In late April Smart Growth America released three new toolkits for smart growth in rural places. Our Community Facilities Location toolkit helps communities make the most of new facilities like hospitals or post offices. Our Well-Placed Affordable Housing toolkit looks at creating centrally located housing infrastructure. And our Fiscal Impact Analysis toolkit looks at how local government can better understand the long-term financial implications of decisions about new development.
To accompany the release of the toolkits we hosted a free public webinar all about them. A recording of the discussion is now available in the video above.
Joining the webinar was John Robert Smith, Senior Policy Advisor at Smart Growth America; Geri Rosenberg, Program Associate at Smart Growth America; Geoff Anderson, President and CEO of Smart Growth America; and Parris Glendening, former governor of Maryland and current President of Smart Growth America’s Leadership Institute. Together the speakers discussed Smart Growth America’s work with rural communities, and how rural places anywhere can use these tools.
Thank you to everyone who joined the event! If your rural community is interested in using a smart growth approach but needs more help than these toolkits provide, learn more about our technical assistance for rural places.