September 2nd - 8th, 2017
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“One dominant trend is that crashes are concentrated on Long Island’s major thoroughfares, which are classified as arterial roadways. These arterials are lined with places where people live, work and shop, but they’re designed to move cars and trucks quickly from place to place. As the research shows, arterials don’t have a very good safety record, especially for people walking and riding bikes.” - Veronica Vanterpool, Executive Director of Tri-State Transportation Campaign
“While millions and billions are spent on transportation infrastructure much more needs to be done to improve the physical design conditions of our downtown corridors and intersections.” - Eric Alexander, Director, Vision Long Island
Dangerous Roadways Persist for Pedestrians and Cyclists Across Long Island
Vision was out supporting the release of the "LI's Most Dangerous Roads" report from our friends at the Tri-State Transportation Campaign. Sadly the study shows over 6200 bicycle and pedestrian crashes in Nassau and Suffolk over the last three years. The numbers are down a bit in Nassau and slightly up in Suffolk but still an ongoing problem. The bulk of the crashes are in NYS and County roads that traverse through nearly 40 communities where people walk and bike.
The report draws from data that includes numbers and locations of accidents where a pedestrian or cyclist was struck by a driver. Unlike past reports, this one draw from all accidents, not simply fatalities. The report also included a statistic of crashes per mile in order to reflect that longer roads tend to see more crashes simply because they have more possible crash sites.
“One dominant trend is that crashes are concentrated on Long Island’s major thoroughfares, which are classified as arterial roadways,” said Tri-State Transportation Campaign Executive Director Veronica Vanterpool. “These arterials are lined with places where people live, work and shop, but they’re designed to move cars and trucks quickly from place to place. As the research shows, arterials don’t have a very good safety record, especially for people walking and riding bikes.”
Hot spots across the island included 13 communities in Nassau with active downtown revitalization programs: Cedarhurst, Valley Stream, Lynbrook, Rockville Centre, Freeport, Baldwin, Hempstead, Mineola, Westbury, Hicksville, Great Neck, Glen Cove and New Cassel. Other hot spots in Nassau included: Roosevelt, Long Beach, Elmont, Manhasset and Oceanside.
Nassau County had a high concentration of dangerous intersections in the Town of Hempstead, with NY Route 24 (also known as Hempstead Turnpike, Fulton Avenue and Conklin Street) determined as the most dangerous road for walking and biking in the County. However, NY Route 27 (also known as Sunrise Highway) was determined as the deadliest road with 11 people being struck and killed over the course of the past three years. Finally, Nassau Road clocked in with the most crashes per mile with a whopping 36.6 crashes for every mile of road.
In Suffolk the hot spots that have active revitalization programs include: Huntington, Huntington Station, Amityville, Babylon, Lindenhurst, Bay Shore, Brentwood, Central Islip, Patchogue, Coram, Middle Island, Copiague, Port Jefferson, Shirley and Riverhead. Other hot spots in Suffolk included: Stony Brook, Bridgehampton, Selden, Centereach.
Suffolk County had NY Route 25 (also known as Middle Country Road, Jericho Turnpike and Front Street) as the most dangerous for walking and biking with 224 crashes. Route 110 (also known as New York Avenue, Walt Whitman Road and Broadway) ended up being the deadliest road with 10 fatalities recorded. 110 also saw the most crashes per mile at 9.7 along the length of the road.
Earlier this summer Vision and 50 members of the LI Complete Streets Coalition released a Emergency Pedestrian Action Plan, which you can view here. This current report reinforces the ongoing state of our street roadway designs with accident data. The Complete Streets Coalition will be meeting with State and County officials to follow up on both the action plan and this report. Local civics and chambers interested in joining in with this effort can and should reach out to Vision Long Island for more information.
“While millions and billions are spent on transportation infrastructure much more needs to be done to improve the physical design conditions of our downtown corridors and intersections,” said Eric Alexander, Director, Vision Long Island
Vision Long Island was recently interviewed by News 12 by the Hicksville Train station, witnessing dangerous road conditions in real time, which you can view here. You can read more on the analysis here, and check out interactive maps, fact sheets, press releases, and a summary of the analysis here.
