Kentucky Main Street Program Communities Contributed $110M to State Economy in 2016

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The Kentucky Main Street Program announced that 39 participating communities reported a total investment of $110 million in their commercial downtown districts in 2016, a number that includes $75 million of private investment matched by nearly $31 million in public improvements. Since the program’s inception in 1979, KYMS can document more than $3.9 billion of public-private investment throughout the Commonwealth. Read more... Read more

Congress Is Making a Bipartisan Push for an Urban Development Tax Credit

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Members of the House and Senate have moved to protect a program that gives tax credits to businesses that create jobs and other economy boosters in low-income communities. The U.S. Treasury’s New Markets Tax Credit (NMTC) program, which targets poor zip codes both urban and rural, has gained bipartisan support and many friends in both the urban development and business worlds since its implementation in 2000. Two new bills introduced last week — both called The New Markets Tax Credit... Read more

Historic Preservation is a Major Opportunity in West Virginia

Downtown Morgantown, WV (Source: weheartwv.com)
West Virginia is redefining itself as a diversified economy supported by a high quality of life rooted in the natural splendor of its mountains, streams and valleys, accentuated by historic downtowns with a size and scale of communities making it Almost Heaven. There is a renewed interest in increasing West Virginia’s historic rehabilitation tax credit. The suggestion has considerable merit, even given the state’s current financial situation. Read more... Read more

Sparking Change: Catalyzing the Social Impacts of Parks in Underserved Neighborhoods

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Sparking Change explores the social impacts of communities in underserved neighborhoods becoming involved in animating and improving their local park, and identifies common strategies taken by both community members and partner organizations to support this work. The report tells the story of communities that have taken action through spearheading improvements, engaging diverse community members, and organizing events and activities that draw people into the park—a process we refer to as park engagement. Learn more... Read more

First LEED Certification for Transit Worldwide Launched

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The U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) and Green Business Certification Inc. (GBCI) announced a new LEED green building rating system pilot designed to address the unique needs of transit systems around the world. Delhi Metro Rail Corporation (DMRC) will be the first metro in the world to pursue the pilot, LEED v4 O+M: Transit, for their metro stations in Delhi NCR and other states in India. Read more... Read more

ASLA 2017 Professional & Student Awards

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Each year, the ASLA Professional Awards honor the best in landscape architecture from around the globe, while the ASLA Student Awards give us a glimpse into the future of the profession. Professional award submissions due April 17. Student award submissions due May 15. Learn more and apply... Read more

Two New Tools for Planning a Healthy Urban Canopy

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Trees are a vital part of urban communities, providing social, environmental and economic benefits. However, the urban environment is a difficult one for most trees. The U.S. Forest Service has developed two new tools to help plan for and manage a healthy urban forest: one that guides designers and tree managers to select tree species likely to survive in the built environment, and another to monitor tree health to ensure trees become an asset instead of a liability. Read more... Read more
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