Placemaking is Economic Development

After years of economic decline, Michigan’s cities needed rebuilding, but officials knew they had to take a new approach if they wanted their communities to be economically sustainable. Recognizing the potential of placemaking to attract and retain talented workers and businesses, Michigan is using strategic placemaking (combining the tools of smart growth and new urbanism) to target places and accelerate revitalization. In this webinar, experts Jim Tischler and Mark Wyckoff explained how strategic placemaking and broad stakeholder participation is improving... 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

Webinar: The Economic and Fiscal Benefits of Walkable, Bikeable City and Town Centers

This webinar features the experiences of six U.S. cities in creating or increasing the walkability and bicycle-friendliness of their downtown areas. The cities profiled include small towns (Grandview, MO and West Jefferson, NC); medium-sized cities (Orlando, FL, Redmond, WA and Lancaster, CA) and large cities (the Bronx in NYC, Cleveland, OH, and Charlotte, NC). The webinar focuses on the implemented strategies, the resulting increases in walkability and bikeability, and the economic and fiscal benefits of each project. View slides View sources... Read more

Webinar: Why Do Old Places Matter?

Thank you to everyone who joined the Smart Growth Information Clearinghouse as we hosted our first webinar. Below, you will find the full presentations from our webinar speakers. Inspired by the National Trust for Historic Preservation’s series of essays exploring the role that historic places play in everyday life, this webinar examines the fundamental and pragmatic reasons that old places are good for people. Join three international historic preservation experts as they discuss how old places give people a sense of continuity... Read more