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Fostering Smart Growth in Rural Communities

The vitality of rural communities has become a focus of national debate as policymakers and stakeholders pursue strategies to create more jobs in rural areas. The success of these efforts will depend upon political will, capacity building and workforce development. In this Smart Growth Network webinar, Kendra Briechle of the Conservation Fund will explore how rural communities are fostering smart growth by investing in their downtowns, expanding transportation choices, creating economic opportunities and protecting the cultural and natural resources of... Read more

Design Lansing: A Plan for the Future

​Design Lansing uses smart growth principles in its comprehensive plan that represents a new direction for the city, blending the strengths of the community with time-tested development patterns and new thinking. These concepts help improve sustainability, livability, and quality of life, including placemaking, green infrastructure, green development, and complete streets. Read more... Read more

Creating Diverse Housing Opportunities in Lansing

Smart growth is about recognizing and understanding the various facets of a vibrant community and how to achieve and maintain a balance among them. The Greater Lansing Association of Realtors along with other community leaders are working to assure ample homeownership opportunities in communities with efficient transportation, good schools, and open space exist in mid-Michigan. Read more... Read more

2017 New Partners For Smart Growth Conference

The New Partners Conference will draw a national audience of people from diverse disciplines, all committed to building safer, healthier and more livable communities everywhere. The theme for the 2017 conference is “Practical Tools and Innovative Strategies for Creating Great Communities,” underscoring a stronger emphasis on implementation tools and strategies, and new technologies that will help communities now. February 2-4 in St. Louis, Missouri. Learn more and register... Read more

How Can Lexington Attract Good Jobs, Not Just More Sprawl?

With demand for development in Lexington, Kentucky, finally picking up after the 2008 financial collapse, there is renewed pressure for another expansion of the Urban Services Boundary, which since 1958 has sought to control sprawl and protect Fayette County’s farmland and signature landscape. The biggest issue will likely be economic development land, because a large chunk of local government revenues come from occupational taxes. Read more... Read more
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