Announcing the recipients of Smart Growth America’s 2013 free technical assistance


Downtown Missoula, Montana, in Missoula County, one of 2013′s free technical assistance recipients. Photo by Marc Moss, via Flickr.

Smart Growth America is pleased to announce the 22 communities selected to receive a free workshop in 2013 as part of our free technical assistance program.

Each year, Smart Growth America makes a limited number of technical assistance workshops available to interested communities for zero cost. This competitive award gives communities a chance to understand the technical aspects of smart growth development through a one- or two-day workshop on a subject of their choosing.

“Smart Growth America is committed to providing the tools and training to help community leaders keep their cities and towns livable, sustainable and economically prosperous places,” said Smart Growth America Vice President Roger Millar. “We are excited about working with each of these communities to develop local solutions that support thriving neighborhoods now and for generations to come.”

Smart Growth America’s 2013 free technical assistance recipients are:

  • Buena Vista Charter Town, Michigan
  • City of Blue Springs, Missouri
  • City of Boulder, Colorado
  • City of Carlisle, Iowa
  • City of Charlotte, North Carolina
  • City of Chula Vista, California
  • City of Cincinnati, Ohio
  • City of Fairfax, Virginia
  • City of Houston, Texas
  • City of Port Isabel, Texas
  • City of Virginia Beach, Virginia
  • Cuyahoga County, Ohio
  • Dauphin County, Pennsylvania
  • Des Moines Area Metropolitan Planning Organization, Iowa
  • Graham County, North Carolina
  • Harlem Park Neighborhood Council, Maryland
  • Missoula County, Montana
  • Northwest Colorado Council of Governments, Colorado
  • Town of Campbell, New York
  • Town of Winchester, Connecticut
  • Truckee Meadows Regional Planning Agency, Nevada
  • Village of Park Forest, Illinois

The 22 communities selected to receive assistance this year exhibited strong 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.

This program is funded through a grant from U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’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—Forterra, Global Green USA and Project for Public Spaces—also received competitively awarded grants under this program to help communities get the kinds of development they want.

Additional assistance available
In addition to our free awards, Smart Growth America offers technical assistance workshops for a fee, ranging from beginner introductions to advanced implementation. In most cases, workshops are geared for elected officials and public sector employees. Learn more about our technical assistance workshops >>

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    4 Responses to Announcing the recipients of Smart Growth America’s 2013 free technical assistance

    1. Ron Beitler says:

      Very disappointed Lower Macungie, PA wasn’t selected… We’ll keep our eyes open for more grant opportunities. We have a fantastic professional planner who is always on top of this stuff.

    2. Is it possible to review the grant applications for these workshop grantees? The website I gave reflects a 2010 OSHC Community Challenge grant project. It is urban unincorporated and I am continually looking at other projects that may provide suggestions for additional approaches. In particular I’m interested in the Missoula, NW Colorado Council and Truckee Meadows applications.
      Thank you in advance for your assistance.
      Regards,
      Mike Dahlstrom, Project Manager, Washington County Land Use and Transportation.

    3. Ruta Dzenis says:

      Could you please post a 2-3 sentance description of the TA each of these communities will be receiving? Thanks.

      • Ella Krivitchenko says:

        Hi Ruta,
        Thanks for your question! Here’s a description of the workshops we will provide this year:

        Planning for Economic and Fiscal Health – The workshop draws on successful private and public sector lessons to help local leaders foster smart growth communities that cost their taxpayers less to build, run and maintain. This workshop first brings you the latest lessons in how smart growth saves money for local governments, makes money for businesses and is integral for the long-term fiscal and economic health of the community.

        Implementing Smart Growth 101 – The Implementing Smart Growth 101 workshop provides 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.

        Sustainable Land Use Code Audit – These code audits examine 10-12 sustainability issues such as energy conservation, renewable energy, and community health that are chosen by the community and provide an assessment of barriers and regulatory gaps in the codes to attaining community sustainability goals in these areas and potential implementation strategies.

        Using LEED-ND to accelerate the development of sustainable communities – The planning and development of sustainable communities can be accelerated though local government leveraging of the LEED for Neighborhood Development (ND) rating system. This one-day workshop teaches local government staff a three-step leveraging process:
        1) identifying ND-eligible lands;
        2) catalyzing projects on those lands; and
        3) amending land-use and transportation plans to expand eligible land supply and improve vicinity conditions so as to increase achievable ND points.

        Walkability Workshop/Audit – The Walkability Workshop/Audit is a one-day assessment and training workshop that includes a technical presentation, a walkability audit, partnership-building activities, visioning exercises, a short design session, and the creation of a working group. The workshop can be developed to accommodate local needs and contexts, and has been effectively used in all regulatory environments.

        Complete Streets – These Workshops help communities set new priorities for transportation investments, write a policy and tackle implementation challenges. Each workshop builds local capacity to implement Complete Streets and smart growth approaches and strengthens relationships between transportation practitioners, community stakeholders, and elected officials.

        Smart Growth Zoning for Small Cities – This workshop will offer a menu of “quick fixes” that local governments can make to their zoning codes to promote smart tailored for small cities and rural areas.

        Transportation Performance Measurement – This assistance provides an introduction to transportation system performance measurement and reporting. Based on broad, inclusive public conversations about desired future conditions, communities can establish objectives-driven planning, programming and design processes coupled with monitoring and reporting methods that improve the accountability and effectiveness of their transportation programs and systems.

        Parking Audits – Parking audits provide a neutral setting where an impartial parking expert can evaluate local policies and practices and offer advice based on the state of the practice, with an emphasis on what works well and what should be avoided. The audit can be community-wide or can focus on a specific district.

        Implementing TOD 101 – The workshop provides technical assistance to communities interested in transit-oriented development and how it can help a region shape growth. The TOD Tool is based on an all-day workshop that will define successful TOD and provide an overview of TOD at the regional, corridor and station area scale.

        Cool Planning: Local Strategies to Slow Climate Change – workshop seeks to actively involve communities in the process of finding solutions that can be implemented at the local level to slow climate change.

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