SCI Resource Library - Equity and Engagement

This page provides Sustainable Communities Initiative (SCI) resources that focus on equity and engagement.

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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

Washington Realized: A Sustainable Community Strategy

This plan provides two complementary strategies aimed at revitalization of the Washington area of West Sacramento CA: a transit-oriented development strategy and a complete communities strategy. This document provides a blueprint and funding strategy to shift development patterns towards compact, transit-served, mixed- use growth that is inclusive of current residents.

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

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

Online Mapping for Residents to View Hazard Potential

This online mapping tool, developed by the California Emergency Management Agency, features the "My Hazards" Web site, to help residents identify and prepare for natural hazards in their locality. The agency hopes that by identifying local risk, residents will increase their knowledge about natural disasters and take up preparedness efforts specific to their risk.

Date Published: May 2014

Equity Growth Profile of the Omaha-Council Bluffs Regions

This Sustainable Communities grantee profile features Omaha-Council Bluffs, which has a relatively strong and resilient regional economy, with overall low unemployment and steady job growth. At the same time, wages have stagnated for most workers and many communities of color face barriers to accessing good jobs, living wages, and the education needed for the jobs of the future. Increasing connections to good jobs, raising the floor for low-wage work, and building communities of opportunity metro-wide are key strategies to shift the region towards equitable growth.

Date Published: May 2014

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

The 2011 Sustainable Communities Regional Planning Grant Equity Guide

This guide is designed to help applicants structure equity focused activities into their grant applications. This guide provides information on how regions can incorporate social equity into their applications for the second round of funding for sustainable communities grants. It was written for local governments, metropolitan planning organizations (MPOs), nonprofits, foundations, and educational institutions who are interested in developing competitive grant applications.

Date Published: April 2012

Governance Structures

SCI Snapshots: Ongoing Partnerships

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

Date Published: December 2015

Consortium Executive Committee Guiding Document for the Denver Regional COG, CO

The SCI Executive Committee, composed of leaders representing all sectors of the community, reviewed the outcomes of the Sustainable Communities Initiative (SCI). Based on the knowledge and experience gained through every activity conducted under SCI, the Executive Committee offered five Sustainable Communities Regional Principles intended to serve as a common foundation for work to meet shared challenges and goals. The Regional Principles were endorsed by the Denver Regional Council of Governments (DRCOG) Board of Directors May 20, 2015.

Date Published: May 2015

OER Summer Smarts Webinar: Governance Structures for Implementation

This webinar, held on June 18, 2014, provides an opportunity for SCI grantees and others to share the leadership structures that they built during the planning process and how they are using those alternative structures to implement first steps in project development.

Date Published: June 2014

Consortium Agreement for Vision West North Dakota

The Vision West ND Consortium (hereinafter “Consortium”) has been formed with representatives from the 19 counties and the Three Affiliated Tribes. Additional Consortium members include the five institutions of higher education in the region, the four regional planning councils serving the region, and a representative each from SW REAP and the Association. The Consortium will be the primary conduit through which the communities participate in their local planning and the process to complete a Regional Sustainability Plan. The regional plan will address local initiatives and the unprecedented growth dynamics resulting from energy exploration and extraction activities.

Date Published: May 2012

Philanthropy

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

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

Issue Brief: Leveraging & Working with Philanthropy

This issue brief describes the value and tips for engaging with philanthropies throughout the planning process. As stakeholders in cities and regions of all sizes look to advance goals related to building more sustainable and equitable communities, local and national philanthropy can be an important partner in those efforts. Beyond grant making, foundations can also serve as valuable conveners, helping to bring together the people necessary to work through challenging issues.

Date Published: March 2013

Private Sector Engagement

Tools for Effective Community Engagement Webinar

This webinar, held on May 22, 2015, is intended for Colorado communities affected by the 2013 floods, including local government staff and elected officials, and community-based partner organizations (e.g., housing authorities, parks and recreation districts, and private and nonprofit partners, etc.).

Date Published: May 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

Washington Realized: A Sustainable Community Strategy

This plan provides two complementary strategies aimed at revitalization of the Washington area of West Sacramento CA: a transit-oriented development strategy and a complete communities strategy. This document provides a blueprint and funding strategy to shift development patterns towards compact, transit-served, mixed- use growth that is inclusive of current residents.

Date Published: February 2015

L.A. Metro Takes Big Step Toward Equitable Growth

In this article, Craig Adelman from the Low Income Investment Fund explains how one study helped to grow the momentum toward these actions. L.A. Metro is proposing to work in partnership with local communities to protect and create affordable housing near transit in the name of ridership and the environment. How did L.A. make this happen?

Date Published: January 2015

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

Sustainability Toolkit from Pioneer Valley, MA

This toolkit provides technical assistance and resources to help municipalities in the Pioneer Valley, MA region implement their Regional Plan for Sustainable Development by adopting strategies (including model policies, bylaws, and ordinances) to take action on climate change, promote use of clean energy sources, grow smarter, protect their environments, promote food security, and encourage use of green infrastructure.

Date Published: September 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

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

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

Public Engagement Strategies

Public Outreach Website for East Arkansas

This public education website, reNEW East Arkansas, allows communities to create visions for the areas that will drive their success and growth.

Date Published: January 2016

SCI Snapshots: Public Engagement Strategies

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

Date Published: December 2015

Community Engagement Report for East Arkansas

This report presents findings from qualitative research in twelve counties that make up the East Arkansas Planning and Development District (EAPDD). Researchers conducted short informal interviews with groups and individuals, initially focusing on community engagement and needs but later expanding to other topics such as education, leadership, jobs, housing, community events, tourism, families, friendships, hardships and more.

Date Published: May 2015

Tools for Effective Community Engagement Webinar

This webinar, held on May 22, 2015, is intended for Colorado communities affected by the 2013 floods, including local government staff and elected officials, and community-based partner organizations (e.g., housing authorities, parks and recreation districts, and private and nonprofit partners, etc.).

Date Published: May 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

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

Washington Realized: A Sustainable Community Strategy

This plan provides two complementary strategies aimed at revitalization of the Washington area of West Sacramento CA: a transit-oriented development strategy and a complete communities strategy. This document provides a blueprint and funding strategy to shift development patterns towards compact, transit-served, mixed- use growth that is inclusive of current residents.

Date Published: February 2015

L.A. Metro Takes Big Step Toward Equitable Growth

 In this article, Craig Adelman from the Low Income Investment Fund explains how one study helped to grow the momentum toward these actions.   L.A. Metro is proposing to work in partnership with local communities to protect and create affordable housing near transit in the name of ridership and the environment. How did L.A. make this happen?

Date Published: January 2015

Reality Check 2050 Visioning Session - Final Report for Centralina, NC and SC

This report documents the recommendations from the Reality Check 2050 Visioning Exercise led by the Urban Land Institute in 2013. 

