15 communities selected to receive free smart growth technical assistance

A view of downtown Oklahoma City, OK by Flickr user Becky McCray. Oklahoma City is one of 15 communities selected to receive free technical assistance this year.

Smart Growth America is pleased to announce the 15 communities that have been selected to receive this year’s free smart growth technical assistance. Stretching from Maine to Washington State, these communities represent major cities, suburban communities, and rural towns, showing that all types of communities are interested in using smart growth strategies to build stronger local economies, create jobs and improve overall quality of life.

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Building Blocks for Sustainable Communities Technical Assistance webinar materials now online

Communities across the country interested in fostering development that supports thriving local economies while protecting the environment and sense of place can turn to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s Building Blocks for Sustainable Communities program for resources and tools to help them achieve desired development goals.

A recent informational webinar by the U.S. EPA, Forterra (formerly Cascade Land Conservancy), Global Green USA, Project for Public Spaces and Smart Growth America provided an overview of the available resources and the application process of the Building Blocks program. Materials from this webinar are now available online.

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Nearly 90 communities apply for free smart growth technical assistance

Applications for Smart Growth America’s free technical assistance are in, and they tell an important story: communities across the country are eager to learn more about smart growth strategies.

Smart Growth America received applications from 89 communities in 34 states plus the District of Columbia. Stretching from Maine to Hawaii, these communities represent major urban centers, fast growing suburbs, rural small towns and everything in between. This broad mix of applicants shows that all types of communities are interested in using smart growth strategies to build stronger local economies, preserve a sense of place and protect the environment.

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Upcoming webinar: Building Blocks for Sustainable Communities Technical Assistance overview


Communities across the country interested in fostering development that supports thriving local economies while protecting the environment and sense of place can turn to the EPA’s Building Blocks for Sustainable Communities program for resources and tools to help them achieve desired development goals.

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Further free smart growth technical assistance available to communities

The application period for Smart Growth America’s free technical assistance closed last week, but communities still have an opportunity to apply for assistance from the other organizations part of the Building Blocks for Sustainable Communities program.

In response to record demand for smart growth resources from communities across the country, the EPA’s Office of Sustainable Communities created the Building Blocks for Sustainable Communities Program to help communities get the type of development they want and need. The office has awarded grants to four nonprofits — Smart Growth America, Cascade Land Conservancy, Global Green USA, and Project for Public Spaces — that all have extensive experience helping places grow in ways that protect the environment while fostering a thriving local economy and preserving a sense of community and place. This support allows these nonprofits to offer free technical assistance to communities across the county.

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Recent Senate hearing shows strong bipartisan support for EPA Brownfields Program

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s Brownfields Program has a proven track record of creating jobs while cleaning up some of the nation’s most polluted sites. A hearing in the Senate Environment and Public Works Committee last week illustrated that even in a contentious political climate, this track record has helped earn the program strong support from both Democrats and Republicans in the Senate.

Touting the success of the decade-old program – which provides funding and training to clean up contaminated sites across the country – Senator Frank Lautenberg (D-NJ) highlighted that “these cleanups have created more than 72,000 jobs and attracted more than $17 billion in private investment.” Describing how brownfield cleanup is often the catalyst for new investment in the community, Senator Lautenberg added that “once brownfields are rehabilitated, they often spark neighborhood revitalization, boost property values and make communities more attractive places to live, work and do business.”

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Deadline to apply for Smart Growth America's free techincal assistance this Wednesday, October 26th

A before and after of a complete streets project that responds to the needs of everyone using the roadway. The Complete Streets workshop is one of the twelve technical assistance tools being offered free of cost. Photos from the National Complete Streets Coalition.

Smart Growth America is offering free technical assistance to select communities interested in smart growth strategies. Communities interested in applying for this assistance may choose from twelve smart growth tools that help communities build stronger local economies while protecting human health and the environment.

The deadline to apply to for Smart Growth America’s free technical assistance is this Wednesday, October 26th at 5:00 PM EDT. Interested parties can click here to access the online application form.

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Technical assistance workshops webinar materials now online

Smart Growth America is now offering free technical assistance to local communities interested in building stronger local economies while protecting human health and the environment. A recent informational webinar on this free technical assistance provided an overview of the application process and available resources for prospective applicants. The materials of this webinar are now available online.

Smart Growth America’s Leadership Institute presented the webinar on this free technical assistance. The Leadership Institute has extensive experience helping local leaders create livable, sustainable and vital communities by providing the necessary tools and technical assistance to help communities move from visions to plans to execution.

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Register today for tomorrow's informational webinar on free technical assistance


A roundabout on LaJolla Blvd in San Diego, CA, keeps traffic moving smoothly while accommodating pedestrians. The Walkability Audit is one of the twelve technical assistance tools being offered free of charge. Photo from the Walkable and Livable Communities Institute.

Smart Growth America is now accepting applications for a series of free technical assistance workshops for local communities interested in smart growth strategies. Organizations or communities interested in applying for this assistance are invited to join a webinar tomorrow, Wednesday, October 12th at 2:00 PM EDT to discuss the application process and important deadlines.

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Smart Growth America to provide free smart growth technical assistance to communities

Dan Burden, Executive Director and Co-Founder of the Livable and Walkable Communities Institute, leads a Walkability Audit in Linden, MI. The Walkability Audit is one of twelve tools being offered free of change to communities interested in smart growth strategies. Photo from the Michigan Municipal League, via Flickr.

Smart Growth America is pleased to announce technical assistance will now be available to select communities interested in smart growth strategies – free of charge.

The new program has been made possible by a five-year technical assistance grant from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). The grant will be used to provide direct technical assistance to communities across the nation on how to develop local solutions to help their communities grow in ways that benefit families and businesses while protecting the environment and preserving a sense of place.

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