Foundations for smart growth

Is your city interested in smart growth, but not sure how to make it happen? Bring in the development experts with one of Smart Growth America’s free technical assistance workshops.

Each year Smart Growth America offers a limited number of free Foundations for Smart Growth workshops to help local leaders and residents make their communities more livable, sustainable, and vibrant. Now in its sixth year, our free technical assistance program has helped more than 70 communities grow in ways that benefit residents and businesses while protecting the environment and preserving a sense of place.

On November 22, 2016, we announced the recipient communities for our 2017 workshop series

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For this round of free technical assistance, applications applied for one of the nine available tools:

  1. Implementing smart growth 101: Download the informational one-pager and explore past workshop materials
  2. Planning for economic and fiscal health:  Download the informational one-pager and explore past workshop materials
  3. Fiscal impact analysis: Download the informational one-pager and explore past workshop materials
  4. Sustainable land use code audit: Download the informational one-pager and explore past workshop materials
  5. Complete Streets technical assistance: Download the informational one-pager and explore past workshop materials
  6. Parking audits: Download the informational one-pager and explore past workshop materials
  7. Cool planning: local strategies to slow climate change: Download the informational one-pager and explore past workshop materials
  8. Using LEED-ND to accelerate the development of sustainable communities: Download the informational one-pager and explore past workshop materials
  9. (Re)Building Downtown: Download the informational one-pager and explore past workshop materials

Any unit or subdivision of local government, Indian tribe, or regional government is eligible to apply for these free standard workshops. Communities may apply for more than one workshop, but must submit separate applications for each.

About the program

Smart Growth America’s technical assistance program is made possible by a grant from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s Office of Sustainable Communities under their Building Blocks for Sustainable Communities Program. The Building Blocks program funds quick, targeted assistance to communities that face common development problems.