SCI Grantee Planning Documents - Implementation

This page provides Sustainable Communities Initiative (SCI) resources that focus on implementation strategies.

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Finance Mechanisms

SCI Snapshots: Finance Mechanisms

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

Date Published: December 2015

Aligning Government Funds with Innovative Revenue Programs Webinar

This webinar, held on January 27, 2015, begins with Enterprise and LIIF providing a brief presentation on the role that government financing can plan play in innovative financing tools and programs. The overview is followed by presentations from various partners who vet investment opportunities and financing tools, launch innovative revenue programs or have achieved planning success as a result of aligning with public agencies.

Date Published: January 2015

Framework for Growth & Investment in Northwest Michigan

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

Date Published: January 2015

Aging Infrastructure Webinar Series

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

Date Published: December 2014

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

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

Date Published: October 2014

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

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

Date Published: October 2014

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

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

Date Published: October 2014

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

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

Date Published: October 2014

Sustainable Communities Leadership Academy: Transition to Implementation 2 - Video: Funding and Financing Panel, West

This video from the Sustainable Communities Leadership Academy, held on October 20-22, 2014, contains comments from the Funding and Finance for Implementation Panel, with Dace West

Date Published: October 2014

Sustainable Communities Leadership Academy: Transition to Implementation 2 - Video: Funding and Financing Panel, Marsh

This video from the Sustainable Communities Leadership Academy, held on October 20-22, 2014, contains comments from the Implementation Panel, with Dwayne Marsh.

Date Published: October 2014

Sustainable Communities Leadership Academy: Transition to Implementation 2 - Video: Funding and Financing Panel, Adelman

This video from the Sustainable Communities Leadership Academy, held on October 20-22, 2014, contains comments from the Funding and Finance for Implementation Panel, with Craig Adelman.

Date Published: October 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

Baby Boomer Bond Assessment Tool for the Denver Regional COG, CO

The purpose of the Boomer Bond Assessment Tool is to help local governments and partnering organizations evaluate how well the existing resources, plans, regulations, programs and community design features serve older adult residents.

Date Published: June 2014

Baby Boomer Bond Program Overview for the Denver Regional COG, CO

The growth in the older adult population will bring increased demands for aging services at the local and regional level and affect nearly every aspect of community life. The Denver Regional Council of Governments' (DRCOG) program, the Boomer Bond, prepares the region and local communities for this dramatic change. The Boomer Bond aims to arm the region's local governments with strategies and tools to support healthy, independent aging, allowing older adults to remain in their homes and communities as long as they wish.

Date Published: June 2014

Effective Financing Solutions: Paying for Stormwater and Green Infrastructure Projects Webinar

This webinar, held on May 13, 2014, features staff from the University of Maryland Environmental Finance Center (UMD EFC) sharing the steps necessary to successfully finance stormwater and green infrastructure projects at the local level. Gleaning from EFC’s experience helping local governments in the Mid Atlantic find innovative ways to pay for stormwater and green infrastructure projects, presenters share case studies, tools, and important steps to achieving local implementation, since it is at the local level where the most innovative, effective, and transformative financing programs are being developed and implemented.

Date Published: May 2014

Issue Brief: Asset Management for Stormwater

This issue brief is intended to introduce local governments to the asset management process and to show how it can be applied in managing stormwater assets. It was adapted from an appendix written by the Southwest Environmental Finance Center in Local Government Stormwater Financing Manual: A Process for Program Reform, published by the Environmental Finance Center at the University of Maryland.

Date Published: April 2014

Local Government Stormwater Financing Manual: A Process for Program Reform

This manual is intended to provide local leaders with the foundation for establishing and growing effective stormwater management programs that maximize the value and impact of every dollar invested in their communities.

Date Published: February 2014

Filling the Financing Gap for Equitable Transit-Oriented Development -Lessons from Atlanta, Denver, the Bay Area and Twin Cities

This guide describes financing for a newly popular form of transit-oriented development: equitable TOD.  As demand for livable communities grows, land values near transit increase, which can sometimes lead to gentrification.  

