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Local Innovation Makes Main Street a Town Square

​Main Street in Lyons, Nebraska, has suffered like the heart of many small towns across America as shops have closed—losing customers to declining population and replaced by distant big-box stores. With the ingenuity of a conceptual artist and built by local craftspeople in 2015, The Storefront Theater was installed in a vacant, brick façade, an innovation that continues to bring the community together. Read more... Read more

The Great “Innovation” Rebrand of West Baltimore

On a blighted section of Baltimore’s North Avenue not far from the Maryland Institute College of Art, a public housing project, unoccupied for almost two years, is currently being torn down. Built in the 1970s, the 27-building complex that came to be known as Murder Mall is being cleared away to make room for a $100 million mixed-use development project that will break ground in one to two years from now. When complete, it will include between 300 and 500... Read more

J.M.K. Innovation Prize

The J.M.K. Innovation Prize is an initiative of The J.M. Kaplan Fund, a New York-based family foundation. In 2017 up to ten prizes will be awarded to those tackling our country’s most pressing needs through social innovation. Specifically, the prize seeks to support innovation in the fields of the environment, heritage conservation and social justice. The prize is particularly designed for early stage ideas being piloted or prototyped by dynamic visionaries. Applications due April 28. Learn more and apply... Read more

TRB Annual Meeting

The Transportation Research Board’s (TRB) 96th Annual Meeting will cover all transportation issues, with more than 5,000 presentations in nearly 750 sessions. A number of sessions and workshops will focus on the meeting’s spotlight theme, Transportation Innovation: Leading the Way in an Era of Rapid Change. The meeting is expected to attract more than 12,500 transportation professionals from around the world. January 8-12 in Washington, D.C. Register now... Read more

NACo 2017 Achievement Awards/Counties Matter Challenge

The National Association of Counties (NACo) recognizes innovative programs in county government through the Achievement Awards Program – an excellent opportunity for counties to promote successes and share best practices. Awards are given in 18 categories and one outstanding program from each category will be selected as the “Best of Category.” By applying for the 2017 Achievement Awards, entries will also be in the running for NACo President Bryan Desloge’s 2016-2017 presidential initiative, The Counties Matter Challenge: Brilliant Ideas at... Read more

National Conservation Innovation Grants

Conservation Innovation Grants (CIG) are competitive grants that stimulate the development and adoption of innovative approaches and technologies for conservation on agricultural lands. Through CIG, Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) partners with public and private entities to accelerate technology transfer and adopt promising technologies. Applications due January 9, 2017. Learn more and apply... Read more

Capital Ideas II: Raising Money for Transportation Through Innovative State Legislation

Transportation for America and the Sacramento Area Council of Governments invite you to the second Capital Ideas conference. This conference will offer a detailed, interactive curriculum of best practices, campaign tactics, innovative policies and peer-to-peer collaboration to help your initiative succeed — whether you are just beginning a funding campaign, fighting to advance smart policy changes, or defending a key legislative win. Learn more... Read more

Accelerated Innovation Deployment (AID)

The Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) is accepting applications for the Acceleration Innovation Deployment (AID) Demonstration Program, which provides funding as an incentive for eligible entities to accelerate the implementation and adoption of innovation in highway transportation. Applications accepted on a rolling basis. Learn more and apply... Read more

USDA Announces $26 Million Investment to Spur Agricultural Innovation

The U.S. Department of Agriculture will invest $26.6 million into 45 projects that will spur innovative conservation initiatives on both rural and urban farms across the country. Public and private grantees will provide matching investments, bringing the total value of support to $59 million. The investment is made through USDA’s Conservation Innovation Grants (CIG) program, which fosters innovation in conservation tools and strategies to improve things like on-farm energy and fertilizer use as well as market-based strategies to improve water... Read more
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