Message from the Fiscal Year 2022 Board Chair
Though the challenges brought on by the COVID-19 pandemic are not yet behind us, Fiscal Year (FY) 2022 was marked by many positive steps forward as the nation and the region focused on recovery. Most notably, the Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act (IIJA), signed into law in November 2021, is bringing new opportunities to the region. The funding available through the IIJA is both accelerating the timeline of existing transportation projects and bringing many new projects to our region.
In FY 2022, DVRPC was designated an Economic Development District (EDD) by the Economic Development Administration (EDA) of the U.S. Department of Commerce. This designation means DVRPC now serves as the liaison between the EDA and our member counties and constituent communities, working to promote regional cooperation and job growth.
All of this work is in support of our latest Long-Range Plan, Connections 2050, which was adopted by the Board in September 2021. The Plan envisions an equitable, resilient, and sustainable Greater Philadelphia that preserves and restores the natural environment; develops inclusive, healthy, and walkable communities; maintains a safe, multimodal transportation network that serves everyone; and grows an innovative and connected economy with broadly shared prosperity.
FY 2022 also marked my final year serving on the DVRPC Board. The past 15 years have proven to be a great experience of cross-county and bi-state collaboration to work toward our goal of a prosperous, innovative, equitable, resilient, and sustainable region. I leave knowing that DVRPC is in good hands and will continue to leverage the opportunities that come to the region for the benefit of all who call this home.
Louis Cappelli, Jr. Camden County Commissioner