Date Published: February 2014

Building Capacity: Issue Brief Compilation from Phase I Team Implementation

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

Date Published: December 2013

Asset Management for Stormwater Webinar

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

Date Published: November 2013

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

Opportunity Maps for Destination Erie, PA

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

Date Published: September 2013

Bridge Boulevard Corridor Redevelopment Plan

This comprehensive corridor redevelopment includes zoning regulations, redevelopment issues, roadway concepts, and financing strategies to transform a busy river crossing into a pedestrian- and-transit friendly, mixed use corridor that honors the unique history and character of the Bernalillo County region.

Date Published: August 2013

Community Development Loan Fund for Southland Community, Chicago, IL

This website provides information on the Chicago Southland Community Development Loan Fund (Loan Fund). The South Suburban Mayors and Managers Association (SSMMA), has partnered with Enterprise Community Partners and Chicago Community Loan Fund to establish and capitalize the Loan Fund to provide resources to investors interested in developing in transit-served areas. 

Date Published: August 2013

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

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

Date Published: August 2013

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

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

Assessing the Economic Impact of Stormwater Investments Webinar

This webinar, held on June 19, 2013, presents the results of a study by the Environmental Finance Center at University of Maryland. The study  contains findings from an investigation of the economic impact of urban stormwater management investments.

Date Published: June 2013

Redeveloping Brownfield Properties: A Regional Approach Webinar

This webinar, held on June 20, 2012, addresses local and regional strategies for redeveloping environmentally challenged properties (commonly referred to as "brownfields") by showcasing successful and transformative brownfield redevelopment projects and programs from around the country. Discussion topics include the financial, technical, and regulatory tools available to move your planning and redevelopment forward.

Date Published: June 2012

Issue Brief: TOD & Infrastructure Finance

This issue brief provides an overview of the types of infrastructure needs typically associated with TOD and infill development, the challenges involved in paying for this infrastructure, key infrastructure finance terms and tools, and the process of formulating a successful infrastructure funding and financing strategy.

Date Published: June 2012

Developing Land Acquisition and TOD Funds Webinar and Issue Brief

This webinar, held on May 16, 2012, engages organizations considering launching fund efforts, to better understand how a structured fund model works, where and when one might be utilized successfully, and the opportunities and challenges specific to utilizing Sustainable Communities or other federal resources in such a model. Speakers from two communities, one city, one region, highlight their current activities.

Date Published: May 2012

Land Bank and Development Authority for South Suburban Chicago, IL

This website gives information about the South Suburban Land Bank and Development Authority, which exists to facilitate the redevelopment of acquired properties through strategic partnerships with developers, community organizations, lenders, and local governments to improve quality of life, stabilize the tax base, and enhance economic activities that promote sustainable, healthy, and stable communities in a manner consistent with local government plans and priorities.

Date Published: January 2012

Local Food Enterprise Report for South Madison, WI

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

Date Published: August 2011

Implementation Funding

SCI Snapshots: Implementation Funding

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

Date Published: December 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

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 and Video (from December 2014 Convening)

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

Date Published: January 2015

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

Aging Infrastructure Webinar Series

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

Date Published: December 2014

Envisioning Post Grant Success: 2014 SCI Grantee Convening Webinar

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

Date Published: December 2014

Sustainable Communities Leadership Academy: Transition to Implementation 2 - Video: Funding and Financing Panel, West

This video from the Sustainable Communities Leadership Academy, held on October 20-22, 2014, contains comments from the Funding and Finance for Implementation Panel, with Dace West

Date Published: October 2014

Sustainable Communities Leadership Academy: Transition to Implementation 2 - Video: Funding and Financing Panel, Marsh

This video from the Sustainable Communities Leadership Academy, held on October 20-22, 2014, contains comments from the Implementation Panel, with Dwayne Marsh.

