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    MPOs and economic development

    MPOs focus largely on transportation planning, but I'm wondering if there are any examples of MPOs that also have significant Economic Development responsibilities. Can anyone point to examples of MPOs that lead regional economic development strategies and initiatives?

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    Honestly, I work all over the country and off the top of my head can't think of one where it plays a significant role.
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    I can't think of any examples, either. Most of those roles seem to be played by regional CoG's, EDC's, or state organizations like a Commerce Authority.
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    MAG (Maricopa Assocation of Governments) in Arizona works closely with GPEC (Greater Phoenix Economic Council) to provide them data and they have partnered on some informational items and strategic planning efforts. I am not sure if this is what you meant by significant responsibilities.
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    Thanks all. I'm trying to find examples of MPOs that function as the primary economic development agency (or vice versa) for their region. SEMCOG in Michigan is the closest I could think of, but I'm not sure that they are the primary economic development agency.

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    SEMCOG's make-up could take it in that direction more than other agencies. It is not just an MPO, but also a Council of Governments. In addition it also has a group comprised of business and union leaders known as the Metropolitan Affairs Coalition that shares its staff and resources.
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    I am not an expert but I think an MPO would not be able to function due to restricts placed on these organizatios by the Feds. However I think a COG could do so and in most cases a MPO is also a COG.
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    The New Orleans MPO functions as the regional economic development agency. The name of the MPO is the Regional Planning Commission and their site is www.norpc.org. The econ development staff is quite friendly if you want to contact them.

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    Our MPO has a regional plan does address economic development: http://www.cdtcmpo.org/rtp2035/summary.pdf

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