How Bluefield, WV and Weirton, WV are using Cool & Connected ideas to help their economic development

Downtown Bluefield, WV. Photo by Joseph via Flickr.

Earlier this year we joined the U.S. Department of Agriculture Rural Utilities Service, the Environmental Protection Agency, and the Appalachian Regional Commission to start delivering Cool & Connected technical assistance, a workshop series designed to help rural communities find new economic opportunities by leveraging investments in broadband, or reliable, high-speed internet access.

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Now Hiring: LOCUS Massachusetts State Director

LOCUS Massachusetts State Director LOCUS: Responsible Real Estate Developers and Investors, a national coalition of forward-thinking real estate developers and investors based in Washington, D.C., seeks an experienced Massachusetts-based project manager to organize and build a state-wide network and voice of real estate developers and investors who advocate for policies to support the development of … Continued

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A new newsletter about creating great, equitable TOD

Introducing a new weekly newsletter all about the best practices in transit-oriented development.

TODresources.org is home to a trove of information about equitable transit-oriented development projects from across the country. These resources showcase the best, most innovate approaches to TOD nationwide. We want to better highlight those strategies and help more people across the country use them in the year to come.

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Now hiring: Community Planning Intern

Smart Growth America is now hiring a paid Technical Assistance Intern to support our technical assistance programs for state and local governments’ across the country.

This position is an integral part of our technical assistance team, and plays a vital role in managing the day-to-day operations of our workshops for local communities around the country. The Intern will work on three programs at the organization: our Foundations for Smart Growth Technical Assistance program, Rural Technical Assistance, and the Governors’ Institute on Community Design.

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Now Hiring: Complete Streets Equity, Research, and Communications Intern

Now Hiring: Complete Streets Equity, Research, and Communications Intern The Complete Streets Equity, Research, and Communications Intern will support the work of Smart Growth America’s National Complete Streets Coalition, a diverse coalition of prominent national organizations working for the adoption and implementation of Complete Streets policies across the country. The intern will help advance the … Continued

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LOCUS Director Christopher Coes talks walkable development at Democratic National Convention

Last month, LOCUS Director Christopher Coes joined The Hill for a policy discussion on Real Estate & the U.S. Economy at the 2016 Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia, PA. Coes joined a panel of real estate thought leaders from across the nation to discuss public policy changes that can incentivize development that generates opportunities and wealth in  low-income neighborhoods. Here are … Continued

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From Vacancy to Vibrancy

In response to increasing demand for homes in close-in neighborhoods, many cities and towns are pursuing redevelopment of places that have struggled with blight and disinvestment for years. These redevelopment initiatives are frequently impeded by the presence of properties with known or suspected contamination issues, which have often remained vacant in spite of federal, state … Continued

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