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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.
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Public Administration Division
Community Development Block Grant
2016 Funding Cycle Now Open
The Department for Local Government (DLG) administers approximately $23 million annually from the U.S. Housing and Urban Development’s (HUD) Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) program.
The CDBG program provides assistance to communities for use in revitalizing neighborhoods, expanding affordable housing and economic opportunities, providing infrastructure and/or improving community facilities and services. With the participation of their citizens, communities can devote these funds to a wide range of activities that best serve their own particular development priorities.
All project activities must meet at least one of three national objectives:
•benefit to low and moderate income persons
•prevention or elimination of slums or blight
•meeting particularly urgent community development needs.
For the 2016 funding cycle, DLG will receive $22,343,047 estimate for distribution. Funds are designated for various program areas including Community Projects, Community Emergency Relief Fund, Economic Development, Housing, Public Facilities Public Services (Recovery Kentucky).
KIPDA will be hosting an upcoming KAMM, or Kentucky Association of Mitigation Managers training on April 19th in the Burke Room.
The session will last all day from 9:00 am to 3:00 pm. The training will cover intermediate topics for mitigation managers, including flood insurance topics. Anyone wanting to register or send county or city officials is encouraged to register at KAMM’s website, kymitigation.org.
The US Office of Justice Programs (OJP) has published summaries of all the grant programs for 2017 based on the President’s Budget Request. This list provides the grant applicant with a full overview of 75 grant programs for the justice system.
Not all of the 75 programs are for law enforcement, but here are key law enforcement grant program overviews:
Each summary offers a program description, amount of the request, administering agency, who can apply, type of award and program goals. Also included are past accomplishments credited to the grant funding and award history.
If your department is thinking about applying for grant funding through the Department of Justice (DOJ) in 2017, now is the time to begin. You can use these summaries to determine what type of activities are acceptable for your application based on what was funded through past programs. This is priceless information and can be used to adapt your grant application to your needs based on the understanding of how a past program was developed, designed and funded.
Understanding each grant program’s goals will assist you in developing fundable and measureable goals for your grant application. You should also consider using the resources available for a more in-depth understanding of the research and data related to your funding request at Crime Solutions.
Also recommended for developing a sound, scientifically-driven grant application is utilizing the Office of Justice Programs’ Diagnostic Center — a resource available for technical assistance that emphasizes data-driven diagnosis of public safety and criminal justice issues and customized strategies based on evidence-based solutions. The Diagnostic Center brings together resources and expertise from across OJP and DOJ to meet the needs of state, local, and tribal governments.
The KIPDA Municipal Clerks Association is hosting the annual Kentucky Municpal Clerks Association (KMCA) Spring Conference April 20-22 at the Marriott Louisville East. For further details clink the link below:
Transportation Division Presentation at Regional Mobility Council
The Regional Mobility Council’s purpose is to serve in an advisory capacity for the planning, optimization and coordination of transportation resources for the nine-county KIPDA region (Clark and Floyd counties in Indiana; and Bullitt, Henry, Jefferson, Oldham, Shelby, Spencer, and Trimble counties in Kentucky). The RMC is a transportation advisory group whose vision is: “A regional coordinated transportation system that provides accessible, affordable, universal, and diverse transportation options. This system meets community transportation needs and serves every person, especially people with disabilities and older adults.”
On March 23rd KIPDA Transportation Division staff gave two presentations during the regular monthly RMC meeting. Transportation Planner, Nick Vail, informed the attendees about the Transportation Alternatives Program grants for Kentucky and Indiana. Following his presentation, Ashley Davidson, Community Outreach Specialist, told the group about Community Remarks. Community Remarks is an online engagement software KIPDA is using to gain public comments regarding the transportation planning process in the metropolitan area. (Look for that article below).
The Regional Mobility Council will be hosting the 11th Annual Transportation Summit on April 14, 2016 at the Frazier History Museum. The theme this year is “Connecting Our Communities: Overcoming Obstacles to Mobility”.
KIPDA Transportation Using New Online Engagement Tool
A public comment period for amendments to the Metropolitan Transportation Plan and Transportation Improvement Program is currently underway. We are always looking for innovative ways to engage the public and get their comments about the transportation planning process.
In addition to holding an Open House meeting at the Southwest Regional Library on April 5th from 4:00 p.m to 6:00 p.m., the KIPDA Transportation Division is offering the community the opportunity to comment on our new Community Remarks page.
Community Remarks is a results-oriented online tool designed to solicit quality citizen feedback online. This application was designed and developed by PlaceVision Inc. in response to a growing need for innovative ways to communicate about their community. Citizen engagement is typically conducted through meetings, phone calls, and emails. Community Remarks attempts to make it easy and fun for citizens to talk about what works and what doesn’t in their neighborhood, and to directly communicate with the professionals that can make it a better place to live and work. It’s a way for neighbors to share information around topics and is utilized for urban planning, transportation services, parks and recreation, walking tours, special events, historic preservation, property management, and community groups.
