DVRPC News: Special Issue

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Celebrating Excellence

Dignitaries, public and private sector leaders, and representatives of local, state, and federal government gathered on May 20th to mark DVRPC's 9th Annual Celebration of Regional Excellence, held at the Four Seasons Hotel in Philadelphia.

Lauding the extraordinary contributions to the region of our five honorees, DVRPC Board members presented the awards and provided a perspective of the hard work and dedication exhibited by each individual and organization.

The Honorable Michael Nutter, Mayor of Philadelphia, joined in the applause, citing the years Joseph Manko, the Regional Leader of the Year, and he had spent in promoting a regional perspective. Mayor Nutter also noted DVRPC's role in moving the Delaware Valley toward a vital and economically stable future.

This Year's Regional Excellence Awardees were:

Regional Leader of the Year: Joseph M. Manko, Esq.
Presented By: The Honorable Michael Nutter Mayor, City of Philadelphia

Regional Transportation Program of the Year: The Port Authority Transit Corporation (PATCO)
Presented By: The Honorable Louis J. Cappelli Jr., Esq. Freeholder Director, Camden County Board of Chosen Freeholders and DVRPC Board Chair
Accepted By: John H. Estey, DRPA Board Chair Jeffrey Nash, DRPA Board Vice Chair John Matheussen, CEO, Delaware River Port Authority Robert Box, General Manager, PATCO

Regional Environmental Program of the Year: The Keep It Green Coalition of New Jersey
Presented By: The Honorable Guiseppe (Joe) Chila Freeholder, Gloucester County Board of Chosen Freeholders
Accepted By: Tom Gilbert, Chair, The Keep It Green Coalition of New Jersey and Director, Regional Conservation Services, Trust for Public Land Kelly Mooij, Campaign Coordinator, The Keep It Green Coalition of New Jersey, and Director, Government Relations, Conservation Department, New Jersey Audubon Society

Regional Economic Development Program of the Year: Montgomery County's Economic Development Initiative
Presented By: The Honorable Carol Aichele Commissioner, Chester County
Accepted By: Joseph M. Hoeffel, Commissioner, Montgomery County Kenneth Klothen, Director, Economic Development, Montgomery County

Regional Land Use Project of the Year: The Piazza at Schmidts
Presented By: Joanne R. Denworth Pennsylvania Governor's Policy Office
Accepted By: Bart Blatstein, President, Tower Investments Inc.

FY2010 Transportation Community Development Initiative Grants

In Fiscal Year 2010, DVRPC awarded over $1.6 million to 28 municipalities in Pennsylvania and New Jersey through the Transportation and Community Development Initiative (TCDI) Program. In New Jersey, 16 municipalities received a total of $1,000,000, and in Pennsylvania, 12 municipalities received $620,000.

The TCDI program targets transportation investments in a sustainable way. Federal transportation funds are used to provide grants to local governments to create plans that link transportation improvements with land use strategies, enhance established communities, and build upon existing assets. The adoption of the TCDI program set in motion the ideology of coordinating regional transportation planning with local land use planning and decisionmaking.

TCDI creates more livable neighborhoods in the region's core cities and disadvantaged communities. Since 2002, DVRPC has provided almost $10 million in over 100 grants to communities across Greater Philadelphia. Perhaps most importantly, these grants have leveraged hundreds of millions of dollars in additional public and private investment to support the revitalization of these communities.

New Jersey

Burlington County ($228,400)

Bordentown Township
Light Rail Station - $75,000
Pemberton Township
Browns Mill Form-Based Code - $28,400
Moorestown Township
Parking Plan - $50,000
Mt. Holly Township
Redevelopment Market and Feasibility Analysis - $75,000

Camden County ($223,000)

City of Camden
Economic Development Strategy - $48,000
Camden County Improvement Authority
Broadway District Overlay - $40,000
Merchantville / Pennsauken,
West Maple Neighborhood Revitalization - $60,000
Haddon Heights Borough
Form-Based Code - $75,000

Gloucester County ($318,600)

Gloucester County
South Jersey Transit Expansion Vision Plan - $100,000
Glassboro Borough
Public Space Destinations - $50,000
Pitman Borough
Downtown Revitalization Plan - $75,000
City of Woodbury
Neighborhood Conservation Plan - $70,000
Wenonah Borough
Traffic Circulation and Parking Management - $23,600

Mercer County ($230,000)

City of Trenton
Fostering TOD - $75,000
Lawrence Township
Brunswick Pike Redevelopment Area - $55,000
East Windsor Township
Route 33 Revitalization - $100,000


Bucks County ($100,000)

Bensalem Township
East Coast Greenway/Master Plan - $60,000
New Hope Borough (Landmark Towns of Bucks County)
Bicycle Strategy - $40,000

Chester County ($68,000)

Caln Township (Coatesville Area School District)
Economic Development Study - $60,000
Phoenixville Borough
Wayfinding Study - $8,000

Delaware County ($100,000)

Marcus Hook Borough
Transit Revitalization Investment District - $50,000
Millbourne Borough
Station Area TOD Planning - $50,000

Montgomery County ($170,000)

Norristown Borough
Intermodal Connections - $45,000
Pottstown Borough
High Street Corridor - $65,000
Upper Moreland Township
Willow Grove Train Station Feasibility Study - $60,000

Philadelphia ($182,000)

City of Philadelphia
Pedestrian and Bicycle Plan for West / Southwest Philadelphia - $62,000
City of Philadelphia
Complete Streets Handbook - $60,000
City of Philadelphia
Urban Design / Physical Planning Services - $60,000

Special thanks to the 2010 sponsors for making this year's Celebration of Regional Excellence possible.


  • Delaware River Port Authority


  • McCormick Taylor
  • Urban Engineers, Inc.


  • Advanced Audio Visual
  • American Equity Properties
  • Aqua Pennsylvania, Inc.
  • Boardman Hamilton Company
  • CSX
  • eXude Benefits Group
  • Greater Philadelphia Chamber of Commerce
  • Greater Philadelphia Tourism Marketing Corporation
  • Jane and Leonard Korman Family
  • Manko, Gold, Katcher & Fox, LLP
  • Michael Baker Jr., Inc.
  • Paragraph
  • Pennoni Associates
  • Pennsylvania Housing Finance Agency
  • Pennsylvania Real Estate Investment Trust (PREIT)
  • Philadelphia Regional Port Authority
  • Temple University Ambler


  • Accor Services USA
  • American College of Physicians
  • BAE Systems ADR
  • Johnson, Mirmiran & Thompson
  • McMahon Associates, Inc.
  • Portfolio Associates, Inc.
  • Raymond Coleman Heinold, LLP
  • SMS Rail Services
  • The Redvelopment Authority of Bucks County
  • Traffic Club of Philadelphia
  • Urban Land Institute
  • Wallace, Roberts & Todd, LLC

Special Contributor

  • Judy Munroe