The State of State Historic Tax Credits

The Gorman Company renovated this 1882 brewery in Milwaukee, and turned it into the Brewhouse Inn and Suites (Source: The Brewhouse Inn and Suites)
Like the federal government, 34 states currently use Historic Tax Credits (HTCs) to encourage the redevelopment and preservation of qualifying historic buildings. By amplifying the federal HTC, state credits help protect states’ unique heritage while creating new jobs and places to house new businesses. The road to success has not been without setbacks, but progress was made by many states in 2016. Read more... Read more

Community Heart & Soul: Field Guide

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This Field Guide distills twenty years of experience working with small cities and towns into a step-by-step process and a kit of resources to equip leaders, staff, and volunteers with everything they need to design and deliver the Heart & Soul method in their community. This Field Guide is an overview of the Orton Family Foundation’s four-phase method that breaks the process down into management steps and tasks to help you get the job done. It is a roadmap to... Read more

The How and Why of Measuring Access to Opportunity: A Guide to Performance Management

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This new resource from the Governors’ Institute on Community Design is a guidebook on the data, tools, and methodologies transportation officials need to measure access to opportunity, as well as how to integrate these measurements into their planning and investment decisions. This guidebook might also be useful to elected and civic leaders, policymakers, and stakeholders who wish to work with transportation agencies to address these important priorities. Learn more... Read more

Regional Conservation Partnership Program

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Through the Regional Conservation Partnership Program (RCPP), the Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) co-invests with partners in innovative, workable and cost-effective approaches to benefit farming, ranching and forest operations; local economies; and the communities and resources in a watershed or other geographic area. Applications due April 21. Learn more and apply... Read more

Community Connect Grant Program

Point Hope, Alaska, a 2015 grantee (Source: National Geographic)
The Community Connect Grant Program funds broadband deployment into rural communities where it is not yet economically viable for private sector providers to deliver service. Grant funds may be used to (1) deploy service to critical community facilities, rural residents, and rural businesses; (2) construct, acquire, or expand a community center; and (3) equip a community center that provides free access to service to community residents. Applications due March 13. Learn more and apply... Read more

Smart Growth Fixes for Climate Adaptation and Resilience

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EPA’s new publication, Smart Growth Fixes for Climate Adaptation and Resilience: Changing Land Use and Building Codes to Prepare for Climate Change, can help local governments find strategies to prepare for climate change impacts while achieving other environmental, economic, health, and social benefits. Read report... Read more

Englewood Line Trail Could Create Recreation and Job Opportunities for Chicago Residents

The abandoned railroad embankment in Englewood (Source: Englewood Line)
Building on Daniel Burnham’s vision to create a network of interconnected parks, Chicago is looking to build more rail-to-trails like the Bloomindale Trail. One rail-to-trail in the works is the Englewood Line Nature Trail, a proposed two-mile elevated greenway located in the South Side community of the same name. Englewood is a predominately African-American neighborhood that was once home to a bustling commercial district. If the rail-to-trail were built, it could bring in more community investment and improve the quality-of-life... Read more
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