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eNews January 2017


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Welcome, 2017

The new year begins with more growth for WFRPC, welcoming new Public Involvement Coordinator, Annie Walthall.

Annie is a recent graduate of University of West Florida, completing a Bachelor of Arts in Communication. Annie also recently completed an internship with Santa Rosa County’s Public Information department. Annie is a Florida native and currently lives in Crestview. She enjoys spending time with family, monogramming, snorkeling, hobby farming, boating, and watching Ole Miss football. With many new projects and outreach opportunities on the horizon, the timely addition of Annie allows WFRPC to expand the capacity and enhance the quality of its public involvement endeavors.

The WFRPC staff as a whole has been busy with several projects and programs across the entire west Florida region. Pictured below are some of the activities of the past few weeks in Panama City and Chipley.

Pictured above left: WFRPC Transportation Manager, Mary Beth Washnock, welcomes new Bay County Commissioner, Philip “Griff” Griffitts, to the Bay County Transportation Planning Organization with a formal orientation.
Pictured above right: WFRPC Planners, Caitlin Cerame and Victoria D’Angelo facilitate a Chipley Community Redevelopment Agency update steering committee meeting. 

WFRPC Planners Complete Certification

Nineteen candidates spent three days in Tampa at the Center for Urban Transportation Research on the University of South Florida campus. The group contemplated the many transportation-related problems facing society at the recent Social Marketing in Transportation certification program.

Social marketing is the systematic application of marketing, along with other behavior change concepts and techniques, to achieve specific behavior actions for a social purpose. Using this approach, candidates were challenged to present their own solutions to reducing traffic congestion, eliminating texting while driving, and other common transportation issues, noting that successful solutions would reduce accidents, injuries, and transportation-related deaths.

The certification program is designed to assist transportation professionals in successfully reducing traffic congestion by improving access to carpooling and improving transit ridership through the creation of a people-centered social marketing plan that relies on insight and understanding, data, creativity, design, and management of programs that strive to help community members implement change.

WFRPC Planners, Dan Deanda and Caitlin Cerame, received their Social Marketing in Transportation certification and are pictured here with the group who completed the certification with them in Tampa.

For more information on other transportation workshops contact Phil Winters, Director, Transportation Demand Management, CUTR,

Florida-Alabama Transportation Planning Organization Completes Three-Day Charrette

The Florida-Alabama Transportation Planning Organization (TPO) recently conducted a corridor management plan designed to identify improvements needed to increase the safe and efficient movement of people and goods that support all modes of transportation, including roadway, capacity, public transit, and bicycle and pedestrian movements. The area of study was East Cervantes Street from North 9th Avenue to East Gonzalez Street. Public input from those who live and work in this area is a vital component of the process.

Consultants Atkins and Alta teamed with staff from the West Florida Regional Planning Council (WFRPC), various  businesses, Florida Department of Transportation (FDOT), Escambia County, the City of Pensacola, and local community members to identify improvements needed. City Council President, and District 6 Councilman, Brian Spencer, participated in the charrette, giving his insights and ideas.

Pictured here are some of the activities that occurred over the three-day charrette, including opening and closing presentations, community workshops, open studio design workshops, and a walking tour of the corridor.

WFRPC Staff Celebrates the Holidays Together

WFRPC celebrated the holidays with an evening on the town. Dinner and conversation at Lili Marlene’s in Seville Quarter was followed by an evening enjoying the Pensacola Christmas Parade. Pictured here are some of the fun moments enjoyed by those in attendance.

Upcoming Meetings and Events

West Florida Regional Planning Council Closed

Jan 2 all-day

Bay County Transportation Disadvantaged Meeting Bay County Government Center, 840 West 11th Street, Room 1030 in Panama City
Feb. 1, 1 p.m.

Holmes-Washington Transportation Disadvantaged Meeting – Bonifay City Hall, 301 North Etheridge Street, Council Room
Feb. 14, 10 a.m.

Walton County Transportation Disadvantaged Meeting – Walton County Extension Services Building, 732 North 9th Street in DeFuniak Springs
Feb. 14, 1:30 p.m.

Escambia County Transportation Disadvantaged Meeting – Pensacola City Hall, 222 West Main Street, Hagler/Mason Room
Feb. 28, 10 a.m.

Santa Rosa County Transportation Disadvantaged Meeting – Santa Rosa Development Service Center, 6051 Old Bagdad Highway, Media Room in Milton
Feb. 28, 2 p.m.


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