Anderson County Mayor Terry Frank is serving as chairwoman of the Knoxville Regional Transportation Planning Organization board.
Knox County Mayor Glenn Jacobs is the board’s vice chairman.
The Knoxville Regional TPO provides transportation planning in Knox County and the urbanized areas of Anderson, Blount, Loudon, and Sevier counties, a news release stated.
“It is an honor and privilege to work with a great group of local leaders who are so committed to working together to develop regional transportation plans and programs,” Frank said in the release.
“Our region is filled with talented people with a close-knit spirit of collaboration. We have wonderful assets — from a National Park, to a National Lab to a major Research Facility, numerous four-year colleges, community colleges and Tennessee Colleges of Applied Technology. Our friendly business environment, cost of living, and recreational assets make our region an ideal place to live, work and play. And because our region is centrally located within a day’s drive of 70% of the U.S. markets, the importance of transportation and regional cooperation cannot be understated,” she said.
The TPO Executive Board facilitates eligible projects and provides insight into plans for area road projects.
In addition to Frank and Jacobs, the TPO Executive Board members are elected officials from the cities of Alcoa, Clinton, Knoxville, Lenoir City, Loudon, Maryville and Oak Ridge, the town of Farragut, and Anderson, Blount, Knox, Loudon and Sevier counties, as well as representatives of the East Tennessee Development District, the State of Tennessee and a representative from the public transit community.
Prior to being named chairwoman of the TPO Board, Frank served two years as vice chairwoman.