Today, I addressed a Livable Communities Summit hosted by Piedmont Area Regional Transportation and the Piedmont Triad Partnership in North Carolina.
Now, when we developed our TIGER grant program last year, we encouraged regional partnerships. Because, as neighboring communities grow, their transportation needs and networks begin to intersect.
Faced with regional transportation challenges, smart communities form regional partnerships.
And the Piedmont area of North Carolina has a host of smart communities. With the cities of Greensboro, Winston-Salem, and High Point at its core, Piedmont Area Regional Transportation helps manage transit, mitigate roadway congestion, and plan land use for a top-40 metropolitan region whose population is 1.5 million and growing.
Today's "Livable Communities Summit" is a great step toward even stronger regional integration.
The meeting focuses on creating a more livable, sustainable Triad community by:
- Providing more transportation choices
- Promoting equitable and affordable housing
- Enhancing economic competitiveness
- Supporting existing communities and their neighborhoods
- Coordinating and leveraging federal policies
That's the kind of community Americans seek.
And, that's also the kind of community American employers seek.
As this economy continues to heat up, North Carolina's Piedmont is getting busy crossing city and county lines to position itself competitively. Already, because of PART's work, this region is no longer just the crossroads of a tangle of highways. It’s an on-ramp for American-made goods to the economy--whether Thomas Built buses, Volvo trucks, or Honda engines. It’s a nerve-center for FedEx’s international network.
It's a model of the regional cooperation and coordination our TIGER program encourages and the global economy demands. And Piedmont Triad residents are well-served by it.