Isothermal Rural Planning Organization (RPO) was established 15 years ago with the signing of a Memorandum of Understanding between the three counties (McDowell, Polk and Rutherford) and NCDOT because the State recognized the need for a more coordinated transportation planning process in rural North Carolina areas that were not included in a MPO, in 2000.
The four primary duties of the RPO are:
- To develop, in cooperation with NCDOT, local, long-range and regional multimodal transportation plans
- To provide a forum for public transportation in the planning process
- To develop and prioritize projects for possible inclusion in the State’s Transportation Improvement Program (STIP)
- To provide transportation-related information to local governments, other interested organizations and the public
The RPO has two committees: the Technical Coordinating Committee or TCC which has local government staff as its members. The other committee is the Transportation Advisory Committee (TAC) which includes local elected officials and serves as the decision-making body.
Isothermal RPO, as part of its celebration honored two of its members who have served since the RPO’s inception on February 20, 2002. Bob Boyette (pictured to the left), the Manager for the City of Marion, has served on the TCC for 15 years and is currently the Chair.
Lloyd Cuthbertson (pictured right along with the RPO Director, Karyl Fuller), has served the City of Marion since 1993. He has also been on the TAC since the beginning and was just re-elected as its Chair.
Isothermal RPO presented both with a small token of appreciation and thanked them and the rest of the membership for their service to the Isothermal Region!