Long Island Groups Help with Harvey; Prepare for Florida Aid
Almost 5 years after Superstorm Sandy destroyed homes and ever-changed lives on Long Island, residents have been doing whatever they can to help those affected by Hurricane Harvey in Texas. There have been many examples of some of the same passion and initiative that we saw right after Sandy, with communities feeling that they just need to do something to lend a hand.
Dozens of donation drives were spontaneously set up throughout Long Island, aiming to bring supplies to the tens of thousands who have been displaced or lost so much in Texas. One effort, headed by Tim & Christina Kramer from Long Beach, began working on collecting items needed, starting a gofundme page to collect money to send trucks out. The effort ended up with 5 large trucks arriving and en route to Texas due the generosity of the community. You can see some of the coverage of their efforts here.
Long Island Lions Clubs teamed together to collect donations, with various drop off locations. Trucks of supplies went down to affected areas, with volunteers not only delivering physical donations, but also mucking out homes that sustained feet of flood water. There are additional efforts underway by Long Island Lions clubs to assist disaster victims, which you can see here.
Other acts of support for those affected by Harvey included groups painting Stars of Hope to give support to those who have lost their homes, Boots on the Ground NY shipping 130 care packages to Navy Rescue, the Cajun Navy and other Veteran groups, drives for pet food and supplies, individuals and organizations collecting much needed funds to send to organizations in Texas, and non-perishable food drives for those in need.
Friends of Long Island groups have been supporting groups and survivors on the ground via social media, with support and advice in a peer-to-peer fashion, while focusing on assessing needs and directing efforts to those affected.
As Florida braces for Hurricane Irma to hit, with Hurricane Jose on her tail, more assistance will be required, and more examples of Long Island’s generosity will surely come to light. If your organization would like to help with ongoing efforts post-Sandy or for the most recent events, please email us.
Governor Cuomo Appoints Acting Chief of NYSDOT and New Head of Thruway Authority
NYS Governor Andrew Cuomo has appointed Cathy Calhoun as the Acting Commissioner of the NYS Department of Transportation and for Commissioner Matthew Driscoll as the Executive Director of the Thruway Authority.
Ms. Calhoun has been working as the DoT’s Chief of Staff since July 1st, 2015 and was previously a Deputy for Intergovernmental Affairs to Comptroller Tom DiNapoli. She has a long history in state politics having formerly worked as an aide for Hillary Clinton during her tenure as a U.S. Senator and former NYS Governor David Paterson.
Matthew Driscoll is awaiting confirmation by the NYS Senate to head the Thruway Agency, but it is expected he will take over the job shortly. He has been working as the Department’s CEO since July of 2015 and will replace Bill Finch as the head of an agency that manages 570 miles of toll roads across the state.
“Matthew Driscoll and Cathy Calhoun are both dedicated public servants who exemplify what it means to serve the people of New York,” said Governor Cuomo, “and I am proud they will continue their service in these new leadership positions."
You can read more here.
New Jersey DOT Releases Complete Streets Design Guide
August saw the release of a set of guidelines by the New Jersey Department of Transportation (NJDOT) that inform policy makers on how best to implement Complete Streets Design.
The guide is the third in a series concerning Complete Streets that has been released by the state’s DOT. The guide will inform readers on the best tools and methods for implementing Complete Streets across a variety of settings and communities. It is aimed for use by local municipalities as well as state agencies, but is easily available for private professionals and residents as well.
The guide itself consists of 4 chapters beginning with one on how Complete Streets benefit New Jersey as a whole. The guide will also cover the planning and design process as well as differing policy guidelines to help get projects implemented. Finally, the guide will cover a variety of street typologies in order to better provide guidance on how to create Complete Streets.
You can read the full guide here.
Downtown Riverhead Revitalization Adds Medical Center
Seven weeks after the groundbreaking of a $60 million expansion, Peconic Bay Medical Center has announced an additional expansion in downtown Riverhead. This redevelopment adds to the recent investment in housing, restaurants, and public spaces for Riverhead Main Street. The expansion is expected to bring a chunk of new benefits to the local community including jobs, an influx of businesses and a new source of tax revenue.
“The growth of our community hospital into a world-class regional medical center is a boost for the entire region,” said Supervisor Sean Walter, “and we are thrilled to see People’s United and PBMC strengthen their commitment to our community.”