Date Published: October 2014

Sustainable Communities Leadership Academy: Transition to Implementation 2 - Video: Funding and Financing Panel, Adelman

This video from the Sustainable Communities Leadership Academy, held on October 20-22, 2014, contains comments from the Funding and Finance for Implementation Panel, with Craig Adelman.

Date Published: October 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

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

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

Date Published: August 2014

The Regional Development Organization's Role in Disaster Recovery Webinar

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

Date Published: August 2014

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

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

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

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

Date Published: July 2014

Effective Financing Solutions: Paying for Stormwater and Green Infrastructure Projects Webinar

This webinar, held on May 13, 2014, features staff from the University of Maryland Environmental Finance Center (UMD EFC) sharing the steps necessary to successfully finance stormwater and green infrastructure projects at the local level. Gleaning from EFC’s experience helping local governments in the Mid Atlantic find innovative ways to pay for stormwater and green infrastructure projects, presenters share case studies, tools, and important steps to achieving local implementation, since it is at the local level where the most innovative, effective, and transformative financing programs are being developed and implemented.

Date Published: May 2014

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

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

Date Published: May 2014

Green Infrastructure on Brownfields

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

Date Published: April 2014

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

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

Date Published: April 2014

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

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

Date Published: April 2014

The Capital Absorption Capacity of Places: A Self Assessment Tool

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

Date Published: March 2014

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

Local Government Stormwater Financing Manual: A Process for Program Reform

This manual is intended to provide local leaders with the foundation for establishing and growing effective stormwater management programs that maximize the value and impact of every dollar invested in their communities.

Date Published: February 2014

Filling the Financing Gap for Equitable Transit-Oriented Development -Lessons from Atlanta, Denver, the Bay Area and Twin Cities

This guide describes financing for a newly popular form of transit-oriented development: equitable TOD. As demand for livable communities grows, land values near transit increase, which can sometimes lead to gentrification.

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

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

Asset Management for Stormwater Webinar

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

Date Published: November 2013

Materials for Brownfields Redevelopment: Catalysts for Change

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

Date Published: November 2013

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

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

Date Published: November 2013

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

Community Development Loan Fund for Southland Community, Chicago, IL

This website provides information on the Chicago Southland Community Development Loan Fund (Loan Fund). The South Suburban Mayors and Managers Association (SSMMA), has partnered with Enterprise Community Partners and Chicago Community Loan Fund to establish and capitalize the Loan Fund to provide resources to investors interested in developing in transit-served areas. 

Date Published: August 2013

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

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

Date Published: August 2013

Unlocking Metropolitan Planning Organization Funding Tools to Support Sustainability Plans Webinar

This webinar, held on August 14, 2013, explores provisions within federal transportation funding (including MAP-21) that regions can use to begin implementing their sustainability plans.

Date Published: August 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

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

Issue Brief: Redeveloping Brownfield Sites

This issue brief brownfields and giving a brief history of federal environmental laws, and then describes different approaches to redeveloping contaminated land, with case studies from around the country. The issue brief also provides suggestions for funding resources.

Date Published: June 2012

Issue Brief: TOD and Infrastructure Finance

This issue brief provides an overview of the types of infrastructure needs typically associated with TOD and infill development, the challenges involved in paying for this infrastructure, key infrastructure finance terms and tools, and the process of formulating a successful infrastructure funding and financing strategy.

Date Published: June 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

Implementation Strategies

SCI Snapshots: Implementation Strategies

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

Date Published: December 2015

Station Area Implementation Strategy for Sheridan Station, Denver, CO

This document is about action. It puts forth specific implementation projects and strategies for the Sheridan Station area that are the building blocks to creating a 20-Minute Neighborhood. What is a 20-Minute Neighborhood? It’s a neighborhood where residents have safe and convenient access by walking, bicycling, or transit to many of the places and services they use daily, including local markets and other neighborhood serving businesses, restaurants, schools, and parks within a half-mile or 20-minute walking distance, and in the case of the Sheridan Station 20-Minute neighborhood, using the Sheridan light rail station as a transit hub.

