Smart Growth News – November 15, 2012

Top stories:

Consulting team’s report hones in on Eastport’s needs, strengths; suggests next steps
Bangor Daily News (ME) – November 13, 2012
A community development consulting team that began working this fall with Eastport community leaders submitted a report Tuesday that outlines community strengths and needs, as well as “suggested next steps.”

Hurricane Sandy causes N.J. to remake its master plan for land development
New Jersey Statehouse Bureau – November 13, 2012
More than a year in the making, New Jersey’s latest version of a master plan for land development has been sent back to the drawing board in the wake of Hurricane Sandy.

Carbon Fee From Obama Seen Viable With Backing From Exxon
Business Week – November 15, 2012
Exxon Mobil Corp. (XOM) is part of a growing coalition backing a carbon tax as an alternative to costly regulation, giving newfound prominence to an idea once anathema in Washington.

A Google Analytics For Local Governments
Fast Co.Exist – November 13, 2012
A new startup called Revelstone, which offers web-based analytics software that allows both cities and towns to track their operating performance and benchmark with other local governments, hopes to help.

Local news:

Downtown doing what cancer center couldn’t
Las Vegas Review Journal – November 15, 2012 Chief Executive Officer Tony Hsieh is proving that some of the goals of the Nevada Cancer Institute are achievable, albeit through a different course. Mr. Hsieh, through sheer force of will and his own personal fortune, has turned downtown Las Vegas into one of the country’s top emerging markets for technology employment.

VRE urges Virginia’s Commonwealth Transportation Board to restore funds
Washington Post – November 14, 2012
Virginia Railway Express officials are seeking to restore millions in federal transportation funding that they say could have a huge impact on service. This month, VRE operations board Chairman W.S. Covington III wrote to Virginia Transportation Secretary Sean T. Connaughton asking that $9.6 million expected from the federal government be allocated to VRE, as it usually is.

Pierce Transit measure is nearly dead; no recount decision made
The News Tribune (WA) – November 14, 2012
Opponents of the Pierce Transit measure all but declared success Wednesday, as the measure was failing by 708 votes and only about 751 ballots remained to be counted in the county.

High-speed rail jobs may give priority to down-on-luck workers
Fresno Bee (CA) – November 14, 2012
Job-creation advocates in Fresno said they moved a step closer Wednesday to ensuring that local workers who need a job can compete for one building California’s high-speed rail system. Their hopes were boosted during the California High-Speed Rail Authority meeting in Sacramento, where bullet-train planners also took their first step to reducing their system’s footprint on agriculture — approving a $20 million effort to compensate for farmland lost to the railroad right of way.

Transit supporters set to kick off new campaign
Indianapolis Business Journal – November 14, 2012
Indianapolis Mayor Greg Ballard is scheduled to appear at a rally Thursday where mass-transit supporters will unveil a new campaign to push for a voter referendum in central Indiana.