SCI Resource Library - Economic Development

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Comprehensive Economic Development Strategy (CEDS) for Together North Jersey, NJ

This report provides strategies for promoting the economic competitiveness and vibrancy of the North Jersey region. It also is designed to foster public-private partnerships in order to develop and economic roadmap for diversifying and strengthening the regional economy.

Date Published: June 2015

Comprehensive Economic Development Strategy (CEDS) for Greater Peoria, IL (Focus Forward GP)

This report is the Comprehensive Economic Development Strategy (CEDS) Update combining the planning efforts of the HUD Sustainable Communities planning grant and the Economic Development Administration (EDA) mandated CEDS plan.

Date Published: March 2015

Aging Infrastructure Webinar Series

This webinar, held on December 17, 2014, explores water infrastructure, which is foundational for our health, economic well-being, and quality of life. Unfortunately, it’s widely accepted that America’s water infrastructure is aging faster than we can replace it. The most recent American Society of Civil Engineers Report Card gave our country’s water infrastructure a Grade D.

Date Published: December 2014

Case Study: Texas Gulf Coast: Diversifying Disaster Recovery Investments for Long-Term Economic Revitalization

This case study describes how the Houston-Galveston Area Council used its EDA funds to better position the region for recovery and long-term growth through critical infrastructure investments and support for small businesses.

Date Published: December 2014

Jobs, Workforce, and Education Alignment Strategy for the Greater Charlotte Region

This report supplements the region's Comprehensive Economic Development Strategy (CEDS) and provides a blueprint for aligning workforce development and education strategies to the types of jobs the region targets in their CEDS. The report provides an asset inventory for existing workforce development initiatives and jobs, identify gaps, and make recommendations for new priorities or changes to current priorities to better align with the current and future employment opportunities.

Date Published: August 2014

Lessons from the Storm: Case Studies on Economic Recovery and Resilience: New Orleans' Economic Recovery Story

This case study describes how four organizations – Greater New Orleans, Inc., The Idea Village, the New Orleans BioInnovation Center, and the Downtown Development District of New Orleans – banded together after the New Orleans region was hit hard by Hurricanes Katrina, Rita, Gustav, and Ike and used EDA funding to diversify the economy by capitalizing on its unique competitive advantages, including its vibrant downtown and creative culture.

Date Published: May 2014

Regional Innovation Acceleration Network (RIAN) Webinar

This webinar, held on December 18, 2013, is hosted by the NADO Research Foundation and the U.S. Economic Development Administration (EDA). It describes State Science and Technology Institute's (SSTI) Regional Innovation Acceleration Network (RIAN).

Date Published: December 2013

Read East Central Iowa's Flood Recovery Story in 'Lessons from the Storm: Case Studies on Economic Recovery and Resilience'

This case study describes how the East Central Iowa Council of Governments used its EDA funding to hire two disaster recovery coordinators and create a revolving loan fund to help businesses purchase property and equipment and access working capital after the devastating floods of 2008.

Date Published: November 2013

Lessons from the Storm: Case Studies on Economic Recovery and Resilience: Southwest Arkansas

This series highlights how regional development organizations have used 2008 disaster recovery funds from the U.S. Economic Development Administration to address the impacts of natural disasters, become more resilient to future events, and increase long-term economic competitiveness and quality of life in their regions. The first case study describes the Southwest Arkansas Planning and Development District’s efforts to create a comprehensive database of business and infrastructure information that will help its partner communities prepare for and rebound from future natural disasters.

Date Published: October 2013

ECOS Plan

This regional plan provides a unified long-term strategy for development in Chittenden County, VT by combining the region's Regional Plan, the Metropolitan Transportation Plan (MTP), and the Comprehensive Economic Development Strategy.

Date Published: June 2013

U.S. Cluster Map and Registry Webinar

This webinar, held on May 17, 2013, provides an overview of the U.S. Cluster Map and Registry which contains data on the regional clusters that are driving the national economy. Through this website practitioners can access key information on industries by location and type, in both data and chart format, which can be useful for developing a regional economic development strategy.

Date Published: May 2013

Case Study: Adding Value to the CEDS through HUD's Sustainable Communities Regional Planning Grants

This short case study highlights R5DC's efforts in integrating its HUD planning grant and CEDS development work. It also provides helpful ideas for other regions seeking to pursue a similar approach.

Date Published: May 2013

Triple Bottom Line Tool Webinar

This webinar, held on May 17, 2013, describes the Triple Bottom Line tool, which is designed to help optimize the impact of economic development investments on economic vitality, natural resource stewardship, and community well-being. It is designed to serve investors, economic development professionals, and decision-makers in the private, public, and non-profit sectors.

Date Published: May 2013

Implementing a Regional Plan as an Over-arching Economic Development Strategy - Focus on Implementation Strategies and Toolkit

These materials are from the "Implementing a Regional Plan as an Over-arching Economic Development Strategy" breakout session held during the Prosperous Places workshop in Salt Lake City, March 25-26, 2013.

Date Published: April 2013

Aligning Strategies to Maximize Impact: Case Studies on Transportation and Economic Development

This report features 10 case studies from 11 states, where regional planning and economic development organizations are taking steps to coordinate planning processes and investment strategies, partner with new entities to improve outreach and and implementation, document progress through metrics, and communicate results in an engaging way.

Date Published: April 2013

Economic Development

SCI Snapshots: Economic Development

This compilation of brief snapshot entries provides an overview of the best practices in economic development from the 143 HUD Sustainable Communities Initiative grantees.

Date Published: December 2015

Regional Plan for Sustainable Development (RPSD) for Northwest Region, VT

This regional plan for sustainable development provides a framework for the economic, social and environmental factors that influence and sustain growth and development in rural northwest Vermont.

Date Published: July 2015

Comprehensive Economic Development Strategy (CEDS) for Together North Jersey, NJ

This report provides strategies for promoting the economic competitiveness and vibrancy of the North Jersey region. It also is designed to foster public-private partnerships in order to develop and economic roadmap for diversifying and strengthening the regional economy.

Date Published: June 2015

Fair Housing and Equity Assessment (FHEA) and Housing and Transportation Plan for Glens Falls, NY

The Adirondack Gateway Regional Fair Housing and Equity Assessment and Housing and Transportation Analysis (2015) serves as the HUD‐required regional Fair Housing and Equity Assessment (FHEA) and as one of several technical reports supporting the overall sustainable development plan for the Adirondack Gateway Council Region. It contributes important knowledge and recommendations for action to the Regional Sustainable Development planning process.

Date Published: June 2015

Granite State Future: Statewide Snapshot

This report provides a compilation of the nine regional plans, numerous statewide technical studies, and the robust outreach efforts conducted at the state and regional level to presents the citizens of New Hampshire with the relative priorities of different subjects across the state. 

Date Published: June 2015

Leveraging Investment in Transit to Achieve Community and Economic Vitality in Denver, CO

This report, Leveraging the Investment in Transit to Achieve Community and Economic Vitality is an action plan for advancing transit oriented development and complete communities along the Regional Transportation District’s FasTracks rail system, which links jurisdictions throughout the metro Denver region.

Date Published: June 2015

Pathways to Progress: Charting a Course for the Adirondacks Gateway Region

This final report highlights the vision and opportunities for sustainable growth in the Adirondacks, NY region, including highlights from its other project deliverables.

Date Published: June 2015

Regional Economic Development Strategy for Glens Falls, NY

This report highlights economic and business opportunities in this largely rural region adjacent to Adirondacks National Park and including the Lake George recreation area.

Date Published: June 2015

Border Area Economic Development Plan for Dona Ana County, NM

This plan examines how Dona Ana County can best position itself to take advantage of increased commerce by leveraging investments coming into the area, strengthening transportation corridors and choices, developing its own business strengths and strengthening existing communities near the U.S./Mexico border, as manufacturing expands south of the border.

