Second Session of Commonwealth Communities Inspires Engaging Conversation About Small Business Development

Clockwise from top left: Bobby Boone, Founder and Chief Strategist of &Access; Calvin Gladney, President and CEO of Smart Growth America; Ilana Preuss, Founder and CEO of Recast City; and Tina Leone, CEO of Ballston BID. On Wednesday, October 20, Smart Growth America and LOCUS: Responsible Real Estate Developers and Investors held the second session … Continued

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More highways, more driving, more emissions: Explaining “induced demand”

Even if we hit the most ambitious targets for changing our cars and trucks over to electric vehicles, we will fail to meaningfully reduce emissions from transportation without confronting this simple fact: new roads always produce new driving. This costly feedback loop referred to as “induced demand” is the invisible force short-circuiting the neverending attempts to eliminate congestion by building or expanding roads.

Climate Change Transportation

Announcing 2021 Driehaus Award Winner: The Evolution of Form-Based Codes

Today, the Form-Based Codes Institute at Smart Growth America is thrilled to announce the winner of the fifteenth annual Richard H. Driehaus Form-Based Code Award for achievement in the writing and implementation of a stellar form-based zoning code—the City of South Bend Zoning Ordinance for the City of South Bend, Indiana.

Form-Based Codes

The Form-Based Codes Institute is in the zone

Tomorrow continues a month full of zoning-related webinars and releases for the Form-Based Codes Institute with the announcement of the winner of the fifteenth annual Driehaus Form-Based Code Award. An upcoming webinar on October 18th featuring experts from across development and economic research to discuss the Form-Based Institute’s first-of-its-kind report Zoned In: Economic Benefits & Shared Prosperity with Form-Based Codes follows, with the opening class of FBCI’s most popular introductory course, FBC 101: The ABCs of Form-Based Codes making its virtual debut the first week of November. Read on for more.

Form-Based Codes

Now hiring — Director of Finance and Administration

Smart Growth America (SGA) is a national nonprofit that empowers communities through technical assistance, advocacy, and thought leadership to create livable places, healthy people, and shared prosperity. Director of Finance and Administration Reporting to the CEO, the Director of Finance and Administration will provide day to day management on all financial, accounting and audit functions … Continued

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The power of economic diversification in our communities

Beyond the devastating effects on a community, economic disasters can present an opportunity for change by highlighting a risky over-dependence on a single industry sector and motivating local leaders and planners to invest in the long-term resiliency of their community. Our work on the economic development team at Smart Growth America seeks to strengthen local economies through diversification—one of the most effective ways to increase long-term economic resilience.

Economic development Technical assistance