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A “Gateway” to Economic Opportunity: Raleigh, NC Prepares for Inclusive Growth

The Southern Gateway’s iconic view of downtown Raleigh (Source: Smart Growth America)
Home to North Carolina State University, a thriving bio-technology cluster, rich cultural offerings, and a relatively low cost of living, it’s no surprise that Raleigh had the highest growth of any metropolitan area in the nation between 2000 and 2010 — and is projected to increase by 71 percent between 2010 and 2030. To accommodate that rapid population growth and to help more people participate in the economic growth it will likely entail, Raleigh leaders are planning to create a Bus... 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

Expanding the Economic Recovery to All Americans Through Smarter Growth: Recommendations for the Incoming Administration

One of the biggest challenges for the incoming administration is making the economy work for low- and middle-income workers and households. Smart Growth America’s short guide of federal policy recommendations, organized into five main goals, is designed to help the next administration accomplish just that by: Creating more housing choices, connecting Americans to opportunity by providing more transportation choices, empowering local communities, investing in existing communities, and making smarter, more cost-effective investments. Read report... Read more

Smart Growth America Free Technical Assistance

Complete street in West Jefferson, NC (Town of West Jefferson)
Smart Growth America is accepting applications for free technical assistance. SGA’s expert staff will work with communities to understand their goals, show how development strategies can help achieve those goals, and provide recommendations for next steps. The assistance is funded through a Building Blocks for Sustainable Communities grant to SGA from EPA’s Office of Sustainable Communities. Applications due October 6. Learn more and apply... Read more

Transit-Oriented Development Technical Assistance

TOD in Portland’s Pearl District
Each year, the Federal Transit Administration in partnership with Smart Growth America offers free technical assistance to communities to develop tools, guidance, and other resources for enhancing transit-oriented development (TOD) within transit corridors or around a public transportation station, and in economically distressed communities. The second round of free technical assistance is now open. Requests due October 7. Learn more and apply... Read more

Amazing Place: Six Cities Using the New Recipe for Economic Development

​This Smart Growth America report looks at how six cities are using smart growth and placemaking strategies to gain a competitive edge. Case study examples – Boise, ID; Denver, CO; Greenville, SC; Minneapolis, MN; Nashville, TN; and Pittsburgh, PA – represent a diversity of geographies, locations, population sizes, industries, and development challenges, but all of these cities are using smart growth development to attract new companies and residents. Read report Watch the recording of the webinar to learn more and get... Read more

Jersey City, Birmingham, and Raleigh Win New Workshops for Revitalization Without Displacement

Birmingham, AL’s Woodlawn neighborhood will be the focus of Smart Growth America’s new partnership with that city. (BOB FARLEY/F8PH0TO.ORG)
​ Communities large and small are looking for ways to create prosperity that everyone can participate in. Smart Growth America’s new Planning for Successful and Equitable Revitalization program is designed to help. In partnership with PNC Bank, this technical assistance program will help communities revitalize successfully and capture benefits from the revitalization process for families of all income levels. Read more... Read more
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