The first, the Hampton Roads Metropolitan Planning Organization  (HRMPO) is the intergovernmental transportation planning body for thirteen jurisdictions in Hampton Roads. Federal regulations require that urbanized areas throughout the United States have a Metropolitan Planning Organization (MPO) to conduct a continuing, cooperative and comprehensive transportation planning process. Urbanized areas are defined as areas with a population of 200,000 or greater, known as Transportation Management Areas (TMA).
MPOs participate in a federal certification review of the transportation planning process for their TMAs every four years. MPOs must be certified in order to receive federal aid for transportation projects.

The transportation planning process must result "in plans and programs that consider all modes of transportation and support metropolitan community development and social goals.

These plans and programs shall lead to the development and operation of an integrated, intermodal transportation system that facilitates the efficient, economic movement of people and goods." (23CFR450.300 and 49CFR450.300)
Voting members of the Hampton Roads Metropolitan Planning Organization include representatives from the Cities of Chesapeake, Hampton, Newport News, Norfolk, Poquoson, Portsmouth, Suffolk, Virginia Beach, and Williamsburg, and the Counties of Gloucester, Isle of Wight, James City, and York, as well as the Transportation District Commission of Hampton Roads, Williamsburg Area Transit Authority (WATA), the Virginia Department of Transportation (VDOT) and the Hampton Roads Planning District Commission.

Representatives from the Federal Highway Administration, Federal Transit Administration, and Federal Aviation Administration are non-voting members.  This has changed and is scheduled to change again.  More on this later.
The next organization is the Hampton Roads Planning District Commission. Hampton Roads Planning District Commission (HRPDC), one of 21 Planning District Commissions in the Commonwealth of Virginia, is a regional organization representing this area's sixteen local governments. Planning District Commissions are voluntary associations and were created in 1969 pursuant to the Virginia Area Development Act and a regionally executed Charter Agreement.

The HRPDC was formed in 1990 by the merger of the Southeastern Virginia Planning District Commission and the Peninsula Planning District Commission.
The purpose of planning district commissions, as set out in the  is …to encourage and facilitate local government cooperation and state-local cooperation in addressing on a regional basis problems of greater than local significance.
The HRPDC mission is to: serve as a forum for local and elected officials and chief administrators to deliberate and decide issues of regional importance;  provide the local governments and citizens of Hampton Roads credible and timely planning, research and analysis on matters of mutual concern; and provide leadership and offer strategies and support services to other public and private, local and regional agencies, in their efforts to improve the region's quality of life.
The HRPDC serves as a resource of technical expertise to its member local governments. It provides assistance on local and regional issues pertaining to , , , and .

The HRPDC staff also serves as the support staff for the Hampton Roads Metropolitan Planning Organization, which is responsible for transportation planning and decision-making in the region.

As a Virginia Planning District, the HRPDC is also the Affiliate Data Center for our region, providing economic, environmental, transportation, census, and other relevant information to businesses, organizations and citizens.
The HRPDC represents over 1.6 million people and includes 16 jurisdictions: the Cities of Chesapeake, Franklin, Hampton, Newport News, Norfolk, Poquoson, Portsmouth, Suffolk, Virginia Beach, and Williamsburg, and the Counties of Gloucester, Isle of Wight, James City, Southampton, Surry, and York
So, what ran-a-muck?  Stay tuned for the next in a series!

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