The Mountains Are Calling: Placemaking and Redevelopment in Elkins, West Virginia

  Elkins, West Virginia has been working to revitalize their downtown, a challenge in any circumstance, but especially in a rural Appalachian town. The workshop with Smart Growth America shared expertise and provided site-specific advice to aid local officials and community members in placemaking. The SGA team visited Elkins for two days where they participated … Continued

Creative Placemaking Economic development Resilience Rural Development Technical assistance

LOCUS Member Spotlight: David Grannis

Latin for “place,” LOCUS is a national network of real estate developers, investors, and professionals, united to advance equitable, walkable urban development in communities across the country. Together LOCUS members work to increase funding and financing for smart growth development; improve regulations at all levels of government to support smart growth; and change federal programs … Continued

LOCUS

Early achievements of the second class of the Champions Institute

The Active People, Healthy Nation℠ Champions Institute—launched in 2020—is our initiative to equip a hand-picked group of elected officials to effectively advocate for and support safer and more complete streets in their communities. Today, we are proud to announce the second cohort of champions: 20 local elected officials who will receive comprehensive training to help them become champions in their communities to promote activity-friendly routes to everyday destinations.

Complete Streets

Request for proposals: Research and writing support for SGA’s transportation work

Smart Growth America (SGA) is seeking consulting support to conduct research for and/or write several public-facing reports and resources. These resources will support the technical assistance, advocacy, and thought leadership of Transportation for America and the National Complete Streets Coalition. The updated deadline to submit is Monday, October 31.

Climate Change Complete Streets Transportation

NBC leaders call for Brownfields Funding & Solutions to the Housing Access Crisis

On Thursday, September 28, National Brownfields Coalition (NBC) Steering Committee members Michael Goldstein and Gerald Pouncey testified at the Senate Committee on the Environment and Public Works’ hearing on the Federal Brownfields Program. At the hearing, Goldstein and Pouncy provided recommendations and improvements for the program including Low Income Housing Tax Credit program additions for … Continued

Advocacy

Now Hiring: Senior Analyst

Are you a leader with quantitative skills and a creative mindset that you love to apply to challenges and opportunities in land use, economic development, and transportation? Join the team at Smart Growth America and use your skills to help policymakers and community leaders advance racial equity, address the climate crisis, and create healthier communities. … Continued

Careers

FBC 101 Virtual Edition: Fall 2022 registration now open!

Last fall, the Form-Based Code Institute successfully hosted its most popular class—FBC 101: The ABCs of Form-Based Codes—in a virtual, synchronous setting for the first time. FBCI staff worked for several months with seasoned instructors and other form-based code experts to develop the content and activities. Because of increased interest and use of form-based codes across the country, FBCI is pleased to announce the class will be offered again this spring, launching at the end of March! This is an opportunity for those who are interested in form-based codes to learn from experts and collaborate with other practitioners and interested participants. 

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Complete Streets Policy adoption continues to grow across the country

Our latest maps show the growing evolution of Complete Streets policy adoption across the country from 2000 to 2021. Communities continue to commit to providing safe access to destinations for everyone, regardless of age, ability, income, race, ethnicity, or mode of travel. The Complete Streets maps were produced in partnership with the Centers for Disease … Continued

Complete Streets