Date Published: June 2015

Implementation Plan Overview for Destination Erie, PA

This document helps citizens understand why Erie County, PA needs a regional plan. The document breaks apart five building blocks (Connected, Green, Livable, Educated, Thriving) over three time periods (Short-term, Medium-term, and Long-term).

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

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

Aligning Government Funds with Innovative Revenue Programs Webinar

This webinar, held on January 27, 2015, begins with Enterprise and LIIF providing a brief presentation on the role that government financing can plan play in innovative financing tools and programs. The overview is followed by presentations from various partners who vet investment opportunities and financing tools, launch innovative revenue programs or have achieved planning success as a result of aligning with public agencies.

Date Published: January 2015

Implementation Matrix for Regional Plan for Henderson, NV (Southern Nevada Strong)

This report provides a menu of concrete implementation strategies tied to the goals and objectives of Southern Nevada Strong's Regional Plan for Sustainable Development. Each strategy includes the local lead and supporting organization partners, an analysis of fiscal impact, and the potential time horizon for implemention. 

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

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

Aging Infrastructure Webinar Series

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

Date Published: December 2014

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

Connecting CSO Abatement and Sustainability Planning: Success Stories

This briefing paper explores cities that connected Combined Sewer Overflow (CSO) abatement and city planning. Both initiatives involve a great amount of effort and creative energy, and both have the potential for community transformation; linking them presents an opportunity for even greater benefit.

Date Published: December 2014

Envisioning Post Grant Success: 2014 SCI Grantee Convening Webinar

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

Date Published: December 2014

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

SCLA: Transition to Implementation 2 - Presentation: Grand Boulevard Initiative

This webinar features Corinne Goodrich, former Program Manager, Grand Boulevard Initiative, and focuses on their corridor-transforming work.

Date Published: November 2014

LEED-ND and Other Tools for Implementing Sustainability at the Neighborhood Scale Webinar

This webinar, held on November 20, 2014, describes LEED-ND, the rating system for sustainable neighborhoods, which are the building blocks of sustainable cities. The neighborhood scale presents the opportunity to focus development and improvements that enhance quality of life in a very direct way. Whether good or bad - neighborhood level decisions about the environment, economy and community can make incremental change that bring a wave of outcomes to a region.

Date Published: November 2014

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

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

Date Published: November 2014

Using Green Infrastructure to Meet Clean Water Act Consent Decree Requirements Webinar

This webinar, held on November 12, 2014, discusses how communities are using green infrastructure approaches to address U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) consent decrees to clean up combined sewer overflows (CSOs) – and achieving cost savings and additional community benefits as a result. Josh Rivard from the Center for Infrastructure Research at University of Louisville shares case stories from Louisville, Cincinnati, Indianapolis, Kansas City, and Saint Louis, and he outlines the basic steps involved in taking this new approach to compliance efforts.

Date Published: November 2014

Enhancing Sustainable Communities with Green Infrastructure

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

Date Published: November 2014

Sustainable Communities Leadership Academy: Transition to Implementation 2 - Video: Funding and Financing Panel, West

This video from the Sustainable Communities Leadership Academy, held on October 20-22, 2014, contains comments from the Funding and Finance for Implementation Panel, with Dace West

Date Published: October 2014

Sustainable Communities Leadership Academy: Transition to Implementation 2 - Video: Funding and Financing Panel, Marsh

This video from the Sustainable Communities Leadership Academy, held on October 20-22, 2014, contains comments from the Implementation Panel, with Dwayne Marsh.

Date Published: October 2014

Sustainable Communities Leadership Academy: Transition to Implementation 2 - Video: Funding and Financing Panel, Adelman

This video from the Sustainable Communities Leadership Academy, held on October 20-22, 2014, contains comments from the Funding and Finance for Implementation Panel, with Craig Adelman.

