KIPDA Newsletter December 2015

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Meeting Date Time Location
Homecare Providers’ Meeting Tuesday, Dec. 8 9:30 a.m. KIPDA Burke Room
Area Agency on Aging Advisory Council Meeting Wednesday, Dec. 9 10:00 a.m. KIPDA Burke Room
Transportation Technical
Coordinating Committee Meeting
Wednesday, Dec. 9 1:00 p.m.  
KIPDA Burke Room
Mental Health & Aging Coalition Meeting Thursday, Dec. 10 10:00 a.m. KIPDA Burke Room
Healthy Reentry Coalition Tuesday, Dec. 15 10:00 a.m. KIPDA Burke Room
Adult Day Care Providers’ Meeting Tuesday, Dec. 15 2:00 p.m. KIPDA Burke Room
Transportation Policy Committee Meeting Thursday, Dec 17 1:00 p.m. KIPDA Burke Room

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*Since there is the possibility that a meeting could be canceled, relocated or rescheduled please call the KIPDA office at (502) 266-6084 to confirm a meeting prior to attending.
Kentuckiana Regional Planning and Development Agency will make every reasonable accommodation to assist qualified disabled persons in accessing available services or in attending agency activities.  If there is a need for KIPDA to be aware of a specific accommodation, you are encouraged to contact this agency at least one week in advance of the meeting so that suitable arrangements can be considered for the delivery of the service or attendance requirement prior to the activity.

Public Administration Division

KIPDA 2015 Annual Report
Here is a link to the 2015 KIPDA Annual Report
This year has been very busy for KIPDA staff as we strive to produce a quality service for our member cities and counties, providing support of multiple programs including transportation, social services, public administration, information technology, and human resources.  The following comments are provided to help you better understand how area development districts evolved from our beginning years as planning districts to a more comprehensive service delivery entity.  Each current and former member of the KIPDA Board of Directors, are to be commended for your/their interest, dedication and service to KIPDA, as well as your respective community.   Your hard work and dedication has been instrumental in improving the quality of life for our citizens across the region.        
In the decades of the 1950s and  1960’s, local government budgets were  lean causing communities across America, and specifically in Kentucky, to lag behind in building any economic opportunities that would strengthen and grow their  cities and counties.  Local elected officials and civic leaders quickly recognized that having any opportunity to improve living conditions in their counties needed a fresh look with new ideas.  Out of these most difficult times and hardships was born the ideal of regionalism.
During this same period of time, the federal government was also concerned and began to look at steps that would provide for improvements in how service delivery along with federal funds would best serve local governments in America.  After many public forums and discussions, the United States Congress enacted the Intergovernmental Cooperation Act of 1968 to assure orderly and harmonious coordination of state and local plans and programs with those of the Federal Government.  The Executive Office of the President, through the United States Office of Management and Budget promulgated regulations described in Circular A-95 pursuant to the Intergovernmental Cooperation Act of 1968.
Executive Orders and support by former Governors of the Commonwealth were implemented to group counties into regions allowing a more disciplined and efficient planning process and to also eliminate duplications across the various programs in place at that time.  Taking these actions was in line with what the President and the Congress of the United States had directed federal agencies to achieve in adhering to coordinate boundaries established by the states.  Those boundaries that created the fifteen area development districts in Kentucky were enacted by the Kentucky General Assembly in 1972.
As much as this new idea of regionalism was relevant fifty plus years ago with those few programs, it is much more relevant today with the many state and federal programs that need an effective planning piece prior to the implementation.  Thus, Kentucky’s Area Development Districts are at work planning, coordinating, and achieving efficiencies in the economies of scale for every community in the Commonwealth. The greatness in what we strive to accomplish every day at the direction of our Area Development District Boards of directors:our special interest group is the very same as yours,  the 4.41 million citizens of this great Commonwealth.
Again, a heartfelt thank you for all you are doing to support the efforts of the KIPDA staff in our day to day operation, as we are making a positive difference in the lives of those we serve.  I urge you to join me in applauding the efforts of every KIPDA employee, as we partner with you to make 2016 an even better year. 
Thank you,

