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Main Street Now Conference

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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

Leveraging Resources for Brownfields Revitalization: Meet the Funders: Parks, Community Health, and the Arts

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Brownfield grants from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) can support redevelopment of contaminated sites. This EPA webinar will highlight a number of redevelopment resources available from the National Park Service (NPS), The Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), and the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) to leverage your brownfield dollars. The webinar will also feature a presentation from a community that has successfully used grants, loans and other support from these agencies for its revitalization efforts. Register... 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

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

Can Alexandria Breathe New Life into a “Dead Mall”?

Rendering of new Landmark site with new green space and mixed use buildings. (Source: City of Alexandria)
In the West End of Alexandria, there are plans to replace a defunct shopping mall with a neighborhood where people can live and do some of their day-to-day errands without having to get into a car. The redevelopment promises to provide new opportunities for the area, but new buildings alone cannot ensure a successful place to live and work. Read more... Read more
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