We are very pleased to announce that our Richland County Team has been selected as one of 10 cross-disciplinary MPO-level teams around the nation to participate in the 2017 Step-It-Up Walkability Action Institute. This program is sponsored by The National Association of Chronic Disease Directors (NACDD).

Teams had to include four members representatives of, MPO, public health, engineering, and an elected official. Teams also had the option of adding one or two additional team members from a diverse list of prospective partners.

Our Richland County team members are:

Carla Colón, Transportation Planner, Richland County Regional Planning Commission

Ashton Grigley, MPH, CHES, Health Educator, Communities Preventing Chronic Disease (CPCD), Richland Public Health

Joe, Gies, City Project Coordinator, City of Shelby

Marilyn Jonh, Richland County Commissioner

Nelson Shogren, Chair, Richland Moves!

The 10 selected teams will receive travel assistance to attend the course and must commit to participating in 100 percent of the project deliverables which include a Team Action Plan and participation in NACDD Community of Practice. This institute is not just a course but it is a full project opportunity that could put our team in positions to leverage future funds and reshape our community for years to come.

The other 9 teams selected were:

-Cleveland Urban Area MPO in Cleveland, TN
-Cook County Department of Public Health in Cook County, IL (south Chicago suburb)
-Corridor MPO in Cedar Rapids, IA
-Arrowhead Regional Development Commission in Duluth, MN
-Genesse County Metropolitan Planning Commission in Flint, MI
-Oahu MPO in Honolulu, HI
-Puget Sound Region in Tacoma, WA
-Genessee Transportation Council MPO in Rochester, NY
-Indian Nations Council of Government in Tulsa, OK