15 communities selected to receive free smart growth technical assistance

A view of downtown Oklahoma City, OK by Flickr user Becky McCray. Oklahoma City is one of 15 communities selected to receive free technical assistance this year.

Smart Growth America is pleased to announce the 15 communities that have been selected to receive this year’s free smart growth technical assistance. Stretching from Maine to Washington State, these communities represent major cities, suburban communities, and rural towns, showing that all types of communities are interested in using smart growth strategies to build stronger local economies, create jobs and improve overall quality of life.

The communities are: Township of Byram, NJ; City of Eastport, ME; City of Deerfield Beach, FL; Derry Township, PA; City of Greer, SC; Gwinnett County, GA; City of Kimberly, ID; City of Newark, OH; City of New Orleans, LA; Northern Maine Development Commission, ME; Town of Notasulga, AL; City of Oklahoma City, OK; Pima County Development Services Department, AZ; City of Pittsburgh, PA; City of Tacoma, WA.

Each community will receive a 1- or 2-day training session with a smart growth expert on the issue of their choice. This technical assistance was made possible through a grant from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s Building Blocks for Sustainable Communities program.

Smart Growth America received nearly 90 applications from 34 states plus the District of Columbia for this technical assistance. While all of the applications were worthy, the 15 communities selected exhibited the strongest interest in and need for smart growth tools and clearly demonstrated a commitment from local business, community and political leaders to implement local smart growth solutions.

Smart Growth America’s technical assistance is made possible by a grant from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency Office of Sustainable Communities under the 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—Forterra (formerly 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.

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    4 Responses to 15 communities selected to receive free smart growth technical assistance

    1. garland j wampler says:

      Information needed: Does tax payer money go to these designated communities?
      If so, how much control by Federal Government sticks with the

      • Ryan McClure says:

        hopefully our taxes go to these types of communities, it will help save us from the quagmire we are currently in by better appropriating our money with more sustainable design.

      • Roger Millar says:

        The technical assistance is funded by the federal government and thus by those who pay federal taxes (See http://www.epa.gov/smartgrowth/buildingblocks.htm for more details about the program). No direct funds are being distributed to communities as part of this grant; the assistance is actually in the form of a workshop; and the workshop comes with zero federal requirements for action. The technical assistance workshops are designed to give local governments better tools to make local decisions about how resources are used.

    2. The only sad thing about articles such as this one is that the federal government is choosing to support only 15 smart growth initiatives nationwide with what amounts to technical assistance. If the Washington crowd could realize that urban sprawl is causing us to be motivated to go to war, to spend much more than necessary on road-building, to pollute our air through vehicle emissions, and to lose or corrupt some of our magnificent scenery that should attract more international tourists, maybe technical assistance would be a bit more widely available to metropolitan areas.

      Just a thought.

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