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    March 07, 2018
    Defense Manufacturing Assistance Program Seeks to Improve Public Transportation
    Options for Madison, Indiana

    Madison, Ind. – The Defense Manufacturing Assistance Program (DMAP) is awarding a $25,000
    contract to the City of Madison, Indiana to undertake a public transit study. It seeks to identify
    the public’s demand for a fixed route bus system and ridesharing services (such as Uber or Lyft)
    in City and Jefferson County. The Envision Jefferson County team cited transportation as a
    barrier to employment, access to health care and educational opportunities. A survey was
    developed to examine whether buses, on-demand ridesharing or a combination may play a role in
    the future Madison, Indiana and the surrounding area.

    “Madison, Indiana is interested in finding out whether there is a public demand for public transit
    which could help build a stronger economy and provide another transportation link between
    downtown Madison and the hilltop.” said Andrew Forrester, Community Relations Director for
    the City of Madison. “We can do this by identifying the demand for transit services, along with
    its gaps and disconnects among members of the community.”

    The City of Madison, in conjunction with the Purdue Center for Regional Development, North
    Central Indiana Regional Planning Council (NCIRPC), hopes that members of the public
    participate in an online survey which will determine the most popular routes and whether there is
    a willingness to pay for the additional transportation services.

    The transportation study, led by the Purdue Center for Regional Development (PCRD) and
    supported by Purdue University’s Civil Engineering and Agricultural Economics departments
    will gauge the public’s interest in six transportation scenarios. The survey may be accessed by
    typing: https://purdue.ca1.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_732RRDzvmIOnz4V

    About the Defense Manufacturing Assistance Program (DMAP)

    Many communities today, particularly places where defense is a critical component of the
    regional economy, are experiencing economic shock resulting from downsizing of the nation’s
    military. The purpose of the Defense Manufacturing Assistance Program (DMAP) is to minimize
    the impact of lost jobs and disruption to firms and communities by exploring and implementing
    economic and workforce planning and revitalization efforts.

    To address this reality in Indiana, Purdue has joined forces with the University of Michigan’s
    Institute for Research on Labor, Employment, and the Economy, along with colleagues at The
    Ohio State University, to launch the Defense Manufacturing Assistance Program (DMAP). 
    Funding for this initiative was secured from the Office of Economic Adjustment/Department of

    Under the program, PCRD is working alongside the Purdue Manufacturing Extension
    Partnership (MEP) to provide critical services and resources to Indiana industries and
    communities/regions situated in areas most significantly impacted by defense contracting
    cutbacks. By fostering economic stabilization, growth and diversification, DMAP seeks to
    maintain and enhance manufacturing infrastructure and capacity in order to meet national
    security priorities across Michigan, Ohio and Indiana, a region that is vital to our nation’s
    defense and security system.

    The purpose of this particular Defense Manufacturing Assistance Program (DMAP) community
    project is to assist the City of Madison in analyzing opportunities that may exist for public