Date Published: January 2015

Sustainable Communities Learning Network Video Series: GROWashington-Aroostook (Maine)

This video series includes interviews with representatives from 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: 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

Visual Preference Survey for Northwest Michigan

This Visual Preference Survey report summarizes the data collected on the natural and built environment visual preferences of Northwest Michigan community members.

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

Innovative MPO Transportation Planning Guidebook

This great resource was developed by the folks at Transportation for America. It is designed to help MPOs — their staff, policy-setting bodies, technical and advisory committees and other interested stakeholders — find innovative ways to achieve goals on behalf of their communities.

Date Published: December 2014

Planning Outreach Executive Summary for Henderson, NV (Southern Nevada Strong)

This report provides a full description of Southern Nevada Strong's robust, three-phase public engagement effort during the development of their Regional Plan for Sustainable Development that ultimately reached more than 6,000 people. It provides information about inclusive governance structures and the 19 different methods used to get input in multiple languages.

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

SCLA: Transition to Implementation 2 - Presentation: The Tomorrow Plan

This presentation features the Tomorrow Plan.  Cities like Philadelphia and Cincinnati have made headlines in recent years for their innovative approaches to complying with federal Clean Water Act consent decrees. By using green infrastructure to help abate combined sewer overflows (CSOs), cities are saving money, reducing water pollution, and achieving an array of important social benefits.

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

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

Using Tools and Data to Inform Equity-Oriented Decision-Making Webinar

This webinar, held on October 15, 2014, describes three strategies for thinking about and improving equity in our regions. University of Maryland staff demonstrates OppMap, a web-based tool for community-driven opportunity mapping in the Baltimore region.  Kirwan Institute staff shows how historical analysis brings clarity to equity discussions in Cleveland. MAPC staff shares lessons learned about how tapping into empathy can help cultivate an open environment for discussing equity.

Date Published: October 2014

Sustainability Toolkit from Pioneer Valley, MA

This toolkit provides technical assistance and resources to help municipalities in the Pioneer Valley, MA region implement their Regional Plan for Sustainable Development by adopting strategies (including model policies, bylaws, and ordinances) to take action on climate change, promote use of clean energy sources, grow smarter, protect their environments, promote food security, and encourage use of green infrastructure.

Date Published: September 2014

Climate Change in Northern New Hampshire: Past, Present, and Future

This report provides historic and projected regional climate change data for the state along with strategies to help Northern NH communities adapt to and mitigate impacts of climate change. 

Date Published: August 2014

Climate Change in Southern New Hampshire: Past, Present, and Future

This report provides historic and projected regional climate change data for the state along with strategies to help Southern NH communities adapt to and mitigate impacts of climate change. 

Date Published: August 2014

Community Workshops Summary for Centralina, NC and SC

This report summarizes what Connect Our Future learned from fifty-seven events held in the 14 CONNECT counties. It captures participants’ thoughts and ideas about future growth and development in their county; including a list of guiding principles to follow, work maps highlighting where to grow and how to develop, and participants’ comments on the work of others to find consensus in the room.

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

Reality Check 2050 Visioning Session - Participants Guidebook for Centralina, NC and SC

This collection of documents forms the packets that participants received during the Reality Check 2050 Visioning Exercise led by the Urban Land Institute. The report documents the specific outcomes that participants want to see in the 14-county Centralina region. 

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

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

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

Sustainable Communities Leadership Academy: The Road to Success 2: Public Engagement Tools

This link includes a detailed table of community engagement tools, by category and best use, with links.

Date Published: June 2014

Engagement Tech for All Webinar

This webinar, held on June 26, 2014, describes the latest innovations in the field of civic technology, and the potential for these technologies to advance transformational change in communities, particularly around the lives of low-income people.

Date Published: June 2014

Online Mapping for Residents to view Hazard Potential

This online mapping tool, developed by the California Emergency Management Agency, features the "My Hazards" Web site, to help residents identify and prepare for natural hazards in their locality. The agency hopes that by identifying local risk, residents will increase their knowledge about natural disasters and take up preparedness efforts specific to their risk.

Date Published: May 2014

Best Practices in Local Mitigation Planning

This website, entitled Beyond the Basics is designed to help guide you through the process of developing or updating a local hazard mitigation plan that will meet the requirements for approval by the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA).

Date Published: May 2014

Sustainable Communities Leadership Academy Road to Success 2: Welcoming Remarks, Betsy Spencer Video

This video from the Sustainable Communities Leadership Academy held on May 12-14, 2014 features Betsy Spencer, Director, Director, Office of Neighborhood Housing and Community Development, City of Austin discussing how the City of Austin addressed tough community engagement challenges in their planning process.

Date Published: May 2014

Sustainable Communities Leadership Academy Road to Success 2: Planning, Performance and Play- Nontraditional Methods in Community Engagement Video

This video from the Sustainable Communities Leadership Academy held on May 12-14, 2014 features Carol Davis, Sustainability Manager for Blacksburg, VA and Ken Snyder, President & CEO, PlaceMatters. They explore new ways to get your community involved in the planning process in a meaningful way that is both empowering for citizens and contributes to a stronger, more sustainable plan.

Date Published: May 2014

Sustainable Communities Leadership Academy Road to Success 2: Finishing Strong - How to Improve Your Opportunities for Success Video

This video from the Sustainable Communities Leadership Academy held on May 12-14, 2014, features Joe McKinney, Executive Director, National Association of Development Organizations (NADO) discussing challenges that may arise in the planning process, and how a community can address those challenges to move toward successful completion of their plans.

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

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

Civic Engagement: Mapping Tools to Process

This is the presentation, given by Ken Snyder at the HUD Grantee Convening in Dec 2013, uses the IAP2 spectrum of engagement to show how tools and technology can be mapped to different parts of the civic engagement process.

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

Transitioning to Long-Term Community Engagement Webinar

This webinar, held on February 19, 2014, features speakers from two different communities that are on the forefront of implementing long-term strategies for community engagement – the Kansas City Region and Piedmont Triad. This webinar describes the approaches these regions are exploring and using to continue and institutionalize the public/community partnerships developed during the Sustainable Communities Initiative (SCI) planning phase.

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

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

The Wachusett Station Smart Growth Corridor Plan: A Case Study on Engaging Underrepresented Communities

This case study focuses on the Wachusett Station Smart Growth Corridor Plan, which intended to design a walkable, bikeable, transit-oriented corridor in the 2.5-mile radius around the Wachusett station in Fitchburg, a city of 40,000 residents located in central Massachusetts.

Date Published: December 2013

Federal Roundtable Summary for Vision West ND

These slides from the federal partners' roundtable address 5 critical issues in West North Dakota, including childcare, emergency services, housing, transportation, and water.

