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Transportation and the clean energy economy is the topic of Glenwood Springs panel discussion on Wednesday

Glenwood Springs, CO Colorado

GLENWOOD SPRINGS, Colorado ” A town hall-style meeting Wednesday afternoon will gather several local and regional officials to talk about the future of America’s transportation system as it relates to the clean energy economy.

The event will take place from 3:30-5 p.m. on Wednesday, April 15, at Glenwood Springs City Hall, 101 W. Eighth St. It is co-sponsored by Clean Energy Economy for the Region, Transportation for America, the Roaring Fork Transportation Authority (RFTA), the Garfield New Energy Communities Initiative, Colorado Association of Transit Agencies, the I-70 Coalition, the Glenwood Springs Chamber Resort Association and the city of Glenwood Springs.

Panelists will include: Richard Baca, regional director for U.S. Rep. John Salazar (D-Colo.); Dan Blankenship, executive director of RFTA and president of the Colorado Association of Transit Agencies; James Corless, director of Transportation for America; Tresi Houpt, Garfield County commissioner and I-70 Coalition board member; and Marianne Virgili, president and CEO of the Glenwood Springs Chamber Resort Association.

Glenwood Springs Mayor Bruce Christensen will be the panel moderator.

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The discussion is designed to “give residents the chance to learn about transportation and the clean energy economy, and provide input to help shape the next federal transportation bill,” according to a press release from the organizers.

Every six years, Congress sets the country’s transportation and infrastructure priorities and allocates billions of dollars for projects. The current federal transportation bill expires in 2009, and Congress will develop a new bill for the 2010-15 period.

Transportation for America is a coalition of more than 250 organizations working to promote a new national transportation policy as part of that planning effort.

Public input at the meeting will be recorded and included in a document that will be used as part of the reauthorization effort.

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