Upcoming webinars: January 2014

Want to learn about new, innovative strategies for creating great places? Several upcoming webinars provide ideas and inspiration for local leaders.

Investing in Manufacturing Communities Partnership
January 15, 2014 — 2:00 PM EST
Join NALGEP, EPA’s Mathy Stanislaus, and several local leaders for a webinar on the Administration’s new “Investing in Manufacturing Communities Partnership” (IMCP). The IMCP encourages communities to devise comprehensive economic development strategies that strengthen their competitive edge in attracting global manufacturers and their supply chains. Phase 2 of the IMCP was recently announced. In this competition, up to 12 communities that come up with winning strategies will receive a designation of “Manufacturing Community” that gives them elevated consideration for $1.3 billion in federal dollars and assistance from 10 cabinet departments/agencies. Register >>

Directions in Federal, State, and Local Transportation Funding
January 22, 2014 — 2:00 PM EST
Community Builders, a project of the Sonoran Institute, aims to help local leaders build successful communities in the American West–communities with strong and diverse economies, quality growth, vibrant downtowns, and complete neighborhoods. The Community Builders Webinar Series showcases the stories of people in the business of building stronger communities. During this hour-long webinar, consultant Jim Charlier will share insight into existing and upcoming sources for transportation funding for federal, state, and local agencies. Register >>

The Innovative DOT, 2014: An updated handbook for transportation officials
January 29, 2014 – 2:00 PM EST
As transportation agencies around the country face falling revenues, shrinking budgets, and growing transportation demands, state departments of transportation are implementing innovative strategies to meet the challenges of 21st century transportation. SSTI and Smart Growth America continue to track these strategies, which are outlined in an updated version of The Innovative DOT handbook, scheduled for release in January, 2014.

This webinar will feature handbook authors and contributors, highlighting fresh content and demonstrating how transportation professionals have applied the manual since its original release in 2012. Updates include new case studies from around the country and a wider range of strategies for project funding, improved decision-making, resilience planning, design policy reform and cultural change at DOTs. Register >>

Strategies to Bolster Economic Resilience: County Leadership in Action
January 30, 2014 — 2:00 PM EST
Counties, regions and communities that can foresee, adapt and leverage changing economic conditions are best positioned to attract and grow new businesses, retain skilled workers and promote a high quality of life. As a result of constrained local budgets and economic uncertainties, counties must think creatively about their local and regional strengths and how to translate those assets into economic growth. To address this, NACo recently released a report, “Strategies to Bolster Economic Resilience: County Leadership in Action,” to highlight how counties across the country are pursuing creative and innovative policies, partnerships and initiatives to create healthy, safe, vibrant and economically resilient communities.

Join NACo for a webinar that overviews the findings from the report and features three county leaders that are pursuing long-range planning efforts, growing and supporting local entrepreneurs and businesses, and engaging in workforce development programs and education to encourage economic growth and lasting resilience. Register >>