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‘B Active Plan’ seeking to make region better for walkers, bicyclists

Over the past decade, the Birmingham area has seen a surge in the number of parks, green spaces, walking and bicycle trails. With more people getting out of their cars, there’s growing interest in how to better connect attractions such as Railroad Park, Ruffner Mountain Nature Preserve, Oak Mountain State Park and the Dunnavant Valley…[Read More]

B- Active Plan kicks off Tuesday, April 18th at Railroad Park

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (CBS42 Community) – Interested in biking or walking to work? Let The Regional Planning Commission of Greater Birmingham know your thoughts today from 4:00 pm – 7:00 pm at the Main Pavilion in Railroad Park. “What we want to be able to do is make bicycling, and walking feel more comfortable to everybody…[Read More]

B-Active kickoff events for plans to boost bicycle use in the metro area

The “B-Active” plan is gathering the community’s input on which projects they believe are needed to make bicycling more accessible. As more people are taking an interest in bicycling and walking on their daily commute, it is raising safety concerns for many. The B-Active plan hopes to change that and create a better environmental plan…[Read More]

National Odyssey Day 2017

The Alabama Clean Fuels Coalition and Lawson State Community College are hosting National Alternative Fuel Training Consortium’s National Odyssey Day, April 20.  This nationwide biennial event seeks to educate the public about alternative fuels and advanced technology vehicles as well as the important role these vehicles play in providing solutions to our nation’s energy security…[Read More]

B Active Plan: Striving to make Birmingham even better!

The Birmingham region has exploded over the past few years and has created a better environment for people to be active and enjoy the great outdoors.   Railroad Park, the Rotary Trail, Red Mountain Park, Oak Mountain Park, Moss Rock, the Buck Creek Trail, the Dunnavant Valley Trail and other attractions have provided opportunities for…[Read More]

The Science of Distracted Driving — Free, two week workshop!

Calling all future scientists! Expand your mind and build experience with UAB’s Translational Research for Injury Prevention Laboratory. FREE,  two  week  workshop  for  rising  high school sophomores, juniors, and seniors. The Science of Distracted Driving FREE 2-week workshop: Brown bag lunches provided May 30 — June 9, 2017 9am — 4pm Hands-on Lab Work State-of-the-Art Demonstrations…[Read More]

Draft of the Center Point Comprehensive Plan Update is Released! – Center Point’s Vision for Tomorrow

The Center Point Comprehensive Plan Update is based on the residents’ vision of how they want their city to grow in the future— it’s both a short term and a long-term vision – and is intended to guide future redevelopment and to address a broad range of needs for the City. The Project Team is…[Read More]

Transportation Study for Individuals with Developmental Disabilities

Transportation Study for Individuals with Developmental Disabilities Through a grant from the Alabama Council on Developmental Disabilities, the RPCGB recently completed a statewide study on transportation for individuals with developmental disabilities.  The study can be downloaded at: www.rpcgb.org/transportation/dd.  This website also includes a statewide directory of public transportation services, as well as informative videos.  For…[Read More]

2017 RPC Annual Meeting/Luncheon

Progress, Opportunities and Challenges in our Region Keynote Speaker: Mr. Charles Ball, Executive Director, RPC (includes the annual business meeting for member governments) MEETING IS RESCHEDULED! JUNE 28, 2017, 11:30 A.M. – 1 P.M. The Club, Staterooms 1 Robert Smith Drive Birmingham, Alabama 35209 Cost:  $35.00 – Must register and pay by June 21, 2017…[Read More]

Second Survey to give input into the Center Point Comprehensive Plan Update

The planning team at the Regional Planning Commission of Greater Birmingham has been working hard on developing the Center Point Comprehensive Plan Update – branded as Center Point’s Vision for Tomorrow. Going forward, we are crafting goals, policies and recommended actions that will help the City of Center Point address your issues and achieve your…[Read More]

Surveys for the Eastern Birmingham Area and Pratt-Ensley Area Framework Plans

The planning team at the RPCGB has begun work on the initial phase of the City of Birmingham’s two newest Framework Plans: the Pratt-Ensley Framework Plan and the Eastern Area Framework Plan. The Framework Plans are extensions of the 2013 City of Birmingham Comprehensive Plan and they are intended to address issues and opportunities at…[Read More]

Irondale on the Move Comprehensive Plan wins Cahaba River Society “Public Service Award”

On January 26 at it’s Annual Meeting, the Cahaba River Society awarded its Public Service Award to the Regional Planning Commission for the work completed on the Irondale on the Move Comprehensive Plan.  The Cahaba River Society noted that the Plan brought citizens, business and government together to create a dynamic Comprehensive Plan that proposes…[Read More]

Alabama 2017 Boundary and Annexation Survey (BAS) Workshop

The U.S. Census Bureau conducts the Boundary and Annexation Survey (BAS) annually to collect legal boundary information, government status, and names for American Indian areas, states, counties, minor civil divisions (MCD), and incorporated places.  The Census Bureau uses the boundary information collected in the BAS to tabulate population data for the decennial and economic censuses…[Read More]

