Who is MAPA? The Metropolitan Area Planning Agency
The Omaha-Council Bluffs Metropolitan Area Planning Agency (MAPA) is the designated metropolitan transportation planning organization for the Omaha-Council Bluffs metro area, as well as a voluntary council of governments. The MAPA region includes the communities of Douglas, Sarpy, and Washington Counties in Nebraska; and Pottawattamie and Mills Counties in Iowa.
Since its founding in 1967, MAPA has served the region in three key ways:
- Managing disbursement of Federal transportation funds to local jurisdictions through the regional Transportation Improvement Program;
- Conducting long-range, fiscally responsible transportation planning to ensure that Federal investments result in an efficient and integrated regional transportation system;
- Providing administrative and technical support to local governments on community and economic development projects, land use policy, and public finance
These roles position MAPA to empower the metro’s jurisdictions to work together on finding solutions to challenges that cross political boundaries, and capitalizing on opportunities that elevate the region as a whole.
For more information about MAPA and its other activities, please visit www.mapacog.org.
Who is involved?
Since air quality is a regional asset, and threats to it a regional concern, MAPA is a natural leader for local outreach and engagement efforts on reducing air pollution. In 2010 MAPA convened a group of stakeholders, including state and local governments, businesses, and environmental advocates, to tackle the issue of ozone. One of the main recommendations of this group was to design a public information campaign that encourages behavioral change and emphasizes the importance of prompt action from the public on low air quality days.
Following up on this recommendation, MAPA formalized a partnership with the City of Omaha and Douglas County Health Department and a framework for communicating ozone action and awareness to the public, influenced by the idea that little steps can have a big impact on our air quality.