Date Published: November 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

Digital Coast: Tools to Promote County Resilience

This guide introduces a resource for coastal counties from NACo.   Digital Coast: Tools to Promote County Resilience provides an overview of Digital Coast, a suite of tools to analyze and communicate coastal natural resource management issues. This publication provides background on Digital Coast and describes specific tools available to counties and communities to address needs in three main topic areas.

Date Published: October 2013

A Guide to Regional Visioning: Mapping the Course for Successful Community Engaged Scenario Planning

This guidebook covers the entire scenario planning process integrating tools, strategies, case studies, and interactive worksheets.

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

Summer Smarts Series #6: Integrated Engagement of Persons with Disabilities Webinar

This webinar, held on August 14, 2013, includes representatives from HUD's Office of Sustainable Housing and Communities (OSHC) and the Office of Fair Housing and Equal Opportunity (FHEO) highlighting how Sustainable Communities Initiative grantees can more effectively engage persons with disabilities throughout the planning and implementation process.

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

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

Communicating Complexity in Planning  Webinar

This video, published on June 19, 2013, explores ways in which planners can translate complex planning ideas into usable information for the public and key decision makers.

Date Published: June 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

Case Study: Youth Involvement in Community Development Efforts (Brownsville, PA)

This case study, the first in the "Youth With a Voice" series, features a student-led initiative to develop a park and performance stage in downtown Brownsville, PA (pop. 2,300). 

Date Published: March 2013

Sustainable Communities in the Twin Cities: How Community Groups Are Working with Government to Transform Transitway Development

This brief case study describes the key learning points from the Community Engagement Team of the Twin Cities Sustainable Communities Initiative.

Date Published: March 2013

Community Engagement Guide for Sustainable Communities

In this guide, you'll find guidelines for engaging marginalized communities, the benefits of community engagement, highlights from other grantees that are finding success at engagement, and a list of resources to help implement your engagement strategy.

Date Published: November 2012

Livable Claiborne Communities Public Engagement Plan

This public engagement and communications plan provides a public engagement, participation, and outreach strategy for the Livable Claiborne Communities in New Orleans, LA.

Date Published: November 2012

Communications Toolkit for Consortium Members

This is an online tool, the NEOSCC’s Conditions and Trends Platform (CAT), which is designed to help Northeast Ohioans understand, talk about and contribute to the future of our region.

Date Published: October 2012

Clinic-Stakeholder Development and Effective Communications Video

This clinic, held October 1-3, 2012, provides an overview of how to engage and develop a wide group of stakeholders and how to communicate your message using values.  The clinic was originally  presented by Robert Grow, President, Envision Utah, at the Sustainable Communities Leadership Academy.

Date Published: December 2012

Camino Real Public Participation Results from Regional Summit for Dona Ana County, NM

This document summarizes the results from the Camino Real Regional Plan summit kick-off event held on Saturday August 18, 2012 and attended by community activists, business leaders, educators, county residents, and elected officials. The public event was marked by presentations, panel discussions, participant surveys and worksheets, and project work stations meant to inform, engage, and exchange ideas for the three (3) year project. The effort serves as a platform for an extensive and ongoing public participation initiative for the regional project.

Date Published: August 2012

Web-based Scenario Planning Tools Webinar

This webinar, held on August 30, 2012, describes a host of web-based scenario planning tools.

Date Published: August 2012

Effective Strategies for Engaging Your Community on Sustainability Webinar

In this interactive online training, held on June 12, 2012, SCI grantees learn techniques to develop effective community engagement techniques for their planning programs and processes. Presenters share recommendations for getting the message out via traditional and social media, and strategies for communicating with the general public.

Date Published: June 2012

Livability in Transportation Webinar: Visioning, Planning and Process, and Policy

These online trainings and guidebook illustrate how livability principles have been incorporated into transportation planning, programming, and project design, using examples from State, regional, and local sponsors.

Date Published: June 2012

Scenario Planning, Part 5: Nuts and Bolts: Technical Analysis and Scenario Development/Tools Training

In this guide, Envision Utah walks through the process of digitizing maps, identifying common themes and crafting scenarios that reflect the broad array of issues and input identified through your engagement process. Join us for an in depth look behind the scenes.

Date Published: May 2012

Imagine KC Scenario Planning Episodes

This 12-part series of planning episodes provides a model for scenario planning, which encourages informed decision-making as communities plan for a vibrant, connected, and green future.

Date Published: May 2012

SCI Equity and Scenario Planning Webinar

This webinar, held on May 16, 2012, features a panel discussion of the link between social equity and scenario planning, providing training on engaging under-represented communities in scenario planning and using scenario planning tools and techniques to address social equity issues.

Date Published: May 2012

Kentucky Wet Growth Tools For Sustainable Development: A Handbook on Land Use and Water for Kentucky Communities

This handbook provides a variety of tools for cities, counties, multi-stakeholder groups, watershed groups, and other interested members of the public to manage or control growth and development for water resource protection. The book identifies the impacts of land use on water quality, water supplies, and the overall health and functioning of watersheds on which all communities -- and all life -- depend.

Date Published: February 2012

The Tomorrow Plan: Project Website

This website for the Des Moines region's regional planning process provides a model of user-friendly access to information about the plan, and frequently-updated blog and event calendar to keep the public engaged. It also is the gateway to a data portal, a regional interactive map, and a number of resources that engage people in plan implementation.

Date Published: January 2012

One STL Meeting Facilitator Handbook

This handbook was created as a reference guide to support the facilitation of public planning engagement meetings. It also provides information on the key principles of effective engagement, strategies and techniques for creating productive environments for dialogue and problem solving, and specific tips for managing different type of meetings and personalities. The contents of this handbook were adapted from materials used by Public Agenda, the Center for Public Deliberation at Colorado State University, and the Center for Civic Participation at Maricopa Community College.

Date Published: January 2012

One STL Public Engagement Plan

This public engagement plan is provides a model process for the various public engagement activities that will take place across the eight counties of the St. Louis Metropolitan region through 2012 and 2013.

Date Published: January 2012

Master Plan Technical Document for Memphis, TN

This Master Plan Technical Report is comprised of the final versions of six individual working papers that were prepared during the development of the Memphis International Airport Master Plan Update between the beginning of 2008 and the end of 2009. These documents present detailed technical information compiled as part of each major element of the master planning process. The purpose of this Master Plan Update is to provide guidance for the continued improvement of the Airport for the 20-year planning horizon and beyond. This report provides background data on the Airport and a comprehensive inventory of current and planned near-term Airport facilities and conditions. This information will provide the basis for assessing existing conditions and future facility requirements.

Date Published: January 2010

Scenario/Alternatives Analysis

SCI Snapshots: Scenario Planning

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

Date Published: December 2015

Existing Conditions Report for South Central Kansas Prosperity Plan

This report was part of the baseline analysis phase, designed to highlight issues and trends shaping community development, investment, and resource management decisions within the five-county region of South Central Kansas. The report considers the existing demographics and statistics for workforce amd business development, the built environment, transportation, water, natural resources, and healthy community design.