Date Published: October 2014

Sustainable Communities Leadership Academy: Transition to Implementation 2 - Video: Collaboration: Where To From Here?

This video from the Sustainable Communities Leadership Academy, held on October 20-22, 2014, features Gina Bartlett, Senior Mediator, Consensus Building Institute describing collaboration in implementation with a focus on setting the stage for successful collaboration in the long-term.

Date Published: October 2014

OER Summer Smarts Webinar: Demonstrating Economic Resilience

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

Date Published: September 2014

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Date Published: August 2014

The Regional Development Organization's Role in Disaster Recovery Webinar

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

Date Published: August 2014

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

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

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

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

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

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

Date Published: July 2014

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

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

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

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

Date Published: June 2014

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

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

Date Published: May 2014

Effective Financing Solutions: Paying for Stormwater and Green Infrastructure Projects Webinar

This webinar, held on May 13, 2014, features staff from the University of Maryland Environmental Finance Center (UMD EFC) sharing the steps necessary to successfully finance stormwater and green infrastructure projects at the local level. Gleaning from EFC’s experience helping local governments in the Mid Atlantic find innovative ways to pay for stormwater and green infrastructure projects, presenters share case studies, tools, and important steps to achieving local implementation, since it is at the local level where the most innovative, effective, and transformative financing programs are being developed and implemented.

Date Published: May 2014

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

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

Date Published: May 2014

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

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

Date Published: April 2014

Implementing Your Community Resiliency and Recovery Strategy: From a Policy and System Perspective Webinar

This webinar, held on April 24, 2014, features staff at the Center for Hazards Research and Policy Development at the University of Louisville sharing their experience developing a statewide policy and planning framework for resiliency and recovery planning.

Date Published: April 2014

Urban Agriculture on Brownfields

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

Date Published: April 2014

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

Issue Brief: Asset Management for Stormwater

This issue brief is intended to introduce local governments to the asset management process and to show how it can be applied in managing stormwater assets. It was adapted from an appendix written by the Southwest Environmental Finance Center in Local Government Stormwater Financing Manual: A Process for Program Reform, published by the Environmental Finance Center at the University of Maryland.

Date Published: April 2014

Integrating Water Into Local and Regional Sustainability Planning

This document features case stories of nine Sustainable Communities grant communities that are successfully integrating water into their local and regional sustainability planning efforts. The projects demonstrate ways that water-related challenges and opportunities can be a key part of planning for a region's long-term economic competitiveness, quality of place, and livability.

Date Published: April 2014

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

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

Date Published: April 2014

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

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

Date Published: March 2014

The Capital Absorption Capacity of Places: A Self Assessment Tool

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

Date Published: March 2014

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

Neighborhood Association Regional Implementation Plan for Southwestern Wisconsin

This report outlines strategies to help any municipality or organization start a neighborhood association program. Specifically, this document outlines the process of organizing the Haseltine Hills Alliance.

Date Published: March 2014

Sustainable Working Waterfronts Webinar

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

Date Published: March 2014

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

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

Date Published: February 2014

Local Government Stormwater Financing Manual: A Process for Program Reform

This manual is intended to provide local leaders with the foundation for establishing and growing effective stormwater management programs that maximize the value and impact of every dollar invested in their communities.

Date Published: February 2014

Filling the Financing Gap for Equitable Transit-Oriented Development -Lessons from Atlanta, Denver, the Bay Area and Twin Cities

This guide describes financing for a newly popular form of transit-oriented development: equitable TOD. As demand for livable communities grows, land values near transit increase, which can sometimes lead to gentrification.

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

The CLEAR Plan 2030 Implementation Plan

This implementation plan provides the tools and steps necessary to realize the Community Livability for the East Alabama Region (CLEAR) 2030 sustainability and development goals.

Date Published: February 2014

ECOS Plan: First Annual Progress Report

This annual report provides details about the 2013 efforts of the ECOS Partnership in Chittenden County, VT.

