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  1. Central Virginia Metropolitan Planning Organization Gary Christie, Executive Director Bob White, Deputy Director Region 2000 Local Government Council

  2. About Region 2000 • Lynchburg and surrounding communities • Population = 247,447+20% since ’90 • A region with a history of cooperation

  3. The Region 2000 Partnership – Economic Development Focused

  4. Region 2000 A generally stable economy • Highest growth areas are Professional, Scientific and Technical jobs • Growth of Liberty University and Central Virginia Community College • Challenges in rural areas as technical jobs move to urbanized areas • Health and Manufacturing remain the largest employment industries

  5. We’re still manufacturing in Region 2000

  6. About our industries

  7. Region of Innovators 100 MPGe DRIVING REVOLUTION edison2.com progressiveautoxprize.org

  8. CVMPO Area within Region 2000

  9. CENTRAL VIRGINIA LONG RANGE TRANSPORTATION PLAN 2035 MPO POLICY BOARD OCTOBER 21ST, 2010

  10. Funding Projections $96.7M in projected revenue through 2035 (about $50M less than the previous plan update) $1.6B in projected maintenance revenue through 2035 Total projected revenue will address the VDOT SYIP projects Primary emphasis will be on bridge and safety projects Some major projects only have preliminary engineering (PE) and right-of-way (ROW) costs included Vision Plan includes all unfunded projects in LRTP

  11. Key Transportation Challenges • Extend the lifecycle of current system • Interregional connectivity

  12. Linking Transportation Investment and Land Use Planning • Corridor/Access Management Studies: Rts. 221, 122, 24, 460, US 29, Amherst-Ambriar • Regional Action Plan for Coordinating Land Use and Transportation Planning • Scenario Planning • City of Lynchburg Connectivity and Access Management Support

  13. Key Transportation Challenges • Extend the lifecycle of current system • Interregional connectivity

  14. Critical Economic Development Issue • CVLRTP 2035 • Comprehensive Economic • Development Strategy • Community Evaluation Process

  15. Inter-regional transportation is No. 1 issue • 70% of our local business leaders responded in a recent survey that inter-regional transportation — and a Northern route more specifically — should be the number one priority for local economic developers.

  16. Typical Comments • “If the Rt. 460 Corridor could be built from the Port/Norfolk through Region 2000, this would have a tremendous impact on our economy and our own business.” • “With our corporate restructuring and the inability to fly north, has caused our CEO to move to Charlotte, NC.” • “Our roadways are bad and it is difficult to get to DC either by air or highway without a by-pass around Charlottesville.”

  17. US 29 Bypass extension

  18. US 29/460 Corridor Improvements

  19. Bright side • Amtrak’s Lynchburg-Washington line beats projections

  20. Greater Lynchburg Transit Company • 40 bus fleet • 3 million riders annually • 2 million student riders-Liberty U. and Lynchburg College • Paratransit fleet • 25,000 riders • 20% growth

  21. Greater Lynchburg Transit Company • Integral to City’s sustainability efforts • Every local dollar invested equals nearly 7 dollars in economic growth • Transit Development Plan and Comprehensive Operational Analysis • Developing new multi-modal transit center at Kemper Street Station area to address ongoing growth • $35 million investment

  22. Enhancement Projects • Brookneal Streetscape • Altavista Streetscape • Appomattox Trails

  23. Questions? Gary Christie gchristie@region2000.org Bob White bwhite@region2000.org