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Over 110 Gather in Southport for RPA 4th Regional Plan Discussion


More than 110 local officials, developers, realtors, bankers and advocates filled the stunning auditorium of The Pequot Library in Southport Thursday, Nov. 20, for the second of two Connecticut forums, sponsored by Regional Plan Association, that will help shape creation of RPA's 4th Regional Plan for the Connecticut-NY-NJ region. RPA's 2-year long effort to create the plan is designed to unleash the creative ideas and thoughtful commentary of a range of constituencies across the region, with the goal of shaping a blueprint for infrastructure and policy development that serves all of the region's residents but, in particular, the most vulnerable and under-served. 

The 2 1/2- hour forum was moderated by state Sen. Gary Holder-Winfield and included assessments of the challenges facing the region by five panelists:

  • Housing: Joan Carty, president of the Housing Development Fund.
  • Community Development: Liz Torres, Executive Director of the Bridgeport Neighborhood Trust.
  • Transportation: Emil Frankel, Professor of Practice, George Washington University Trachtenberg School of Public Policy and Public Administration, and affiliated with Bipartisan Policy Center and Eno Center for Transportation.
  • Environment, Energy, Climate Change: Roger Reynolds, Legal Director/Director of Climate, Transportation, and Land Protection Programs, CT Fund for the Environment.
  • Government, Finance, Economic Growth: Joseph McGee, Vice President of Public Policy and Programs, Business Council of Fairfield County.

Many of the questions from the attendees -- representing the realms of housing, transit, environmental quality, healthcare and community development -- focused on ease of transit and housing affordability, with others centering on ways to convince local government to be sensitive to a range of issues and shaping policies that provided multidisciplinary solutions. A video of the event, which was filmed by CT-N, the Connecticut Network, can be seen here.

Materials from the Nov. 20th forum:

Information about the Oct. 29th forum in Hartford can be found here.


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