Workforce Innovation in Regional Economic Development (WIRED) Study
The South Western Regional Planning Agency (SWRPA) and Westchester County Department of Planning (WCDP) have completed an effort to analyze existing barriers to regional mobility and to determine their negative economic consequences. The primary goal of this study is to measure levels of congestion on existing roadways. The secondary goal is to identify hot spots and disconnected residential areas.
This analysis, as well as the employment centers and housing market analyses performed by AKRF, has been funded by the United States Department of Labor Employment and Training Administration's Workforce Innovation in Regional Economic Development (WIRED) initiative. Given the complementary nature of these studies, Urbanomics and AKRF shared data as needed to ensure common frames of reference and expedite the performance of our respective tasks.
Focusing on the transportation corridors of I-287, I-95, the Hutchinson River Parkway and the Merritt Parkway, the Study Area is unique in that it reflects a bi-state focus on analyzing land use and mobility improvements in an integrated manner.
This study works to identify the most effective locations for attainable housing within a study area comprised of Westchester County, New York and the eight Connecticut towns that constitute the SWRPA Region, i.e., Greenwich, Stamford, Darien, New Canaan, Norwalk, Wilton, Weston, and Westport. Within this study area, the analysis focuses on "employment centers," which are defined as groupings of zip codes (in Westchester County) and Census tracts (in the SWRPA Region) that contain a substantial number of businesses and workers.
Dr. Floyd Lapp, FAICP,Executive Director
email: Lapp@swrpa.orgPhone: (203) 316-5190Fax: (203) 316-4995
South Western Regional Planning Agency888 Washington Blvd., 3rd FloorStamford, CT 06901