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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) and the National Association of Regional Councils (NARC) 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.
AMPO - Association of Metropolitan Planning Organizations
AMPO is the transportation advocate for metropolitan regions and is committed to enhancing MPO 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.
NARC - National Association of Regional Councils
NARC serves as the national voice for regionalism by advocating for regional cooperation as the most effective way to address a variety of community planning and development opportunities and issues.
NARC represents the interests of its members and advances regional cooperation through effective interaction and advocacy with Congress, federal officials, and other related agencies and interest groups. NARC’s agenda includes transportation, economic and community development, environment, public safety, emergency management, and a variety of community issues undertaken by its member organizations. NARC provides its members valuable information and research on key national policy issues, federal policy developments, and best practices. The association conducts enriching training sessions, conferences, workshops and webinars for its members: Regional Councils, regional planning and development agencies, Metropolitan Planning Organizations, and other regional planning organizations.