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Many local and regional planning agencies are familiar with the concept of megaregions—networks of metropolitan areas that share economic, environmental, and cultural features, as well as infrastructure and geographic connections—but few have acknowledged the concept’s importance in their long-range plans. This is true even though many of the issues and challenges planners address—including those related to transportation, the economy, and environmental quality—both affect and are affected by megaregional-scale forces and trends.

This webinar will introduce APA’s FHWA-funded work on megaregions, discuss the importance of the megaregion as a planning concept and opportunities it presents to address issues and challenges that span jurisdictional boundaries. The webinar will also present case study examples of planning efforts that address interregional and megaregional considerations from the San Diego Association of Governments’ (SANDAG) San Diego Forward: The Regional Plan and the Southeast Florida Regional Transportation Plan, a multi-MPO planning effort.

David Fields, AICP, Principal, NelsonNygaard

Elisa Arias, Principal Planner for Long Range Transportation and Binational Planning, SANDAG

Nick Uhren, Executive Director, Palm Beach MPO