Programs

Arts & Culture ››
Arts and culture can serve as an organizing force for residents, business owners, and other stakeholders to work towards strengthening neighborhoods, by revealing the authentic character of communities, and by connecting citizens with decision makers to collectively pursue smart, equitable policies and projects.


Form-Based Codes Institute ››
Our Form-Based Codes Institute offers classes, technical assistance and other resources to communities and professionals interested in learning about form-based zoning codes—the regulatory framework for mixed-use, walkable urbanism.


Governors’ Institute on Community Design ››
Advises governors and state leaders as they seek to guide growth and development in their states. The Institute brings together leading practitioners and academicians in the fields of government, design, development, and regional economics to help each state’s executive team make informed choices as they shape the future of their states.


Innovative State Transportation Policy ››
Smart Growth America works in partnership with governors, DOTs, and other transportation providers to improve safety, enhance economic opportunity, improve reliability, preserve system assets, accelerate project delivery, and help to create healthier, more livable neighborhoods. We do this by analyzing transportation agencies’ rules and culture, pinpointing hidden obstacles to developing projects that grow economies and maximize return on investment, and identifying ways to remove those barriers.


Local Leaders Council ››
A nonpartisan, diverse group of municipal officials who share a passion for building great towns, cities, and communities. The Council supports those who are implementing smart growth strategies and advises Smart Growth America about how state and federal decisions affect local communities.


LOCUS ››
A national coalition of real estate developers and investors who advocate for sustainable, equitable, walkable development in America’s metropolitan areas.


Membership (Smart Growth America’s Wayfinders) ››
Individuals and organizations can join a movement of Americans fighting for livable places, healthy people, and shared prosperity for everyone. Through SGA’s Wayfinders, advocates can gain information, tools, and connect with like-minded individuals to spark the progress your community needs to grow healthier, more prosperous, and more sustainable. Together, we will change the policies and practices that shape how we use our land, create better jobs, and get around our communities.


National Complete Streets Coalition ››
Promotes the development and implementation of policies and professional practices that ensure streets are safe for people of all ages and abilities, balance the needs of different modes, and support local land uses, economies, cultures, and natural environments.


Rural Development ››
Designed to help local leaders strengthen rural economies through a smart growth approach to development. This program provides rural residents and leaders with better information about the financial and economic impacts of development choices.


State Smart Transportation Initiative ››
The State Smart Transportation Initiative works with governors, state DOT CEOs, and other transportation stakeholders to promote transportation practices that advance environmental sustainability and equitable economic development, while maintaining high standards of governmental efficiency and transparency.


Smart Growth America helps communities plan for smarter, strategic growth as an investment for their future. We teach local leaders about the technical aspects of smart growth development, and provide customized advice on how communities can use smart growth strategies to their advantage.


Transportation for America ››
Transportation for America is an advocacy organization made up of local, regional and state leaders who envision a transportation system that safely, affordably and conveniently connects people of all means and ability to jobs, services, and opportunity through multiple modes of travel.