The Palm Beach TPA is an active member organization of the Metropolitan Planning Organization Advisory Council (MPOAC) at the state level and of the Association of Metropolitan Planning Organizations (AMPO) at the national level.
MPOAC - Florida Metropolitan Planning Organization Advisory Council
The Florida Metropolitan Planning Organization Advisory Council is a statewide transportation planning and policy organization created by the Florida Legislature pursuant to Section 339.175(11), Florida Statutes, to augment the role of individual MPOs in the cooperative transportation planning process. The MPOAC assists MPOs in carrying out the urbanized area transportation planning process by serving as the principal forum for collective policy discussion.
The MPOAC annually prepares legislative policy positions and develops initiatives to be advanced during Florida's legislative session. The MPOAC actively participates in the activities of the national Association of MPOs (AMPO) and the National Association of Regional Councils (NARC) in Washington DC, and works with other stakeholder groups to help shape state and national policy regarding metropolitan transportation issues.
The Palm Beach TPA is honored that Boca Raton Mayor Susan Haynie serves as both the Chair of the Governing Board Chair and of the statewide MPOAC. Palm Beach County Commissioner Hal Valeche serves as the TPA’s Alternate MPOAC Representative.
AMPO - Association of Metropolitan Planning Organizations
AMPO is the transportation advocate for metropolitan regions and is committed to enhancing MPOs’ abilities to improve metropolitan transportation systems.
AMPO is a nonprofit, membership organization established in 1994 to serve the needs and interests of “metropolitan planning organizations (MPOs)” nationwide. Federal highway and transit statutes require, as a condition for spending federal highway or transit funds in urbanized areas, the designation of MPOs, which have responsibility for planning, programming and coordination of federal highway and transit investments. AMPO offers its member MPOs technical assistance and training, conferences and workshops, frequent print and electronic communications, research, a forum for transportation policy development and coalition building, and a variety of other services.
The quality of metropolitan transportation infrastructure - highways, bridges, airports, transit systems, rail, and ports - is a primary factor in American economic competitiveness. It is for this reason that the members of AMPO are particularly interested in current legislation and concepts under consideration by Congress, the Administration and key lawmakers.