The Medical Center is in the process of purchasing a parcel of land formerly owned by People’s United Bank and located at the corner of Second Street and Griffing Ave. The transaction is expected to close before 2018 and will provide almost 60,000 square feet of space with plans to be announced by PBMC. This is all in addition to the expansion at the original location, which will increase the size and capacity of the emergency room as well as add a rooftop helipad, two cardiac catheterization labs, an electrophysiology suite, recovery rooms and an 18-bed intensive care unit.
“This has been an exciting and eventful year for us,” said Emilie Roy Corey, Chair of the PBMC Foundation. “First, we opened our new trauma center. We also just broke ground on the Kanas Regional Heart Center and new critical care tower. This new acquisition will help us continue the momentum and give us more room to grow.”
You can read more here.
Harvey Victims Need Your Help
With the devastation that Hurricane Harvey unleashed in Texas, Long Islanders are reminded well of the gravity that disaster brings to entire communities in both the short and long terms. Several drives for monetary donations, as well as for physical donations, are underway and in the planning stages in order to bring relief directly to communities in need. Friends of Long Island groups understand first-hand how it is a bottom-up approach that best serves communities in the relief and recovery process, and will be partnering with organizations that helped us in the past on Long Island so they can help others, as well as targeting grassroots organizations to provide assistance.
When disaster occurs, the most important thing is to get cash to the affected region first-and also to know where donations are going. While well-intended, shipments of material goods in the immediate wake of disaster can clog up infrastructure, manpower, and storage that are critically needed- it is best to wait to send physical items until there is a collaborative effort with those on the ground to assess actual needs. There will be initiatives upcoming that we will communicate and will need your support for.
Here are some links where you can donate financially, with the funds going to good use in the relief process. These organizations had a positive presence in recovery and were well received on Long Island post-Sandy:
Friends of Long Island
Since the aftermath and needs of Hurricane Harvey are not yet fully known, Friends of Long Island groups are currently assessing the situation, connecting with community organizations on the ground, and planning to assist as appropriate in the near future. In the meantime, national groups below are also gearing up to assist.
Other Regional Efforts
All Hands Volunteers
Church World Services (CWS)
Habitat for Humanity
Islamic Relief USA
The Jewish Federations of North America
Lions Club of Long Island
Long Island Council of Churches
Long Island Volunteer Center
NYS Senator Phil Boyle Donation Drive
Portlight Inclusive Disaster Strategies
Lake Ronkonkoma Historical Society Fall Festival to take place on September 10th
The Lake Ronkonkoma Historical Society will hold its Annual Fall Festival this Saturday, September 10th. The Fall Festival will be held at the Fitz-Greene Hallock Homestead, 2869 Pond Road, Lake Ronkonkoma. The festival will start at 10:00am and will run until 4:00pm. There is a $5 per person admission fee. There is no charge for children under 12 years of age so mark your calendars.
If you have any questions about the Fall Festival or if you are interested in joining the Lake Ronkonkoma Historical Society please call: Evelyn Vollgraff at 631-588-7599.
NYMTC Brown Bag Discussion: Adapting to App-Based Ride Services on September 13th
New York Metropolitan Transportation Council will hold a meeting for its Brown Bag Discussion series at their offices at 25 Beaver St, Suite 201 in New York City. Bruce Schaller, Principal of Schaller Consulting, will discuss how the expansion of app-based ride services such as Uber and Lyft (also known as Transportation Network Companies or TNCs) are impacting New York’s transportation system. Every day, the increase of additional TNC vehicles are visible, but little is known about their true effect on traffic congestion, public transportation utilization and traditional car and taxi services. Mr. Schaller will examine the growth of app-based ride services and analyze future implications for achieving critical city goals for mobility, economic growth and environmental sustainability in New York and other major cities.
You can RSVP by calling 212-383-7200 or by sending an email to Daniel.Etkin@dot.ny.gov. Attendees will need to bring a valid photo ID and should be prepared to go through security upon arrival. The meeting will also be available as a webinar here.
Long Island Business Council to Hold Candidates Forum on September 19th
The Long Island Business Council will be holding a Nassau County Candidates Forum on Tuesday, September 19th, 2017 at the East Farmingdale Fire Department, located at 930 Conklin Street in Farmingdale from 8:00 AM to 9:00 AM. The forum will feature Republican Candidate Jack Martins and the winner of the Democratic primary.
