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National Academy of Public Administartion
The National Academy of Public Administartion is a non-profit, independent coalition of public management and organizational leaders to provide research and analysis on local, State, and Federal issues.
Public Transportation Participation Pilot Program (PTP Program)
The Federal Transit Administration seeks proposals for research that will develop innovative approaches to improving public participation in the planning of public transportation. Research is sponsored through the Public Transportation Participation Pilot Program, created as part of SAFETEA-LU.
Website of the American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials Standing Committee on Planning. The website identifies and shares resources and best practices on statewide transportation planning practice.
Visualization can provide the public and decision makers a clear idea of the proposed policies, plans and Transportation Improvement Programs and the impacts to the human and natural environment. Visuals can make information instantly or intuitively understandable. The new technology has made it possible to communicate what the proposals may look like when implemented.
National Rural Development Partnership
The National Rural Development Partnership (NRDP) is a multi-faceted organization bringing together partners from all levels of government as well as private for profit and non-profit organizations to address the needs of rural America. Below you will find information explaining the history, structure, and future of the NRDP.
The Rural Information Center (RIC)
Website that provides information services for rural communities, officials, organizations, and citizens. The RIC site contains over 3,000 links to current and reliable information on a variety of rural resources and funding sources, including the RIC Database, Federal Funding Sources for Rural Areas Database.
RIC's Federal Funding Sources for Rural Areas Database
Database of the Rural Information Center that contains federal agency funding programs. Information is listed by agency and contains pertinent information on application procedures, qualifications, applicability, funding amounts, and contacts.
Developed under partnership between the National Association of Counties (NACo) and the National Association of Development Organizations (NADO) is a web-based resource tool for rural transportation stakeholders, including local elected officials and regional development professionals.
Rural Transportation Toolbox
This document and site were designed to assist public and private stakeholders in planning, developing, and improving rural areas and small communities, especially through transportation and related projects.Part of a partnership between the US Department of Agriculture and the USDOT concerning long-term agricultural transportation, rural passenger and freight mobility challenges.
USDA Economic Research Service Briefing Rooms
Each Briefing Room offers an in-depth discussion synthesizing ERS research and the economic issues that frame the analysis. Also included are recent ERS research developments, readings and data, questions and answers, and a collection of other ERS products and services addressing the issue. There is a wealth of valuable information for anyone working in rural and small communities.
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