Programs

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.


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.


TODresources.org ››
A project of the Federal Transit Administration administered by Smart Growth America, this program provides on-the-ground and online technical assistance to support transit-oriented development, improve access to public transportation, and build new economic opportunities and pathways to employment for local communities.


Transportation for America ››
An alliance of elected, business and civic leaders from communities across the country, united to ensure that states and the federal government step up to invest in smart, homegrown, locally-driven transportation solutions. These are the investments that hold the key to our future economic prosperity.