Friday, February 3, 2017 — Regional planning commission director discusses available programs with chamber

The Regional Planning Commission of Greater Birmingham recently updated its website to make information on the services and programs it offers readily available and easy to understand. “One of the things I really wanted to do when we did the new site was to have little videos explaining what our services are because you can…[Read More]

Friday, September 16, 2016 — Call for Projects for Funding Transit Services for Fy-2017

The Alabama Department of Transportation (ALDOT), Transportation Planning and Modal Programs Bureau, is now accepting Applications for funding consideration through the Section 5316 Job Access and Reverse Commute (JARC) Program and the Section 5317 New Freedom (NF) Program. These Federal Transit Administration (FTA) programs provide funding for transit related services that assist the state’s population…[Read More]

RPC invites you to the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Brownfields & Redevelopment Workshop

The Regional Planning Commission of Greater Birmingham (RPCGB) would like to invite you to the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Brownfields & Redevelopment Workshop. The workshop will be conducted by the EPA, in collaboration with the RPCGB and City of Birmingham, on Thursday, September 22 at the Boutwell Auditorium. If one, or more, of the following…[Read More]

The Road to a Viable Transit System in Birmingham

Riding a Birmingham city bus without her mother for the first time was a milestone for Barbara Murdock, who grew up in South Titusville’s Belvedere Circle. “I remember when I was 13. That’s when my mom let me ride by myself,” the Ramsay High School alum said. “To be able to ride downtown to Pizitz…[Read More]

Four towns join statewide revitalization network

Four towns have joined a statewide network of municipalities working to revitalize their downtown districts. Columbiana, Heflin, Montevallo and Wetumpka joined Main Street Alabama, a non-profit organization focused on developing the state’s historic commercial districts through organization, design, promotion and economic vitality. Each town participated in a selective, five-month application process. According to Mary Helmer,…[Read More]

Dunnavant Valley Greenway Study Underway

Future Phases Study: APPLE Project Summary The RPCGB and Shelby County have initiated the Dunnavant Valley Greenway Study. The study will analyze existing and proposed routes as referenced in the Dunnavant Valley Community Greenway Plan. The study will also develop alternate conceptual drawings that illustrate recommended improvements, develop an estimate of probable construction costs, provide…[Read More]

CommuteSmart welcomes the Hoover Area Chamber of Commerce as Their Newest Partner

CommuteSmart welcomes the Hoover Area Chamber of Commerce as their newest partner. “The Hoover Area Chamber of Commerce is proud to work with CommuteSmart to reduce traffic congestion and improve air quality,” said Bill Powell, executive director. Through the partnership, CommuteSmart is better able to connect with the over 1,100 members of the Hoover Area…[Read More]

Request for Proposals – Birmingham Regional Active Transportation Plan

The Regional Planning Commission of Greater Birmingham (RPCGB), on behalf of the Birmingham Metropolitan Planning Organization (MPO), is seeking proposals from qualified consultants to develop a Birmingham Regional Active Transportation Plan. The Birmingham Regional Active Transportation Plan is intended to help establish a strategic vision for improving walking and bicycling opportunities, and will serve as…[Read More]

Alabaster’s Comprehensive Plan Update Wins Award from the American Planning Association

The Alabama Chapter of the American Planning Association has honored the City of Alabaster with the 2016 Outstanding Planning Award for a Comprehensive Plan for its Alabaster Forward: City of Alabaster Comprehensive Plan Update. The city contracted with the Regional Planning Commission of Greater Birmingham to update the city’s 2005 comprehensive plan. Alabaster has grown…[Read More]

RPC Executive Director to chair Alabama Commission on Higher Education

Alabama’s coordinating board for higher education named a new chairman and vice-chairman last week. Former Gadsden city planner Charles E. Ball was selected chairman of the Alabama Commission on Higher Education by unanimous vote at a meeting Friday in Montgomery. He has served on the commission since 2009. A Jefferson County resident, Ball has been…[Read More]

I-22 tentatively set to open June 20

After several years of construction, a tentative opening date has been set for the interchange between the new Interstate 22, also known as Corridor X, and Interstate 65. Although no official announcement has been made regarding a date and time for the opening, sources with ALDOT say a ribbon-cutting and “grand opening” of the interstate…[Read More]

Case Manager – Medicaid Waiver Program

The Regional Planning Commission of Greater Birmingham is seeking qualified case managers for the Medicaid Waiver program serving Jefferson County elderly and disabled citizens.   Position Summary: Under the direction of the Medicaid Waiver Program Supervisor the case manager will assist individuals in gaining access to appropriate, needed, and desired waiver and other State Plan…[Read More]

RN Case Manager – Technology Assisted (TA) & Alabama Community Transition (ACT) Waiver Programs

The Regional Planning Commission of Greater Birmingham is seeking qualified case managers for the Medicaid Waiver program serving Jefferson County elderly and disabled citizens. Position Summary: Under the direction of the Medicaid Waiver Program Supervisor the case manager will assist individuals in gaining access to appropriate, needed, and desired waiver and other State Plan services,…[Read More]