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

Regional Innovation Acceleration Network (RIAN) Webinar

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

Date Published: December 2013

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

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

Date Published: December 2013

Building Capacity: Issue Brief Compilation from Phase I Team Implementation

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

Date Published: December 2013

Asset Management for Stormwater Webinar

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

Date Published: November 2013

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

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

Date Published: November 2013

Augusta, GA Sustainable Development Implementation Program

This regional plan provides a long-term strategy for development in Augusta, Georgia by combining five different planning efforts and unifying them and providing implementation recommendations.

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

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

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

Date Published: October 2013

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

Performance Measures for Local Livability and Multi-Modal Transportation Webinar

This webinar, held on October 16, 2013, is intended for MAP-21 subgrantees to learn about the benefits, best practices, and collaborative strategies for developing regional transportation performance measurements in their advocacy for better planning at the metropolitan planning organization (MPO) and state levels.

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

Issue Brief: Auditing Your Development Code for Barriers to Sustainable Water Management

This issue brief is intended for town officials who want to learn how to identify development regulations in their community that might affect local water resources. It walks readers through the steps in conducting a development code audit, describes a case study from Cleveland Heights OH, and lists helpful resources for getting started with your own code audit.

Date Published: September 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

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

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

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

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

Date Published: August 2013

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

Unlocking Metropolitan Planning Organization Funding Tools to Support Sustainability Plans Webinar

This webinar, held on August 14, 2013, explores provisions within federal transportation funding (including MAP-21) that regions can use to begin implementing their sustainability plans.

Date Published: August 2013

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

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

Date Published: August 2013

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

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

New Haven, CT Hill to Downtown Community Plan

This area plan provides a strategy to create Santa Monica, CA's most sustainable neighborhood--one that both conserves the authentic, industrial character while also removing barriers to housing and preparing for the arrival of the Exposition Light Rail in 2016.

Date Published: June 2013

On Common Ground - The Vitality of Small Communities

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

Date Published: June 2013

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

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

Capital Absorption Framework: Follow-up from Arlington Sustainable Communities Leadership Academy Webinar

This webinar, held on May 1, 2013, features Christopher Forinash of the Institute for Sustainable Communities as moderator, and is introduced by Salin Geevarghese of HUD's Office of Sustainable Housing and Communities. The capital absorption framework is presented by Robin Hacke of Living Cities, and David Wood of the Initiative for Responsible Investment at Harvard University.

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

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

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

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

Date Published: April 2013

Issue Brief: Introduction to Cargo-Oriented Development

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

Date Published: April 2013

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

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

Date Published: April 2013

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

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

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 and 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

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

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

Walkability Workbook from WALC and EPA

This free, new, excellent resource from the Walkable and Livable Communities Institute (WALC) and U.S. EPA was developed as part of EPA's Building Blocks for Sustainable Communities program. The WALC Institute, led by Dan Burden, has helped hundreds of communities improve their streets and other public spaces through walkability audits and other tools, many available with this Walkability Workbook.

Date Published: August 2012

Issue Brief: Advancing Sustainability in A Slow Economy

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

Date Published: August 2012

Issue Brief: The Housing and Transportation (H+T) Affordability Index

This issue brief describes the H+T® Index, which quantifies the link between built environment characteristics and certain aspects of transportation behavior, including car ownership rates and vehicle miles travelled. The web-based interface allows this relationship to be explored via maps and data tables for nearly 900 US regions.

Date Published: August 2012

Redeveloping Brownfield Properties: A Regional Approach Webinar

This webinar, held on June 20, 2012, addresses local and regional strategies for redeveloping environmentally challenged properties (commonly referred to as "brownfields") by showcasing successful and transformative brownfield redevelopment projects and programs from around the country. Discussion topics include the financial, technical, and regulatory tools available to move your planning and redevelopment forward.