Jack F. Couch
Executive Director

KIPDA Staff Service Awards

15 Years of Service
Stacey Burton, Alternative Transportation Program Manager
Olivia Crossland, Case Manager
Randall Embry, Rural Transportation Planner II
20 Years of Service
Melissa Bennett, Alternative Transportation Technician
25 Years of Service
Carla Alvis, Case Manager
Colleen Curran, Case Manager
Mary Lou Hauber, Transportation Planner III
Lori Kelsey, Transportation Planner III
Evelyn Tinker, Community Services and Supports Manager
30 Years of Service
Randy Simon, Transportation Planner III
United States Supreme Court Announces A New Standard of Free-Speech Review for City Sign Ordinances
Reed v. Town of Gilbert, AZ, 2015 WL 2473374 was decided on June 18, 2015 and the case will have long-lasting impact on our cities.  We will be updating you further on the fallout from this case in the days and weeks to come.

The facts of the case are that a church and pastor seeking to place temporary signs announcing services filed suit claiming that Gilbert’s sign ordinance, restricting size, duration, and location of temporary directional signs violated the right to free speech, in that it was not a content-neutral regulation of free speech.

Justice Thomas, writing for the majority, held that sign codes are subject to strict scrutiny, the highest hurdle of constitutional scrutiny, and that the sign code as enacted by the Town of Gilbert violated free speech guarantees.

Gilbert has a comprehensive code that prohibits the display of outdoor signs without a permit, but exempts 23 categories of signs, including three relevant here.

“Ideological Signs,” defined as signs “communicating a message or ideas” that do not fit in any other Sign Code category, may be up to 20 square feet and have no placement or time restrictions.

“Political Signs,” defined as signs “designed to influence the outcome of an election,” may be up to 32 square feet and may only be displayed during an election season.

 And the sign at issue here - “Temporary Directional Signs,” defined as signs directing the public to a church or other “qualifying event,” have even greater restrictions: No more than four of the signs, limited to six square feet, may be on a single property at any time, and signs may be displayed no more than 12 hours before the “qualifying event” and 1 hour after.
Kentucky Infrastructure Authority
2017 SRF Call for Projects
The Kentucky Infrastructure Authority (KIA) and the Kentucky Division of Water (DOW) are announcing the 2017 Clean Water State Revolving Fund (CWSRF) and the 2017 Drinking Water State Revolving Fund (DWSRF) Call for Projects. The 2017 Call for Projects will be open from October 1, 2015 to December 11, 2015. Project submittals will happen electronically and will be coordinated through the Area Water Management Councils. No paper submittals will be accepted.
To view the Call for Projects announcement letters please click on one of the following links:

2017 Clean Water SRF Call for Projects

2017 Drinking Water SRF Call for Projects

The State Revolving Fund (SRF) programs are low interest loan programs for drinking water, wastewater, stormwater or nonpoint source projects. If you are interested in receiving funding from either SRF loan program, you must coordinate with your Area Water Management Council to update information on your project. WRIS project information will be used by the Division of Water to rank the projects based on the published set of criteria.

If you have questions about completing the questionnaire or project eligibility for priority list inclusion, please contact Cindy McDonald ( or Jory Becker ( of the Water Infrastructure Branch at (502) 564-3410. For more information on loan requirements, terms or eligibility contact Jami Johnson ( or Brandi Norton ( of KIA at (502) 573-0260.

Other important links associated with KIA and DOW funding programs:

KIA Loan Programs
Federally Assisted Wastewater Revolving Loan (CWSRF)
Federally Assisted Water Revolving Loan (DWSRF)

WRIS Portal - Project Profile
WRIS Portal - System Information
Clean Water Project Profile Pre-Application
Drinking Water Project Profile Pre-Application

DOW Clean Water State Revolving Fund
DOW Drinking Water State Revolving Fund
DOW Nonpoint Source Grants