Date Published: April 2015

Comprehensive Economic Development Strategy (CEDS) for Greater Peoria, IL (Focus Forward GP)

This report is the Comprehensive Economic Development Strategy (CEDS) Update combining the planning efforts of the HUD Sustainable Communities planning grant and the Economic Development Administration (EDA) mandated CEDS plan.

Date Published: March 2015

Regional Economic and Workforce Strategy for Destination Erie, PA

This document provides a strategy for regional economic and workforce development in the Erie, PA region. It also provides data on economic conditions and trends for the region. 

Date Published: March 2015

Regional Vision Plan for Destination Erie, PA

This document provides a regional plan for Erie County, PA. It also provides economic development strategies for the surrounding region in OH and PA. 

Date Published: March 2015

Glades Region Master Plan for Palm Beach County, FL

This master plan will serve as a guiding blueprint to enhance economic competitiveness focusing on major employment centers in the Glades Region which includes Belle Glade, Pahokee and South Bay, Canal Point, and surrounding areas which make up the Glades Unincorporated Urban Service Area.

Date Published: February 2015

Sustainable Communities Learning Network Video Interview Series

This video features a handful of the HUD SCI grantee projects who are also NADO members to find out more about the impact these grants have had on their regions

Date Published: February 2015

Economic Case Studies for the East Corridor Rail Line, Denver, CO

The purpose of this research was to assist corridor property owners, developers, and economic development officials with identifying lessons learned with application to economic development growth opportunities and specifically transit oriented development, and addressing specific market, infrastructure, and policy issues or impediments.

Date Published: January 2015

Economic Case Studies for the Gold Corridor Rail Line, Denver, CO

The purpose of this research was to assist corridor property owners, developers, and economic development officials with identifying lessons learned with application to economic development growth opportunities and specifically transit oriented development, and addressing specific market, infrastructure, and policy issues or impediments.

Date Published: January 2015

Framework for Growth & Investment in Northwest Michigan

This Northwest Michigan regional framework is a plan that identifies people-, place-, and policy- based actions to address growth and investment opportunities in a transitioning economy. The document provides information on commercial growth and investment, building communities, local decision-making, best practices for community development, visual development preferences, zoning, growing jobs, attracting and maintaining talent, and strategies for addressing local growth and investment needs.

Date Published: January 2015

Housing Affordability and Economic Equity Analysis for Washtenaw County, MI

This report provides an analysis of housing affordability and equity in Washtenaw County, Michigan. It also provides an examination of the local housing market and strategies to address housing issues.

Date Published: January 2015

Unconventional Jobs: Materials & Video (from December 2014 Convening)

These materials are from the Unconventional Guide to Job Making Session in December at the all grantee convening - we covered the new workforce law (WIOA), the sharing economy, equity crowdfunding and the JOBS act, and Digital Commons (makerspaces).

Date Published: January 2015

Case Study: Texas Gulf Coast: Diversifying Disaster Recovery Investments for Long-Term Economic Revitalization

This case study describes how the Houston-Galveston Area Council used its EDA funds to better position the region for recovery and long-term growth through critical infrastructure investments and support for small businesses.

Date Published: December 2014

Webinar Materials: Working in Rural Communities

This series covers NDRC NOFA requirements as well as specific topics related to climate resilience strategies. On December 15, the "Working in Rural Communities" webinar focused on disaster recovery/resilience issues unique to working in rural communities, including funding resources, community engagement, and rural infrastructure.

Date Published: December 2014

Cargo-Oriented Development Report for Destination Erie, PA

This document provides an economic analysis of Erie County, PA and identifies opportunities for cargo-oriented development. It also defines cargo-oriented development as the placement and growth of logistics and industrial businesses in locations with excellent access to multiple modes of freight transportation, concentrations of complementary enterprises, and a ready industrial workforce.

Date Published: November 2014

Redevelopment Vision for Rawleigh Complex, Freeport, IL

This plan provides a strategy for the redevelopment of the Rawleigh Complex. 

Date Published: November 2014

Building an Inclusive Regional Food Economy: Lessons from Central Minnesota's Choose Health Program Webinar

This webinar, held on November 13, 2014, is hosted by the NADO Research Foundation. It addresses the intersection between local food, public health, and regional resilience, by exploring Central Minnesota’s Choose Health program. The Choose Health program is one of several regional initiatives that is growing the region’s local food economy and increasing access to healthy food options for disadvantaged populations.

Date Published: November 2014

Cultivating a Competitive Advantage in Rural Counties

This report highlights how rural counties are pursuing asset-based economic development initiatives that create jobs and build wealth while preserving rural landscapes, culture, and heritage.

Date Published: November 2014

Enhancing Sustainable Communities with Green Infrastructure

This guide, released by the EPA Office of Sustainable Communities, helps community leaders and stakeholders incorporate green infrastructure strategies into transformative plans for their communities. By highlighting strategies that help manage stormwater while also achieving other environmental, public health, social, and economic benefits, the guide provides a framework for communities to make the most of their limited investments.

Date Published: November 2014

Fair Housing and Equity Assessment (FHEA) for Sustainable Knowledge Corridor, CT

This report provides an analysis of fair housing and access to opportunity in the greater Hartford, CT/Western MA region. The fair housing and equity assessment analyzes how well regional plans link fair housing considerations with issues of transportation, employment, education, land use planning, and environmental justice and makes recommendations about locations for affordable housing in areas that offer access to opportunity regardless of race, family status, disability, source of income or other personal characteristics protected under federal and state civil rights statutes.

Date Published: October 2014

Growth and Investment Area Study and Commercial Corridor Inventory for Antrim County, MI

This is a study of selected Growth and Investment Areas and related commercial corridor issues in Northwest MI, Antrim Co.

Date Published: October 2014

Growth and Investment Area Study and Commercial Corridor Inventory for Benzie County, MI

This is a study of selected Growth and Investment Areas and related commercial corridor issues in Northwest MI, Benzie Co.

Date Published: October 2014

Growth and Investment Area Study and Commercial Corridor Inventory for Kalkaska County, MI

This is a study of selected Growth and Investment Areas and related commercial corridor issues in Northwest MI, Kalkaska Co.

Date Published: October 2014

Growth and Investment Area Study and Commercial Corridor Inventory for Wexford County, MI

This is a study of selected Growth and Investment Areas and related commercial corridor issues in Northwest MI, Wexford Co.

Date Published: October 2014

OER Summer Smarts Webinar: Demonstrating Economic Resilience

This webinar, held on September 29, 2014, demonstrates how pilot SCI grantee projects are demonstrating the concrete value of the planning process.

Date Published: September 2014

Jobs, Workforce, and Education Alignment Strategy for the Greater Charlotte Region

This report supplements the region's Comprehensive Economic Development Strategy (CEDS) and provides a blueprint for aligning workforce development and education strategies to the types of jobs the region targets in their CEDS. The report provides an asset inventory for existing workforce development initiatives and jobs, identify gaps, and make recommendations for new priorities or changes to current priorities to better align with the current and future employment opportunities.

Date Published: August 2014

Regional Economic Strategy for the Denver Regional COG, CO

The objectives of the Regional Economic Strategy (RES) are to determine how to integrate economic vitality principles into Metro Vision towards a broader approach to regional sustainability, and to identify appropriate roles for DRCOG in contributing to the economic vitality of the region.

Date Published: August 2014

Brownfields and Vacant Properties Inventories & Information Systems: Lessons from the Field Webinar

This webinar, held on August 14, 2014, discusses the value and various means of conducting inventories and property condition surveys as well as building information systems around brownfields and vacant properties. Presenters share examples from communities on how to use this data to inform the development and implementation of plans, spur strategic revitalization initiatives, leverage funding, and educate and engage the public.

Date Published: August 2014

The Regional Development Organization's Role in Disaster Recovery Webinar

This webinar, held on August 12, 2014, features speakers from three Regional Development Organizations (RDOs) that have been intensively involved in disaster recovery efforts. Presenters share their experiences, lessons learned, and recommendations for other RDOs seeking to engage in recovery work.

