Climate Resilience and Planning Peer Exchange: Atlanta Regional Commission

This new Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) report summarizes a peer exchange on climate change resilience that was held October 4-5, 2016 in Atlanta, Georgia and hosted by the Atlanta Regional Commission (ARC). The peer exchange was co-organized by FHWA and ARC and involved MPOs and State DOTs from around the country. Read more... Read more

Fiscal Impact Analysis Policies in Rural Communities Toolkit

​This Smart Growth America toolkit provides an overview of what Fiscal Impact Analysis Policies are and how local communities can create and implement them. It also includes a case study of this type of policy in action, and a model policy that rural communities can use to create a Fiscal Impact Analysis Policy of their own. Read more... Read more

Community Facilities Location Policy

​For many small and rural communities, access to essential services such as hospitals, medical clinics, schools, courthouses, childcare centers, and post offices can be limited. These services play a critical role in the daily function, health, prosperity, and viability of communities of all types, and in smaller communities this role can be even more important. A Community Facilities Location Policy can help ensure that new facilities, and the money invested to build them, deliver the project’s hoped-for benefits. This Smart... Read more

Providing Well-Placed Affordable Housing in Rural Communities

​The cost of living in rural areas is generally lower than in metro areas, yet many residents of rural cities and towns nevertheless struggle to afford the homes and apartments available in those markets. Furthermore, newly added affordable housing that is built is often located far from jobs, hospitals, grocery stores and schools creating high transportation costs and hardship particularly given that many of these households do not have reliable access to transportation. This toolkit from Smart Growth America examines... Read more

Neighborhoods by Numbers: An Introduction to Finding and Using Small Area Data

This publication by the Center for Community Progress will help readers navigate how to effectively use data to shape planning and revitalization decisions for their community — even without a degree in statistics, GIS knowhow, or the budget for a consultant. This easy-to-use, color-coded book walks you through how to find, understand, and use key local and national datasets. It focuses on the use of data for small areas like properties, blocks, and neighborhoods, because understanding the dynamics of small... Read more

Understanding the Small and Medium Multifamily Housing Stock

​Researchers at Enterprise Community Foundation and the University of Southern California found that small and medium multifamily housing provides 54 percent of the U.S.’s rental housing stock and is home to a majority of low-income households. Located in all types of communities, these properties include more than one in three homes in central cities and more than in one in five suburban homes. This report concludes that policymakers should support the development of financial tools to preserve this type of... Read more

Small Cities With Big-City Infrastructure Problems: Case Studies in Stormwater Innovation

New Jersey Future and Re:focus Partners celebrate the conclusion of Build It Green Initiative and the release of Re:focus Partners’ new report “Small Cities With Big-City Infrastructure Problems” describing a new approach to integrated stormwater infrastructure design, finance and implementation being piloted in Gloucester City, Jersey City and Perth Amboy. Additionally, as part of the BIG Initiative Re:focus Partners and SCAPE launched The Field Guide to CSO+: A Strategy for Aligning Community Priorities to help empower the decision makers charged with... Read more

Developers’ Green Infrastructure Guide

This Guide addresses basic questions about green stormwater infrastructure: what it is, how it works, what are its costs and benefits, and why it makes good business sense. Green infrastructure is not the perfect solution for every setting or every project, but it is versatile, it is powerful and it’s the future of stormwater management. Learn more... Read more

Creative Places & Businesses: Catalyzing Growth in Communities

​Creative Places and Businesses are a critical yet under-recognized element of comprehensive community development. This report examines the importance of recognizing Creative Places and Businesses as a segment within community development equipped with shared definitions and standardized metrics; the ongoing need for technical assistance to build familiarity and expertise among community development lenders and capacity among Creative Place and Business borrowers; and the need for development of a robust ecosystem to enable impact capital to truly meet effective demand. Read... Read more
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