Now hiring — Land use and development associate

Smart Growth America (SGA) seeks a visionary leader, exceptional writer, editor, and strategic communicator with significant experience in smart growth principles, land use, housing, economic development and/or transportation to lead the organization’s multi-faceted communications efforts to stakeholders, members, coalition partners, funders, donors and employees.

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Now hiring — Director of Communications

Smart Growth America (SGA) seeks a visionary leader, exceptional writer, editor, and strategic communicator with significant experience in smart growth principles, land use, housing, economic development and/or transportation to lead the organization’s multi-faceted communications efforts to stakeholders, members, coalition partners, funders, donors and employees.

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Our economic development team at work in Douglas, Arizona

We’re spending the rest of this summer talking about our data-driven, equity-focused approach to economic development and producing prosperous, resilient places—from the team that makes it happen. Catch up with the full series of posts, essays, and reports on this page. Written by Jordan Howard The economic development team at SGA often works with communities … Continued

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SGA partners with North End community members to create equitable development plan

At the beginning of 2021, Smart Growth America began working with residents in the North End neighborhood of Newport, Rhode Island to create an equitable development strategy for the community, which is in the path of significant new development. To mitigate displacement and ensure that residents benefit from major public and private investments, the Smart Growth America team is working with local leaders to define a community-based vision, build capacity, and create advocacy strategies.

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How would the American Jobs Plan address insufficiencies in affordable housing and equitable development?

Following up on our previous overview of the American Jobs Plan, we explore some specific provisions related to land use and development intended to address national insufficiencies in affordable housing and related infrastructure, and also make some recommendations to improve it. Within the expansive American Jobs Plan, there are four land use and development proposals … Continued

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Now hiring: Vice President, Land Use and Development

Reporting to SGA’s President & CEO, the VP will be responsible for setting the strategic direction for the Land Use and Development (LUD) Team, leading and motivating LUD staff, and helping to create a vision for the LUD team and SGA’s niche in the national conversation on housing, land use, zoning, community revitalization finance (e.g., opportunity zones) and equitable development, including issues of racial equity and economic inclusion.

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Dangerous by Design stories: Philadelphia, PA

Latanya Byrd tells a personal story of loss and grief on Roosevelt Boulevard, the most deadly street in Philadelphia, PA. With 12 lanes through most of its length, 700+ crashes per year, and several deaths of people walking each year, it’s a prime example of a street designed for speed over safety, and Latanya tells the personal story of how this dangerous street affected her family.

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