Upcoming Webinars: May 2013

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

School Siting: Understanding the Challenges and Opportunities for Communities and Decision-makers
Wednesday, May 8, 2013 – 1:00-2:15 PM EDT
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This webinar will help districts, schools, and communities understand the importance of school siting and the impacts on economic development, public health, and the environment. A panel of experts, including Suzi Ruhl, Senior Attorney Policy Advisor in the EPA’s Office of Environmental Justice; Regina Langton, Senior Policy Analyst, EPA’s Office of Sustainable Communities; and Katherine Moore, Manager of Georgia Conservancy’s Sustainable Growth program, will provide participants with information and tools with school siting decisions.

What the BUILD Act Could Build
Wednesday, May 8, 2013 – 2:00-3:15 PM EDT
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The recently introduced Brownfields Utilization, Investment and Local Development (BUILD) Act of 2013 would reauthorize EPA’s Brownfields Program, expand non-profit eligibility to receive brownfields grants, and allow the EPA to award flexible multipurpose grants to take into account the varied nature of many projects. Join this webinar to discuss the BUILD Act, changes to the Brownfields Program, and how you can share your story.

Building Vibrant Local Economies: Connecting Regional Food Systems
Thursday, May 9, 2013 – 2:00-3:15 PM EDT
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County and regional leaders are integrating food systems into economic development plans.  These efforts are reinvigorating rural economies to foster economic development connected to local, agricultural economies.  Join NACo to learn about national trends and hear from HUD Sustainable Communities grantees.

Summer Smarts Series #1: MAP-21 Performance Measures and the Rulemaking Process
Wednesday, May 15, 2013 – 1:00-2:30 PM EDT
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Moving Ahead for Progress in the 21st Century Act (MAP-21) authorized new highway and transit provisions and substantially changed federal transportation programs effective October 1, 2012. USDOT is in the process of implementing changes to existing policies and programs within aggressive statutory deadlines established in the law. This Summer Smarts session will feature Lilly Shoup from USDOT as moderator and Beth Osborne, Deputy Assistant Secretary at USDOT to discuss some of the major new developments and changes as a result of the law. In addition, several grantees will share their experiences with performance measures and the rulemaking process. More information is available at: www.dot.gov/map21.