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

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

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

Alternative Fuel Scenario Assessment for Centralina, NC and SC

This guidebook provides thorough information about alternative fuel filling station economics and technical best practices. It provides information on market considerations, analysis of fuel types, financial modeling, permitting and regulatory considerations, and design considerations. 

Date Published: January 2015

Regional Scenario Planning Summary for Centralina, NC and SC

This report provides information on Connect our Future’s regional growth scenario planning process, developed collaboratively and with extensive community engagement. The report provides information about the process for developing the scenario planning model, the preferred growth scenario, and technical information about the model itself and CommunityViz software.

Date Published: January 2015

Sustainable Communities Learning Network Video Series: GROWashington-Aroostook (Maine)

This video series includes interviews with representatives from 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: 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

NDRC Working in Rural Communities Webinar

This webinar, held on December 15, 2014, covers NDRC NOFA requirements as well as specific topics related to climate resilience strategies. The webinar focuses on disaster recovery/resilience issues unique to working in rural communities, including funding resources, community engagement, and rural infrastructure.

Date Published: December 2014

Innovative MPO Transportation Planning Guidebook

This great resource was developed by the folks at Transportation for America. It is designed to help MPOs — their staff, policy-setting bodies, technical and advisory committees and other interested stakeholders — find innovative ways to achieve goals on behalf of their communities.

Date Published: December 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

Using Tools and Data to Inform Equity-Oriented Decision-Making Webinar

This webinar, held on October 15, 2014, describes three strategies for thinking about and improving equity in our regions. University of Maryland staff demonstrates OppMap, a web-based tool for community-driven opportunity mapping in the Baltimore region.  Kirwan Institute staff shows how historical analysis brings clarity to equity discussions in Cleveland. MAPC staff shares lessons learned about how tapping into empathy can help cultivate an open environment for discussing equity.

Date Published: October 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

Tools to Support Regional Investment Decisions Webinar

This webinar, held on July 19, 2014, features panelists introducing two tools to support regional investment decisions. Setting standards and measurable goals is one key for effective long-term regional plans. Measurable goals and benchmarking allows cities to align investment decisions, prioritize and rank areas for development, focus on utilizing resources effectively, and create “development ready” codes and incentives

Date Published: July 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

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

Civic Engagement: Mapping Tools to Process

This is the presentation, given by Ken Snyder at the HUD Grantee Convening in Dec 2013, uses the IAP2 spectrum of engagement to show how tools and technology can be mapped to different parts of the civic engagement process.

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

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

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

Charlotte, VA Performance Measurement Systems Report

This code and ordinance toolkit provides a three-part reference document on potential ways to bridge the gap between local comprehensive plans and land use regulations.

Date Published: October 2013

Digital Coast: Tools to Promote County Resilience

This guide introduces a resource for coastal counties from NACo.   Digital Coast: Tools to Promote County Resilience provides an overview of Digital Coast, a suite of tools to analyze and communicate coastal natural resource management issues. This publication provides background on Digital Coast and describes specific tools available to counties and communities to address needs in three main topic areas.

Date Published: October 2013

Livable Claiborne Communities Alternatives Analysis & Transportation Implementation Strategy

This technical memorandum provides an analysis of corridor alternatives and transportation system improvements and provides an implementation strategy for the Livable Claiborne Communities in New Orleans, LA.

Date Published: October 2013

Moving From a Vision Scenario to Vision Implementation Video

This webinar, held on October 30, 2013, features Amy Thompson, a planner at Envision Utah, interviewing Envision Utah’s President and CEO Robert Grow, about the process for moving from a vision scenario to vision implementation.

Date Published: October 2013

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

Saving by Mitigating: Issue Brief and Funding Directory

This issue brief introduces hazard mitigation as a way to save your community money by reducing the economic, social, and environmental costs inflicted natural disasters.  It walks readers through the steps in developing a mitigation plan, offers helpful links to FEMA resources on producing and funding plans, and includes a matrix of hazard mitigation funding grant programs and the types of activities they will support.

Date Published: September 2013

Envision Tomorrow Plus Training Video Series

This set of training videos trains users on the popular Envision Tomorrow Plus (ET+) tools.  Envision Tomorrow is an innovative set of urban and regional planning tools that can be used to model development feasibility on a site-by-site basis as well as create and evaluate multiple land use scenarios, test and refine transportation plans, produce small-area concept plans, and model complex regional issues.

Date Published: September 2013

A Guide to Regional Visioning: Mapping the Course for Successful Community Engaged Scenario Planning

This guidebook covers the entire scenario planning process integrating tools, strategies, case studies, and interactive worksheets.

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

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

The Arts and Entertainment Gateway to the Adirondack: Downtown Vision and Development Strategy

This grantee planning document is a redevelopment plan for Glens Falls, NY, a small downtown with a thriving arts and culture community.

Date Published: July 2013

Communicating Complexity in Planning  Webinar

This video, published on June 19, 2013, explores ways in which planners can translate complex planning ideas into usable information for the public and key decision makers.

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

Case Study: Youth Involvement in Community Development and Planning (Biddeford, ME)

This case study from the "In Their Voice" series highlights Biddeford, Maine, a mill town located 20 miles south of Portland. Through storytelling, community projects, and historic tours, students played an active role in the development of the city's downtown master plan and are continuing to work towards a stronger future for this proud New England community.

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

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

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

CrowdGauge Webinar

This webinar, held on April 1, 2013, features Jason Lally of PlaceMatters, Dylan Mullenix of the Des Moines Area Metropolitan Planning Organization, and Sarah Madden of Sasaki Associates talking about the use of the CrowdGauge software, a tool originally developed for the Des Moines Tomorrow Plan. CrowdGauge is available as open source software.

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

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

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

Issue Brief: Creating & Preserving Affordable Housing Near Transit

This issue brief provides an overview of best practices for creating and preserving affordable housing near transit. Regions across the United States are expanding public transportation systems to allow more residential choices, improve access to employment centers, reduce traffic congestion and lower levels of greenhouse gas emissions. These transit investments will increase property values in many areas, creating community development opportunities and challenges.

Date Published: November 2012

Issue Brief: Creating & Implementing Sustainable Development Performance Indicators & Benchmarks

This issue brief provides an overview of best practices for creating and implementing performance indicators and benchmarks to improve sustainable development outcomes. Sustainable Communities Partnership grantees may identify a need for a set of community-specific indicators to augment the set of “Flagship Sustainability Indicators” created by the Office of Sustainable Housing and Communities (OSHC). This document is designed to complement OSHC’s guidance.

Date Published: October 2012

Salt Lake City Scenario Planning Workshop Materials - Organizing and Communicating for Success/Tools Summit

These materials are from a three-day hands on expert training workshop in scenario planning that featured specific emphasis in organizing and communicating for successful planning processes and selecting and using tools effectively in planning processes.