You can RSVP for the event by calling 877-811-7471 or emailing firstname.lastname@example.org. Attendance is free for LIBC members and $45 for non-members.
APA to Hold Annual East End Planning Conference on September 20th
On September 20th, the APA Long Island Section will hold its annual East End Planning Conference! This year the conference will be held at the Hotel Indigo East End located at 1830 West Main Street in Riverhead. Hotel Indigo is centrally located on the East End on Route 25 just west of downtown Riverhead. We look forward to an afternoon and evening of discussion on timely planning topics and networking.
To view the program, REGISTER for this event, and pay online, please visit http://www.nyplanning.org/events/2017-east-end-planning-conference/ Or, send a check payable to “LI Section” to: Kathryn Eiseman, APA LI Section Treasurer, c/o Nelson, Pope & Voorhis, 572 Walt Whitman Road, Melville, NY 11747. (If paying by check, please also send an email confirmation to Kathy Eiseman at email@example.com). A REGISTRATION link can also be found on www.apalongisland.org.
Long Island’s 5th Annual Car Free Day to Take Place on September 22nd
The 5th Annual Car Free Day will take place on September 22nd this year. Take the pledge to leave your car at home on Friday, September 22nd and celebrate sustainable transportation on Long Island. In 2016, 4,111 Long Islanders pledged to be car free or car-lite, resulting in the avoidance of 84,000 miles of driving and 42 tons of CO2 emissions!
You can take the online pledge here and be eligible for prizes. All pledges made through 11:59pm Eastern Standard Time on Friday, September 22, 2017 will be entered into the prize raffle drawing. Prize eligibility is available to those physically living or working on Long Island in Nassau or Suffolk counties.
Restore NY Communities Initiative Informational Meeting to be Held Online September 25th
Empire State Development Corp. will host a free workshop on September 29th for municipalities interested in applying for some of the $80 million in redevelopment funding available through Round 5 of the Restore NY Communities Initiative. ESD has also scheduled informational workshops for Sept. 25 in Schenectady and Sept. 26 in Rochester, as well as a live webinar covering Restore NY application requirements at 10 a.m. on Sept. 25. More information on the workshops available here; email RestoreNY@esd.ny.gov to register for the webinar.
29th Annual Keys for the Homeless Conference to be held on October 20th
The Long Island Coalition for the Homeless in co-sponsorship with Stony Brook University of Social Welfare, will be holding its Annual Keys for the Homeless Conference on October 20th. The event will feature a keynote address from Richard Hooks Wayman, the Executive Director for the Children’s Defense Fund. The theme of the Conference will be Breaking Down Barriers: Serving our Most Vulnerable.
The Conference is currently accepting sponsors, which will be available through October 2nd. Sponsorships start at $1,000 for our Corporate Partners and $500 for Non-profit Partners. Journal ad opportunities are still available as well. If you have any questions you can go here to find more information and can contact Ksusha Cascio by email here or phone at 631-464-4314 x 123.
Central Islip's "Good Neighbor Awards" to be Held on October 26
The Central Islip Civic Council will be honoring four individuals for Outstanding Community Service on Thursday, October 26th. Debra Cavanagh from the Central Islip Coalition of Good Neighbors, Islip Councilman Steve Flotteron, Rob Goldman Suffolk Community College, and Barbara LaMonica from Central Islip School District.
The event will take place at Watermill Caterers at 711 Smithtown Bypass in Smithtown. You can find more information for the event and civic council here.
National Endowment for the Arts Our Town Grant, due September 11th
The National Endowment for the Arts’ Our Town grant program supports creative placemaking projects that help to transform communities into lively, beautiful, and resilient places with arts at their core. This funding supports local efforts to enhance quality of life and opportunity for existing residents, increase creative activity, and create a distinct sense of place. Applications due September 11. To find out more, click here.
Suffolk County to Provide Septic Improvement Grants
Starting July 1st, you may begin the process and submit your application for the Septic Improvement Program.
The Septic Improvement Program is available to qualified owners of residential property located within Suffolk County.
