The Greater Bloomington Chamber of Commerce is convening community leaders on Friday, November 1 to develop an action plan for strengthening the Bloomington/Monroe County transportation system.
“A healthy transit system is crucial in so many ways,” said Erin Predmore, Chamber President and CEO. “It’s an important economic development asset as well as a need for our most vulnerable residents. Public transit also impacts our ability to address the community’s affordable housing crisis. The Chamber is committed to building a stronger system for all.”
This action-oriented event will begin with a panel discussion to give context to the transit system’s current status, to outline challenges and opportunities, and to offer a vision for the future.
Panelists include Lew May, general manager of Bloomington Transit; Chris Myers, CEO of Area 10 Agency on Aging/Rural Transit; Monroe County Councilmember Geoff McKim; Alex Crowley, director of the City of Bloomington’s Department of Economic & Sustainable Development; and Kent McDaniel, retired IU transportation liaison and current BT board member.
In addition to a panel discussion, the event will include “strategic doing” breakouts focused on legislative issues (local and state), funding resources, alternative transportation options, and making an economic development case statement for public transit.
The event is open to the public and will take place at the Bloomington City Hall, 401 N. Morton. There is no charge to attend, but registration is requested. Doors open at 7:45 a.m. with the program running from 8:15 a.m. until noon.
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