Date Published: August 2014

Jobs, Unjobs, Skills and Sustainable Communities Webinar

This webinar, held on August 27, 2014, is intended for SCI grantees and provides an overview of changes in work/jobs trends and workforce legislation.

Date Published: August 2014

A Workforce that Works: County Innovations in Workforce Development

This issue brief that demonstrates the importance of a quality workforce as one of the most important factors for promoting county economic competitiveness.

Date Published: July 2014

Strengthening Rural-Urban Connections to Support Competitive Regions Webinar

This webinar, held on July 24, 2014, focuses on connecting rural and urban areas within a region. Though geography, politics, and demographics often result in rural and urban communities being thought of as distinct and unrelated places, current economic and social realities reveal that an effective framework for understanding urban and rural is through a prism of interdependence and linkages.

Date Published: July 2014

Planning for Flood Recovery and Long-Term Resilience in Vermont: Smart Growth Approaches for Disaster-Resilient Communities

This product is the product of a technical assistance project with the Federal Emergency Management Agency, the state of Vermont, and the Mad River Valley Planning District on how communities can recover from flood impacts and become more resilient to future disasters.

Date Published: July 2014

Food Value Chains: Creating Shared Value to Enhance Marketing Success

This document is designed to provide guidance on how food value chains are initiated and structured, how they function, and the benefits they provide to participants, with the intent of encouraging their adoption where the opportunities for successful collaboration exist among organizations with compatible principles and complementary areas of expertise.

Date Published: July 2014

Putting It All Together: The Nuts and Bolts of Designing a Regional Plan Webinar

This webinar, held on June 16, 2014, is hosted by the NADO Research Foundation. It features three executive directors from rural regions whose organizations have published their final regional plans as part of the Sustainable Communities Initiative (SCI). They present their design strategies and techniques to create a readable, engaging document that will continue to shape the conversation about community and economic development and quality-of-life in their regions for years to come.

Date Published: June 2014

Innovations in Workforce Development Podcast

This podcast, held on June 10, 2014, highlights how Clackamas County, Oregon's Workforce Investment Council is serving as a regional convener to meet the needs of businesses and workers alike.

Date Published: June 2014

Madison, WI Sustainability Commerce Center: Feasibility Study

This feasibility study provides a detailed analysis of the financial and community feasibility of developing a "Sustainable Commerce Center," a privately developed and operated commercial office and flex/tech building located within Madison's Capitol East District.

Date Published: June 2014

Re-Industrialization Strategy for Allentown, PA - Phase II Little Lehigh

This document provides a re-industrialization and economic development strategy for the Little Lehigh Corridor in Allentown, PA. It also provides an analysis of existing conditions and site strategies for development. 

Date Published: May 2014

Lessons from the Storm: Case Studies on Economic Recovery and Resilience: New Orleans' Economic Recovery Story

This case study describes how four organizations – Greater New Orleans, Inc., The Idea Village, the New Orleans BioInnovation Center, and the Downtown Development District of New Orleans – banded together after the New Orleans region was hit hard by Hurricanes Katrina, Rita, Gustav, and Ike and used EDA funding to diversify the economy by capitalizing on its unique competitive advantages, including its vibrant downtown and creative culture.

Date Published: May 2014

Jobs, Unjobs and Training: Workforce and Economic Development Solutions that Build Sustainable Communities Webinar

This webinar, held on April 30, 2014, focuses on jobs, which are an important part of sustainable community building efforts everywhere and a challenging area of focus for policy makers and practitioners.

Date Published: April 2014

Urban Agriculture on Brownfields

This guide from EPA works through the main issues like site investigation, and "how clean is clean enough for gardening activities.  "Urban agriculture is increasingly understood as a way to revitalize communities. With so much underused brownfield space out there, it is natural some communities would be starting to wonder how to make the two things go together.

Date Published: April 2014

Green Infrastructure on Brownfields

This practice guide investigates innovative ways local governments and developers are working to install green infrastructure water management features on brownfield sites. With careful planning, many contaminated properties can be made safe for infiltration and water capture. In addition to the water management benefits, using GI opens the door to many additional sources of funding.

Date Published: April 2014

Best Practices Case Studies from the Tennessee Regions' Roundtable Network Webinar

This webinar, held on April 16, 2014, showcases case studies in community and economic development throughout Tennessee that are featured in the new Tennessee Regions’ Roundtable Network publication, “Navigating our Future: Best Practices Case Studies from the Tennessee Regions’ Roundtable Network.”

Date Published: April 2014

Using Community and Economic Development Strategies to Build Disaster Resilient Economies Webinar

This webinar, held on April 8, 2014, features leaders from east central Iowa, Longmont, Colorado, and Springfield, Massachusetts discussing how they are rebuilding and protecting their economic assets, including downtowns and key industries. The presenters discuss targeting growth to safe locations; encouraging walkable, mixed-use design; providing recovery funding and preparedness training to businesses; upgrading infrastructure; encouraging economic diversification; and promoting regional partnerships and coordinated planning.

Date Published: April 2014

Economic Diversity in Appalachia Web Tool

This web tool includes data, indicators, and visuals designed to help practitioners and policy makers understand and explore several key concepts related to economic diversity. Through tables, charts, graphics, and maps, users are able to quickly and easily undertake selected analyses of the economies of all 3,100+ U.S. counties.

Date Published: March 2014

Foreign Direct Investment and Exporting Webinar

This webinar, held on March 14, 2014, walks attendees through a web-based resource that is designed to promote ways to more effectively attract Foreign Direct Investment (FDI) and develop export potential. The project profiles provide several useful examples for local communities that may want to introduce initiatives to promote exporting and FDI or have already launched such initiatives and want to make them more effective.

Date Published: March 2014

Sustainable Working Waterfronts Webinar

This webinar, held on March 4, 2014, walks attendees through the Sustainable Working Waterfronts Toolkit website, which contains information, data, and tools that individuals, communities, and governments at all levels can use to develop, inform, and enhance their sustainable working waterfront initiatives.

Date Published: March 2014

Navigating Our Future: Best Practices Case Studies from the Tennessee Regions' Roundtable Network

This publication from the Tennessee Regions’ Roundtable, sponsored by the NADO Research Foundation, highlights innovative community and economic development projects being implemented throughout Tennessee. Stories presented from the state’s diverse regions and communities demonstrate collaborative leadership, strategic partnerships, and implementation-funding techniques that readers can put to use in their own communities.

Date Published: February 2014

Meet Me Downtown: Case Studies in Small Town Economic Development Webinar

This webinar, held on February 5, 2014, highlights three small towns (Greenville, KY; Claremont, NH; and Millen, GA) that are investing in their downtowns through streetscape improvements, historic preservation, brownfields remediation, and tourism initiatives. The webinar showcases how strong local and regional leadership, dedicated volunteers, and a mix of local, state, and federal funding can come together to transform downtowns and main streets, improving both quality-of-life and economic opportunities for residents.

Date Published: February 2014

Framework for Recreation in Northwest Michigan

This Northwest Michigan regional framework is a plan to ensure easily accessible opportunities for outdoor recreation while protecting natural resources. The document provides information on community needs, recreation assets, recreation management, recreation and the economy, and strategies to address local recreation related needs.

Date Published: January 2014

Putting Equity on the Map: Innovative Tools to Measure Access to Opportunity Webinar

This webinar, held on January 22, 2014, describes cutting edge equity mapping tools being used by regions around the country to measure social equity and access to opportunity. Across the country, access to opportunity varies greatly depending on the neighborhood or town one lives in. As our regions plan for the future, how do we ensure that decisions made today benefit everyone's quality of life?

Date Published: January 2014

Spotlight on Large Urban Counties

This report, from NACo, profiles how large urban counties in the U.S. are driving economic recovery, fostering community resilience and pioneering new approaches to public service.