Date Published: June 2012

Issue Brief: Redeveloping Brownfield Sites

This issue brief brownfields and giving a brief history of federal environmental laws, and then describes different approaches to redeveloping contaminated land, with case studies from around the country. The issue brief also provides suggestions for funding resources.

Date Published: June 2012

Issue Brief: TOD & Infrastructure Finance

This issue brief provides an overview of the types of infrastructure needs typically associated with TOD and infill development, the challenges involved in paying for this infrastructure, key infrastructure finance terms and tools, and the process of formulating a successful infrastructure funding and financing strategy.

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

Developing Land Acquisition and TOD Funds Webinar and Issue Brief

This webinar, held on May 16, 2012, engages organizations considering launching fund efforts, to better understand how a structured fund model works, where and when one might be utilized successfully, and the opportunities and challenges specific to utilizing Sustainable Communities or other federal resources in such a model. Speakers from two communities, one city, one region, highlight their current activities.

Date Published: May 2012

Issue Brief: Creating Regional TOD Plans & Strategies

This issue brief discusses the benefits of regional TOD planning, provides five approaches to creating such plans & strategies, and highlights case studies from the Baltimore and Twin Cities regions. The brief ends with a list of links to resources that can be helpful in planning for TOD at a regional scale.

Date Published: May 2012

Regional Planning for Transit and TOD Webinar and Issue Brief

This webinar, held on March 21, 2012, describes the challenges the Gulf Regional Planning Commission is facing and how they are using transit and TOD planning to lower housing and transportation costs for residents of the region, and explore how the Twin Cities is leveraging their existing and planned transit network to implement a vision of sustainable, vibrant and healthy communities. This webinar also highlights some of the overarching principles of regional planning for transit and TOD.

Date Published: March 2012

Smaller Places Summit: OpportunityLink Video

This video from the Smaller Places Summit, held on March 5, 2012 - March 7, 2012, features Barbara Stiffarm of OpportunityLink describing their successful rural bus service.

Date Published: March 2012

Smart Growth Implementation Tool Kit: Policy Audit

This toolkit is a set of practical tools to help communities grow smarter. The Toolkit is designed to help local leaders untangle the policies and procedures that get in the way of smarter growth and sustainable development.

Date Published: February 2012

Land Bank and Development Authority for South Suburban Chicago, IL

This website gives information about the South Suburban Land Bank and Development Authority, which exists to facilitate the redevelopment of acquired properties through strategic partnerships with developers, community organizations, lenders, and local governments to improve quality of life, stabilize the tax base, and enhance economic activities that promote sustainable, healthy, and stable communities in a manner consistent with local government plans and priorities.

Date Published: January 2012

Value Capture and Transit Webinar

This webinar, held on October 25, 2011, introduces participants to the range of value capture strategies that can be employed near transit, and provides real-world examples of innovative value capture strategies currently underway in the U.S.

Date Published: October 2011

Local Food Enterprise Report for South Madison, WI

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

Date Published: August 2011

Ongoing Partnerships

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

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

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

Interview with Ben Pratt - Project Coordinator, Erie Regional Chamber and Growth Partnership

This video webinar by PlaceMatters focuses on communicating complex planning ideas to public constituents and decision makers, and finding ways to explain it, talk about it, and grapple with it.

Date Published: July 2014

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

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

Date Published: April 2014

Sustainable Code Framework for Kansas City, MO

The Sustainable Code Framework is a resource to help local governments identify code strategies that match the vision they have for their community. The Sustainable Code Framework allows communities to explore different code options based on their development objectives. The framework also contains a database of existing projects that demonstrate many of the sustainable principles communities desire. These projects are for the most part local so communities can actually see the projects and how they integrate into local communities.

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

Northeast Ohio Areawide Coordinating Agency Vibrant NEO 2040 Final Plan & Vision

This regional vision and plan provide a plan to promote investment in Northeast Ohio's established communities by strengthening those communities, increasing transportation choices, preserving and protecting natural resources, and promoting governmental collaboration and efficiency.

