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

Three Colorado cities win our second Complete Streets Consortium award

Westminster engages the community in a mobile needs assessment at a park-n-ride bus station. Photo via Westminster’s Mobility Action Plan.

Through our first Complete Streets Consortium Series, the National Complete Streets Coalition has been working with three Tennessee regions to foster state-wide collaboration and overcome barriers to safer, more equitable streets.

Now, we are excited to announce that a trio of Colorado cities has won our second-ever Complete Streets Consortium technical assistance. The Cities of Arvada, Aurora, and Westminster applied for and won the award collaboratively, and will together receive a set of three free technical assistance workshops. Each of the winning cities will host one of the workshops, which will be tailored to the region’s specific opportunities and challenges including creating first/last mile connections to new transit stations.

Complete Streets Technical assistance

Register now for “Complete Streets in Canada: Designing for change”

The National Complete Streets Coalition is excited to continue our monthly webinar series designed to help professionals from a variety of disciplines put Complete Streets principles into action. Implementation & Equity 201: The Path Forward to Complete Streets is exploring a new issue each month related to creating safer, healthier, more equitable streets.

Our next webinar, Complete Streets in Canada: Designing for change takes place on Tuesday, January 23rd from 1:00-2:00 PM EST.

Complete Streets

Virginia’s $40 tolls stir debate on equity impacts

Virginia recently introduced new rush-hour tolls on I-66 inside the Washington Beltway on lanes previously reserved for high-occupancy vehicles, sparking a regional debate about tolling and equity. Tolls can be a valuable tool to advance smart growth — if paired with important policies that increase transportation options and support smarter land-use choices. I-66 toll gantries. Photo … Continued

Transportation

You’re invited to the eighth annual Complete Streets dinner

You’re invited to join the National Complete Streets Coalition at our Eighth Annual Complete Streets Dinner, held on Tuesday, January 9, 2018 in Washington, DC. Conveniently scheduled during the 2018 Transportation Research Board meeting, this intimate and fun event brings together top Complete Streets professionals, policymakers, supporters, and friends to celebrate the successes of the Complete Streets movement in the last year.

Complete Streets

LOCUS urges Congress’s tax reform Conferees to protect community development and affordable housing tax incentives

As Congress moves to reconcile the House and Senate versions of the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act, LOCUS’ top priority is to protect community development and affordable housing tax incentives. Join us as we reach out to the conference committee’s House and Senate Conferees and ask them to maintain these programs and incentives in the final version of the legislation.

LOCUS

Amazing Place cities explore Greenville, SC, the South’s best-kept secret

On November 13-16, 2017, leadership teams from Macon, GA; Columbia, SC; Akron, OH; Charlotte, NC; and Wichita, KS came to Greenville, SC to learn about the placemaking strategies the city took to successfully create a vibrant, walkable downtown. The convening was the final half of the Amazing Place Ideas Forum, an experiential gathering of city leaders to learn how investing in a unique sense of place and vibrant, walkable neighborhoods is at the heart of a new economic development strategy.

Economic development

House passes brownfields reauthorization bill

Thursday night, the House of Representatives passed H.R. 3017, the Brownfields Enhancement, Economic Redevelopment, and Reauthorization Act of 2017, that would allow up to $250 million to clean up brownfield sites each year. Smart Growth America, LOCUS and the National Brownfields Coalition support the bill’s provisions and commend the bill’s sponsors for their hard work to bring this bill to fruition.

LOCUS