Putting smart growth to work on Main Street

While we tend to think of sprawl, decay and decline as primarily urban challenges, rural communities across the country are tackling some of the same basic problems, if at a different scale and in more serene settings. For many smaller towns that anchor rural regions of the country — places like Brookings, SD; Alton, MO; … Continued

Now hiring: Policy Director, Transportation for America

Transportation for America (T4America) – a program of Smart Growth America – is seeking a highly skilled and motivated individual with deep knowledge, experience and interest in transportation policy development and state or local level implementation to help lead the organization’s policy work. This high profile position reports to the Director of T4America and works … Continued

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

Now hiring: Economic Analyst

Smart Growth America seeks a skilled, experienced Economic Analyst with two to six years experience to conduct technical and quantitative analyses regarding a wide variety of issues associated with the built environment and transportation, including economics, real estate, social equity, and the environment. The Analyst will report to Smart Growth America’s Vice President for Economic … Continued

Christopher Leinberger prepares to step down from LOCUS presidency

Next Wednesday, August 31st, LOCUS President Chris Leinberger will be handing over his current position to the next president, who will be announced in next week’s newsletter. Want to be among the first to find out who will be the new LOCUS president? Sign up below: Eight years ago, Chris Leinberger founded LOCUS “to advocate … Continued

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

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

Financing Transit Oriented Development: Using the TIFIA Program to Finance TOD

The recently passed federal transportation bill, MAP-21, significantly expanded the Transportation Innovative Financing Infrastructure Act (TIFIA) loan program and made several changes that made it easier for transit projects to win federal financing. This webinar features LOCUS staff and a panel of experts, including Duane Callendar, Director at TIFIA Credit program, discussing the benefits of TIFIA financing and how to use it for transit-oriented development projects.

A new program to help rural places use smart growth strategies

Many rural communities have seen farmland eroded by encroaching development, or are losing young residents to places with more amenities and greater opportunities. Whether drained by sprawl or struggling to compete, how can rural communities address these challenges while remaining true to their unique character?