Grant funding, of up to $10,000, will be provided toward the purchase and installation of Suffolk County Department of Health Services approved Innovative and Alternative nitrogen removal onsite wastewater treatment system (I/A OWTS) and leaching structure, as well as toward attendant engineering and design services. An additional $1,000 may be available toward installation of Pressurized Shallow Drainfields for a maximum grant of up to $11,000. All other costs, including, but not limited to, costs above the authorized grant amount, irrigation repairs, electrical improvements unrelated to system installation or other improvements necessary for the installation are the responsibility of the property owner/applicant. Post-installation landscaping restoration is also the responsibility of the property owner/applicant.
Preferential consideration will be given to properties in environmentally sensitive areas.
Submission of an application does not guarantee an award of a grant. The County reserves the right to change the terms and conditions of the Septic Improvement Program at any time. This program is highly competitive and applications will be prioritized by area and other eligibility requirements and will also be based upon the availability of funding.
If you would like to speak to someone directly about the program and/or Grant Application, please call the Department of Health Services at 631-852-5811. Staff will be available to answer your questions Monday-Friday from 9am-5pm. You can also send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Social Justice Grant: Pop Culture Collaborative
The Pop Culture Collaborative is now accepting applications for their 'Pop-Up' grants program. These rapid response grants are available on a rolling basis throughout the year for any individual, organization or company working to harness the power of pop culture to create just, authentic narratives of people of color, Muslims, immigrants and refugees through TV, movies, sports, music and all forms of entertainment and mass media.
The Collaborative is a new, multi-million dollar philanthropic resource created by Unbound Philanthropy, Nathan Cummings Foundation, Ford Foundation, The JPB Foundation, and General Service Foundation—all organizations committed to growing and experimenting with pop culture narrative strategies as powerful tools for change in the real world.
They have designed these grants to help leaders in justice movements, the arts, entertainment, advertising, academia, and technology respond nimbly to increasingly common assaults on pluralism and inclusion in our society.
You can find full 'Pop Up' Grant Guidelines and Application Information here, and can submit your idea here. Every idea will be considered, and applicants will be notified if the program wishes receive a formal proposal.
NYS Climate Smart Communities Grant Program Funding Available
Funding will be available for inventory, assessment, planning and implementation projects that advance the work of municipalities in addressing climate change. Priorities for the 2017 round include specific adaptation actions that reduce flood risk and increase preparedness for future extreme weather conditions, specific mitigation activities related to transportation and reduction of food waste, and specific Climate Smart Communities certification actions that advance municipal ability in the future to implement adaptation and mitigation projects in the identified implementation categories.
A municipal resolution from the lead applicant authorizing application submission and documenting the availability of local match in the event of grant award must be submitted at the time of application.
For general information and questions on the Climate Smart Communities Program, please contact the Office of Climate Change, New York State Department of Environmental Conservation, Office of Climate Change, 625 Broadway, Albany, NY 12233, 518-402-8448, email@example.com.
NYS DEC Technical Assistance Grants Available
The New York State DEC continuously accepts applications for Technical Assistance Grants (TAGs). TAGs are a citizen participation tool available to eligible community groups to increase public awareness and understanding of remedial activities taking place in their community. TAGs are available to eligible community groups for the purpose of obtaining independent technical assistance in interpreting existing environmental information about an eligible “significant threat” site being remediated in the State Superfund Program or Brownfield Cleanup Program. Technical assistance is intended to help the grant recipient and the community it represents to understand existing environmental data developed about the site, comment on site remedial activities and proposals and share this information with the public.
Funding is limited to $50,000 per site, with no matching requirement. A community group must be a nonresponsible party community group or one that is in partnership with another nonresponsible party community group. The group must be a 501(c)(3), and a group whose members’ health, economic well-being or enjoyment of the environment may be affected by a release or threatened release of contamination at the eligible site. The group must be one whose membership represents the interest of the community affected by the eligible site. Eligible sites must be Class 2 sites on the New York State Registry of Inactive Hazardous Waste Disposal Sites or sites being remediated under the State’s Brownfield Cleanup Program that the DEC has determined pose a significant threat to public health and/or the environment.
For more information, you can visit the DEC’s site here.
Long Island Coalition for the Homeless Seeks Training Manager
The Long Island Coalition for the Homeless is seeking applicants for a Full-Time Training Manager for our main office in Amityville. This position requires an ability to understand policies and regulations; provide training to staff and community members on the regional Coordinated Entry System (CES); research, negotiate, schedule and track participation in training and workshops for Continuum of Care members; coordinate with staff/committee members to seek out other training opportunities, including participation in planning for the annual Keys for the Homeless Conference.
