The Institute for Transportation Research and Education, located at NC State University in Raleigh is providing two workshops on Pedestrian Crossing Assessments.  This 1-day course will teach planners, engineers, and other transportation professionals how to use the new “NCDOT Pedestrian Crossing Guidance“. Developers of the guidelines will provide the latest information on research and best practices that serve as the foundation for the guidelines.

At JMTE, we are pleased to partner with ITRE by hosting a workshop in Waynesville NC on August 25.  Details about the training can be found by clicking on the link to the ITRE Website

There is no fee for public sector employees.  Private sector employees may register by paying the $180 fee online. This course is approved for 6 PDHs.   

News and Announcements from NC Department of Commerce Rural Development Division

It was recently announced by the NC Department of Commerce Rural Development Division that 44 communities in NC have been praised as being centers of “economic vitality and fidelity in following the best-practice standards for historic preservation and community revitalization”.  These communities include 11 new towns: Cherryville, Hendersonville, Lexington, Lincolnton, Rocky Mount, Rutherfordton, Sanford, Shelby, Sylva, Waxhaw, and Williamston.  The 33 communities continuing to offer vital services to the community:  Belmont, Boone, Brevard, Burlington, Clayton, Clinton, Concord, Eden, Edenton, Elizabeth City, Elkin, FuquayVarina, Goldsboro, Hertford, Hickory, Kings Mountain, Lenoir, Marion, Monroe, Morganton, Mount Airy, New Bern, North Wilkesboro, Roanoke Rapids, Roxboro, Salisbury, Smithfield, Spruce Pine, Statesville, Wake Forest, Washington, Waynesville, and Wilson.

J.M. Teague Engineering is proud to partner with many of these communities in their efforts.  Congratulations to all of the hard-working staff, community leaders and community volunteers who make these communities so unique and vital to our vibrant economy.  For access to the full press release, visit the news and announcements page of the NC Main Street program.

The NC Main Street program gives vital support to each of these communities.  Their four-point approach to community revitalization provides a framework for community staff and volunteers to follow.  In addition, the staff work tirelessly to assist in every way possible as communities strive to be their best.  Thank you!   

Funding Available for Cities

There is funding available for cities of all sizes who are working to fight childhood obesity!  As stated on the US Conference of Mayors’ website:

The United States Conference of Mayors (USCM), in partnership with the American Beverage Foundation for a Healthy America (ABFHA), has launched the 2017 Childhood Obesity Prevention Grants Program.  In 2017, the fifth year of the program, six cities will share a total of $445,000 in grant awards, to support both new and existing programs initiated by USCM member mayors that address the childhood obesity epidemic in America’s cities.

Complete details on the application process as well as a link to previous recipients can be found by clicking here.

At J.M. Teague Engineering, we are available to assist with developing a plan of action to fight childhood obesity as it pertains to transportation planning: bicycling and walking are two great activities for kids as well as having adequate green spaces for play.  If you want to discuss how we can help as you develop your application, just give us a call.