On November 9th CMPDD announced the availability of million in Federal Transportation Alternatives (TA) program funds for transportation improvements in the metropolitan area which includes portions of Hinds, Madison, and Rankin Counties.
Project applications for TA funding must be received by the CMPDD by January 27, 2023. Once received, the applications will be reviewed and graded based upon the project evaluation criteria approved by the MPO Policy Committee. The MPO anticipates announcing funding awards for the projects ranked the highest during the application evaluation process in May 2023.
Local jurisdictions with applications selected for funding can receive up to 80% in Federal TA funding for construction and construction engineering costs for a proposed project. Local jurisdictions are required to provide a minimum 20% in local matching funds.
The MPO’s last call for TA applications took place in February of this year and resulted in four (4) projects receiving .6 million in TA funding. For more information about the Jackson MPO or the call for projects please visit www.cmpdd.org.
In August, the Jackson Metropolitan Planning Organization (MPO) approved the 2023-2024 Unified Planning Work Program (UPWP) and the 2023-2026 Transportation Improvement
The TIP is a multi-year listing of transportation projects within the Jackson Metropolitan Area with a commitment of funding from a combination of federal, state, and/or local sources. The TIP serves as a short-term planning document that lists approximately four (4) years of federally funded or regionally significant transportation projects designed to carry out the recommendations of the region’s long-range Metropolitan Transportation Plan. The projects include various capital and operating needs of the region including reconstruction; maintenance and operation of major highways, arterials, collectors, and intersections; maintenance of public transit services, and construction of bicycle and pedestrian improvements.
All projects that have received a commitment of federal transportation funds, along with non-federally funded projects that are regionally significant, are included in the TIP. The TIP lists all project phases and the anticipated implementation schedule for those phases for each included project. Project phases can include preliminary engineering, design, environmental review, right-of-way acquisition, and construction. The TIP is required to be realistic in terms of available funding. Meaning the projected amount of expenditures does not exceed the projected amount of revenue each year. The 2023-2026 Jackson Urbanized Area TIP covers the timeframe of October 1, 2022, to September 30, 2026. By federal law, the TIP is required to be updated at least every four (4) years, but the Jackson MPO typically updates its TIP every two (2) years. The TIP document as well as an interactive TIP map is available for review on CMPDD’s website, http://cmpdd.org/transportation-improvement-program-tip/.
The Unified Planning Work Program (UPWP) describes all transportation planning activities to be performed by the CMPDD as the designated MPO and JTRAN as the designated public transit provider during fiscal years 2023 and 2024 (October 1, 2022, through September 30, 2024). It includes a listing of major activities and tasks anticipated to be performed including details on who will complete the work, the schedule for completing the work, the resulting planning products, and a summary of the proposed funding sources. The 2023-2024 UPWP contains four (4) major program areas with associated subtasks for each including:
- Transportation Planning Process Program Administration
- System Planning
- Data Collection and Analysis
- Support Activities
The workforce division partnered with Nissan North America in Canton to offer a summer internship to current Community College students. This internship is designed to help students still enrolled in school gain experience in their area of study before taking the final steps into full-time employment. Additionally, this work experience offered students an opportunity to implement the technical skills that they were learning in their classroom instruction.
Seven (7) students from Hinds Community College, Holmes Community College, and Copiah-Lincoln Community College successfully completed the 320-hour paid internship program at the Canton plant. Internship wages were paid through the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA).
All students who completed the internship will return to their respective Colleges to complete their degrees. Nissan has expressed interest in offering the interns full-time employment upon graduation.
Two (2) of the seven (7) interns came to the Southcentral MS Works Workforce Board Meeting to share their experiences. At the board meeting, Malcolm Bouldin said, “My experience at Nissan was a 10 out of 10. My goal was to further my knowledge and get my foot in the door of a company like Nissan and this experience gave me that opportunity”. Shannon Dunaway stated, “My goal was to learn as much as I could during the internship to help me during my final year at Co-Lin Community College. I accomplished this goal and built relationships with people who may give me the opportunity to work for them in a position that will help me to better provide for my future family”.