Why a Place-Based Investment Approach? Derek Douglas Explains.

Derek Douglas, Special Assistant to the President on Urban Policy, discusses why the Obama Administration has adopted a regional, place-based approach to community investment in his latest White House blog entry. In short, it’s about viewing neighborhoods as important, unique places within a broader regional system. And it’s about appreciating the fact that, for example, … Continued

Building Livable Communities Forum Announced for 9/22

On September 22, 2010, Partners For Livable Communities and the Smithsonian’s Hirshhorn Museum are hosting a forum to create a common framework that will allow federal and Congressional leaders and staff to most effectively coordinate to advance livability values. Emphasizing quality of life issues such as arts and culture, local institutions and good design, this forum … Continued

Webinar: Incorporate Livability into Transportation Plans

While livability is one of USDOT’s main objectives, state and local governments are often the ones who translate this objective into on-the-ground community improvements. ICF International is here to help with a webinar on July 14 from 12pm-1pm EDT to address: How to implement a multimodal corridor strategy What livability means in small towns and … Continued

WH Chat on Energy & Climate Change Legislation on 6/29

On Tuesday, the White House will be answering questions on federal energy and climate change legislation, an issue with direct relevance for state and local sustainability. All are invited to participate online. From The White House Blog: On Tuesday, President Obama will meet with a bipartisan group of Senators to discuss the need for comprehensive … Continued

It's Official in the Gateway City

Last Thursday, St. Louis Mayor Francis Slay signed complete streets into law. The city will now “consider complete street elements in the design, construction and maintenance of public transportation projects, improvements and facilities.”

DOT, HUD Give State and Local Agencies More Flexibility on FHWA Projects

In an effort to enhance livability and sustainability initiatives, DOT and HUD have created a new process that removes conflict between HUD and Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) contracting requirements. The initiative was published in today’s Federal Register. From the Federal Register notice… Under this initiative, the FHWA will utilize Special Experimental Project No. 14 (SEP-14) to permit, on … Continued

Weekly News – Videos, Road Diets, and more!

This week, we link you to some great videos out of Dubuque and Charlotte; talk a little about road diets; see Hennepin County’s complete streets policy in action; give an update on Michigan’s pending legislation; and more!

Webinar: TIGER II Discretionary Grants and HUD Community Challenge Planning Grants

Webinar: National Infrastructure Investments (TIGER II Discretionary Grants) and Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) Community Challenge Planning Grants Date/Time:  Thursday, July 1 at 2:00pm EDT The U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) and HUD have issued a joint solicitation for the two planning grant programs in order to better align transportation, housing, economic development, … Continued

Webinar: Sustainable Communities Grant Program

Sustainable Communities Grant Program: Opportunities for Public Health Leadership and Healthy Community Design Date/Time: Wednesday, July 7, 1:00 – 2:30pm EDT Speakers will include: Rajiv Bhatia, Director of Occupational and Environmental Health, San Francisco Department of Public Health Karen Nikolai, Hennepin County (Minn.) Community Design Liaison Dwayne Marsh, Senior Advisor, HUD Office of Sustainable Housing … Continued