Tag Archives: Economic Development

Main Street Now Conference

Join your fellow commercial district revitalization professionals for three exciting days of education sessions, mobile tours, special events, and plenty of opportunities for exploring all the great things Pittsburgh and the surrounding area has to offer. Attendees will explore how Main Streets can position themselves at the forefront of the new economy, dive into the critical intersection of health and place, discover how commercial districts can be drivers of equity and inclusion, and more. Learn more and register... Read more

How Public Lands in Colorado Are Boosting Local Economies

With Mt. Princeton in the background, rafters make their way down the Arkansas River as it enters Browns Canyon National Monument
(Scott Willoughby / The Denver Post)
As citizens, government officials and business owners grapple with the value of public lands, one things holds true: Federal designation of an area as a national park or monument can help the local economy. The two newest national monuments in Colorado are buoying the communities that surround them. Read more... Read more

Green Infrastructure: Learn the Environmental, Community and Economic Benefits

Along the Green Line, 1,000 new trees, as well as nine rain gardens and stormwater planters along University Avenue, absorb and filter the rainwater (Source: Capitol Region Watershed District)
Green infrastructure is an approach to mitigating environmental challenges using vegetation, soils and natural processes as part of a living engineered solution. Living engineered solutions can provide a broad range of biodiversity, community and economic benefits. Join experienced landscape designer Julia Plumb as she discusses the many opportunities to implement green infrastructure projects on sites in this webinar from the Wildlife Habitat Council. Learn more and register... Read more

Local Innovation Strengthening Rural Economies

Rather than wait on solutions from outside, many rural places are building on their existing assets and designing creative economic development approaches that drive toward more broadly shared prosperity while creating and retaining jobs. This webinar from the Aspen Institute will feature innovators – business owners, intermediary partners, and investors – active in a variety of rural economies in the U.S. Register now... Read more

Oneonta’s $10M Downtown Plan Gains Momentum

Historic downtown Oneonta (Source: Greater Oneonta Economic Development Council)
The city of Oneonta was named the winner of the $10 million DRI grant among applicants in the Mohawk Valley Regional Economic Development Council. Opening a center for food and beverage innovation, renovating the municipal parking garage and enhancing walkways and housing options are among a score of proposals for how the city can use the funds towards revitalizing its downtown. Read more... Read more

Smart Growth America Announces Recipients of Small-Scale Manufacturing and Place-Based Economic Development Technical Assistance

The Gates Art Gallery building in Lowell, MA’s Acre neighborhood. Lowell is hoping to support small-scale manufacturing in the neighborhood. (Richard Howe / Flickr)
Four communities are using small-scale manufacturing for downtown revitalization to create economic opportunity, and will receive free technical assistance from Smart Growth America, made possible by the U.S. Economic Development Administration (EDA). Read more... Read more

Jobs Doubled Along Euclid Avenue After Completion of HealthLine

The completed HealthLine, seen from the top of the Cleveland Clinic's Miller Pavilion (Steven Litt / The Plain Dealer)
The number of jobs nearly doubled along Euclid Avenue following completion of the bus rapid transit HealthLine in 2008, according a new study released by the Center for Population Dynamics at Cleveland State University. Among other things, the report makes the case that it’s smarter to make transit investments in urban areas with rising employment in growing industries, such as health care, rather than increasing service to low-paying manufacturing jobs in sprawling suburbs, where employment is falling due to automation.... Read more

Can a Community Garden Outgrow Poverty in Southern Phoenix?

Community engagement is a critical part of the development of an urban farming project in South Phoenix. (Credit: DSGN AGNC)
In South Phoenix, there’s a massive, untended plot of dirt as big as two and a half New York City blocks. Until recently, it was a void space between the housing tracts, collecting trash where it runs up against the streets. Now, nearly $600,000 from art project supporters the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) and ArtSpace America will help turn the swath into a centerpiece of the neighborhood, and hopefully the minority communities that make up the majority of... Read more

Balancing Nature & Commerce in Rural Communities and Landscapes

Transylvania County, NC (Source: The Conservation Fund)
During this 3-day course, community-based teams will focus on the economics, community character, natural resources, and partnership-building skills necessary for creating sustainable communities. Teams will identify opportunities to differentiate their communities based upon their unique assets, have the opportunity to hear the latest trends in bringing alternative energy or transportation or sustainable agriculture practices to their rural communities, and develop specific action plans for implementation when they return home! Team applications due December 12. Learn more and apply... Read more

Transportation Innovations that Save States Money & Attract Talent

Transportation Innovations that Save States Money & Attract Talent
Join Transportation for America in this webinar to learn how two states have made transportation a key piece of their economic development agendas and have focused state funds on cost-effective investments in transportation. This webinar is based on a T4America guide recently produced for governors and their administrations which shows how a fresh approach to transportation is fundamental to creating quality jobs and shared prosperity while running an efficient government that gets the greatest benefit from every taxpayer dollar. Register... Read more
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