Social Services Division

KIPDA Receives Funding from the American Planning Association to Combat Chronic Disease
WASHINGTON, DC – Kentuckiana Regional Planning and Development Agency (KIPDA) in support of the Kentucky Rural Health Coalition has received a $130,000 grant from the American Planning Association through its Plan4Health program to combat two determinants of chronic disease—lack of physical activity and lack of access to nutritious foods.
Plan4Health is a multi-year program that strengthens the connection between planning and public health. Seventy-five percent of the program’s funding supports local and state coalitions working to advance public health through better planning and partnerships, specifically through leveraging skills and evidence-based strategies. The program is implemented in partnership with the American Public Health Association (APHA) and represents a major new collaboration between planners and public health professionals. Funding for Plan4Health was provided through an award from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).
“We are pleased to offer a second year of funding to local coalitions working to improve each of their community’s health,” said Anna Ricklin, AICP, manager of APA’s Planning and Community Health Center, which manages the Plan4Health program. “The funding provides fuel to address existing health concerns to create communities of lasting value that are equitable and healthy for all.”
Seventeen coalitions were selected for the Plan4Health program after a competitive review process. The program is being administered through APA’s Planning and Community Health Center that is dedicated to integrating community health issues into local and regional planning practices by advancing research, outreach, education and policy.
KIPDA, in partnership with the Kentucky Rural Health Coalition
Bullitt, Henry, Oldham, Shelby, Spencer, and Trimble Counties, Kentucky
KIPDA is partnering with a multidisciplinary group of state-wide organizations to improve access to affordable, local produce and increase opportunities for physical activity for Kentuckians age 45 years and older living in rural parts of the state.
Coalition partners include: Kentuckiana Planning and Development Agency (KIPDA), The University of Louisville Kent School of Social Work, The Institute for Sustainable Health and Optimal Aging, North Central District Health Department, Kentucky Public Health Association, Tri-County Community Action Agency, Bullitt County Health Department, Oldham County Health Department, Multipurpose Community Action Agency, and Shelby County Cooperative Extension Service.
For more information about the Plan4Health program, visit or follow the hashtag #Plan4Health on Twitter. 
Depression is Not a Normal Part of Growing Older
Depression is a true and treatable medical condition, not a normal part of aging.

However older adults are at an increased risk for experiencing depression. If you are concerned about a loved one, offer to go with him or her to see a health care provider to be diagnosed and treated.

Depression is not just having "the blues" or the emotions we feel when grieving the loss of a loved one. It is a true medical condition that is treatable, like diabetes or hypertension.

How Do I Know If It's Depression?

Someone who is depressed has feelings of sadness or anxiety that last for weeks at a time. He or she may also experience–
  • Feelings of hopelessness and/or pessimism
  • Feelings of guilt, worthlessness and/or helplessness
  • Irritability, restlessness
  • Loss of interest in activities or hobbies once pleasurable
  • Fatigue and decreased energy
  • Difficulty concentrating, remembering details and making decisions
  • Insomnia, early–morning wakefulness, or excessive sleeping
  • Overeating or appetite loss
  • Thoughts of suicide, suicide attempts
  • Persistent aches or pains, headaches, cramps, or digestive problems that do not get better, even with treatment
How is Depression Different for Older Adults?
  • Older adults are at increased risk. We know that about 80% of older adults have at least one chronic health condition, and 50% have two or more. Depression is more common in people who also have other illnesses (such as heart disease or cancer) or whose function becomes limited.
  • Older adults are often misdiagnosed and undertreated. Healthcare providers may mistake an older adult's symptoms of depression as just a natural reaction to illness or the life changes that may occur as we age, and therefore not see the depression as something to be treated. Older adults themselves often share this belief and do not seek help because they don't understand that they could feel better with appropriate treatment.
How Many Older Adults Are Depressed?
The good news is that the majority of older adults are not depressed. Some estimates of major depression in older people living in the community range from less than 1% to about 5% but rise to 13.5% in those who require home healthcare and to 11.5% in older hospital patients.

