How is "region" defined in HUD Regional Planning Grant NOFA?

Regionalism is a key component of new federal sustainability-related grant opportunities, but defining what constitutes a “region” has left some applicants puzzled. The HUD Office of Sustainable Housing and Communities has released a memo, with examples, clarifying exactly what qualifies as a region for the purposes of Regional Planning Grant applications. See the memo here.

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Community Challenge/TIGER II webinar presentation is now available

FHWA has posted the presentation slides from the July 1 HUD Community Challenge/TIGER II Planning Grants webinar here. During this webinar, Beth Osborne (DOT) and Mariia Zimmerman (HUD) addressed basic eligibility requirements and then, importantly, took the opportunity to discuss how applications for these jointly administered grants can move from merely eligible to become truly … Continued

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Public health leadership in sustainable community design: Hennepin County, Minn.

During a NACCHO/PolicyLink/Convergence Partnership webinar held earlier this week, Karen Nikolai, Hennepin County (Minn.) Community Design Liaison, discussed the process that has established public health as a valued perspective in county sustainability efforts. (Yesterday, we summarized innovative efforts in San Francisco presented during the same session). As Karen Nikolai explained, public health issues have a … Continued

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Public health leadership in sustainable community design: San Francisco

The design of our built environment has a major influence on public health outcomes ranging from asthma rates to childhood obesity. NACCHO, PolicyLink and the Convergence Partnership hosted a webinar yesterday to help communities translate this evidence into action. Dwayne Marsh, Senior Advisor to the HUD Office of Sustainable Housing and Communities, made it clear that public health … Continued

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Choosing the right HUD planning grant for your project

With so many new opportunities arising out of the federal Sustainable Communities Partnership, it can be difficult to determine which federal grants you should pursue for your community’s planned initiative. If you are deciding whether to apply for a HUD Sustainable Communities Regional Planning Grant or a joint TIGER II/Community Challenge Planning Grant, this chart … Continued

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Notes from TIGER II Discretionary Grants and HUD Community Challenge Planning Grants Webinar

Over 430 individuals attended a webinar on July 1 hosted by federal officials from HUD and DOT to discuss the jointly issued TIGER II Discretionary Grants and HUD Community Challenge Planning Grants. If you were unable to attend, we have included some key notes from the webinar below to help your state and community compete … Continued

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DOT, HUD Give State and Local Agencies More Flexibility on FHWA Projects

In an effort to enhance livability and sustainability initiatives, DOT and HUD have created a new process that removes conflict between HUD and Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) contracting requirements. The initiative was published in today’s Federal Register. From the Federal Register notice… Under this initiative, the FHWA will utilize Special Experimental Project No. 14 (SEP-14) to permit, on … Continued

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