Date Published: January 2014

Regional Innovation Acceleration Network (RIAN) Webinar

This webinar, held on December 18, 2013, is hosted by the NADO Research Foundation and the U.S. Economic Development Administration (EDA). It describes State Science and Technology Institute's (SSTI) Regional Innovation Acceleration Network (RIAN).

Date Published: December 2013

Value Capture: Silver Bullet or Fool's Gold? Webinar

This webinar, held on December 11, 2013, provides an overview of value capture tools used in the US, explores research about the “transit premium” experienced by businesses and property owners, and provides real-world examples of innovative value capture strategies currently underway in the US.

Date Published: December 2013

Building Capacity: Issue Brief Compilation from Phase I Team Implementation

This issue brief represents a compilation of specific issue area briefs provided by the Implementation team. Each issue brief accompanied a monthly webinar and allowed grantees to gain additional resources on topics such as creating regional TOD plans and strategies, infill infrastructure financing, advancing sustainability in a slow economy, and redeveloping brownfield properties. This document was created for the purpose of providing grantees with a one-stop resource for all issue briefs from Phase I Capacity Building work of Team Implementation.

Date Published: December 2013

Brookings Institution Panel on the Nation's Skills Gap Webcast

This discussion, held December 4, 2013, highlights the importance of understanding the workforce skills gap in order to create effective public policies aimed at creating equitable economic growth in America.

Date Published: December 2013

Asset Management for Stormwater Webinar

This webinar, held on November 26, 2013, features Heather Himmelberger from the Southwest Environmental Finance Center introducing participants to asset management, an approach to maintaining infrastructure in a strategic way so that it is sustained over the long term at the lowest overall life cycle cost while meeting the needs of the community.

Date Published: November 2013

Social Enterprises: A Community Economic Development Toolkit

This fact sheet and tool kit focus on Community Development Organizations' use of Social Enterprise, and includes a step-by-step guide, planning and financing tips, and case studies of social enterprise in action.

Date Published: November 2013

Materials for Brownfields Redevelopment: Catalysts for Change

This session will help you understand the value of and resources available for including brownfield sites--which are ubiquitous across the nation--in your sustainable development planning and building systematic brownfield redevelopment programs in your communities and regions.

Date Published: November 2013

Read East Central Iowa's Flood Recovery Story in 'Lessons from the Storm: Case Studies on Economic Recovery and Resilience'

This case study describes how the East Central Iowa Council of Governments used its EDA funding to hire two disaster recovery coordinators and create a revolving loan fund to help businesses purchase property and equipment and access working capital after the devastating floods of 2008.

Date Published: November 2013

Development Opportunity Areas Analysis for Destination Erie, PA

This document provides an analysis of 15 neighborhood transit oriented development opportunities. It also provides a market analysis for each area. 

Date Published: October 2013

Planning for Livable Military Communities Regional Vision Report, Fort Worth, TX

This regional planning document summarizes key findings from the background studies on market, housing, transportation, and ordinance compatibility issues and highlights opportunities for collaboration among the 5 jurisdictions of the 'Planning for Livable Military Communities' study area surrounding Fort Worth, TX. The report also includes City Comprehensive Plan Visions which feature more specific goals, policies and actions in the core areas of land use, economic development, transportation and housing. These sections are intended as policy guides to assist the Cities of Lake Worth, River Oaks, Sansom Park, Westworth Village, and White Settlement in updating their full comprehensive plans and to complement the overarching strategies identified in the Regional Vision Report

Date Published: October 2013

Catching the Vision of Vision West ND Webinar

This webinar, held on October 24, 2013, describes the goals and status of Vision West ND, an initiative which covers a 19-county region in North Dakota. The webinar includes information on how Vision West ND is addressing the region's important issues, such as infrastructure, resource management, land use, water/wastewater, education, health care, and public safety.

Date Published: October 2013

Lessons from the Storm: Case Studies on Economic Recovery and Resilience: Southwest Arkansas

This series highlights how regional development organizations have used 2008 disaster recovery funds from the U.S. Economic Development Administration to address the impacts of natural disasters, become more resilient to future events, and increase long-term economic competitiveness and quality of life in their regions.  The first case study describes the Southwest Arkansas Planning and Development District’s efforts to create a comprehensive database of business and infrastructure information that will help its partner communities prepare for and rebound from future natural disasters.

Date Published: October 2013

Opportunity Maps for Destination Erie, PA

This PowerPoint presentation provides a series of maps supporting the Erie County, PA growth and investment framework.

Date Published: September 2013

Issue Brief: Defying the Odds: Sustainability in Small and Rural Places

This briefing paper offers short case studies and lessons derived from a minority of small communities who made strides protecting the environment despite the odds against them. A number of themes emerge including the role of sustainability in promoting local economic competitiveness and community revitalization, the benefits of regulation and municipal utilities in promoting change, entrepreneurial leadership from local officials, and the importance of regional networks for information exchange.

Date Published: September 2013

Issue Brief: Asset-Based Economic Development Strategies for Small & Rural Communities

This six-part series of briefing papers explores asset-based economic development, focusing on how small towns and rural communities can build on their natural and working landscapes, local institutions, existing infrastructure, historic and cultural resources, industry clusters, and human capital. A case study approach is used to explore specific assets in these papers to provide guidance to economic development professionals, local government managers and staff, and other stakeholders in small and rural communities looking to strengthen their local economies.

Date Published: September 2013

Economic Development Strategies for Small and Rural Communities: Ag-Based Renewable Energy Podcast

This podcast details how Kandiyohi County, Minnesota leveraged its agricultural industry and abundant natural resources to cultivate its agriculturally-based renewable energy industry.

Date Published: September 2013

Issue Brief: Connecting Jobs and Workforce Development to Transit

This issue brief explores transit connection to jobs, and access to opportunity.

Date Published: September 2013

Connecting Jobs and Workforce Development to Transit Webinar and Issue Brief

This webinar, held on September 18, 2013, provides an overview of the benefits of employers and workforce training providers locating near transit for and addresses the barriers that often prevent them from choosing a transit-oriented location. Speakers from Denver, the San Francisco Bay Area, and Phoenix discuss how they are working to better connect workers to jobs around their regions via transit.

Date Published: September 2013

Asset-Based Economic Development Strategies for Small Towns and Rural Communities Webinar

This webinar, held September 13, 2013, features leaders in two communities discussing how they developed their local and regional economies and attracted new residents and business by leveraging natural environmental, economic, cultural, and physical assets common in many small towns and rural places.

Date Published: September 2013

Introduction to COAST-a tool for community-led climate adaptation planning Webinar

This webinar, held on September 19, 2013, features Sam Merrill from the New England Environmental Finance Center. He introduces participants to COAST, a free, interactive tool that is being used in communities around the country to evaluate the costs and benefits of various adaptation options to sea level rise and storm surge.

Date Published: September 2013

Issue Brief: Unlocking Metropolitan Planning Organization Funding Tools to Support Sustainability Plans

This issue brief pulls from a forthcoming publication by MZ Strategies, LLC for Enterprise Community Partners and Mile High Connects, through funding from the Ford Foundation, to examine the potential for current federal transportation programs to provide equitable TOD financing. It also includes research from a Summary of National Best Practices on Competitive Grant Funds prepared for the Transportation For America/Rockefeller MAP-21 Implementation grantees by Reconnecting America.

Date Published: August 2013

Inclusionary Housing Toolkit

This toolkit was developed to provide you with easy to use information about the basics of inclusionary housing as well as the myths and facts surrounding it; a sample PowerPoint presentation you can use to introduce the concept to others; a case study on how inclusionary housing is being used successfully in one community; and model ordinance language you can use to help enact this policy in your community.