Date Published: October 2012

A Project Selection Tool for the State of Rhode Island: Leveraging State Transportation, Housing, and Infrastructure Investments

This project selection tool helps KeepSpace assess and prioritize projects seeking competitive state or nonprofit funding.   This tool was originally developed by EPA for Rhode Island.

Date Published: September 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

Data Preparation for Land Use and Scenario Planning Tools Webinar

This webinar, held on September 14, 2012, features the why’s and how’s of data readiness. Getting data lined up early can help tremendously in dealing with the complexity of regional planning processes. This is particularly true when getting ready for scenario planning.

Date Published: September 2012

NACTO Urban Bikeway Design Guide

This guide provides cities with state-of-the-practice solutions that can help create complete streets that are safe and enjoyable for bicyclists.

Date Published: September 2012

Web-based Scenario Planning Tools Webinar

This webinar, held on August 30, 2012, describes a host of web-based scenario planning tools.

Date Published: August 2012

Randolph County Housing and Transit Study

This housing study provides an analysis of the housing market and rental conditions, relative to transportation and job access in the Randolph County, WV region.

Date Published: July 2012

Existing Conditions Report for the Aloha-Reedville Transit Corridor, Washington County, OR

This Existing Conditions report provides summaries and extensive reports on a range of attributes within the Aloha-Reedville Study and Livability Community Plan area in Washington County, OR.  The report was created based on input from the community and the local Citizens Advisory Committee. 

Date Published: June 2012

Livability in Transportation Webinar: Visioning, Planning and Process, and Policy

These online trainings and guidebook illustrate how livability principles have been incorporated into transportation planning, programming, and project design, using examples from State, regional, and local sponsors.

Date Published: June 2012

Scenario Planning, Part 5: Nuts and Bolts: Technical Analysis and Scenario Development/Tools Training

In this guide, Envision Utah walks through the process of digitizing maps, identifying common themes and crafting scenarios that reflect the broad array of issues and input identified through your engagement process. Join us for an in depth look behind the scenes.

Date Published: May 2012

SCI Equity and Scenario Planning Webinar

This webinar, held on May 16, 2012, features a panel discussion of the link between social equity and scenario planning, providing training on engaging under-represented communities in scenario planning and using scenario planning tools and techniques to address social equity issues.

Date Published: May 2012

Imagine KC Scenario Planning Episodes

This 12-part series of planning episodes provides a model for scenario planning, which encourages informed decision-making as communities plan for a vibrant, connected, and green future.

Date Published: May 2012

Nuts and Bolts: Technical Analysis and Scenario Development - Modeling Scenarios in Land Use Modeling Tools Like Envision Tomorrow Webinar

This webinar, held April 26, 2012, explores the technical side of scenario development. Review the process of moving from public engagement to the development of themes that are considered in alternative scenarios. We also look at how to use land use modeling tools to create your scenarios. This webinar features detailed use of Envision Tomorrow + (ET+) to illustrate scenario development from a technical modeling standpoint.

Date Published: April 2012

Scenario Planning, Part 3: Off the Starting Block: Data Gathering, Assessment, and Scenario Modeling Tools

This section explores answers the following questions as they relate to scenario planning: How do we quantify our values? What do we want to measure? The quality of your scenarios and eventual plan are only as good as the data and tools that you use. Scenarios planning is the nexus of good ideas and good data, on top of a strong foundation of values research and planning.

Date Published: March 2012

Trip Generation Tool for Mixed-Use Developments

This spreadsheet includes a tool that makes it easy to estimate trips generated by a new mixed-use development to more fairly assess these projects in development review processes.

Date Published: February 2012

Bioretention Applications

These case studies (in Largo, Maryland, and Tampa, Florida) demonstrate the potential to use low impact development practices in the design of new parking facilities and as retrofits for existing parking facilities to reduce runoff volume and remove pollutants. Includes monitoring data.

Date Published: February 2012

James Campbell Boulevard: Thoroughfare Analysis

This corridor plan provides an analysis of long-term transportation options for the James Campbell Boulevard corridor in Columbia, TN.

Date Published: August 2011

Regional Profile of Population and Demographics for Central Minnesota

This document is a regional profile of Central Minnesota that includes statistics on demographics, population change, social characteristics, poverty, housing types and costs, construction, economic characteristics, industries, jobs, unemployment, and agriculture.

Date Published: March 2011

Equity Analysis and Outreach

SCI Snapshots: Equitable Development and Equity Strategies

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

Date Published: December 2015

Doña Ana Affordable Housing Plan

This Affordable Housing Plan lays out the housing needs, barriers, and goals to housing development in Doña Ana County, NM. The plan applies to the unincorporated areas of the County, including colonias, but not including Las Cruces and Mesilla. The plan was adopted in October 2015.

Date Published: October 2015

Fair Housing and Equity Assessment (FHEA) Data Portal for Together North Jersey, NJ

This data portal provides a tool for planners, government agencies, NGOs, and the public that provides a common shared data and factual framework for the indicators used in the Regional Fair Housing and Equity Assessment Report (FHEA).

Date Published: August 2015

Regional Analysis of Impediments (RAI) for Rhode Island

This Regional Analysis of Impediments (Regional AI) for Rhode Island examines the dynamics of the housing market from a fair housing and equal access perspective. It recommends administrative and programmatic actions to address barriers in private and government-assisted housing, not only for protected classes but others who have faced barriers in the marketplace. The Regional AI also addresses other issues that affect housing access like, zoning, lead paint, discrimination and the marketing of homes for sale or rent. It promotes initiatives that facilitate equal access to housing.

Date Published: August 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

Fair Housing and Equity Assessment (FHEA) for Twin Cities, MN (Choice, Place and Opportunity)

This document is the Regional Fair Housing and Equity Assessment for the twin cities area.

Date Published: March 2015

Leveraging Anchor Institutions for Economic Inclusion

This brief is an introduction to developing and implementing an anchor strategy that can advance equity and economic inclusion in order to promote regional prosperity. It provides actionable recommendations for federal Economic Resilience and Sustainable Communities grantees and their broad range of regional partners.

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

Fair Housing and Equity Assessment (FHEA) for South Central Kansas Prosperity Plan

This Fair Housing and Equity Assessment presents information about the housing conditions in South Central Kansas, including ways in which current development patterns shape social and economic opportunities for all residents, especially underserved groups.

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

L.A. Metro Takes Big Step Toward Equitable Growth

In this article, Craig Adelman from the Low Income Investment Fund explains how one study helped to grow the momentum toward these actions. L.A. Metro is proposing to work in partnership with local communities to protect and create affordable housing near transit in the name of ridership and the environment. How did L.A. make this happen?

