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Wednesday, December 22, 2010

Idaho Gains Citizens In Census Count

Coeur d'Alene's population just went up. As did all of Idaho's. Well not really 'just' went up- the census numbers have just been released that show that population has increased by 21.1% in the state since April of 2000.
Actually, many signs across the state will.

So what does that mean for transportation? Based on new population numbers, Kootenai and Spokane counties could become a combined Metropolitan Statistical Area. That means there's the possibility that our regional Planning organizations, SRTC and KMPO, could be combined into one agency, although that's not likely.

Our Transportation Planner Ryan Stewart is quoted in this article about the census results.

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Kootenai Metropolitan Planning Organization (KMPO) is the Metropolitan Planning Organization for Kootenai County, Idaho. Federal law requires urbanized areas with populations exceeding 50,000 people to have an MPO. KMPO was formed in 2003, to provide coordinated transportation planning within Kootenai county for the public, cities, small towns, the county, the state, transit providers, and the Coeur d'Alene tribe.

KMPO's Board of Directors oversees KMPO for Kootenai County, ID. KMPO's Executive Director and Staff are responsible for day-to-day operational and administrative needs.