Date Published: August 2013

HUD Summer Smarts Series #5: Community Health Needs Assessments and Partnering with Non-Profit Hospitals Webinar

This webinar, held July 31, 2013, explores the depths of the Community Health Needs Assessment.  There are over 2,900 non-profit hospitals across the United States. As a condition of their tax-exempt status these hospitals are required to invest in surrounding communities, improving public health outcomes through a variety of means. These “community benefit” investments constitute important investments in countless communities.

Date Published: July 2013

Increasing the Financial Resiliency of Your Region in a Disaster-Filled World Webinar

This webinar, held on July 19, 2013, helps participants consider their local governments’ financial vulnerability as well as their capacity to respond to future natural disasters based on research and lessons learned responding to tropical natural disasters along the Gulf Coast of the United States. Further, joint financial vulnerabilities between local governments in a region are identified and strategies provided for how individual local governments can increase financial capacity that improves financial resiliency for the overall region.

Date Published: July 2013

ECOS Plan

This regional plan provides a unified long-term strategy for development in Chittenden County, VT by combining the region's Regional Plan, the Metropolitan Transportation Plan (MTP), and the Comprehensive Economic Development Strategy.

Date Published: June 2013

On Common Ground - The Vitality of Small Communities

This article from the National Association of Realtors (NAR) “On Common Ground” magazine highlights vibrant small towns and communities. “Across the country, community leaders are joining together to bring new life back to small towns. They are doing it by focusing on smart growth that highlights the existing assets of a community — its history, culture and landscape — or by creating a new source of vitality, such as by encouraging artists to flourish or by undertaking creative placemaking,” notes NAR.

Date Published: June 2013

Building Better Budgets: A National Examination of the Fiscal Benefits of Smart Growth Development

This report surveys 17 studies that compare different development scenarios, including a brand-new study of Nashville-Davidson County, TN, commissioned specifically for this report. The report looks at the costs associated with smart growth development and conventional suburban development, as well as both strategies’ revenue potential.

Date Published: May 2013

U.S. Cluster Map and Registry Webinar

This webinar, held on May 17, 2013, provides an overview of the U.S. Cluster Map and Registry which contains data on the regional clusters that are driving the national economy. Through this website practitioners can access key information on industries by location and type, in both data and chart format, which can be useful for developing a regional economic development strategy.

Date Published: May 2013

Triple Bottom Line Tool Webinar

This webinar, held on May 17, 2013, describes the Triple Bottom Line tool, which is designed to help optimize the impact of economic development investments on economic vitality, natural resource stewardship, and community well-being. It is designed to serve investors, economic development professionals, and decision-makers in the private, public, and non-profit sectors.

Date Published: May 2013

Case Study: Adding Value to the CEDS through HUD's Sustainable Communities Regional Planning Grants

This short case study highlights R5DC's efforts in integrating its HUD planning grant and CEDS development work. It also provides helpful ideas for other regions seeking to pursue a similar approach.

Date Published: May 2013

Existing Conditions and Trends Report for Destination Erie, PA

This document provides an overview of existing conditions and trends in Erie County, PA, including: demographic, land use, economic, housing, environmental, transportation, and community facilities. 

Date Published: April 2013

Analysis of Nashville Area Development Reveals Opportunity for Public Savings

This analysis features fiscal impact analyses of three development scenarios in Nashville-Davidson County, TN (PDF) examines the public costs and benefits of three development scenarios in Nashville-Davidson County: The Gulch, a smart growth oriented development project; Lennox Village, a New Urbanist-style development in a ‘greenfield’ location; and Bradford Hills, a conventional suburban residential subdivision outside of the city.

Date Published: April 2013

The Bridge to Better Development: Video and Materials

This presentation covers the story of 3CDC’s success in redeveloping and revitalizing Cincinnati’s central business district and over-the-Rhine neighborhood after years of neglect, crime, and disinvestment.

Date Published: April 2013

Vibrant Rural Communities Case Studies Series

This case study, from NADO's "Vibrant Rural Places" series, shows how small towns can leverage a wide range of tools and approaches to build on their assets, protect their resources, and make strategic investments that offer long-term benefits for residents and local businesses.

Date Published: April 2013

Aligning Strategies to Maximize Impact: Case Studies on Transportation and Economic Development

This report features 10 case studies from 11 states, where regional planning and economic development organizations are taking steps to coordinate planning processes and investment strategies, partner with new entities to improve outreach and implementation, document progress through metrics, and communicate results in an engaging way.

Date Published: April 2013

Addressing Equity and Rural Poverty Webinar

This webinar, held on April 16, 2013, highlights the opportunities and challenges small towns and rural communities face in combating poverty and promoting inclusive economic development. Presenters discuss efforts being made to incorporate equity – the just and fair inclusion into society where everyone can participate and prosper – into regional and community economic development plans in California and Tennessee.

Date Published: April 2013

Issue Brief: Introduction to Cargo-Oriented Development

This issue brief focuses on cargo-oriented development, an innovative transportation and land use planning concept that integrates freight, economic development, workforce development, and environmental programs in existing communities.

Date Published: April 2013

Implementing a Regional Plan as an Over-arching Economic Development Strategy - Focus on Implementation Strategies and Toolkit

These materials are from the "Implementing a Regional Plan as an Over-arching Economic Development Strategy" breakout session held during the Prosperous Places workshop in Salt Lake City, March 25-26.

Date Published: April 2013

Economic and Workforce Development Existing Conditions Report for Destination Erie, PA

This document provides an analysis of regional economic conditions and trends in the Erie County, PA region. It also provides an analysis of trends and projections in the region’s industry clusters and occupations.

Date Published: March 2013

It Takes More than Money Video: Building Capacity to Attract and Deploy Private Capital Investment

This presentation, held on March 13, 2013, describes the Capital Absorption Framework developed by Living Cities. The framework was developed to help communities make effective use of different forms of capital to provide needed goods and services to underserved communities. Presenters use this as a guided working session in which teams participated in capital absorption self assessment exercises at their tables.

Date Published: March 2013

Issue Brief: Sustainable Economic Development Strategies

In this issue brief, we explore the economic challenges facing many regions, as well as the types of strategies that can help to foster innovation, boost productivity for businesses, reduce transportation costs, and provide better linkages to workers, ultimately resulting in more sustainable economic development.

Date Published: January 2013

Sustainable Economic Development Strategies Webinar and Issue Brief

This webinar, held on December 19, 2012, assists SCI grantees interested or already engaged in economic development strategies. The webinar features three guest speakers who have extensive experience with implementation-oriented economic development strategies, including forming creative partnerships and crafting policies to advance job growth in their regions.

Date Published: December 2012

2012 Office of Sustainable Housing and Communities Summer Smarts Series

This series features eight sessions for SCI grantees.

Date Published: October 2012

Who Am I: Solving Your Identity Crisis to Optimize Development Potential Video

This video from the Sustainable Communities Leadership Academy held in Denver, October 1-3, 2012, contains a presentation by Dena Belzer, President, Strategic Economics during the Sustainable Communities. This presentation discusses the factors that affect land value and how to optimize development at a regional scale.

Date Published: December 2012

Developing Corridor Plans for Implementation Webinar

This webinar, held September 19, 2012, explains the advantages of planning for land use changes and TOD at the corridor scale. Drawing from best practices and national research, the webinar guides participants through a set of strategies that can be used to implement land use and TOD plans at the corridor scale.

Date Published: September 2012

Issue Brief: Advancing Sustainability in A Slow Economy

This issue brief targets these slower growth regions specifically and lays out a framework for advancing sustainability in a manner that can inform and help re-ignite regional economic growth.  Drawing from best practices being developed both in the United States and abroad, the issue brief will provide participants with proven tools that can be put to use in their efforts.  Case studies in Northeast Ohio and the Ruhr Valley in Germany are featured.

Date Published: August 2012

Baltimore Integration Partnership Presentation

This presentation is an overview of the development and structure of Baltimore’s Integration Partnership.