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

Fair Housing and Equity Assessment (FHEA) for Vision West ND

This FHEA helps further Vision West ND’s mission to create strong, sustainable, inclusive communities and quality affordable homes for all. Rather than rely solely on enforcement, it is through processes like this FHEA that fair housing and equity can be considered and built into the development of economic opportunity. This includes the development and design of affordable housing in areas of opportunity and areas of need. This also includes the built environment enabling biking, walking, recreation and transportation options as well as environmental considerations towards health and safety. Given the opportunity to inclusively plan and design for all of these elements, communities can achieve smart and sustainable growth.

Date Published: December 2014

Regional Analysis of Impediments (RAI) for Western Greater Yellowstone, ID

This RAI reviews fair housing issues in this four county region: Fremont, Madison and Teton counties Idaho and Teton Co. Wyoming.

Date Published: December 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

Fair Housing and Equity Assessment (FHEA) Appendices, Data, and Mapping for Madison, WI

This document provides useful background information for the Wisconsin Capital Region Fair Housing and Equity Assessment. It also provides detail on measures of segregation and disparate access to opportunity.

Date Published: October 2014

Fair Housing and Equity Assessment (FHEA) for Madison, WI

This Fair Housing and Equity Assessment outlines the distribution of opportunities and barriers to opportunities in Wisconsin's Capital Region. It also provides a framework for promoting equitable access to opportunities. 

Date Published: October 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

Fair Housing and Equity Assessment (FHEA) GIS Map for Madison, WI

This map explores the distribution of opportunities and barriers to opportunities in Wisconsin's Capital Region. It provides geospatial data related to providing equitable access to opportunity for all in the Madison area. 

Date Published: October 2014

Using Tools and Data to Inform Equity-Oriented Decision-Making Webinar

This webinar, held on October 15, 2014, describes three strategies for thinking about and improving equity in our regions. University of Maryland staff demonstrates OppMap, a web-based tool for community-driven opportunity mapping in the Baltimore region.  Kirwan Institute staff shows how historical analysis brings clarity to equity discussions in Cleveland. MAPC staff shares lessons learned about how tapping into empathy can help cultivate an open environment for discussing equity.

Date Published: October 2014

Justice for All - Challenging Wealth Disparity in the Lehigh Valley, PA

This report, issued by the Water Fountain Project, a task force comprised of leaders of communities of color, outlines the impact of race on educational attainment, asset building, and other quality of life factors in the Leigh Valley. It provides a series of recommendations to reduce these disparities. 

Date Published: September 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

Fair Housing and Equity Assessment (FHEA) for Southwestern Wisconsin

This Fair Housing and Equity Assessment (FHEA) provides new insight into the benefits and challenges experienced by marginalized groups throughout Southwestern Wisconsin. The findings focus on the rapidly growing Hispanic population, housing quality and access, elderly populations, and impoverished populations.

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

Financing Equitable Transit-Oriented Communities in the Sacramento Region

This report provides recommendations for a framework, operational structure, and financial tools to support an equitable TOD loan fund in Sacramento, CA.

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

Sustainable Communities Leadership Academy: The Road to Success 2: Public Engagement Tools

This link includes a detailed table of community engagement tools, by category and best use, with links.

Date Published: June 2014

Engagement Tech for All Webinar

This webinar, held on June 26, 2014, describes the latest innovations in the field of civic technology, and the potential for these technologies to advance transformational change in communities, particularly around the lives of low-income people.

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

Equity Growth Profile of the Omaha-Council Bluffs Regions

This Sustainable Communities grantee profile features Omaha-Council Bluffs, which has a relatively strong and resilient regional economy, with overall low unemployment and steady job growth. At the same time, wages have stagnated for most workers and many communities of color face barriers to accessing good jobs, living wages, and the education needed for the jobs of the future. Increasing connections to good jobs, raising the floor for low-wage work, and building communities of opportunity metro-wide are key strategies to shift the region towards equitable growth.

Date Published: May 2014

Sustainable Communities Leadership Academy Road to Success 2: Welcoming Remarks, Betsy Spencer Video

This video from the Sustainable Communities Leadership Academy held on May 12-14, 2014 features Betsy Spencer, Director, Director, Office of Neighborhood Housing and Community Development, City of Austin discussing how the City of Austin addressed tough community engagement challenges in their planning process.

Date Published: May 2014

Sustainable Communities Leadership Academy Road to Success 2: Planning, Performance and Play- Nontraditional Methods in Community Engagement Video

This video from the Sustainable Communities Leadership Academy held on May 12-14, 2014 features Carol Davis, Sustainability Manager for Blacksburg, VA and Ken Snyder, President & CEO, PlaceMatters. They explore new ways to get your community involved in the planning process in a meaningful way that is both empowering for citizens and contributes to a stronger, more sustainable plan.

Date Published: May 2014

Sustainable Communities Leadership Academy Road to Success 2: Finishing Strong - How to Improve Your Opportunities for Success Video

This video from the Sustainable Communities Leadership Academy held on May 12-14, 2014, features Joe McKinney, Executive Director, National Association of Development Organizations (NADO) discussing challenges that may arise in the planning process, and how a community can address those challenges to move toward successful completion of their plans.

Date Published: May 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

Fair Housing and Equity Assessment (FHEA) for Omaha-Council Bluffs, NE

This website provides a map of affordable housing locations in the Omaha-Council Bluffs region and a discussion of the process of improving equity, opportunity, and engagement of citizens that have traditionally been marginalized.

Date Published: February 2014

Transitioning to Long-Term Community Engagement Webinar

This webinar, held on February 19, 2014, features speakers from two different communities that are on the forefront of implementing long-term strategies for community engagement – the Kansas City Region and Piedmont Triad. This webinar describes the approaches these regions are exploring and using to continue and institutionalize the public/community partnerships developed during the Sustainable Communities Initiative (SCI) planning phase.

Date Published: February 2014

 

Fair Housing and Equity Assessment (FHEA) for Northwest Michigan

This document is the Regional Fair Housing and Equity Assessment for six counties in northwest Michigan

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

The Wachusett Station Smart Growth Corridor Plan: A Case Study on Engaging Underrepresented Communities

This case study focuses on the Wachusett Station Smart Growth Corridor Plan, which intended to design a walkable, bikeable, transit-oriented corridor in the 2.5-mile radius around the Wachusett station in Fitchburg, a city of 40,000 residents located in central Massachusetts.

Date Published: December 2013

A Practitioner's Guide for Advancing Health Equity

This guide is written for public health practitioners and other key related disciplines such as urban planners, local policy makers, etc. working to advance health equity through community health interventions. While health disparities can be addressed at multiple levels, this guide focuses on policy, systems, and environmental improvements designed to improve the places where people live, learn, work, and play.

Date Published: December 2013

Fair Housing and Equity Assessment (FHEA) for Chicago, IL

This website provides a Fair Housing and Equity Assessment for Metropolitan Chicago, outlining barriers to access opportunity in the area. It also provides supporting data and maps.

