The Heartland Regional Transportation Planning Organization (HRTPO) serving DeSoto, Glades, Hardee, Hendry, Highlands and Okeechobee Counties invites those that live or work in the Glades County and are interested in transportation planning to submit an application for the Citizens Advisory Committee (CAC). The application is available www.heartlandregionaltpo.org or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org. Applicants will be reviewed by local governments and appointed by the HRTPO Board.
“The committee provides recommendations on transportation planning and weigh in on the issues that affect their community,” stated committee Chair Mark Morton, director of strategic real estate and business development at US Sugar. “As a new organization that includes six counties, this committee is critical in identifying the transportation needs of the public and opportunities to meet those needs.”
The CAC meets at least quarterly at a convenient location to be determined by the members. The committee operates under the Sunshine Act and all meetings are open to the public. Members are not required to file a disclosure of financial interest.
The HRTPO seeks a membership that is representational of the area and fosters engagement of traditionally underserved communities. The guidelines outlined in the Public Participation Plan, which can be found at www.heartlandregionaltpo.org, calls for the committee to have two representatives from each member county, and one member each from the cities of Sebring and Avon Park to total 14 members.
Representatives from the following interest areas are encouraged:
- Agriculture Industry
- Chambers of Commerce and Small Business
- Economic Development
- Education including K-12 and Post-Secondary
- Individuals with Disabilities
- Limited English Proficiency Populations
- Migrant Populations
- Minority Populations
- Socio-Economic Disadvantaged
- Senior Citizen Populations
- Transportation Disadvantaged
- Workforce Development
Designated on November 17, 2014 by Governor Rick Scott of Florida, the HRTPO will assist in preparing the region for increasing urbanization and infrastructure investment through the continuing development of a twenty-year Long Range Transportation Plan and a five-year Transportation Improvement Program among other transportation planning activities.
For more information, contact Marybeth Soderstrom, Community Engagement Manager by email email@example.com, mail to 555 East Church Street, Bartow, FL 33830, or call (863) 534-7130 x 134.