Robert Yaro Florida Megaregion by T4YX2I

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									                   America 2050: A New
                   Vision for America’s
                   Infrastructure


                Robert D. Yaro
                  President
           Regional Plan Association

2009 Super Regional Leadership Conference

             May 8, 2009
         ChampionsGate, Florida
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•Founded 1929
•Covers 31-county
region
•Private, independent
not-for-profit
• Professional staff of
urban planners,
economists, architects,
transportation planners

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                  Connecticut

       New York




New Jersey




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Rapid population growth and             Threats to our global competitiveness
demographic change




Global climate change and foreign oil   Economic disparities and loss of
dependence                                                                      4
                                        opportunity
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      Megaregion Priorities:
Building Blocks of a National Plan
                        •High-speed rail
                        •Seaports,
                        airports, and
                        goods
                        movement
                        •Energy
                        transmission
                        and generation
                        •Water
                        infrastructure
                        and protection
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    Megaregion Forums to Set Priorities




Sacramento, Dec 2, 2008      Washington, May 9, 2008




Chicago, November 17, 2008     Atlanta, March 23, 2009   7
Business Alliance for Northeast Mobility

 • Coalition of
   chambers of
   commerce, civic
   organizations
 • Focus on Amtrak
                         Reception in U.S. Capitol Apr 2008   Northeast Summit Mar 2007
   authorization and
   appropriations
 • Advocacy for NE
   interests in
   surface
   transportation bill

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                               Union Station Press Conference Oct 2008
A Tradition of National Planning




Gallatin Plan 1808   Theodore Roosevelt and Gifford   9
                     Pinchot 1908
     National Resources Planning
    Board and the Interstate System




Early interstate plan, from “Toll Roads and Free
                                                   National System of Interstate Highways, Public
Roads,” National Resources Planning Board
                                                   Roads Administration, 1947
and Bureau of Public Roads, 1939



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        Energy
Water      Transportation



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                 Population Pressures
                   on Water Supply




Lake Lanier, Atlanta Reservoir   Lake Mead, Las Vegas Reservoir




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                   Climate Change and
                   Water Infrastructure




                                  STORM SURGE RISK
                                     HIGHEST
                                     HIGH
                                     MEDIUM
                                     LOW
                                     LOWEST



Storm Surge Risk in Houston, TX


                                                     Flooding in Iowa, Jun 2008
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                     Green Infrastructure




Cattle Dock Point Wetlands Restoration in Gulf
Cove, Florida: Flickr/Seamoor
                                                 Storm water management in Portland: Flickr/ La
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                                                 Citta Vita
Securing our Energy Future

         Efficiency
         Research &
           Development
         Steady market
            signals
         Transmission
         The Smart Grid




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                  Renewable Energy and
                     the Smart Grid




Source: The Economist, ABB
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        Planning at Every Scale

1. City planning
2. Regional planning
3. Megaregion-scale
   coordination
4. National
   Infrastructure Plan

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           Florida Megaregion

• 42 counties
• 2000 Population:
  14.6 million
• Pop density: 383
  persons/sq mile
• Growth by 2025:
  21.3 million/ 45%


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   Opportunities for Collaboration

• High-speed and
  regional rail
• Climate change
  policies
• Water resources and
  management
• Land use and growth
  strategies

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www.America2050.org




    www.rpa.org
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