Local travel will be also required for this position. Benefits after probationary period will be available. These include paid time off (vacation, holiday, sick, personal), medical insurance for the employee (premium paid by LICH), and Simple IRA plan (with employer match).
Job description is as follows:
REPORTS TO: Associate Director
SUMMARY OF RESPONSBILITIES: The Training Manger works to develop and present training/workshops related to the Coordinated Entry System (CES); researches, negotiates and schedules training for COC (including those to be presented at annual Keys for the Homeless Conference, as appropriate). The Training Manager will learn the CES process by participating in client engagement, Vulnerability Assessment and outreach to various stakeholders. Additional responsibilities include maintaining knowledge of all services offered by homeless housing and assistance programs; assisting in strategic planning associated with the CoC and national initiatives to end homelessness as it relates to coordinated entry as it relates to training.
ESSENTIAL DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES include the following. Other duties may be assigned.
QUALIFICATIONS: Bachelor’s Degree in communications, social work or related fields plus five years work in a related field; Master of Social Work degree or graduate degree in human services-related study preferred, plus two years’ experience in case management or related experience in human services, or seven or more years’ experience in the human services field. Proven ability to present materials and train staff in various settings. Strong working knowledge of Microsoft Office Suite (Word, Excel, PowerPoint); knowledge of other presentation applications acceptable. Preferred additional knowledge of computer database applications (Foothold AWARDS- preferred, Access, Client or Costumer databases of accounting database software). Must have ability to communicate respectfully with people in crisis; ability to communicate effectively, both written and verbal, and work closely with persons within and outside the agency. Must be self-motivated and have a commitment to organization’s mission, visions and goals. Must have private transportation.
Interested parties should submit a resume and salary requirements via email to firstname.lastname@example.org. Please do not call the Long Island Coalition for the Homeless regarding this position. Questions should be submitted via email only.
Long Island Housing Services Seeking New Executive Director
Long Island Housing Services is seeking a new Executive Director. The organization was founded in 1969, in the wake of the tragic assassination of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. and the subsequent passage of the Fair Housing Act, Title VIII of the Civil Rights Act of 1968. The organization was formed by a grassroots group of volunteers and civic and religious leaders. Its mission is to eliminate unlawful housing discrimination and promote decent and affordable housing through advocacy and education.
The Executive Director must be an experienced and seasoned leader and manager who will provide oversight of the organization, engage in the broader fair housing community, and develop and maintain strong relationships with funding sources, including local, state and federal government. The Executive Director must also have a strong and honed ability to motivate, develop, and manage staff. S/he must communicate openly and honestly, promoting inclusiveness, cooperation, and teamwork.
Applicants must apply by October 6th, 2017. You can view the description of responsibilities, qualifications, and how to apply here.
Parklets Seek to Transform Unused Roadside Parking into Temporary Public Spaces
In urban centers around the world, inexpensive curbside parking results in increased traffic, wasted fuel and more pollution. The strategies and values that generate these conditions are no longer sustainable, nor do they promote a healthy, vibrant urban human habitat.
PARK(ing) Day, which is observed on the third Friday of September annually since 2005, seeks parking spaces to be transformed into temporary public parks. The temporary installations are used to educate the public about placemaking, gather public input, and pilots for more permanent public spaces.
In Sioux City, Iowa, several entities partnered to create last year’s inaugural PARK(ing) Day event. Organizers said they were looking to create a day of experimentation and cultural expression, and to see how parklets would be designed and what activities would occur as a result. Richmond, California worked on PARK(ing) Day to create the city’s first permanent parklet in front of a local business’ coffee house. The initiative transformed the space in front of Kaleidoscope Coffee into a green space, featuring artificial grass, wood chips, a “campfire” and campsite-style searing which encouraged those passing through to learn about local assets of interest. The activity helped the owner choose to move forward on creating a permanent parklet in front of the shop.
In Tacoma, Washington, more than 35 businesses and organizations participated in PARK(ing) Day last year. Contestants used the parklets to advertise their shops, highlight art, offer gathering space, and as an opportunity for public education.
PARK(ing) Day will take place on the 3rd Friday of September. Vision Long Island is soliciting community partners and municipalities to see who will be participating locally.
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