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New Technical Assistance portal offers wealth of resources for local governments

Technical Assistance portal

The Metropolitan Transportation Commission and Association of Bay Area Governments on Tuesday launched a new Technical Assistance portal at abag.ca.gov/technical-assistance. The website is a one-stop shop of programs that provide planning and technical support to make it easier for city and county agencies to access resources they need.

The Technical Assistance portal includes programs to help meet local and regional goals for greenhouse gas reduction, equity, affordability and resilience and is a searchable database that also can be filtered by topics such as housing, environment, land use, resilience and transportation.

Among the resources in the portal:

  • Calls for projects
  • Case studies
  • Data sets
  • Interactive tools
  • Model ordinances
  • Reports
  • Toolkits
  • Trainings

By compiling programs including Pavement Management Technical Assistance Program (P-TAP), StreetSaver®, Housing Technical Assistance and Bay Area Regional Energy Network (BayREN) into a single location, staff from Bay Area cities and counties can more quickly and easily access resources they need, as well as learn about other programs that may be useful to them. This regional collaboration helps local governments increase their efficiency, maximize savings of time and money, and ultimately, better serve residents and businesses in the Bay Area.

Organizations that have contributed materials to the Technical Assistance portal include:

  • Association of Bay Area Governments (ABAG)
  • Bay Area Regional Collaborative (BARC)
  • Bay Conservation and Development Commission (BCDC)
  • Metropolitan Transportation Commission (MTC)

The Technical Assistance database will be refreshed as new materials and programs become available.