Congress for the New Urbanism: Building Places People Love

Campus Martius in Detroit (Credit: @CNUMidwest /Twitter)
The Congress for the New Urbanism (CNU) is an international nonprofit organization working to create vibrant and walkable cities, towns, and neighborhoods, where people have diverse choices for how they live, work, shop and get around. Through 25 years of advocacy, CNU has changed the national conversation from a debate over sprawl to a discussion on how to reinvest in our existing communities. People want to live in well-designed places that are unique, authentic and walkable. CNU’s mission is to help people... Read more

Shoup Recommends Parking Reform at Delaware Valley Smart Growth Alliance Spring Forum

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Renowned parking “rock star” Donald Shoup addressed the Delaware Valley Smart Growth Alliance (DVSGA) Spring Forum in May 2016, speaking about the high cost of free parking. DVSGA is a coalition of more than 200 government, private sector and non-profit organizations in the Greater Philadelphia region encompassing Southeastern Pennsylvania, Southern New Jersey and Delaware. Audience members from diverse backgrounds and communities across the region packed the conference hall to hear Shoup speak in Philadelphia. Many cities, suburbs and towns, including Philadelphia, grapple with parking issues... Read more

Northeast-Midwest Institute Delivers Key Research on Vacant and Abandoned Properties

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Established in 1977 as a nonpartisan research, education and policy non-profit, the Northeast-Midwest Institute’s (NEMWI) mission is to promote economic vitality, environmental quality, and regional equity for the 18 Northeastern and Midwestern states. The Institute has established itself as an unbiased, reliable source of information around topics such as city revitalization, water quality, waterborne trade and transportation, and manufacturing, specifically as they relate to the 18 states that comprise the Northeast and Midwest United States.  The impetus for the organization... Read more

Partner Spotlight: ICMA

Lowell is one city the Massachusetts State Resource Network will work with (wiki photo)
Founded in 1914, ICMA, the International City/County Management Association, advances professional local government worldwide. The organization’s mission is to create excellence in local governance by developing and fostering professional management to build sustainable communities that improve quality of life. ICMA provides services, research, publications, data and information, peer and results-oriented assistance, training and professional development to thousands of city, town and county leaders around the world. ICMA works in a variety of practice areas, and has focused on sustainability in recent years. ICMA recently released two reports, Evaluating the... Read more

The National Association of Counties: Supporting Economies in Transition

Harlan, Kentucky (David Stephenson/Wall Street Journal)
Uniting America’s 3,069 county governments, the National Association of Counties (NACo) was founded in 1935 to foster the creation of healthy, vibrant and safe counties across the United States. NACo brings county officials together to advocate with a collective voice on national policy, exchange ideas, pursue transformational county solutions, enrich the public’s understanding of county government and exercise exemplary leadership in public service. NACo does this by providing technical assistance, training and education programs to county elected officials and county government staff. NACo... Read more

The American Planning Association is Integrating Health and Planning

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Since 1978, the American Planning Association (APA) has worked to advance the art and science of planning at the local, regional, state and national levels. APA provides leadership in the development of communities by advocating excellence in planning, promoting education and citizen empowerment, and providing the tools and support necessary to meet the challenges of growth and change. Within APA is the American Institute of Certified Planners, the entity responsible for the national certification of professional planners. Today, APA has approximately 40,000 national members,... Read more

Partner Spotlight: The Conservation Fund

Uncle Johnny's Hostel, a tourism based business in Unicoi County. (Credit: theathiker.com)
The Conservation Fund, which celebrated its 30th anniversary in 2015, focuses on conservation that works for America. This focus is carried out by creating conservation solutions that make environmental and economic sense. The Conservation Fund builds strong partnerships with communities and helps them capitalize on their natural features and cultural assets.... Read more

American Public Health Association: Connecting Health and the Built Environment

The American Public Health Association (APHA) is a 140-year-old nonprofit organization whose central goal, and challenge, is to create the healthiest nation in one generation. To do so, APHA promotes health in all policies by building partnerships, coalitions and connections with people outside of the public health community, such as transportation professionals, land use and community planners, equity advocates and design professionals.... Read more

Partner Spotlight on the Center for Neighborhood Technology: Creating Data-Driven Tools for Sustainable Communities

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By Cristina Davia –  The Center for Neighborhood Technology (CNT), a non-profit organization founded in 1978, works to create sustainable cities that are transit-oriented, equitable and provide economic development opportunities for everybody. CNT’s approach to creating such places is through researching and analyzing urban problems, testing and promoting economically efficient and environmentally sound solutions, and demonstrating the value of investing in sustainable solutions. Transit-Oriented Development CNT promotes transit as a preferable and sustainable transportation choice. CNT works to reduce automobile dependency and... Read more
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