Webinar Recap: Investing in Healthy Communities

Walkable real estate is a priority in downtown Indianapolis, IN. Photo via Flickr.

Across the country, public- and private-sector investment in walkability is on the rise. LOCUS: Responsible Real Estate Developers and Investors held an online presentation to discuss new and innovative models for building walkable development projects that generate health and economic benefits for the entire community.

During the webinar, expert panelists Colleen Carey, President of the Cornerstone Group; Elizabeth Schilling, Senior Policy Manager at Smart Growth America and Heidi Majerik, Director of Development at Forest City Stapleton discussed every facet of the development process including:

  • Creating new partnerships and leveraging resources to finance healthy development projects,
  • Examples of development projects that incorporate heathy components and design principles,
  • Current barriers to building healthy places, and
  • Re-using vacant land to improve the health of a community and meet fiscal objectives.
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LOCUS is a national network of real estate developers and investors who advocate for sustainable, walkable urban development in America’s metropolitan areas. LOCUS members work to change federal and state policy on a number of issues related to smart growth development, in partnership with Smart Growth America.

This was the first in a series of webinars that LOCUS will host throughout the year to help real estate developers and investors expand their real estate portfolios and improve their companies’ bottom line. For the most up-to-date information on this and other tools to benefit your business and advance the construction of more walkable, sustainable developments on the ground, become a LOCUS member today.