Smart Growth America to provide free smart growth technical assistance to communities

Dan Burden, Executive Director and Co-Founder of the Livable and Walkable Communities Institute, leads a Walkability Audit in Linden, MI. The Walkability Audit is one of twelve tools being offered free of change to communities interested in smart growth strategies. Photo from the Michigan Municipal League, via Flickr.

Smart Growth America is pleased to announce technical assistance will now be available to select communities interested in smart growth strategies – free of charge.

The new program has been made possible by a five-year technical assistance grant from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). The grant will be used to provide direct technical assistance to communities across the nation on how to develop local solutions to help their communities grow in ways that benefit families and businesses while protecting the environment and preserving a sense of place.

Smart Growth America will be offering twelve technical assistance workshops as part of the program, including:

As a national leader in the field, Smart Growth America has accumulated extensive experience working with communities to help them use land strategically, make the most of existing resources and invest strategically to catalyze private development. We are dedicated to providing best practices to local leaders in urban, suburban and rural communities working to create housing and transportation choices near jobs, shops and schools. Our technical assistance will provide the resources to refine and implement local priorities with smart growth strategies that make sense for your community.

Apply today for free technical assistance
Communities interested in this free-of-charge technical assistance can go to www.smartgrowthamerica.org/sc-tech-assistance to learn more about this exciting opportunity. Full application guidelines as well as a digital application form are available there.

In addition, Smart Growth America will be hosting a webinar to discuss this technical assistance and the application process on Wednesday, October 12, 2011 at 2:00 PM EDT. Anyone interested in learning more about this opportunity can register for the webinar by clicking here.

This technical assistance is funded by U.S. EPA’s Office of Sustainable Communities under its Building Blocks for Sustainable Communities Program. The Building Blocks program funds quick, targeted assistance to communities that face common development problems. Three other nonprofit organizations—Cascade Land Conservancy, Global Green USA and Project for Public Spaces—also received competitively awarded grants under this program this year to help communities get the kinds of development they want.

Click here to learn more about Smart Growth America’s technical assistance opportunities >>

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    One Response to Smart Growth America to provide free smart growth technical assistance to communities

    1. In looking at your technical assistance workshops, I do not see any content or mention of historic preservation as a smart growth strategy or planning tool. I would think that historic preservation would be a major component of information that you would want to convey to communities looking to grow smart.

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