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Future Cities Accelerator

The Future Cities Accelerator, powered by the Rockefeller Foundation and Unreasonable Insitute, exists to solve the challenges faced by poor or vulnerable populations living in U.S. cities. To do that, they want to find the people most capable of solving these challenges and give them what they need to get the job done at scale. Apply for $100,000 & 9 months of support to scale your organization serving poor or vulnerable populations in U.S. cities. Learn more and apply... Read more

Economic Health Means Business: The Fort Collins Story

What do brews, beauty and bikes have to do with the Fort Collins, Colorado, economy? Everything. Fort Collins is at the forefront of a paradigm shift in economic development. In fact, this city of 160,000 residents in North Central Colorado intentionally uses the term “economic health” instead of “economic development” to better reflect its objective of long-term community vitality. The city’s 2015 Economic Health Strategic Plan outlines basic tenets of an economically healthy, sustainable economy: residents can find employment and... Read more


The U.S. Department of Transportation (USDOT) Secretary Anthony Foxx announced a new technical assistance program – LadderSTEP – that will help seven cities foster sustainable economic development related to planned transportation projects. The USDOT LadderSTEP pilot program will provide Atlanta, Baltimore, Baton Rouge, Charlotte, Indianapolis, Phoenix, and Richmond with technical assistance to help promote thoughtful planning and economic growth. Learn more... Read more

New Partners for Smart Growth Conference, Feb. 11-13, 2016

The 2016 New Partners for Smart Growth Conference is headed back to Portland, after 11 years! The nation’s largest smart growth and sustainability event, the theme for the 2016 conference is “Practical Tools and Innovative Strategies for Creating Great Communities,” underscoring a stronger emphasis on implementation tools and strategies, and new technologies that will help communities NOW! February 11-13, 2016 in Portland, Oregon. Learn more... Read more

National Association of City Transportation Officials’ Designing Cities Conference, Oct. 28-31

NACTO’s fourth annual Designing Cities conference will convene transportation leaders and practitioners from across the country to discuss key trends in urban street design and transportation policy. Local leaders working to revitalize city streets exchange best practices with major city transportation stakeholders and private sector entrepreneurs committed to a common vision for healthier, more sustainable, economically vibrant cities of tomorrow.​ October 28-31 in Austin, Texas. Learn more... Read more

Policy Link Equity Summit, Oct. 27-29

Equity Summit 2015 will ground inclusion, justice, and prosperity in the urgent issues of today and connect them to the creativity and bold vision of the equity movement. Advocates from Ferguson to New Orleans, Minneapolis to New York, and all points in between, will be part of interactive panels, tours, and in-depth, skills-building sessions that showcase how local leaders can impact policy change. Equity Summit 2015 will forge powerful partnerships for building an equitable and prosperous nation. Join the summit... Read more

Rail~Volution 2015: Building Livable Communities with Transit, Oct. 25-28

At Rail~Volution you will be exposed to the best minds on livability in the country and the world, hear concrete examples that illustrate the rediscovery of community that is sweeping the country, and have a chance to ask hard questions and explore cutting edge ideas in more than 80 workshops, networking events, toolbox sessions and mobile workshops. AICP CM credits are available for some sessions. October 25-28 in Dallas, Texas. View more information... Read more

Green Industry Conference, Oct. 21-23

The National Association of Landscape Professionals invites you to join thousands of landscape industry professionals for its annual conference. The annual conference offers unparalleled educational and networking opportunities that will give you answers to your common (and uncommon) questions, and provides you with strategies to help grow your business. October 21-23 in Louisville, Kentucky. Learn more... Read more

Transit-Oriented Development Training, Sept. 30

This course, offered by the National Transit Institute, will help transportation and land use professionals effectively participate in the planning, funding, and implementation of transit-oriented projects that improve the environment, create a sense of community and boost transit ridership. September 30 in Las Vegas, Nevada. Learn more and register... Read more

Smart Cities Week, Sept. 14-16

Smart Cities Week participants will leave the conference with a keen understanding of the top strategic issues leaders must address as they plot a smart city course – from visioning, planning and breaking down silos to the interplay of cross-cutting technologies and innovation with core city functions like human services and public safety. The conference will feature the following tracks: Built Environment and Urban Planning, Energy and Utility, Transportation, E-Government, and Next-generation Technologies. Join Smart Cities Week September 14-16 in... Read more
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