Our work

Smart Growth America works with everyone involved in the process of urban planning and development to think strategically about building better towns and cities.

We work with local elected leaders to improve public policy and help their municipalities be more attractive, competitive, vibrant, and prosperous—no matter if it’s a big urban city or small rural town.

We work with real estate developers and investors to capitalize on market demand for homes and offices in walkable neighborhoods.

We work with economic development agencies to provide innovative strategies for place-based economic development.

We work with transportation engineers and departments of transportation to provide the people they serve with cheaper, safer, and more convenient ways to travel.

We work with federal agencies and members of Congress to make sure national programs and policies support local community development efforts.

We conduct research and analysis to help advocates across the country understand the benefits of using a smart growth approach, and to encourage other people in their communities to do the same.