How Do I Find Help?
Most older adults see an improvement in their symptoms when treated with antidepressant drugs, psychotherapy, or a combination of both. If you are concerned about a loved one being depressed, offer to go with him or her to see a health care provider to be diagnosed and treated.
If you or someone you care about is in crisis, please seek help immediately.
  • Call 911
  • Visit a nearby emergency department or your health care provider's office
  • Call the toll-free, 24-hour hotline of the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-TALK (1-800-273-8255); TTY: 1-800-799-4TTY (4889) to talk to a trained counselor
Older Driver Safety Awareness Week Dec. 7-11, 2015

Older drivers tip #1: Understand how aging affects driving

Each person ages differently - there is no arbitrary cutoff as to when someone should stop driving. However, older adults are more likely to receive traffic citations and get into accidents than younger drivers. In fact, fatal crash rates rise sharply after a driver has reached the age of 70. What causes this increase?   Issues such as decreased vision, impaired hearing, or slowed motor reflexes may become a problem. A chronic condition gradually worsens, or a stroke causes sudden physical and/or cognitive changes.   Aging often results in a reduction of strength, coordination, and flexibility, which can have a major impact on your ability to safely control a car. For example:
  • Pain or stiffness in your neck can make it harder to look over your shoulder to change lanes or look left and right at intersections to check for other traffic or pedestrians.
  • Leg pain can make it difficult to move your foot from the gas to the brake pedal.
  • Diminished arm strength can make it hard to turn the steering wheel quickly and effectively.
  • As reaction times also slow down with age, you may be slower to spot vehicles emerging from side streets and driveways, or to realize that the vehicle ahead of you has slowed or stopped.
  • Keeping track of so many road signs, signals, and markings, as well as all the other traffic and pedestrians, can also become more difficult as you lose the ability to effectively divide your attention between multiple activities.
Read Full Article Here

Transportation Division

1st Transportation Divison Takes Part in EPA Environmental Justice Workshop
On October 30th the Environmental Protection Agency hosted a regional Environmental Justice workshop at the University oif Louisville’s Shelby Campus.

The topics of the day were Environmental Justice Basics, Environmental Foundations and Tools, Engaging Stakeholders, How to Better Listen and Respond to Community Concerns,  and Environmental Justice World Café. The KIPDA Transportation Division was on hand to discuss the 5W’s of Citizen Engagement.

During the discussion, Community Outreach Specialist, Ashley Davidson, went over the “who, what, when, where and why” of regional transportation and how KIPDA considers Environmental Justice in all of our planning. Environmental Justice is defined as the fair treatment and meaningful involvement of all people regardless of race, color, national origin, or income with respect to the development, implementation, and enforcement of environmental laws, regulations, and policies. The workshop was well-attended and participants heard from environmental experts from throughout Kentucky.
Downtown Bridge Gets Named, Public Invited to Grand Opening Celebration
This Saturday, December 5th, the public is invited to walk on the recently-named Abraham Lincoln Bridge in advance of it’s opening to vehicular traffic later this month. “Walk the Bridge” will be an open house format with the public invited to visit the deck of the cable-stayed bridge 10 a.m.-2 p.m. on Saturday, December 5. There will be selfie stations across the bridge, giving the public a chance to capture the moment. They will be encouraged to post their pictures to social media, #walkthebridge.
The first 10,000 visitors will receive keepsake medallions to mark the historic event.

 “Over the coming decades, hundreds of thousands of people and cars will cross the bridge, but we’re creating a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity before we open the bridge to traffic,” said Gov. Beshear. “Before the first car drives across this span, the public will have a chance to walk the new bridge. It’s an opportunity to be part of a historic celebration of an extraordinary project.”

Public access to the bridge, by foot and by shuttle, will be from Jeffersonville. Parking will be available at Water Tower Square (300 Missouri Avenue) and Colston Park (301 Mulberry Street). Jeffersonville Police will be assisting with traffic control.

TARC buses and City of Jeffersonville trolleys will provide free shuttle service from Water Tower Square. Court Avenue will be closed to traffic from North Shore Drive to Ohio Avenue to facilitate pedestrian and shuttle transport.

The ramp from I-65 North to Court Avenue will be closed to provide access to the bridge. Shuttles and trolleys will drop passengers at the end of the ramp, with participants walking to the deck of the bridge.
After walking up the ramp (1,000 feet), participants will walk the approach to the bridge (1,000 feet) and have the opportunity to walk nearly the length of the bridge (2,100 feet), before returning to the Court Avenue ramp. A complete circuit will total more than 1 ½ miles.

No pets, bicycles, skateboards or rollerblades will be allowed on the bridge. Limited parking for bikes is available in a number of locations in Jeffersonville.

