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2016 APBP Board of Directors Candidate Statement

Mitch Barloga, AICP
Transportation Planning Manager, Northwestern Indiana Regional Planning Commission

I have served as the Transportation Planning Manager and Active Transportation Planner for the Northwestern Indiana Regional Planning Commission (NIRPC) since October of 2003. I currently manage the agency’s planning and programming of nonmotorized projects for federal funding in a three-county region of nearly one million residents southeast of Chicago. During my tenure I have helped program over $30 million for trail development in NWI region and introduced a Complete Streets Policy, which was approved by the NIRPC Board in 2010.

In addition to NIRPC, I also serve on the Board of Directors for the Greenways Foundation of Indiana, a statewide not-for-profit which serves to expand and maintain the state’s trail network. I am also the Northern Indiana Representative for the American Discovery Trail Society, and a member of the American Institute of Certified Planners (AICP). I hold a Bachelor’s degree from Purdue University in Landscape Architecture, and a Master's of Urban Planning and Policy from the University of Illinois at Chicago.

What I would bring to Board
As a member of the Board, I would help bring a perspective from the Metropolitan Planning Organization (MPO) sector.  MPOs have the unique ability to work across a wide variety of entities, both public and private, and I would bring this experience into the Board dialogue. I have enjoyed success in working with municipalities on expanding their bicycle and pedestrian networks, developing local non-motorized plans, and embracing Complete Streets and Safe Routes to School policies.  

My vision for APBP
As a member of APBP since 2010, I have been impressed with the work and outreach of the Association.  I have had the pleasure of attending three Pro Walk Pro Bike Pro Place conferences, as well as a Professional Development Seminar.  Through these interactions I have become familiar with the overall vision of APBP, and desire to help champion the organization’s various causes, and to add value and gain knowledge where I can working alongside my esteemed peers.

My main vision for APBP would be to work with MPOs on how they can develop plans that advocate policies that advance nonmotorized infrastructure improvements on the local levels.  I have enjoyed success working with local officials and their staffs on such matters, and would like to help replicate this progress nationwide.  MPO’s represent a tremendous opportunity in advancing the APBP vision.

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