Free workshops

Planning for smarter, strategic growth is an investment in your community’s future. Smart Growth America can help your community achieve its development goals. 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.

In addition to Smart Growth America’s year-round services, we offer a limited number of free workshops to help local leaders and residents make their communities more livable, sustainable, and vibrant.

Stay updated on our free technical assistance opportunities:


Safe Streets Academy

Status: Open. Applications accepted until Sunday, July 16, 2017 at 11:59 PM EDT
For jurisdictions that want to transform their commitment to traffic safety into practice, this year-long Academy will bring together engineers, planners, and related professionals for intensive, hands-on trainings. Learn more >>


Complete Streets Consortium Series

Status: Closed on 02/02/17.  2017 recipient consortium announced on 4/11/17.
For three communities from the same state to work closely together to implement Complete Streets—streets that are safe and accessible for people of all ages and abilities. Learn more >>


Small-Scale Manufacturing and Place-Based Economic Development

Status: Closed on 1/6/17. 2017 recipient communities announced on 2/7/17.
For communities interested in using small-scale manufacturing to help revitalize a downtown or neighborhood and create economic opportunity. Learn more >>


EPA’s Foundations for Smart Growth

Status: Closed. 2017 recipient communities announced on 11/22/16.
For communities interested in smart growth, but not sure how to make it happen. Applicants may apply for one of our free standardized technical assistance tools, funded by the Environmental Protection Agency. Learn more >>


Transit-Oriented Development (TOD)

Status: Closed on 10/07/16. 2017 recipient communities announced on 12/12/16.
For communities interested in enhancing transit-oriented development within transit corridors or around a public transportation station, and in economically distressed communities. Learn more >>