Michaelian Institute Joins in Helping Cities and Towns Plan for New Tappan Zee Bridge

The Tappan Zee Bridge/I-287 Corridor Project that is planning the new bridge and related transportation changes is offering a technical assistance program to interested municipalities in the corridor.

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Contact: Cara Cea, Pace University Public Information, 914-906-9680, ccea@pace.edu

TAPPAN ZEE BRIDGE/I-287 CORRIDOR PROJECT TO OFFER BRIEFING ON TECHNICAL ASSISTANCE PROGRAM FOR MUNICIPALITIES AT PACE UNIVERSITY WHITE PLAINS GRADUATE CENTER JUNE 23

Four corridor communities to be chosen in fall for special workshops

WHITE PLAINS, NY, June 19, 2009 — The Tappan Zee Bridge/I-287 Corridor Project that is planning the new bridge and related transportation changes is offering a technical assistance program to interested municipalities in the corridor.

An initial briefing on the program will take place next Tuesday, June 23, in White Plains, in conjunction with Pace University’s Edwin G. Michaelian Institute for Public Policy and Management. It is one of several Pace programs that are helping cities and towns with development issues.

Date: Tuesday, June 23, 2009 Time: 7:00 pm – 9:00pm Location: Graduate Center at Pace University Auditorium (Room 206) 1 Martine Avenue White Plains, New York 10606 Media admission by press pass.

Municipalities interested in participating in this free technical assistance program are encouraged to have representation at the briefing.

The technical assistance program will give cities and towns tools and resources to help them develop planning and land use solutions that incorporate what is known as sustainable community development.

Called “transit-oriented development” (TOD) when located near transit facilities, sustainable community development is concerned with designing communities that let residents enhance their quality of life with convenient, attractive choices for work, play, travel and peaceful living.

The briefing will describe the program, which will give corridor municipalities access to industry-leading expertise in planning transportation improvements and other community enhancements.

This fall, the briefing will be followed by two county-wide workshops to bring more general technical resources to all communities in the county.

In addition, four Westchester County communities will be chosen to participate in two-day workshops starting the fall of 2009 and continuing through the spring. The sessions will team nationally renowned professionals with elected officials, planners, engineers, board members, planning commissioners, business owners, and others. Participants will work through issues and opportunities, and identify scenarios for detailed study of the four chosen communities.

The four communities to be examined will be chosen according to a number of factors, including level of interest demonstrated and other considerations to be discussed at the June 23rd meeting.

Other Pace collaborations with cities and towns. The collaboration with Pace’s Michaelian Institute is part of a series of Pace events designed to help municipalities manage themselves. Earlier this month the Michaelian Institute joined with the University’s centers for Energy and Climate and Land Use to present the first in a series of panel discussions on how cities and towns can implement their parts of the Federal stimulus package. That followed a roundtable with Vice President Joe Biden at the University’s downtown New York City campus on how businesses are putting the stimulus funds to use.

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