Communities Can Access Free In-Person Smart Growth Workshops

Oklahoma City, 2011 recipient of smart growth technical assistance workshops. Image – Flickr user Becky McCray

Free technical assistance workshops are available to communities around the country to help them improve livability, smart growth and sustainability. The deadline was extended and applications must be received by Tuesday, November 6. Learn more here, and apply here.

You’d be mistaken if you think it’s simply big, urban, “blue” communities who are interested in smart growth.  Look at this list of last year’s successful applicants:  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.,  They were selected from nearly 90 applications from 34 states plus the District of Columbia.

The workshops, available to six to twelve communities, are offered by Livability Solutions, a partnership that includes Reconnecting America. The one- to two-day workshops are supported by a grant to the Project for Public Spaces from the US 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.

From the announcement:

“Workshops are intended to provide communities with strategies to enhance livability, to create lasting economic and environmental improvements, and to effect positive change for their residents. Focus will be on helping communities reach a tipping point or overcome a significant hurdle to reaching a particular livability or sustainability goal. Coalition members will work with selected communities to identify the tool or palette of tools that will best help them achieve their livability and sustainability goals, building off of each community’s unique character, culture, creativity, and effort. A short report will be prepared for each community following the technical assistance, and communities receiving technical assistance will be asked to follow up one month and nine months after receiving technical assistance to report on their progress toward objectives set during the assistance.”

Learn more from Reconnecting America’s report, “Are We There Yet: Creating Complete Communities for 21st Century America.”

Cover Image: Mint Plaza, San Francisco winner of 2010 EPA Smart Growth Award.  Image – SFWeekly