FTA Administrator Rogoff blogs on rural transit in the Dakotas

Federal Transit Administrator Peter Rogoff discusses the important role of transit in some of our most rural communities as he reflects on a recent visit to South Dakota. FTA understands the difficulties Clint and others face in North and South Dakota. We see that the conditions on the ground in rural America, the challenges of … Continued

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Conference: Transportation Planning for Small and Medium-Sized Communities

From the conference website (visit to register): TRB is sponsoring the 10th National Conference on Transportation Planning for Small and Medium–Sized Communities: Tools of the Trade on September 22-24, 2010, in Williamsburg, Virginia. The conference will explore information on the factors relating to the planning, development, programming, and implementation of multi-modal transportation facilities for small … Continued

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Complete Streets Work in All Communities

By planning, designing, and constructing Complete Streets, communities of all sizes – whether rural hamlets, small towns, or booming metropolises – are able to provide the quality access to jobs, health care, shops, and schools their residents deserve, while also achieving greater economic, environmental, and public health benefits.

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Now Available: Smart growth strategies for rural communities

Smart growth, with its emphasis on  traditional neighborhood design and open space preservation, has direct relevance for rural communities. A new report from ICMA, developed through a cooperative agreement with EPA, explores specific ways smart growth principles can be used to create vibrant, sustainable rural places. ICMA has recently released a new publication on policies … Continued

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Webinar: Exploring Rural Policy Opportunities

From the National Rural Assembly: The National Rural Assembly is pleased to launch a webinar series that will explore rural policy opportunities at both the state and federal level. We invite you to participate in our first webinar on July 29, 2010 @2pm-3pm Eastern for a broad scan of rural policy issues, looking at rural economic development, … Continued

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Regional planning goes rural in FY 2011 budget

A blog post from Mark Muro, Policy Director for the Brookings Metropolitan Policy Program, describes a new effort by USDA to fund regional planning in rural areas. It parallels the regional focus and silo-busting strategies of the Sustainable Communities Partnership. Called the Regional Innovation Initiative, the USDA explains (p. 14): In recent years, rural communities have been … Continued

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Why do some in DC think livability is not a small town value? Part II

From the President down to the Secretary of Transportation, administration officials have spent the year vocally supporting a focus on livability from the federal government — doing what’s in their power to encourage smarter, people-centric planning to create more great places to live where residents have numerous options for getting around and a high quality of life. Perhaps unsurprisingly in this polarized white-hot political era, there’s been a backlash in Congress from some rural legislators. But isn’t livability really a quintessential small-town value? Part two of a personal reflection on small city livability.

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Why do some in DC think livability is not a small town value?

The administration’s Partnership for Sustainable Communities testifies before Congress, representing Housing, Transportation, and the Environment. Photo from DOT. This is part one of a two-part series. Read part two here. From the President down to the Secretary of Transportation, administration officials have spent the year vocally supporting a focus on livability from the federal government … Continued

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