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Webinar: How to Retain Maker and Manufacturing Industries with Creative Zoning Tools

Makers at Club Cyberia, a makerspace in Indianapolis (Credit: @ClubCyberiaIndy / Twitter)
As manufacturing space is threatened by residential, commercial, and retail uses, cities are starting to think creatively about where small-batch production can happen in a city. Learn about new or proposed zoning initiatives in Somerville, Nashville, and Indianapolis that are helping makers and manufacturers protect real estate space they currently occupy or can move to in the future. Register now... Read more

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

Four Cities Chosen for $40 Million Investment in Public Spaces

Memphis, Tennessee (Credit: Route Fifty)
Can investment in parks, libraries and recreation centers help reverse the worrisome trend of economic and social segregation in cities? Four national foundations are betting big on that theory. Starting today The JPB Foundation, Knight Foundation, The Kresge Foundation and The Rockefeller Foundation are coming together to invest a total of $20 million in public spaces in four cities: Akron, Chicago, Detroit and Memphis. That money will be combined with $20 million in matched funding from local sources, resulting in... Read more

Nashville Affordable Housing Advocates Score Two Victories

Downtown Nashville (AP Photo/Mark Humphrey)
Nashville’s Metro Council approved two proposals aimed at creating more affordable housing in Davidson County. The first piece of legislation is a new three-year pilot program for residential developers to compete for $2 million in grants to build affordably housing. The second bill centers around inclusionary zoning, and requires apartment developers in Nashville who are building five or more units to include a percentage of new affordable or workforce housing units when requesting zoning variances for density or height. Read... Read more

Downtown Franklin Association Receives Main Street America Accreditation

(Credit: Franklin Home Page)
The Downtown Franklin Association has been designated as an accredited Main Street America program by the National Main Street Center. Historic Downtown Franklin, Tennessee, boasts brick sidewalks, a stunning collection of Victorian buildings and a host of “Best of” accolades, including “Best Small Town in Tennessee,” “America’s Most Romantic Main Street” and “One of America’s Greatest Antique Destinations,” among others. In May 2012, Franklin was ranked No. 4 on Livability.com’s Best Places to Visit for Historic Preservation. Read more... Read more

National League of Cities Launches First-Ever Equitable Economic Development Fellowship

A view of downtown Portland, Oregon (Jeff Gunn / Flickr)
​The National League of Cities (NLC), PolicyLink and the Urban Land Institute (ULI) are launching the first-ever Equitable Economic Development Fellowship, a two-year, $1 million effort to help equity, transparency, sustainability and community engagement become driving forces in local economic development. Six cities were chosen to participate in the inaugural year of the fellowship: Boston, Charlotte, Houston, Memphis, Milwaukee and Minneapolis. Read more... Read more

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

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​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
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