Smart Growth America’s Top 12 of 2012: Speaking nationally about smart growth


We’re doing a special blog series highlighting some of Smart Growth America’s favorite accomplishments from 2012. This is the eighth of twelve installments.

In 2012, we went to conferences and convenings to speak about our work and share ideas with colleagues in the field.

At the New Partners for Smart Growth Conference, we talked about area-wide planning, the transportation debate in Congress, infill development in small cities, implementing Complete Streets, progressive trends in state transportation policy, how to turn transit-oriented development in to economic prosperity, and how to create political support for smart growth projects.

At the Alliance for Biking & Walking Leadership Retreat, we engaged in discussions about new partnerships and initiatives on transportation equity, public health, community development and building a more diverse and inclusive movement. During workshops as well as in formal and informal breakout discussions, we discussed organizational strategies and learned best practices from our fellow participants.

At Pro Walk Pro Bike, we presented on lessons learned and best practices in effectively communicating what Complete Streets actually means on the ground after policy has been passed.

At RailVolution, we talked about effectively communicating about planning and growth, in addition to participating in a Developer’s Roundtable to discuss the latest trends and issues regarding real estate development around the country.

In addition to these, we joined the National Main Streets Conference, the National Planning Conference, Weight of the Nation, and at American Public Transportation Association convenings.

At all these events, we were proud to be among the honored speakers and learned great new ideas from our colleagues in the field.

Celebrate 2012 and support 2013: Donate

We are excited to have released new resources and reports in 2012, and look forward to continuing to do so in 2013. Help make it possible by donating to Smart Growth America today.

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