Date Published: July 2012

Highland Park–Randolph County Neighborhood Mobility Plan

This neighborhood mobility plan provides a strategy to improve mobility and accessibility for a small area of the Randolph County, WV community.

Date Published: July 2012

It's the Economy Stupid! - Presentation

This video recorded during the Sustainable Communities Leadership Academy in Baltimore, MD on June 18-20, 2012 features Dena Belzer, President of Strategic Economics, and Tom Maziarz, Bureau Chief of Policy and Planning at the Connecticut Department of Transportation. The presenters detail the challenges of merging land use and transportation planning with long term economic development.

Date Published: June 2012

Growing Rural Innovation-Based Economies: Kansas Opportunity Innovation Network (Part I: Case Study Overview & Part II: Special Report)

These reports highlight the efforts of work being done through the Kansas Opportunity Innovation Network (KOIN). KOIN is a joint initiative by Kansas State University’s Advanced Manufacturing Institute (an Economic Development Administration-designated University Center), the state’s Economic Development Districts, and other partners to increase the number of globally competitive products and services produced in Kansas rural communities.

Date Published: February 2012

Lebanon, NH Housing Needs Assessment Summary Report

This housing needs assessment provides an analysis of housing availability and affordability in the Upper Valley Lake Sunapee region, NH, and provides information on the distribution of housing and jobs.

Date Published: February 2012

Growth Centers Concept Plans for Rhode Island

This land use plan for 2025 endorses the formation of smaller regional centers and the emergence of new centers for growth. The adopted future land use map from 2006 calls for a statewide network of centers of various sizes – state, regional, city, town, and village interconnected by infrastructure corridors, supported by employment centers, public services, framed by greenspace and includes all municipalities at one level or another. Greenspace, special places, centers of all sizes, and transportation corridors are all essential elements in solid land use planning and implementing the future land use vision.

Date Published: December 2011

Sector Development

SCI Snapshots: Economic Development

This compilation of brief snapshot entries provides an overview of the best practices in economic development from the 143 HUD Sustainable Communities Initiative grantees.

Date Published: December 2015

Delta Roots - The Mid-South Regional Food Systems Plan for East Arkansas

This food system plan assesses the potential for expanding value-added agriculture and the local food economy in the greater E. Arkansas/Memphis region. This report was a joint product of two HUD regional grantees: Shelby County, TN and E. Arkansas Economic and Development District.

Date Published: May 2015

Agriculture Assessment for Local and Regional Markets for Teton View, ID

This assessment evaluates the potential for developing local and regional agricultural production, processing, and marketing in the four county, Teton, Fremont, Madison (ID), and Teton (WY) counties. The report included analysis of existing conditions through interview, focus groups, surveys and examination of data as well as recommendations for expanding potential.

Date Published: March 2015

Local Food Access Study for Washtenaw County, MI

This report provides an analysis of local food systems. It also provides conclusions and recommendations regarding distribution, community commercial kitchens, and food storage.

Date Published: March 2015

Child Care White Paper for Western North Dakota Energy Project

This white paper provides a review of the childcare problem in the Bakken oil region of North Dakota and considerations for addressing this issue.

Date Published: January 2015

Framework for Growth & Investment in Northwest Michigan

This Northwest Michigan regional framework is a plan that identifies people-, place-, and policy- based actions to address growth and investment opportunities in a transitioning economy. The document provides information on commercial growth and investment, building communities, local decision-making, best practices for community development, visual development preferences, zoning, growing jobs, attracting and maintaining talent, and strategies for addressing local growth and investment needs.

Date Published: January 2015

Fresh Food Studies for Lehigh Valley, PA

These documents provide information on how Lehigh Valley is growing its local food economy and includes a Food Economy Assessment and policy recommendations.

Date Published: December 2014

Cargo-Oriented Development Report for Destination Erie, PA

This document provides an economic analysis of Erie County, PA and identifies opportunities for cargo-oriented development. It also defines cargo-oriented development as the placement and growth of logistics and industrial businesses in locations with excellent access to multiple modes of freight transportation, concentrations of complementary enterprises, and a ready industrial workforce.

Date Published: November 2014

SF Bay Area and DC Regional Case Studies on Transportation Reform

This report summarizes key lessons learned from these two regions where advocates, philanthropy, the public sector and private entrepreneurs have created powerful coalitions to make transportation investments work better for people, places and the environment.

Date Published: September 2014

Food Systems Assessment for Centralina, NC and SC

This guide provides information about a process for community engagement for use by municipal and county officials seeking to increase wealth and strengthen community development by building and supporting local and regional food systems. This guide lays out a process for building capacity to take successful action and suggests some areas where actions might be taken first.

Date Published: August 2014

Jobs, Workforce, and Education Alignment Strategy for the Greater Charlotte Region

This report supplements the region's Comprehensive Economic Development Strategy (CEDS) and provides a blueprint for aligning workforce development and education strategies to the types of jobs the region targets in their CEDS. The report provides an asset inventory for existing workforce development initiatives and jobs, identify gaps, and make recommendations for new priorities or changes to current priorities to better align with the current and future employment opportunities.

Date Published: August 2014

Public Sites Renewable Energy Feasibility Study for Centralina, NC and SC

This guidebook provides information about the economics and basic technology of renewable energy. It includes descriptions of basic economics, tax incentives, and common deal structures in this industry, and provides six case studies which represent a variety of types of sites and technologies.

Date Published: August 2014

Jobs, Unjobs, Skills and Sustainable Communities Webinar

This webinar, held on August 27, 2014, is intended for SCI grantees and provides an overview of changes in work/jobs trends and workforce legislation.

Date Published: August 2014

Re-Industrialization Strategy for Allentown, PA - Phase II Little Lehigh

This document provides a re-industrialization and economic development strategy for the Little Lehigh Corridor in Allentown, PA. It also provides an analysis of existing conditions and site strategies for development. 

Date Published: May 2014

Best Practices Case Studies from the Tennessee Regions' Roundtable Network Webinar

This webinar, held on April 16, 2014, showcases case studies in community and economic development throughout Tennessee that are featured in the new Tennessee Regions’ Roundtable Network publication, “Navigating our Future: Best Practices Case Studies from the Tennessee Regions’ Roundtable Network.”

Date Published: April 2014

Local Food Implementation Plan for Southwestern, WI - Delicious Driftless Fare Festival

This document summarizes the work required in the months preceding the Delicious Driftless Fare (DDF) event, and which were viewed as necessary for successful replication of the event in future years. The DDF was a one-day event that showcased the region's produce and specialty crop producers and local artistic talent and was part of an overall effort by Grow Southwest to identify and capitalize on local resources, to better produce local energy and food, minimize commutes, and maximize local employment in Grant, Green, Lafayette, Iowa, and Richland counties.

Date Published: March 2014

Navigating Our Future: Best Practices Case Studies from the Tennessee Regions' Roundtable Network

This publication from the Tennessee Regions’ Roundtable, sponsored by the NADO Research Foundation, highlights innovative community and economic development projects being implemented throughout Tennessee. Stories presented from the state’s diverse regions and communities demonstrate collaborative leadership, strategic partnerships, and implementation-funding techniques that readers can put to use in their own communities.

Date Published: February 2014

Meet Me Downtown: Case Studies in Small Town Economic Development Webinar

This webinar, held on February 5, 2014, highlights three small towns (Greenville, KY; Claremont, NH; and Millen, GA) that are investing in their downtowns through streetscape improvements, historic preservation, brownfields remediation, and tourism initiatives. The webinar showcases how strong local and regional leadership, dedicated volunteers, and a mix of local, state, and federal funding can come together to transform downtowns and main streets, improving both quality-of-life and economic opportunities for residents.

Date Published: February 2014

Framework for Arts & Culture in Northwest Michigan

This assessment and series of strategies for expanding arts and culture activities serves to enhance community development and place-making.

