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Sherwood Forest Conservation Effort Protects Endangered Wildlife Habitat And Local Jobs in Tennessee

Sherwood Forest (Source: Tennessee Division of Natural Areas)
The Conservation Fund and The Land Trust for Tennessee, in partnership with the State of Tennessee, announced the protection of 4,061 acres of forestland in the South Cumberland region of Tennessee. With funding from the Land and Water Conservation Fund (LWCF)—through both the U.S. Forest Service’s Forest Legacy Program and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service’s Cooperative Endangered Species Conservation Fund—more than eight miles of streams in the Crow Creek Valley and vital habitat for more than one-third of all... Read more

Small-Scale Manufacturing and Place-Based Economic Development Technical Assistance

Rickshaw Bagworks makes and sells cycling-inspired bags in San Francisco’s Dogpatch neighborhood. (Richard Masoner / Flickr)
Small-scale manufacturers have emerged as a significant force in today’s urban economy. For cities suffering the loss of skilled-labor employers, this emerging sector can create jobs and connect residents to economic opportunity while also serving as a powerful tool in the effort to revitalize neighborhoods. Smart Growth America announced a series of new, free technical assistance workshops. In partnership with the U.S. Economic Development Administration and Recast City, this program will educate and gather lessons from communities on how strategic... Read more

Jobs Must Be in the Mix in Baltimore’s Vacant Rowhouse Rehab

Todd Marcus (left) and Elder C.W. Harris in front of Martha's Place, a recovery program for women in Sandtown (Photo by Jen Kinney)
A new $700 million plan aims to redevelop West Baltimore, starting with demolishing about 4,000 buildings, including many in Sandtown. About 20 city blocks will be cleared of blight in the first year, the state estimates. The bulk of the funding, $600 million of it, will go toward subsidies for developing retail spaces and affordable and market-rate housing. Locals also recognize it’s time to look past housing, to jobs. Habitat for Humanity will launch an initiative to train locals in... Read more

Promoting Economic Mobility: Putting Evidence to Action for Communities

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The Urban Institute, in collaboration with the Citi Foundation, invites you to a discussion on innovative strategies and practices that promote upward mobility. The discussion will focus on the need to identify and address barriers that prevent individuals and families from moving up the economic ladder, and will also explore emerging research and place-conscious practices for cities, neighborhoods and workplaces. September 14 from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. in Washington DC, or online via webcast. Learn more... Read more

Climate Resilient Mitigation Activities – Job Aids

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The Federal Emergency Management Agency created job aids to help communities applying for funding for Climate Resilient Mitigation Activities under the Hazard Mitigation Assistance (HMA) grants program comply with the application’s technical feasibility and effectiveness, and environmental and historic preservation requirements. The available job aids include: Aquifer Storage & Recovery, Floodplain & Stream Restoration, and Flood Diversion & Storage. Learn more... Read more

Spatial and Skills Mismatch of Unemployment and Job Vacancies

Photo: Metro Transit
The University of Minnesota released findings from a study on Spatial and Skills Mismatch of Unemployment and Job Vacancies. The report offers policy recommendations centered on finding “sweet spots” for coordinated transit planning and workforce development, and on creating a future transit system to serve the needs of disadvantaged workers. Learn more... Read more

Group Says Food Manufacturing Hub Would Mean Jobs and New Life for Historic District

The Center for Neighborhood Technology envisions turning three buildings near the old Chicago Union Stock Yards into an industrial park for food manufacturing (John J. Kim / Chicago Tribune)
A p​roposal seeks to turn a century-old monument to Chicago’s industrial past — three massive city-owned buildings near the old Chicago Union Stock Yards — into a bustling, modern food manufacturing hub. The city has tried for more than a year to sell the six-story brick fortresses. Now the Center for Neighborhood Technology wants the city to consider a more specific redevelopment, one it says would pump jobs, revenue and life back into the historic Central Manufacturing District on the... Read more
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