A date for when the Abraham Lincoln Bridge will open to traffic has not been set. I-65 North lanes will shift first, with lanes of I-65 South to follow. Crews with lead contractor Walsh Construction Co. will then begin $22 million in improvements to the adjacent John F. Kennedy Memorial Bridge, adding decades of new life to the 52-year old bridge.

All but one lane of the Kennedy Bridge will close when the new bridge opens to traffic. One lane will remain open for about a month to maintain access to I-64 and I-71 North. The entire Kennedy Bridge will then close for about six months. One lane of the Kennedy will reopen first, restoring access to I-64 East and I-71 North. Access to I-64 West will be restored a short time later. The entire Kennedy Bridge is expected to reopen in late 2016.

The revamped Kennedy Bridge will eventually carry six lanes of I-65 South traffic and the Abraham Lincoln Bridge will carry six lanes of I-65 North traffic. The entire Downtown Crossing – the new cable-stayed bridge, the improved Kennedy Bridge and interstate connections on both sides of the river – is scheduled to be complete in December 2016.

RiverLink, the tolling system for the new bridge, was unveiled November 10th. The informational website will be online mid-2016. Cameras and antennae near the bridges will record license plates or scan transponders on vehicles' windshields. Drivers without toll accounts – linked to a transponder or a license plate – will be billed by mail. The rates for the bridge won’t go into effect until completion of the Kennedy Bridge.
  Transponder Registered Video Unregistered Video
Frequent User - Non Commercial Vehicle $1        N/A        N/A
Passenger Vehicle $2 $3 $4
Medium Truck $5 $6 $7
Heavy Truck $10 $11 $12

Big Four Bridge Gets Award
The Big Four Pedestrian Bridge-Indiana Approach was named Outstanding Transportation Project for Special Design or Construction at the 2015 Indiana MPO Conference!

KIPDA Transportation Division Director Larry Chaney presented the award to City Engineer Andy Crouch, City of Jeffersonville, at the November Transportation Policy Committee Meeting. The MPO Council is an organization of the fourteen Indiana MPOs and was founded in 1984. 

The group functions as a forum for MPOs to discuss issues and to share solutions.  In addition, the MPO council provides representation and a "speaking voice" for MPOs in state legislative, executive, and judicial matters.  This year's conference focused on how Indiana MPOs can help redefine transportation to create healthier, active communities. Public health, transportation, and planning professionals increasingly recognize how the built environment affects the physical, social, and mental health of communities. Transportation is an important part of the built environment and significantly influences physical activity and well-being, safety, and the ability of community members to access destinations that are essential to a healthy lifestyle.

The Big Four Pedestrian Bridge Project centered on the re-purposing of a railroad structure over the Ohio River between Louisville, KY and Jeffersonville, IN, built in 1895 and abandoned in the early 1960s.  Approaches to the bridge were dismantled in 1969.

As part of the original master plan for Louisville Waterfront Park, a new spiral ramp leading up to the structure was envisioned on the Kentucky shore. The City of Jeffersonville ultimately took on the design and construction of the Indiana connection, which would lead to construction of a community park, connections to the downtown commercial areas, and a revitalization of the adjacent neighborhoods.

Key stakeholders were included in a variety of public information meetings for the Indiana approach. To involve and educate the public, several Community Advisory Group meetings and workshops were held. These events allowed the public to learn about the planning and engineering complexities and provided an awareness of the challenges and unique solutions addressed by the designers. This also resulted in a common vision and purpose among the City, INDOT, the community and elected officials, and crafted the parameters for the final design of the ramp.

The partnership developed between Louisville Metro government (the owner of the bridge itself), Louisville Waterfront Development Corporation, the City of Jeffersonville, the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet, and the Indiana Department of Transportation has carried the project through to completion, and communities on both sides of the Ohio River have realized considerable recreational and economic benefits as a result of the enhanced connectivity.

Prior to the Big Four Bridge opening, pedestrian and bicycle access between Jeffersonville and Louisville was available only on the Clark Memorial Bridge (US 31/2nd Street) over the Ohio River.

