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October 16, 2008: Commissioner Gold appointed to Broward Metropolitan Planning Organization Board

On October 7, Commissioner Roy Gold was unanimously appointed by the City Commission to serve as City representative on the Metropolitan Planning Organization Board. The MPO is a federally mandated planning body responsible for transportation planning in Broward County.

Commissioner Gold will be replacing Commissioner Ted Mena, who has served on the MPO since April 2006 during his term as City Commissioner. Gold’s term for the MPO will begin in November.

“Working in the MPO will allow me a greater role in reviewing, studying and having input on critical regional transportation issues,” Commissioner Gold said. “This is an opportunity the Commission has given me that I look forward to. I am excited to be a part of this significant County board.”

About the MPO
Established in 1977 by the Florida Legislature, the MPO was created to direct urban transportation planning and the expenditure of federal and state funds.  It is the lead agency responsible for developing and administering plans and programs to maintain eligibility and receive federal funds for the transportation systems in Broward County.

The 19 members of the MPO include representatives from cities within the county, the South Florida Regional Transportation Authority (SFRTA), the Broward County School Board, and the Broward County Board of County Commissioners.  For each of the five MPO districts, the municipality with the largest population appoints an elected official to serve as the district representative, and the municipality with the second largest population is the alternate.  Because of the population size, some districts have two MPO representatives.

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