program developed by the non-profit Solar and Energy Loan Fund (SELF) and esaSolar Energy, St. Lucie County property owners now have the opportunity to obtain solar photovoltaic PV panels at drastically reduced wholesale prices. The SunSavers program is the first of its kind to offer bulk-rate solar PV pricing, coupled with three locally developed clean energy-financing programs – all of which provide 100% upfront financing options to homeowners, businesses, industries, and farms in St. Lucie County. SELF has also developed special financing programs and rates for veterans, women, working class families, and people with poor credit. Public entities can also join the SunSavers program and take advantage of wholesale solar PV prices.


Through the SunSavers program, St. Lucie County property owners can buy or finance solar PV panels at about 30-40% lower costs than the current average price in Florida. The Florida Solar Energy Center (FSEC) has approved all of the solar products offered by esaSolar Energy through the SunSavers program, and SolarTech Universal, headquartered in Riviera Beach, FL., will provide solar panels made in Florida for the program.

esaSolar Energy is one of the largest solar developers in Florida, and SELF has established the most robust suite of local clean energy financing programs in the nation, including St. Lucie County’s Property-Assessed Clean Energy (PACE) program, which offers 100% upfront financing in the form of an equity-based, non-ad valorem assessment that does not require a credit check. SELF is a non-profit Community Development Financial Institution (CDFI) certified by the US Department of the Treasury that also offers low-cost loans for assorted home renovations. SELF currently has 23 capital investors, including banks, churches, socially responsible investors, and worldwide crowdfunding through KIVA.org.


Morgan Brawner, Director of Sales, esaSolar Energy, said, “We’re excited to bring this new model of an all-in-one solar aggregation program, which allows property owners to attend a community information session and see a transparent view of how much solar will actually cost for their homes or businesses. With affordable financing options and a simple signup process, property owners can select a fixed monthly payment that works for their budget and eliminates their electricity bill. We’re excited to partner with SELF, area contractors, and the local community.” He added, “We’ll be issuing an RFP to SELF contractors by November 1, 2017 to select local solar installers to complete all of the installations.”


Doug Coward, Executive Director of SELF, emphasized, “Wholesale prices will be available through November 30, 2017, but they are contingent on a minimum threshold of participation from the community.” He added, “We will be sponsoring multiple educational events in the coming weeks to provide more information to the public.”
Port St. Lucie Mayor Greg Oravec said, “I strongly endorse solar in the Sunshine State, and I also encourage citizens to consider the SunSavers program because of the potential cost savings.” He said, “The City of Port St. Lucie welcomes clean energy projects and jobs.”


St. Lucie County Commission Chairman and former SELF Board President, Chris Dzadovsky, said, “The SunSavers program provides the opportunity for St. Lucie County property owners to cost-effectively shift to solar energy while reducing overall electricity costs and fueling the local economy.”


For more information about the SunSavers program, please contact SELF at telephone #(772) 468-1818 or apply on-line: (http://cleanenergyloanprogram.org/sun-savers-solar-program). For more information about esaSolar Energy, please contact telephone #(407) 461-7556 or visit (http://esa-solar.com/contact).

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Contact: Joe McKinney                                                                              
NADO Executive Director                                                                                                       
202.624.5947 | jmckinney@nado.org           

For Immediate Release - September 28, 2017                                                                   

 Treasure Coast Regional Planning Council Receives

National Association of Development Organizations 2017 Innovation Award

 

WASHINGTON, DC – Treasure Coast Regional Planning Council (TCRPC) based in Stuart, Florida  has received a 2017 Innovation Award from the National Association of Development Organizations (NADO) for the Village of Tequesta US 1 Corridor Master Plan and Complete Streets Project.
 
Working collaboratively with the Palm Beach Metropolitan Planning Organization, Florida Department of Transportation District IV, the Village of Tequesta, the Town of Jupiter Inlet Colony, the Town of Jupiter, Martin County, Palm Beach County, and hundreds of local citizens and businesses that provided input and support for the project, TCRPC conducted a public planning charrette leading to the adoption of the Tequesta US 1 Corridor Master Plan.  The plan details the transformation of US 1 from a six-lane highway devoid of bicycle facilities, landscaping and a safe pedestrian network, to a four-lane “Complete Streets” retrofit project -- the first of its kind in Palm Beach County. Amenities will include buffered bicycle lanes, pedestrian-scale lighting, landscaping, transit and intersection improvements, and a multi-use path, providing connections along US 1 between Jonathan Dickinson State Park in Martin County, Tequesta’s village center and the Jupiter Inlet Lighthouse Outstanding Natural Area, a nationally recognized historic landmark. 

NADO is a Washington, DC-based membership association of regional development organizations that promotes programs and policies that strengthen local governments, communities, and economies through regional cooperation, program delivery, and comprehensive strategies.  The association’s Innovation Awards program recognizes regional development organizations and their partners for improving the economic and community competitiveness of our nation’s regions and local communities.  2017 marked NADO’s 50-year anniversary of supporting regional economic development across the country.    

Award-winning projects were honored during NADO’s 2017 Annual Training Conference, held September 9-12 in Anchorage, AK.   The 2017 class of award recipients consists of 80 projects spanning 21 states.  These projects are presented in an interactive “Story Map” developed by NADO and Esri and include project summaries, funding information, and partners.  The Story Map is available online at:  https://www.nado.org/innovation-awards/.      

“The Innovation Awards program is an opportunity to recognize the important work of regional development organizations that are promoting economic development and improving quality of life for local residents,” said 2016-2017 NADO President Lynne Keller Forbes, Executive Director of the South Eastern Council of Governments, located in Sioux Falls, SD.  “These projects demonstrate the diversity of work that regional development organizations undertake to benefit the communities and regions that they serve.” 

For more information about this award-winning project, contact Kim DeLaney, kdelaney@tcrpc.org, 772.221.4060.

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Since 1967 the National Association of Development Organizations (NADO) has provided advocacy, education, networking, and research for the national network of 540 regional development organizations. NADO members provide professional, programmatic, and technical assistance to over 2,300 counties and 15,000 municipalities.

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Census 2020

2020 Census Local Update of Census Addresses (LUCA) Promotional Information Session

The Census Bureau’s Local Update of Census Addresses (LUCA) program provides local governments a way to contribute to a more complete and accurate census for their communities.  Local Governments are tasked with reviewing and commenting on a list of address supplied by the U.S. Census Bureau. These are the addresses that will be used to deliver Census questionnaires to households throughout the Country.  The data collected in the 2020 Census will be used by federal, state, and local governments for funding, resource planning, and services throughout the next decade.

On June 6th, 2017, Council hosted an informational session given by the U.S. Census Bureau to help local governments understanding how to participate in LUCA and develop a plan for their review process. For a copy of the presentation given at the workshop, please click here.

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U.S. Highway 27 Corridor Project Documents

Council's Agenda Item and Presentation at the April 21, 2017 Meeting

Agenda Item                        Presentation

 

Planning and Conceptual Engineering (PACE) Study

Volume One             Volume Two            Volume Three

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Sample Local Government Medical Marijuana Ordinances

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