Date Published: November 2013

Fair Housing and Equity Assessment (FHEA) for East Central FL

This Fair Housing and Equity Assessment undertakes a regional scale analysis across five counties in order to gain a full picture of regional equity and access across the East Central Florida Region.

Date Published: November 2013

Digital Coast: Tools to Promote County Resilience

This guide introduces a resource for coastal counties from NACo.   Digital Coast: Tools to Promote County Resilience provides an overview of Digital Coast, a suite of tools to analyze and communicate coastal natural resource management issues. This publication provides background on Digital Coast and describes specific tools available to counties and communities to address needs in three main topic areas.

Date Published: October 2013

Fair Housing and Equity Assessment (FHEA) for Dona Ana County, NM

This Fair Housing and Equity Assessment is a review of the fair housing profile in Doña Ana County, NM and comprehensive evaluation of the public and private housing environment and market.

Date Published: October 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

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

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

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

The Fair Housing and Equity Assessment (FHEA) Deliberation Guide

This guide helps frame the entire FHEA discussion in a region.  The Fair Housing and Equity Assessment (FHEA) is unique in that the process emphasizes not just data analysis, but also a process of reflection leading to action. Getting to the core of the analysis will require asking questions that 1) reflect upon where current challenges and opportunities exist throughout the region; and 2) position organizations and agencies towards concrete action. In this brief we discuss the different types of questions you will want to consider as you frame conversations with stakeholders in your region.

Date Published: June 2013

De-Concentration of Poverty and Fair Housing Plan for Rockford, IL

This report presents a strategy for deconcentrating public housing (PHA) developments and Section 8 Rental Vouchers in minority ethnic and racial and poverty concentrated census tracts and geographies.

Date Published: May 2013

Implementing the Fair Housing Equity Assessment: Advancing Opportunity through the Low-Income Housing Tax Credits

This policy brief by PolicyLink describes how Low-Income Housing Tax Credits (LIHTC) can be used to implement the HUD Fair Housing and Equity Assessment.

Date Published: May 2013

Case Study: Youth Involvement in Community Development and Planning (Biddeford, ME)

This case study from the "In Their Voice" series highlights Biddeford, Maine, a mill town located 20 miles south of Portland. Through storytelling, community projects, and historic tours, students played an active role in the development of the city's downtown master plan and are continuing to work towards a stronger future for this proud New England community.

Date Published: April 2013

Fair Housing and Equity Assessment: Roles and Responsibilities Guide

In this table, you will find examples of the different types of stakeholders that could be included in the FHEA and what assets they bring. You will also find information on the kinds of data they are likely to have access to, questions they can help with in the deliberation process, and policies or programs they could implement to increase access to opportunity and promote fair housing. This is not meant to be a checklist, but rather a tool for brainstorming potential stakeholders that will amplify the success of the FHEA. Keep in mind that not every region will necessarily include all of these players; however, many may play a vital role in ensuring better outcomes for historically marginalized communities, even those players that have not been traditionally active in the fair housing field.

Date Published: April 2013

Equity Impact Review Tool from King County (WA)

This factsheet is written for grantees undertaking the Fair Housing and Equity Assessment.  This Equity Impact Review Tool from King County, Washington, will help you develop ways to translate the findings of your data analysis into the decision-making and action steps of your planning and implementation process.

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

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

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

CrowdGauge Webinar

This webinar, held on April 1, 2013, features Jason Lally of PlaceMatters, Dylan Mullenix of the Des Moines Area Metropolitan Planning Organization, and Sarah Madden of Sasaki Associates talking about the use of the CrowdGauge software, a tool originally developed for the Des Moines Tomorrow Plan. CrowdGauge is available as open source software.

Date Published: April 2013

Issue Brief: Leveraging & Working with Philanthropy

This issue brief describes the value and tips for engaging with philanthropies throughout the planning process.  As stakeholders in cities and regions of all sizes look to advance goals related to building more sustainable and equitable communities, local and national philanthropy can be an important partner in those efforts. Beyond grant making, foundations can also serve as valuable conveners, helping to bring together the people necessary to work through challenging issues.

Date Published: March 2013

Sustainable Communities in the Twin Cities: How Community Groups Are Working with Government to Transform Transitway Development

This brief case study describes the key learning points from the Community Engagement Team of the Twin Cities Sustainable Communities Initiative.

Date Published: March 2013

Issue Brief: Incorporating Healthy Community Strategies into the Planning Process

This Issue Brief connects the concepts of healthy communities and community planning.  The design of our neighborhoods determines how we get from place to place, where we get our food, where we play, where we seek medical help and how we interact with others. Our access to these opportunities in turns affects our physical and mental health, and evidence is mounting that the built environment has a significant effect on many of our nation’s most severe public health challenges. As a result, the people responsible for planning our communities have found a new ally with public health professionals, and collaborations are forming around the country to integrate health considerations into planning decisions and processes.

Date Published: February 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

Issue Brief: Advancing Environmental Justice Through Sustainability Planning

This brief explains why addressing environmental justice (EJ) is a key aspect of creating sustainable regions, and presents ways in which those involved in local and regional planning can achieve EJ in their communities. It begins by defining EJ and outlining some key issue areas –namely industrial pollution, goods movement, urban sprawl, transportation inequity, smart growth, and displacement. 

Date Published: December 2012

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

Issue Brief: Creating & Preserving Affordable Housing Near Transit

This issue brief provides an overview of best practices for creating and preserving affordable housing near transit. Regions across the United States are expanding public transportation systems to allow more residential choices, improve access to employment centers, reduce traffic congestion and lower levels of greenhouse gas emissions. These transit investments will increase property values in many areas, creating community development opportunities and challenges.

Date Published: November 2012

Back to Basics: Performance Measures and Flagship Sustainability Indicators Webinar

This webinar, held on November 1, 2012, focuses on one particular group of performance measures, called the Flagship Sustainability Indicators, which are outcome-based indicators used to measure SCI grantee progress toward creating sustainable regions and communities. HUD's Office of Sustainable Housing and Communities requires all FY 2011 SCI grantees to report on the Flagship Sustainability Indicators, and reporting is optional for FY 2010 grantees.

Date Published: November 2012

Equity, Growth and the American Future Video

This video from the Sustainable Communities Leadership Academy held in Denver, October 1-3, 2012 contains a presentation by Manuel Pastor, Director, Program for Environmental and Regional Equity, and Director, Center for the Study of Immigrant Integration at the University of Southern California. This presentation is an overview of population and demographic changes in America and an exploration of the relationship between equity and growth.

Date Published: December 2012

Fair Housing and Equity Assessment (FHEA) for Two Rivers-Ottauquechee, VT

This Fair Housing and Equity Assessment presents an effort to gain a full picture of regional equity and access to opportunity in the East-Central Vermont. Although the region is 98% white, this assessment revealed that the region has concentrations of low and moderate income persons as well as a disproportionately large percentage of disabled residents.