There are no shoulders on that structure, and the sidewalks are narrow and run parallel to dangerous, fast-moving vehicular traffic.  The Big Four Bridge greatly improves the ease and safety for non-motorized access between and through the communities on both sides of the river. Recently, INDOT has worked with the Hoosier Rails and Trails Council, Bicycle Indiana and Adventure Cycling to obtain AASHTO designation of the Big Four Bridge as the connection across the Ohio River for the Indiana portion of the proposed United States Bicycle Route #35 (USBR #35), ultimately reaching from Sault Ste. Marie, MI south to the Ohio River. 

Five Transportation Division Staff Members Celebrate Anniversaries
During the 2015 Annual KIPDA Meeting, five KIPDA Transportation Division employees were honored for their years of dedicated service to the agency and to our region. Stacey Burton and Randall Embry received the 15 Years of Service Award. Mary Lou Hauber and Lori Kelsey were both awarded for 20 years of service. And Randy Simon was granted the 30 Years of Service Award! We are delighted to have such hard-working and talented people on staff and want to personally recognize each of the award recipients.

Stacey Burton, Program Manager of the Ticket-to-Ride Program, joined KIPDA in September 2000. Her responsibilities include managing a staff of five, working with contractors, meeting with employers, reporting program progress, and overall operations management. Before becoming the Ticket-to-Ride Program Manager, she was a Transportation Planner III with the KIPDA Transportation Division.
Stacey began her planning career in 1998 in the long-range planning division of what is now Louisville Metro Planning and Design Services .  She has worked with the National Center for Bicycling and Walking, and brought them to the area in 2004 to conduct Walkable Community workshops.  She also attended the Active Living Institute for creating more active communities in 2003.  She attended the University of Kentucky’s College of Architecture for three years before transferring to the University of Louisville, where she earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in Humanities with an emphasis on the Modern Era. 

Randall Embry, Rural Transportation Planner, has been with KIPDA since 2000.  Randall works with local elected officials and public agencies to identify, develop, and prioritize long range transportation projects for inclusion in the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet transportation planning process for of Henry, Shelby, Spencer, and Trimble Counties.  He serves on the National Rural Planning Organization Council of Peers with the National Associations of Development Organizations.  He also serves on the Kentuckians for Better Transportation Planning Committee and the Regional Mobility Council. 

Mary Lou Hauber, Transportation Planner III, has been with KIPDA since February 1990. Mary Lou’s current areas of responsibility include coordinating the Transportation Improvement Program, project management (including review and prioritization of transportation projects), coordinating discretionary funding programs in the MPO, and assisting LPA’s, local officials, and the public with transportation planning issues and questions. Mary Lou has a Bachelor’s degree in Geography with an emphasis in Urban and Regional Analysis from the University of Louisville. Prior to coming to KIPDA, she was a transportation planner for Schimpeler-Corradino Associates, now known as The Corradino Group.

Lori Kelsey, Transportation Planner III, started with KIPDA in June 1990. Lori’s responsibilities include socio-economic/demographic data forecasting and analysis for the Travel Model, preparing Environmental Justice/Title VI and Community Impact Assessments, serving as Census programs liaison, contributing to the update and implementation of the Congestion Management Process, and serving as freight coordinator. Lori has a Bachelor’s degree in Geography (Analytical Track) and a Master’s degree in Geography from the State University of New York at Binghamton.  Prior to coming to KIPDA, she was an Intern at Broome County Planning Department/Broome County Office for Aging, worked for Preston Trucking Co., Inc., in Binghamton, New York from 1984-1988, and was an intern at the Binghamton Metropolitan Transportation Study (BMTS—Binghamton, NY MPO).