Expect more room in the future on Interstate 65 in Southern Indiana. On March 30th the Indiana Department of Transportation Commissioner, Brandye Hendrickson, officiated the groundbreaking ceremonies for the $67 million project for added travel lanes on Interstate 65 between Memphis Road and Old State Road 311.
The event—which was open to the public—took place on the south parking lot at Ivy Tech Community College, located at 8204 Old S.R. 311 at the Sellersburg exit at 11 a.m.
The I-65 Major Moves 2020 project will reconstruct the roadway from one mile north of S.R. 60 to 2.8 miles south of S.R. 160. It will add travel lanes in the existing median area, resulting in three 12-foot travel lanes—northbound and southbound—with 8-foot paved inside shoulders and 10-foot paved outside shoulders. Plans call for new mainline superstructures and bridge widening at Memphis Road, Perry Crossing, Muddy Fork and Old S.R. 311.
E & B Paving of Clarksville is the state’s prime contractor. Their mascot, Jake, was there with INDOT officials as they broke ground. Their crews will begin temporary striping and placement of concrete barrier walls along northbound I-65 beginning Friday, April 1.
Major Moves 2020 projects have been specially funded by the Indiana legislature to expand heavily traveled sections of 4-lane interstates approaching 50 years in age. These added-travel-lane projects are valued in total at $400 million. All are being built within existing right-of-way.
Jeffersontown Business Expo Draws Large Crowd
Meeting community members face-to-face is a key component in obtaining comments about the transportation planning process. KIPDA Transportation Division and Ticket-to-Ride staff were able to meet hundreds of citizens during the 2016 Jeffersontown Business Expo on March 24th.
Over 135 vendors set up at the Ramada Plaza Triple Crown Pavilion. Throughout the day, people stopped by the KIPDA/Ticket-to-Ride booth to fill out comments about their transportation concerns and to get information about the vanpool process. Attendees could also bid on silent auction items and participate in an American Red Cross Blood Drive.
The event is very popular in the community, in part because of the fantastic Taste of Jeffersontown event with: Bernoulli Small Batch Ice Cream, Brasserie Provence, City Barbeque, ELM Catering-Lou, Famous Dave's BBQ, FireFresh BBQ, Heitzman Traditional Bakery & Deli, Hometown Pizza, Jet's Pizza, Johnny V's, Mark's Feed Store, McAlister's Catering, Noodles & Company, Pieology Pizzeria, RECBAR, Romano's Macaroni Grill, Ruth's Chris Steak House, The Arctic Scoop, Woodhaven Country Club and Zaxby's. Thank you to everyone who stopped and chatted with our staff!
Ticket-to-Ride Presentation at Bullitt County Chamber of Commerce
As one of the five counties represented in the KIPDA region, Bullitt County is an important part of the transportation planning process. The KIPDA Transportation Division and Ticket-to-Ride were pleased to give a presentation about their services during the monthly Bullitt County Chamber of Commerce meeting on March 10th. Ticket-to-Ride Marketing Coordinator, Elizabeth Bowling, informed the crowd of 100+ about the opportunities for vanpooling and the benefits of the program. The audience was very responsive and several people approached Elizabeth afterward inquiring about possible Ticket-to-Ride vanpools for their businesses.
Social Services Division
World immunization Week 2016...It's Time to Close the Gap
Immunization is one of the most successful and cost-effective means to help children grow into healthy adults. We have made enormous progress, but one in five children is still not being reached. In addition, too many adolescents and adults are not receiving the vaccines they need to help them stay health throughout life. The World Health Organization (WHO) thinks ... IT’S TIME TO CLOSE THE GAP.
Parents and children’s caregivers – as well as adolescents, adults and health workers – need to understand the vital importance of keeping immunizations up to date throughout a person’s lifetime.
The last week of April each year is marked by WHO and partners as World Immunization Week. It aims to raise public awareness of how immunization saves lives, encouraging people everywhere to vaccinate themselves and their children against deadly diseases. The week is often marked with activities including vaccination campaigns, training workshops, round-table discussions and public information campaigns.
National Volunteer Week April 10-17, 2016
National Volunteer Week is an annual celebration observed in April to promote and show appreciation for volunteerism. It is organized by the Point of Light foundation which is the world’s largest organization dedicated to volunteer service; it mobilizes millions of people to take action and change the world.
Besides the benefits to society, scientific studies have shown that individuals who volunteer enjoy psychological and physical benefits, including increased satisfaction, improved sense of belonging, lower blood pressure, increased protection from Alzheimer's, and decreased mortality.
Volunteers are an essential part of the KIPDA provider network and we would like to say a big THANK YOU to all who contribute their time to make a positive impact in our communities. If your organization has volunteers and you are thinking of planning a volunteer appreciation event, here are some ideas:
Host a small reception or luncheon to recognize your volunteers during National Volunteer Week
Write a press release about the National Volunteer Week and how your organization is recognizing volunteers
Send a letter to the editor and highlight the role of volunteers and the difference they make in your community