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People & Places 2017

​Attend this national peer-learning event for placemakers. Join people from different regions, cultures, and national networks as they share what’s working to advance prosperity for the people who live and work there. Attendees will go to Capitol Hill and raise their voices on behalf of the communities they serve. And, they will explore solutions and challenges from around the country. Learn more and register... Read more

Thanks to Good Planning, Arlington is Building Over 200 New Affordable Housing Units

Arlington has set ambitious goals to tackle housing affordability, in part by making it easier for developers to build affordable housing in the first place. According to a recent report, Arlington made plans for new affordable units and brought its number of homeless residents down last year even as rents and housing costs went up. Read more... Read more

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

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

Trains Built Roanoke. Science Saved It.

How did a small city in a disadvantaged region four hours from a major metropolis—one that had seen its signature industries atrophy or depart, that lacked so much as a branch campus of a state university—transform itself from the forgotten stepsister of the Appalachians into a formidable rival to Asheville, North Carolina? The answer has lessons for small, out-of-the-way cities everywhere: Roanoke’s people did it largely by themselves, in small steps and with an eye to assets and alliances in... Read more

Urban Waters National Training Workshop

Registration is free and open to all for the 2016 Urban Waters National Training Workshop, sponsored by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, on behalf of the Urban Waters Federal Partnership (UWFP). This is your chance to access representatives of the 14 federal agencies in the Urban Waters Federal Partnership who are committed to supporting your efforts to improve local waters and your community. Connect, share and learn with other innovators about how to convene, engage, and succeed in our partnership work. View... Read more

How One Virginia City is Re-framing Sea-level Rise as an Opportunity

​ Norfolk businesses, universities, and even the local government in the low-lying coastal city are trying to re-frame the risk of sea-level rise as an opportunity. The new mindset is already starting to take hold at the most basic level of the local economy: real estate. Read more... Read more
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