Gov. Glendening to kickoff planning workshop in Ranson, WV

With help from grants from the Partnership for Sustainable Communities, the City of Ranson, WV, will gather city officials, residents, business leaders and a team of international consultants for a weeklong workshop to help improve the city’s economic development, transit options and community livability through strategic community planning and infrastructure improvements.

Governor Parris Glendening, President of Smart Growth America’s Leadership Institute and the Governors’ Institute on Community Design, will deliver the keynote address at the kickoff event for the weeklong planning workshop at 7 PM on Sept. 8, 2011 at Washington High School. Gov. Glendening will be joined by federal officials from the U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT), U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), and the meeting is open to the public.

Ranson received a combined total of $1.4 million in planning grants from the Partnership for Sustainability agencies – DOT, HUD and EPA. An EPA Brownfields Area-Wide Planning Grant will help the community prioritize which contaminated sites should be cleaned up first and will help with reuse plans for the area. EPA’s Sustainable Communities Building Blocks assistance will help the community to review its development codes to make sure they are not stumbling blocks to smart growth. A TIGER II grant from DOT will help plan for a complete street on the important Fairfax Boulevard/George Street corridor. A HUD Challenge Planning Grant will help Ranson develop a smart building code to make the town more compact and walkable.

Read more about Ranson, WV’s weeklong planning workshop here.

Map above: Ranson’s brownfields planning is funded through a new U.S. EPA pilot grant program which awarded us $150,000 to apply to six targeted areas. Courtesy of Ranson Renewed.