4A. Leverage the ongoing work of the MPO for monitoring and implementation of
The Tomorrow Plan


Urban Land Institute, 2005
Offers ten broad principles for visioning implementation success and suggests specific recommendations in five topic areas: funding; leadership; tools and technical assistance; communications and media; and documentation and dissemination of best practices. Go to Report

Enabling Regional Plan Implementation

Presentation by White & Smith LLC Planning and Law Group at 2011 American Planning Association National Conference. April 10, 2011, Boston, Massachusetts
Discusses implementation issues, reviews legal issues, and provides examples from 6 regions.Go to Presentation

Implementing Go To 2040

Chicago Metropolitan Agency for Planning (CMAP)
Example of continuing communication during implementation Go to Website

Atlanta Region – Plan 2040: Regional Plan Implementation

ARC – Atlanta Regional Commission
Two-page handout describing plan implementation. View handout

Pathway to 2040 Implementation

Northwest Indiana Regional Planning Commission
Example of implementation committee for a regional plan. Go to website

Lake Tahoe Regional Plan Implementation Roles

Tahoe Regional Planning Agency (TRPA) Local Government Committee, October 27, 2011
Describes roles for various organizations in implementation; reviews the Tahoe Regional Planning Agency compact, planning and project review processes, potential roles in processes, and recommendations. View Presentation

4B. Develop a Regional Infrastructure Coordinating Committee

Regional Partnerships

Urban Land Institute
This infrastructure initiative supports efforts to foster partnerships between the public and private sectors at the regional level through a program of work that encourages dialogue, examines innovative technologies, and shares best practices; website includes links to Regional Partnership Initiatives around the country. Go to website

Toolkits for Impact’ – Guide for Regional Partnerships

Urban Land Institute
Three toolkits share best practices and lessons learned from regional partnership efforts across the country. Go to website

Homeland Security: Effective Regional Coordination Can Enhance Emergency Preparedness

GAO (2004)
Reviews coordination practices in various metropolitan areas to find regional programs with lessons learned that could be applied in the National Capital Region and elsewhere.
View Document

Critical Infrastructure Sector Partnerships

Department of Homeland Security
Describes different types of infrastructure partnerships related to homeland security. Go to website

Metro Area Right Of Way Application

Right of Way Application Process
ROW Application-ALL Metro Cities Download the Metro_ROW_Application

FEE: $50.00
Johnston City Code (see Chapter 141) Go to the Johnston City Code
Number to call before digging: 515-278-0822

FEE: $35.00
Urbandale City Code Download the Ordinance
Number to call before digging: 515-278-3950

4C. Develop a Regional Infrastructure Coordinating Committee


Created in the spirit of TED’s mission, “ideas worth spreading,” the TEDx program is designed to give communities, organizations, and individuals the opportunity to stimulate dialogue through TED-like experiences at the local level.
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PechaKucha Nights are informal, fun gatherings where people get together and share their ideas, works, thoughts, and more in the PechaKucha 20×20 format, a simple presentation format where the presenter shows 20 images, each for 20 seconds. Anyone can present. Go to Website

4D. Leverage The Tomorrow Plan to secure and award funding for regional benefit

Federal funding for sustainable communities

List of federal funding programs that are geared towards sustainable communities; provides information on eligibility requirements, program descriptions, and deadlines. [Note that the list of federal grant programs changes regularly, so be sure to visit program websites for latest information on relevant grants] Federal Funding Sustainable Communities XLS

Sustainable Jersey: Grants and Resources

Identifies resources to help municipalities develop a comprehensive sustainable community program including: financial resources in the form of grants and incentives, technical support in the form of trainings, access to support organizations, and guidance material. Go to Website

4E. Explore the merits of a regional funding allocation system

Regional Economic Revenue Study

Study research leaders include: Cleveland State University College of Urban Affairs, Lorain County Community College Public Services Institute, and Ameregis Group; 2007-2008
This Study will examine existing revenue sharing programs in other regions of the nation to identify best practices, closely examine the structure of local government, local revenues in Ohio, and determine the applicability of examples from other regions to the situation in Northeast Ohio. Go to Website

Tax-Base Sharing – Metropolitan Revenue Distribution, MN.

Institute for Local Self-Reliance and Independent Business
Overview of regional tax-base sharing in the seven-county Twin Cities metro and links to additional information.

A Review of Regional Tax-Based Revenue Sharing Programs and the Establishment of Regional Asset Districts

Prepared by the Office of Policy and Management for the Planning and Development and the Finance, Revenue and Bonding Committees of the Connecticut General Assembly, 2010
Includes a review of Regional Tax-Based Revenue Sharing Programs including a study of available models of revenue sharing program, adaptations that may be needed in such programs for use in Connecticut, effects on property taxes and on a municipality‘s grand list; and other possible effects on both municipal and regional finances. Also conducts a review of the establishment of Regional Asset Districts. Go to Report

Allegheney Regional Asset District (RAD)

Overview of the Allegheny Regional Asset District in Allegeny County, Pennsylvania (includes Pittsburgh), which funds regional assets from one-half of the proceeds of the 1% Allegheny County Sales and Use Tax. Go to Website