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The Thomas Jefferson Planning District Commission

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New Executive Director Announced

Chip Boyles

The Thomas Jefferson Planning District Commission (TJPDC) is pleased to announce the appointment of Charles P. "Chip" Boyles, II, as its new Executive Director. Mr. Boyles brings over 20 years of local government management experience to the position. He most recently is serving as the Vice President of Programs and Administration for the East Baton Rouge (Louisiana) Redevelopment Authority. He also has served as Director of the Office of Community Development for the City of Baton Rouge/East Baton Rouge Parish Government, a combined city/county government in Louisiana, where he was responsible for over 100 grant/loan contracts.

Mr. Boyles began his career as a community/economic development coordinator at the Lowcountry Council of Governments in South Carolina. He has led a number of communities as both a city and town manager in Maryland and South Carolina, was Chief Operating Officer for a start-up nonprofit serving communities and universities in college towns, and worked for the state municipal association in South Carolina.

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Transportation Planning Intern

The Thomas Jefferson Planning District Commission (TJPDC) is looking for an intern to assist with a variety of transportation related tasks including the development and maintenance of the MPO's 2040 Long Range Transportation Plan (LRTP) and the Transportation Improvement Program. The LRTP is a federally-required, planning document that outlines the 20-year vision for transportation planning within the Charlottesville-Albemarle Metropolitan Planning Organization (MPO). The Transportation Improvement Program is another federally-required, planning document that outlines the implementation schedule of regional transportation improvements over the next four years.

Candidates will be evaluated based on their knowledge, skills, and experience. Preference will be given to candidates possessing hands on experience with GIS and ESRI software. Preference will also be given to candidates studying urban planning or civil engineering or a related field; or who have had prior experience in a related discipline. Preference will also be given to students in graduate programs. The TJPDC is seeking an intern who can work 40 hours per week over the summer of 2014 and up to 15 hours per week during school year 2014/15.

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Bike Route 76 Corridor Study

Route 76

As part of its FY14 Rural Transportation Program, the TJPDC is conducting a Corridor Study of the Route 76 Bike Route within our region. U.S. Bicycle Route 76, also known as the TransAmerica Bike Route, is a national Bike Route that spans from the Midwest to eastern Virginia. Along this path, the route passes through five of the localities in our region - Albemarle, Charlottesville, Fluvanna, Louisa and Nelson. The intent of this work is to increase safety, access and awareness of the bike route. The Rural Technical Committee has conducted a scoping meeting for this project to help guide the process and deliverables.

The project scope includes three main elements:

  1. An Inventory of existing conditions;
  2. A promotional campaign to provide route information and online resources; and,
  3. Recommendations for roadway improvements that would increase bike safety.

Work during the current fiscal year will focus on Item 1, an inventory of existing conditions along the 136-mile stretch of Route 76 in our region. For additional information on this project, please visit the project website at www.tjpdc.org/route76 or contact Will Cockrell at wcockrell@tjpdc.org, 434-979-7310 x 440.



2014 General Assembly Session Wrapping Up

The 2014 General Assembly session began on Wednesday, January 8. The 60 day session is scheduled to end on March 8. During the course of the session, legislators considered close to 2,000 bills and hundreds of resolutions.

During the session, periodic legislative updates have been issued on the TJPDC website at Legislative Newsletter. Specific information about the General Assembly session, action on bills and resolutions, committee and subcommittee meetings, and information about legislators can be found at 2014 Session. If you have a question about a legislative issue, contact David Blount, TJPD Legislative Liaison, at dblount@tjpdc.org.



Affordable Care Act Presentations from Legislative Forum Available

Informative presentations on the Affordable Care Act that were given at the December 3, 2013 TJPDC Legislative Forum are available online.

Nearly 30 local elected officials, staff and state legislators met, where they learned in great detail about implications of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act for local governments. The State Health Commissioner, an attorney, and an insurance representative made excellent presentations and engaged the group in discussion about the Act. Their presentations can be found on the TJPDC Legislative Liaison page. In addition, the approved TJPD Legislative Program was reviewed at the event; click here for the final version.

If you would like any additional information about the Legislative Forum or the Legislative Program, please contact David Blount at dblount@tjpdc.org or 434-979-7310 x350.



The Thomas Jefferson Planning District Commission serves the localities in Planning District 10, which include the City of Charlottesville and the Counties of Albemarle, Fluvanna, Greene, Louisa, and Nelson.

Created in 1972, the TJPDC is directed by a twelve member board, consisting of two representatives appointed by each local governing board, more than half of whom are local elected officials. The Commissioners meet monthly to discuss the activities and direction of the TJPDC.



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