Date Published: October 2012

A Project Selection Tool for the State of Rhode Island: Leveraging State Transportation, Housing, and Infrastructure Investments

This project selection tool helps KeepSpace assess and prioritize projects seeking competitive state or nonprofit funding.   This tool was originally developed by EPA for Rhode Island.

Date Published: September 2012

Fair Housing and Equity Assessment: Developing a Scope of Work to Maximize Equitable Outcomes

This guide outlines primary issues for consideration by HUD Sustainable Communities Regional Planning grantees as you develop your scope of work. These considerations will help activate a process that can inform future housing and infrastructure investment decisions. In the first part of the document, we outline three critical factors to create and implement a successful FHEA. We then explore in more detail key considerations for the data analysis, the deliberation of findings, and the decision-making necessary to complete the FHEA process3. We recommend that you use this guide as a framework and checklist to review with interested parties, and as a filter in drafting RFPs for consultants.

Date Published: August 2012

Maximizing Your Fair Housing and Equity Assessment for Regional Prosperity Webinar

This webinar, held on July 25, 2012, instructs SCI grantees how they can use their Fair Housing and Equity Assessment process to maximize opportunities to create regional prosperity.

Date Published: July 2012

Baltimore Integration Partnership Presentation

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

Date Published: July 2012

SCI Equity and Scenario Planning Webinar

This webinar, held on May 16, 2012, features a panel discussion of the link between social equity and scenario planning, providing training on engaging under-represented communities in scenario planning and using scenario planning tools and techniques to address social equity issues.

Date Published: May 2012

American Opportunity: A Communications Toolkit

This toolkit represents the best thinking about how to use the Opportunity Frame from the communications professionals at the SPIN Project, the leaders of The Opportunity Agenda, other communications professionals engaged in defining the Opportunity Frame, and grassroots leaders from across the country working on critically important issues.

Date Published: May 2012

The 2011 Sustainable Communities Regional Planning Grant Equity Guide

This guide is designed to help applicants structure equity focused activities into their grant applications. This guide provides information on how regions can incorporate social equity into their applications for the second round of funding for sustainable communities grants.  It was written for local governments, metropolitan planning organizations (MPOs), nonprofits, foundations, and educational institutions who are interested in developing competitive grant applications.

Date Published: April 2012

Fair Housing Equity Assessment Emerging Practice

This document is intended to serve as a resource for Grantees, providing examples of ways that other Grantees have addressed various elements of the FHEA requirement. As this is an emerging practice, the FHEAs referenced in this document are still in draft form and have yet to be finalized by the Grantees or approved by OER. 

Date Published: April 2012

Regional Equity Atlas for the Denver Regional COG, CO

The Denver Regional Equity Atlas is a tool to help raise awareness among a wide range of stakeholders about the benefits and opportunities that a robust public transportation network can create. This interactive tool provides users with the ability to create maps that depict the region’s major origins and destinations in relation to the current and future transit network, and also generate reports on demographic, economic and other data of the region or particular communities.

Date Published: April 2012

Kentucky Wet Growth Tools For Sustainable Development: A Handbook on Land Use and Water for Kentucky Communities

This handbook provides a variety of tools for cities, counties, multi-stakeholder groups, watershed groups, and other interested members of the public to manage or control growth and development for water resource protection. The book identifies the impacts of land use on water quality, water supplies, and the overall health and functioning of watersheds on which all communities -- and all life -- depend.

Date Published: February 2012

Arts and Culture

SCI Snapshots: Arts and Culture

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

Date Published: December 2015

Public Art and Design Plan for Washtenaw Corridor, MI

This plan provides a public art design strategy for the ReImagine Washtenaw Avenue project. 

Date Published: June 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

Washington Realized: A Sustainable Community Strategy

This plan provides two complementary strategies aimed at revitalization of the Washington area of West Sacramento CA: a transit-oriented development strategy and a complete communities strategy. This document provides a blueprint and funding strategy to shift development patterns towards compact, transit-served, mixed- use growth that is inclusive of current residents.

Date Published: February 2015

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

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

OER Summer Smarts Webinar: Implementation Tips for Smaller Places

This webinar, held on September 10, 2014, from the HUD Summer Smarts series features tips for SCI grantees in rural places to implement their plans.

Date Published: September 2014

OER Summer Smarts Webinar: Big Money

This webinar, held on August 20, 2014, investigates how communities find the dollars to actually pay for major projects and infrastructure investments.

Date Published: August 2014

OER Summer Smarts Webinar: Funding for the Long Haul

This webinar, held on August 6, 2014, describes tactics SCI grantees are employing to maintain staffing into implementation.

Date Published: August 2014

OER Summer Smarts Webinar: Outcomes that Last

This webinar, held on July 9, 2014, translates plan elements to specific implementation activities, with an emphasis on examples from SCI grantees on how they mobilized the support to get initial activities underway.

Date Published: July 2014

OER Summer Smarts Webinar: Governance Structures for Implementation

This webinar, held on June 18, 2014, provides an opportunity for SCI grantees and others to share the leadership structures that they built during the planning process and how they are using those alternative structures to implement first steps in project development.

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

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

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

Civic Engagement: Mapping Tools to Process

This is the presentation, given by Ken Snyder at the HUD Grantee Convening in Dec 2013, uses the IAP2 spectrum of engagement to show how tools and technology can be mapped to different parts of the civic engagement process.

Date Published: March 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

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

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

Summer Smarts Series #6: Integrated Engagement of Persons with Disabilities Webinar

This webinar, held on August 14, 2013, includes representatives from HUD's Office of Sustainable Housing and Communities (OSHC) and the Office of Fair Housing and Equal Opportunity (FHEO) highlighting how Sustainable Communities Initiative grantees can more effectively engage persons with disabilities throughout the planning and implementation process.

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

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

Summer Smarts Series #2: So What is My Plan Supposed to Look Like, Anyway? Webinar

This webinar, held on June 5, 2013, features FY 2010 Sustainable Communities Initiative (SCI) grantees explaining the look, feel, and content of regional plans and final plans to FY 2011 grantees.

Date Published: June 2013

Complete Streets Master Plan for Downtown New Britain, CT

This master plan provides a guide for creating a more pedestrian-friendly, attractive and livable environment throughout a downtown area in preparation for the 2015 scheduled opening of a new bus rapid transit project.

Date Published: May 2013

2012 Office of Sustainable Housing and Communities Summer Smarts Series

This series features eight sessions for SCI grantees.

Date Published: October 2012

Native American Arts and Cultural Facility Plans for Northwoods NiiJii, WI

This website shows the winning plans from an energy efficient design competition for preliminary drawings for an integrated Woodland Indian Arts and Cultural Facility on the Lac du Flambeau Band of Lake Superior Chippewa Reservation in Lac du Flambeau Wisconsin.

Date Published: January 2012