Date Published: January 2014

Framework for Energy in Northwest Michigan

This Northwest Michigan regional energy plan provides a roadmap for a resilient energy future for the region. The plan includes sections on potential resilient energy strategies, current regional energy usage, the major issues affecting energy choices for the region, and initiatives already underway in the public, private, and non-profit sectors to increase resilient energy.

Date Published: January 2014

Framework for Food and Farming in Northwest Michigan

This Northwest Michigan regional food and farming framework is a draft plan to ensure continued viability of the region’s food and farming economy. The plan includes information on agricultural land and production, the farm economy and regional food system, the agricultural workforce, food access and health, and strategies to address local food and farming related issues.

Date Published: January 2014

Framework for Healthy Communities in Northwest Michigan

This Northwest Michigan regional draft framework for healthy communities reviews current health findings, public input, and other data to assess health needs in the region, and identifies ways that local governments and stakeholders can address community health issues. The document provides information on the aging population, health care access, healthy lifestyles, community health and the environment, and strategies to address individual and community health issues.

Date Published: January 2014

Framework for Housing Choices in Northwest Michigan

This Northwest Michigan regional draft framework identifies ways that stakeholders can meet diverse community housing needs. The document provides information on housing diversity, housing affordability, energy and transportation cost, vacant and seasonal homes, homelessness, and strategies to address local housing related issues.

Date Published: January 2014

Framework for Natural Resources in Northwest Michigan

This Northwest Michigan regional draft framework summarizes issues facing Northwest Michigan’s land and water resources, while highlighting best practices and tools available to protect and preserve the prosperity, economic benefits, and high quality of life provided by the region’s land and water resources. The document provides information on the quality of land and water natural resources, invasive species, and threatened and endangered species

Date Published: January 2014

Framework for Recreation in Northwest Michigan

This Northwest Michigan regional framework is a plan to ensure easily accessible opportunities for outdoor recreation while protecting natural resources. The document provides information on community needs, recreation assets, recreation management, recreation and the economy, and strategies to address local recreation related needs.

Date Published: January 2014

Sacramento Valley Food HUB Feasibility Study and Cost Estimate

This report provides an initial cost estimate and feasbility analysis for creating a food hub in the Sacramento Valley.

Date Published: October 2013

Local Food District Video for Central Ohio

This video provides information about the triple benefits of the Food District at Weinland Park in Columbus, OH. The video showcases the food district's processing plant that will generate jobs and revenue, the food bank contributions, and the immense community benefits. 

Date Published: August 2013

Retail Market Analysis for Village of Maywood, IL

This report identifies Maywood, IL's trade area and estimates the trade area’s retail demand, supply, and leakage. Additionally, this report presents preliminary land use recommendations for the type and location of future retail and multi-family developments within Maywood. 

Date Published: August 2013

Preserving Affordable Housing Near Transit: Program and Policy Models for Success Webinar

This webinar, held on August 5, 2013, provides a brief overview of the need to preserve affordable housing near transit at the national level and will focus on three unique examples from the Boston, Denver and Washington DC regions. The examples highlight the ways that policy, cross sector collaboration and financing can begin to address the need for affordable housing preservation near transit.

Date Published: August 2013

Triple Bottom Line Tool Webinar

This webinar, held on May 17, 2013, describes the Triple Bottom Line tool, which is designed to help optimize the impact of economic development investments on economic vitality, natural resource stewardship, and community well-being. It is designed to serve investors, economic development professionals, and decision-makers in the private, public, and non-profit sectors.

Date Published: May 2013

Growing Rural Innovation-Based Economies: Kansas Opportunity Innovation Network (Part I: Case Study Overview and Part II: Special Report)

These reports highlight the efforts of work being done through the Kansas Opportunity Innovation Network (KOIN). KOIN is a joint initiative by Kansas State University’s Advanced Manufacturing Institute (an Economic Development Administration-designated University Center), the state’s Economic Development Districts, and other partners to increase the number of globally competitive products and services produced in Kansas rural communities.

Date Published: February 2012

Food Hub Feasibility Study for Southern Wisconsin

This feasibility study provides information on the market viability for an aggregation, storage, and distribution facility that connects growers in southern Wisconsin to buyers in southern Wisconsin and northern Illinois. It also provides survey data and recommended next steps. 

Date Published: September 2011

Local Food Enterprise Report for South Madison, WI

This market feasibility study provides an analysis of food access and potential commercial grocery opportunities in the Southdale and Indian Springs neighborhoods of Madison, WI. It also provides survey data of residents and recommendations for securing a food enterprise in the area. 

Date Published: August 2011

Local Food Business Plan for Central Ohio

This food assessment and plan provides information on all components of a regional food system in 12 central Ohio counties, to make policy recommendations to local governments on food decisions. This assessment is a tool that enables working groups of local practitioners to collect and analyze food and agricultural data to identify resources and connect dots to strengthen the region's economy, coordinate local food efforts, and encourage pro-agriculture policy. 

Date Published: April 2010

Small Business

SCI Snapshots: Economic Development

This compilation of brief snapshot entries provides an overview of the best practices in economic development from the 143 HUD Sustainable Communities Initiative grantees.

Date Published: December 2015

Framework for Growth & Investment in Northwest Michigan

This Northwest Michigan regional framework is a plan that identifies people-, place-, and policy- based actions to address growth and investment opportunities in a transitioning economy. The document provides information on commercial growth and investment, building communities, local decision-making, best practices for community development, visual development preferences, zoning, growing jobs, attracting and maintaining talent, and strategies for addressing local growth and investment needs.

Date Published: January 2015

Case Study: Texas Gulf Coast: Diversifying Disaster Recovery Investments for Long-Term Economic Revitalization

This case study describes how the Houston-Galveston Area Council used its EDA funds to better position the region for recovery and long-term growth through critical infrastructure investments and support for small businesses.

Date Published: December 2014

The Regional Development Organization's Role in Disaster Recovery Webinar

This webinar, held on August 12, 2014, features speakers from three Regional Development Organizations (RDOs) that have been intensively involved in disaster recovery efforts. Presenters share their experiences, lessons learned, and recommendations for other RDOs seeking to engage in recovery work.

Date Published: August 2014

Madison, WI Sustainability Commerce Center: Feasibility Study

This feasibility study provides a detailed analysis of the financial and community feasibility of developing a "Sustainable Commerce Center," a privately developed and operated commercial office and flex/tech building located within Madison's Capitol East District.

Date Published: June 2014

Lessons from the Storm: Case Studies on Economic Recovery and Resilience: New Orleans' Economic Recovery Story

This case study describes how four organizations – Greater New Orleans, Inc., The Idea Village, the New Orleans BioInnovation Center, and the Downtown Development District of New Orleans – banded together after the New Orleans region was hit hard by Hurricanes Katrina, Rita, Gustav, and Ike and used EDA funding to diversify the economy by capitalizing on its unique competitive advantages, including its vibrant downtown and creative culture.

Date Published: May 2014

Using Community and Economic Development Strategies to Build Disaster Resilient Economies Webinar

This webinar, held on April 8, 2014, features leaders from east central Iowa, Longmont, Colorado, and Springfield, Massachusetts discussing how they are rebuilding and protecting their economic assets, including downtowns and key industries. The presenters discuss targeting growth to safe locations; encouraging walkable, mixed-use design; providing recovery funding and preparedness training to businesses; upgrading infrastructure; encouraging economic diversification; and promoting regional partnerships and coordinated planning.

Date Published: April 2014

Workforce Development and Training

SCI Snapshots: Workforce Development and Training

This compilation of brief snapshot entries provides an overview of the best practices in workforce development and training from the 143 HUD Sustainable Communities Initiative grantees.

Date Published: December 2015

Regional Economic and Workforce Strategy for Destination Erie, PA

This document provides a strategy for regional economic and workforce development in the Erie, PA region. It also provides data on economic conditions and trends for the region. 