Randy Simon, Transportation Planner III, started with KIPDA in September 1985. Randy’s responsibilities have included performing regional emissions analyses (transportation-related), analyzing data for input into the travel demand forecasting model, calibrating the travel demand forecasting model, performing analyses to provide data for benefits/burden analysis for the Metropolitan Transportation Plan, collecting and analyzing data for the Congestion Management Process, performing and managing various planning studies, and reviewing the progress reports and other work products of consultants.  He has an Associate’s degree in Civil Engineering Technology and a Bachelor’s degree in Civil Engineering Technology and a Bachelor’s degree in Environmental Engineering Technology from Western Kentucky University, a master’s degree in Civil Engineering from the University of Kentucky, and a Master’s degree in Environmental Engineering from the University of Louisville. Prior to his work at KIPDA, he was an instructor for the University of Louisville’s Department of Civil Engineering and Civil Engineering Technology, where he taught a variety of classes including geometric design of roads, soil mechanics, surveying, cost estimating and project scheduling.
KITE Award Goes to 21st Century Parks
21st Century Parks was the winner of the first annual KIPDA MPO Kentucky-Indiana Transportation Excellence (KITE) Award, presented at the Transportation Policy Committee and the Annual KIPDA luncheon on November 24th. The award provides the opportunity to recognize and celebrate projects that demonstrate outstanding transportation planning and implementation practices performed by planners, engineers, and decision makers in the KIPDA Louisville Urbanized Area and within the context of the metropolitan planning organization (MPO) planning process conducted by KIPDA.
21st Century Parks was selected for various reasons, including:
  • First-time agency partnerships with KYTC, FHWA and many other agencies to implement all phases of work including design, Right of Way, procurement and construction.Consideration of modal option in the planning process- Facilities for all modes and all users, including ADA users, are incorporated into the project.
  • Long Term Community Benefit- Project preserves nearly 4,000 acres of green space while promoting growth in and around eastern Jefferson County for years to come.
  • Land Use/Transportation Integration- Project sponsor coordinated plans with transportation and planning/zoning agencies.
  • Consideration of the Environment- Preservation of large areas of green space, endangered species habitat, historic sites and natural features.
  • Engaging the public- Large numbers of property acquisitions accomplished with no condemnations.
  • Community Impact- Project has been accepted by the community with widespread enthusiasm and has become well known regional draw in a very short time.
  • Connectivity to other projects, existing facilities, or areas of the region- Completes approximately 20% of Louisville Metro’s Louisville Loop project.
The project description for 21st Century Parks states, “Floyds Fork Parks and Trail: Construction of a 27-mile multi-use trail and related parks along Floyds Fork from the US 31E area to Old Henry Road.” The project purpose was “to establish a space that will provide accessible opportunities for recreation and education where users can experience the natural setting and surroundings of the Floyds Fork watershed. The Greenway will create opportunities for walking, biking and other transportation methods.”

A call for KITE Award project nominations was sent to all Transportation Technical Coordinating Committee (TTCC) and TPC Advisory and Voting Members. TTCC and TPC members could submit as many projects as they wished. The considerations for identifying outstanding transportation projects included any stage of project development ranging from early planning and coordination through implementation. A TTCC Nominating Working selected five project nominations to be forwarded to the TPC Selection Working Group, who chose the winning project from the final nominations. The five finalists were:
  • Stonestreet Elementary Sidewalk Project
  • The Ohio River Bridges Project
  • TARC Zero Busses
  • Heavy Haul Road Project
2015 Sustainability Summit- Improving Air Quality
A large crowd of community leaders and area citizens turned up for the Louisville Sustainability Council’s 2015 Sustainability Summit. The focus of this year’s summit was Improving Our Air Quality.

The daylong event took place at the Kentucky Center for African American Heritage on November 6th. Members of the KIPDA Transportation Division were there for the event. The day began with a message from Mary Ellen Wiederwohl, Louisville Metro, Louisville Forward about the efforts the city is making to improve outdoor air quality.

Following her presentation, there was a plenary session on Air Quality and the Link to Health with Dr. Ted Smith from the Institute for Healthy Air, Water & Soil, Dr. Aruni Bhatnagar- Environmental Cardiologist from the University of Louisville, Rich Vollmer-Humana, Arnita Gadson-Kentucky Environmental Quality Commission and Jay Turner-Washington University in St. Louis.

They discussed how living with air pollution can increase the risk of heart disease, lung cancer, asthma and other health issues and how they are developing ways to monitor health from an air quality perspective. The next session evaluated Designing, Participating and Tracking Citizen-Led Initiatives. 

After lunch, participants broke into sessions focusing on Buildings, Land Use and Transportation, Alternative Energy, Natural Systems, and Community Engagement. The summit was a unique opportunity for citizens, non-profit organizations, businesses, schools and government agencies to participate in developing solutions that the community can implement together.
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