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Manatee County Commissioner Vanessa Baugh Named Chair of Statewide Transportation Planning Council

MANATEE COUNTY, FL (February 3, 2023) – Manatee County Commissioner Vanessa Baugh has been elected by her peers as the new chairwoman of the Florida Metropolitan Planning Organization Advisory Council (MPOAC). 

The MPOAC is a statewide transportation planning and policy organization created by the Florida Legislature to augment the role of individual Metropolitan Planning Organizations (MPO) in the cooperative transportation planning process. The MPOAC assists MPOs in carrying out the urbanized area transportation planning process by serving as the principal forum for collective policy discussion.

Manatee County Commissioner, Vanessa Baugh

“It is an honor to take on the chairwoman position,” said Commissioner Baugh, who has been a member of MPOAC for the last five years and vice chair for the last three years. “I look forward to leading the council in a forward direction with its future endeavors.”

The organization is made up of a 27-member Governing Board, consisting of local elected officials from each of the MPOs and a Staff Directors’ Advisory Committee, consisting of the staff directors from each of the MPOs. The MPOAC actively participates in the activities of the national Association of MPOs (AMPO) and the National Association of Regional Councils (NARC) in Washington, DC, and works with other stakeholder groups to help shape state and national policy regarding metropolitan transportation issues. Commissioner Baugh was appointed at the MPOAC meeting held on January 31, 2023.

For additional information, please contact Dana Summers, Aide to Commissioner Baugh, at dana.summers@mymanatee.org or (941) 745-3708.

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