Watch the recorded webinar on transit-oriented development opportunities in Albuquerque, NM

Thank you to everyone who joined LOCUS for a live discussion of Transit-Oriented Development Opportunities in Albuquerque on Thursday, October 19, 2017. In case you missed the live event, you can watch the recorded version below: Albuquerque is a great opportunity market for developers and investors like you. Here’s why: The city’s recent transit-oriented development (TOD) federal … Continued

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Learn about TOD opportunities along Albuquerque’s historic Route 66

Photo Credit: Ken Lund via Flickr LOCUS’ next webinar, Transit-Oriented Development Opportunities in Albuquerque, will take place on Thursday, October 19th from 1:00-2:00 PM EDT. We’re excited to bring together developers and investors from across the country to discuss transit-oriented development opportunities along Albuquerque’s historic main street, Central Avenue. Recently, Albuquerque received its largest transit investment in city … Continued

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Watch the recorded webinar on development opportunities in Greensboro, NC

Thank you to everyone who joined LOCUS for a live discussion of Development Opportunities in Greensboro, NC on Thursday, October 5, 2017. In case you missed the live event, you can watch the recorded version below: Here’s a quick overview of why Greensboro, NC is a great investment market for developers and investors like you: Greensboro … Continued

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Now hiring: LOCUS Policy Intern – Fall

Smart Growth America seeks a Policy Intern to support LOCUS, a national network of smart growth real estate developers and investors. The intern will be a core member of the LOCUS team and provide direct support to the LOCUS network of real estate developers and investors advocating for smart growth policies at the federal and regional levels. … Continued

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Senate Appropriations Committee Bill Protects Transit, TIGER and Community Development Programs

Yesterday, the Senate Appropriations Committee approved the fiscal year 2018 Transportation, Housing and Urban Development, and Related Agencies Appropriations bill. The bipartisan bill makes investments in infrastructure, provides funding for economic development projects, and helps to meet the housing needs of the nation’s most vulnerable individuals and families. The bill reflects a total allocation of … Continued

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The House introduced its FY2018 THUD spending bill. Here’s what’s in it.

On July 10, the House Appropriations Committee introduced its version of the fiscal year 2018 Transportation, Housing and Urban Development spending bill. The bill includes funding for the Department of Transportation (USDOT), the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD), and other related agencies. In total, the bill reflects an allocation of $56.5 billion in discretionary spending — $1.1 billion below fiscal year 2017 levels and $8.6 billion above the President’s request.

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Congress hears testimony on why TIFIA is so important, and how it can be improved

On July 12, the Senate Committee on Environment and Public Works held a full committee hearing entitled, “The Use of TIFIA and Innovative Financing in Improving Infrastructure to Enhance Safety, Mobility, and Economic Opportunity.”

The hearing focused on the nation’s enormous need for infrastructure investment, and how Transportation Infrastructure Finance and Innovation Act (TIFIA) loans can help meet it. Christopher Coes, Vice President for Real Estate Policy and External Affairs, joined the hearing to testify.

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Join us for a crash course on federal TOD financing programs

Many transit-oriented development projects are made possible with the help of financing from federal government programs. The details of those programs, however, are tougher to understand. What programs might your development project be eligible for? What time of year do applications open, and when are awards announced? And what do some of the most popular programs look for in applications?

Join us on Thursday, July 20, 2017 at 1:00 PM EDT for a free webinar that will answer all these questions and more. “A crash course on federal TOD financing programs” will provide an overview of programs available through USDOT, HUD, and EPA to help municipal leaders, real estate developers, and transit agency staff create more development near transit stations.

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Showcase your community to developers


The Local Leaders Council and LOCUS, Smart Growth America’s coalition of real estate developers and investors, are teaming up to match local leaders with developers to get smart growth projects built. Strong relationships are key—smart growth-minded local leaders must connect with developers and investors, in the right place, at the right time, to get the ball rolling.

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