Upcoming Webinars: September 2013

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

Building Vibrant Local Economies: Diversifying local economies to strengthen county resilience
Thursday, September 12, 2013 2:00 PM Eastern
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Many rural places grew around a single industry, such as agriculture or manufacturing. Places relying on one main economic driver often find themselves vulnerable to changing economic, natural, or social conditions. In response, communities across the country are seeking ways to diversify their economies and become more resilient. Join NACo to learn more about the linkages between economic diversification and place-based approaches to community development.


Sustainable Rural Communities: Asset-Based Economic Development Strategies
Friday, September 13, 2013 1:00 PM Eastern
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Leaders of small and rural communities can develop local and regional economies and attract new residents by leveraging common natural environmental, economic, cultural, and physical assets. Learn how it’s done in a webinar that will tell the stories of three communities and their best practices.


Smart Growth and Economic Success
Wednesday, September 18, from 3:00 – 4:00 Eastern
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Compact, diverse, and walkable development can increase property values and property tax revenues, encourage job creation, reduce housing and transportation costs, and create amenities and places that improve residents’ quality of life. EPA’s Smart Growth Program invites you to participate in a webinar on Wednesday, September 18, from 3:00 – 4:00 Eastern that explores how smart growth strategies at the regional, city, and neighborhood level can maximize economic advantages while creating attractive, healthy communities that help protect the environment.


Infrastructure Financing Options for Transit-Oriented Development
Tuesday, September 24, from 3:00-4:00 Eastern
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Transit-oriented development (TOD) is located near a transit station, typically near a city or town center. It offers a mix of housing, employment, shopping, and transportation choices and can result in less air pollution, less development on open lands, better water quality, and improved access to jobs. Yet the infrastructure required to create TOD is expensive and funding for infrastructure for new TOD can be difficult to obtain. This webinar will cover some of the lessons learned from a yearlong Smart Growth Implementation Assistance project on financing TOD infrastructure. (Read the report.) Speakers from the Utah Transit Authority and the NoMa Business Improvement District in Washington, DC will then discuss TOD in their communities.