Date Published: March 2015

Regional Plan for Sustainable Development (RPSD) for South Central Kansas Prosperity Plan

This report is the complete South Central Kansas Prosperity Plan, a Regional Plan for Sustainable Development created by the Regional Economic Area Partnership (REAP). The report presents a vision and a plan for the future of Butler, Harvey, Reno, Sedgwick, and Sumner Counties in Kansas.

Date Published: February 2015

Child Care White Paper for Western North Dakota Energy Project

This white paper provides a review of the childcare problem in the Bakken oil region of North Dakota and considerations for addressing this issue.

Date Published: January 2015

Unconventional Jobs: Materials and Video (from December 2014 Convening)

These materials are from the Unconventional Guide to Job Making Session in December at the all grantee convening - we covered the new workforce law (WIOA), the sharing economy, equity crowdfunding and the JOBS act, and Digital Commons (makerspaces).

Date Published: January 2015

Cargo-Oriented Development Report for Destination Erie, PA

This document provides an economic analysis of Erie County, PA and identifies opportunities for cargo-oriented development. It also defines cargo-oriented development as the placement and growth of logistics and industrial businesses in locations with excellent access to multiple modes of freight transportation, concentrations of complementary enterprises, and a ready industrial workforce.

Date Published: November 2014

Capitol Region Plan for Conservation and Development

This plan is a general guide for the future conservation and development of the greater Hartford, CT area. Its individual chapters provide an overview of the many factors that influence the regional development pattern, and the choices available as they move into the future.

Date Published: October 2014

Jobs, Unjobs, Skills and Sustainable Communities Webinar

This webinar, held on August 27, 2014, is intended for SCI grantees and provides an overview of changes in work/jobs trends and workforce legislation.

Date Published: August 2014

A Workforce that Works: County Innovations in Workforce Development

This issue brief that demonstrates the importance of a quality workforce as one of the most important factors for promoting county economic competitiveness.

Date Published: July 2014

Innovations in Workforce Development Podcast

This podcast, held on June 10, 2014, highlights how Clackamas County, Oregon's Workforce Investment Council is serving as a regional convener to meet the needs of businesses and workers alike.

Date Published: June 2014

The CHASE Action Agenda: Connecting People to Economic Opportunity in Congress Heights, Anacostia and Saint Elizabeths

This grantee planning document examines seven topics: jobs and job training; entrepreneurship and small business development; housing; retail amenities; preservation and redevelopment; arts and culture; and transportation connections. The Implementation Blueprint lays out a vision for each topic area and identifies key actions for implementation by both District agencies and community-based organizations to complete by early 2015.

Date Published: May 2014

Jobs, Unjobs and Training: Workforce and Economic Development Solutions that Build Sustainable Communities Webinar

This webinar, held on April 30, 2014, focuses on jobs, which are an important part of sustainable community building efforts everywhere and a challenging area of focus for policy makers and practitioners.

Date Published: April 2014

Brookings Institution Panel on the Nation's Skills Gap Webcast

This discussion, held December 4, 2013, highlights the importance of understanding the workforce skills gap in order to create effective public policies aimed at creating equitable economic growth in America.

Date Published: December 2013

Connecting Jobs and Workforce Development to Transit Webinar and Issue Brief

This webinar, held on September 18, 2013, provides an overview of the benefits of employers and workforce training providers locating near transit for and addresses the barriers that often prevent them from choosing a transit-oriented location. Speakers from Denver, the San Francisco Bay Area, and Phoenix discuss how they are working to better connect workers to jobs around their regions via transit.

Date Published: September 2013

Issue Brief: Connecting Jobs and Workforce Development to Transit

This issue brief explores transit connection to jobs, and access to opportunity.

Date Published: September 2013

Issue Brief: Introduction to Cargo-Oriented Development

This issue brief focuses on cargo-oriented development, an innovative transportation and land use planning concept that integrates freight, economic development, workforce development, and environmental programs in existing communities.

Date Published: April 2013

Economic and Workforce Development Existing Conditions Report for Destination Erie, PA

This document provides an analysis of regional economic conditions and trends in the Erie County, PA region. It also provides an analysis of trends and projections in the region’s industry clusters and occupations.

Date Published: March 2013

Capacity Building

Envisioning Post Grant Success: 2014 SCI Grantee Convening Webinar

This webinar, held on June 26, 2014, features the next steps for a SCI grantee after developing a vision and identifying goals and strategies. How do you maintain momentum and see great ideas take shape on the ground? How do you maintain the energy created and funnel it toward targeted action? Create a road map for post-grant success by assessing strategic, organizational, capacity, and funding ability in the context of established vision and goals.

Date Published: December 2014

Jobs, Workforce, and Education Alignment Strategy for the Greater Charlotte Region

This report supplements the region's Comprehensive Economic Development Strategy (CEDS) and provides a blueprint for aligning workforce development and education strategies to the types of jobs the region targets in their CEDS. The report provides an asset inventory for existing workforce development initiatives and jobs, identify gaps, and make recommendations for new priorities or changes to current priorities to better align with the current and future employment opportunities.

Date Published: August 2014

The Capital Absorption Capacity of Places: A Self Assessment Tool

This is tool allows communities to self-assess their Capital Absorption Framework.  The framework assumes that many stakeholders – from intermediaries to community groups to public agencies to the mainstream investment community – are required to make community investment possible. These stakeholders interact with each other and with the policy and regulatory environment in places to create an ecosystem for capital absorption.

Date Published: March 2014

Local Technical Assistance Program for Chicago, IL

This website provides information on the Chicago Metropolitan Agency for Planning's (CMAP) Local Technical Assistance program. It also provides information on past and current projects as well as information on how to apply for assistance. 

Date Published: February 2014

Building Capacity: Issue Brief Compilation from Phase I Team Implementation

This issue brief represents a compilation of specific issue area briefs provided by the Implementation team. Each issue brief accompanied a monthly webinar and allowed grantees to gain additional resources on topics such as creating regional TOD plans and strategies, infill infrastructure financing, advancing sustainability in a slow economy, and redeveloping brownfield properties. This document was created for the purpose of providing grantees with a one-stop resource for all issue briefs from Phase I Capacity Building work of Team Implementation.

Date Published: December 2013

Increasing the Financial Resiliency of Your Region in a Disaster-Filled World Webinar

This webinar, held on July 19, 2013, helps participants consider their local governments’ financial vulnerability as well as their capacity to respond to future natural disasters based on research and lessons learned responding to tropical natural disasters along the Gulf Coast of the United States. Further, joint financial vulnerabilities between local governments in a region are identified and strategies provided for how individual local governments can increase financial capacity that improves financial resiliency for the overall region.

Date Published: July 2013

Madison, WI Sustainability Commerce Center: Feasibility Study

This feasibility study provides a detailed analysis of the financial and community feasibility of developing a "Sustainable Commerce Center," a privately developed and operated commercial office and flex/tech building located within Madison's Capitol East District.

Date Published: June 2014

Promoting Green Infrastructure: Strategies, Case Studies, and Resources

This guide, prepared for the Pioneer Valley Planning Commission by the University of Louisville, gives an in-depth description of multiple strategies for implementing green infrastructure.  Topics include funding and financing strategies (stormwater utility fees), regulatory strategies (zoning and design), and Incentive strategies (including tax abatements and credits).

Date Published: May 2013

Fair Housing and Equity Assessment: Frequently Asked Questions

This document walks through frequently asked questions from regional planning grantees on setting up the FHEA, the data analysis, the deliberation, and the decision-making process. Please note that the information in this document is by and from the FHEA capacity building team and does not represent the official guidance by HUD.

Date Published: April 2013

Scenario Planning Capacity Assessment Tool

This draft capacity assessment tool is a resource to help grantees evaluate their ability to undertake scenario planning in the areas of data, technology, and staff capacity.

Date Published: November 2012

2012 Office of Sustainable Housing and Communities Summer Smarts Series

This series features eight sessions for SCI grantees.

Date Published: October 2012