Why do we support smart growth?

Why do all of us at SGA support smart growth? For so many reasons.

Make a donation to Smart Growth America today and help us work towards your reason for supporting smart growth.

Advocacy

Watch the recorded webinar: Made in Place + Discovering Your City’s Maker Economy

Download the slides >> On December 7, 2017, Smart Growth America teamed up with Recast City and National League of Cities to host a deep dive discussion on ways communities can leverage recent technological and economic shifts to help more people produce and sell their own goods. The webinar discussion features findings from SGA’s latest … Continued

Economic development

Support small-scale manufacturers on #SmallBizSaturday

In 2017, SGA staff was on the ground in scores of communities like these, helping local elected and civic leaders understand how to support and expand this growing sector of their economy to build strong, vibrant, and walkable neighborhoods.

On this Small Business Saturday, you can help us do even more. Make a donation today so we can reach even more communities in 2018 >>

Advocacy Economic development

Arts, Culture and Transportation: A Creative Placemaking Field Scan

Arts, Culture and Transportation: A Creative Placemaking Field Scan is a rigorous national examination of creative placemaking in the transportation planning process. Released by Transportation for America in partnership with ArtPlace America, this resource identifies ways that transportation professionals can integrate artists to deliver transportation projects more smoothly, improve safety, and build community support.

Creative Placemaking

Made in Place: Small-Scale Manufacturing & Neighborhood Revitalization

Technological and economic changes have created new opportunities in small-scale manufacturing and the “maker” economy, which present a chance for communities to make progress on several important economic development issues. Small-scale manufacturing can grow local entrepreneurship and small business, develop or enhance new and existing economic sectors, and revitalize downtowns and business districts. Using tools … Continued

Economic development

Catch up on the conversations from #AmazingPlaceForum

Explore our Twitter recap to relive all the great moments and conversations from the Amazing Place Ideas Forum. 

On August 29-31, 2017, five cities from around the country gathered in Denver, Colorado to see innovative placemaking strategies in action. The Amazing Place Ideas Forum, presented by Smart Growth America with support from the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation, brought a brain trust of local leaders together to participate in an interactive and experiential learning opportunity.

Economic development Uncategorized

2017 Federal Financing Toolkit

Note: The 2017 Federal Financing is no longer for sale, but you can purchase a copy of the updated 2019 Federal Financing Toolkit here. As demand for smart growth development rises across the country, real estate developers and investors as well as local elected officials are looking for innovative approaches to finance these complex projects. … Continued

LOCUS

Webinar recording: “The Best Complete Streets Policies of 2016” kickoff discussion

Last week, the National Complete Streets Coalition released The Best Complete Streets Policies of 2016, our annual review of the best Complete Streets policies of the last year. As of the end of 2016, more than 1,200 jurisdictions in the United States have made formal commitments to streets that are safe and convenient for everyone—no matter … Continued

Complete Streets

Building Resilient States: Profiles in Action

In October 2015, the Governors’ Institute on Community Design, a program run in partnership with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and Smart Growth America, released Building Resilient States: A Framework for Agencies, a report intended to introduce and integrate land use and transportation issues into states’ conversations about resilience. The Framework was designed to help … Continued

Economic development Resilience