Economic Connectivity Profiles

Identification of transportation needs will be informed by regional economic connectivity profiles. This is also to ensure that localities and regional entities are able to provide meaningful input. As part of this work, we will focus on traded industries that provide goods and services beyond the local market (export industries) and thereby serve as engines of economic growth.

Economic Connectivity Profiles

Identification of transportation needs will be informed by regional economic connectivity profiles. This is also to ensure that localities and regional entities are able to provide meaningful input. As part of this work, we will focus on traded industries that provide goods and services beyond the local market (export industries) and thereby serve as engines of economic growth.

The profiles will address traditionally goods-oriented sectors and knowledge-based sectors, and consider trends towards knowledge-intensive activities across all sectors. These profiles will also include:

  • Characterize the role of connectivity and transportation infrastructure in each regional economy,
  • Describe the connectivity of the region's transportation system in terms of facilitating access to domestic and international customer markets, suppliers, labor force, and key intermodal facilities.
  • Consider how broadband access serves regions as a mode of transportation and as a determinant of connectivity.
  • Quantify the current role of freight flows, air service, and rail and passenger bus service in supporting business activity-based on available
  • Develop a method to benchmark connectivity conditions of each region against peer regions within or outside the Commonwealth, to understand the influence of market access factors alongside other economic development factors such as non-transportation infrastructure (development ready sites) and workforce characteristics.
  • Derive key input from the economic development community, business interviews, and national research to provide additional recommendations related to non-transportation infrastructure and policies that work alongside transportation access to support economic development

We will be working with Metropolitan Planning Organizations (MPOs) and Planning District Commissions (PDCs) in 2020.