The application window for Smart Growth America’s 2014 free technical assistance workshops is closing soon! If your community is considering applying for one or more of these workshops, applications are due by this Friday, December 6, 2013 at 5:00 PM EST.
In 2013, 22 communities were awarded these free workshops, including small towns like Blue Springs, MO and Campbell, NY and major cities like Houston, TX. These communities have used what they learned at our workshops to inform new projects, new plans—and even posters! The City of Boulder, CO, which received a “Cool Planning” workshop in February, created a visual summary of the workshop’s outcomes to remind city staff of their carbon reduction goals and keep the team inspired. The poster summarizes the workshop’s six main topics—getting centered, making streets more complete, making way for pedestrians, making the city bike friendly for all, making way for transit and transit-oriented development, and putting parking in its place—which are taken from the Cool Planning Handbook published by the State of Oregon’s Transportation and Growth Management Program.
Now in its third year, Smart Growth America’s workshop program provides city, county and regional leaders with detailed, customized advice about how better development strategies can help a community achieve their goals. The program is funded through a five-year Building Blocks for Sustainable Communities grant from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s Office of Sustainable Communities.