By Digital First Media Staff
NORRISTOWN >> Montgomery County commissioners’ Vice Chairwoman Val Arkoosh has been elected chairwoman of the board of the Delaware Valley Regional Planning Commission, county officials announced Friday.
Arkoosh has served as secretary of the board of DVRPC since July 2015, according to a county press release. She is also serves on the board of directors of the Greater Valley Forge Transportation Management Association.
“I am honored to serve as Chair of the DVRPC because I am committed to DVRPC’s mission of making a great region even greater,” Arkoosh said in the release. “DVRPC is a model for how regional collaboration can work to prioritize resources that result in better transportation, protect the environment, and enhance the economy.”
A longtime resident of Montgomery County and a nationally recognized public health policy expert, Arkoosh has been engaged in public health policy development across all levels of government. Before becoming a county commissioner, she served for five years as chairwoman of anesthesiology at the Drexel University College of Medicine, where she drew upon her undergraduate training in economics to restore her department to fiscal solvency following the Allegheny University bankruptcy.
Arkoosh is a graduate of the University of Nebraska College of Medicine and has a master’s degree in public health from Johns Hopkins’ Bloomberg School of Public Health. She performed her residency at Jefferson Medical College in Anesthesiology with a special focus on Obstetrics. She has an undergraduate degree in economics from Northwestern University.
She lives in Springfield Township with her husband, Jeff Harbison, and their three children.
The DVRPC board is an 18-member body having the authority and responsibility to make decisions affecting the entire organization as well as the nine-county region. In its capacity as the metropolitan planning organization for the region, the board establishes regional transportation policies, determines allocation of available transportation funds, and prioritizes transportation projects for the region. In addition to transportation planning for highways, transit, airports, and freight, the agency develops plans and policies for other regional physical planning elements such as land use, air quality, housing, water supply, and water quality.
DVRPC serves a diverse region of nine counties: Bucks, Chester, Delaware, Montgomery, and Philadelphia in Pennsylvania; and Burlington, Camden, Gloucester, and Mercer in New Jersey.