Date Published: February 2014

One STL Regional Plan: Many Communities. One Future.

This planning document provides a strategy for creating a prosperous, healthy, and vibrant St. Louis region.

Date Published: December 2013

Sustainable Economic Development Strategies Webinar and Issue Brief

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

Date Published: December 2012

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

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

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

Solving Environmental Problems Through Collaboration: A Case Study of the New York City Watershed Partnership

This report features the NYC Watershed Partnership, which works closely with government and non-governmental partners to protect the drinking water supply of 9 million people while promoting economic viability and preserving the social character of the communities in the upstate watershed.

Date Published: February 2012

Metropolitan and Rural Transportation Planning: Case Studies and Checklists for Regional Collaboration

This report provides case studies and checklists of possible actions that metropolitan planning organizations (MPOs), rural transportation planning organizations (RPOs), state departments of transportation, local government entities, and other planning partners may take to enhance their partnership efforts.

Date Published: February 2012

Policy Change

Consolidated Zoning and Subdivision Ordinance for Indianapolis, IN

This ordinance provides consolidated zoning and subdivision requirements for Marion County, Indiana. It also provides subdivision regulations, district regulations, and development standards.

Date Published: April 2016

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

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

Preferred Growth Scenario Primer, Centralina NC and SC

This report summarizes four alternative future year growth scenarios contemplated for the region, and enumerates the trade-offs between them for preparing a preferred regional growth framework (comprised of a preferred growth scenario map, supporting recommendations, and a toolkit of best practices). The report highlights the results from model indicators developed using CommunityViz scenario planning software, and captures the thoughts and opinions from participants in a third round of community engagement activities aimed at vetting the four alternatives.

Date Published: August 2014

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

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

Date Published: April 2014

Implementing Your Community Resiliency and Recovery Strategy: From a Policy and System Perspective Webinar

This webinar, held on April 24, 2014, features staff at the Center for Hazards Research and Policy Development at the University of Louisville sharing their experience developing a statewide policy and planning framework for resiliency and recovery planning.

Date Published: April 2014

White Paper: The State of Zoning in Central Ohio

This white paper provides information about the different innovative zoning practices used by communities in central Ohio to further their local plans. The white paper provides information on key findings and next steps for zoning in codes and processes. 

Date Published: April 2014

The Capital Absorption Capacity of Places: A Self Assessment Tool

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

Date Published: March 2014

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

Sustainable Code Framework for Kansas City, MO

The Sustainable Code Framework is a resource to help local governments identify code strategies that match the vision they have for their community. The Sustainable Code Framework allows communities to explore different code options based on their development objectives. The framework also contains a database of existing projects that demonstrate many of the sustainable principles communities desire. These projects are for the most part local so communities can actually see the projects and how they integrate into local communities.

Date Published: March 2014

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

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

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

Code Assessment for High Point, NC

This report provides an assessment of the City of High Point's development ordinance to identify barriers to mixed-use, compact development and redevelopment.

Date Published: October 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

Connecticut Department of Transportation's Perspective on TOD Presentation

This presentation is an overview of how the CT Department of Transportation is maximizing the economic benefits of their transit investment by supporting TOD. Presented by Tom Maziarz, Bureau Chief of Policy and Planning, Connecticut Department of Transportation.

Date Published: July 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

Chesapeake Stormwater Network: Tools for Bay Stormwater Advocates, Plan Reviewers & Designers, Local Stormwater Managers, Stormwater Science and Practice, Bay Residents

This website, developed by the Chesapeake Stormwater Network, provides stormwater-related resources for advocates, planners and designers, managers, and residents. A variety of links maneuvers users to current and updated policy information, policy and design issues, training opportunities, research and resources.

Date Published: February 2012

Smart Growth Implementation Tool Kit: Policy Audit

This toolkit is a set of practical tools to help communities grow smarter. The Toolkit is designed to help local leaders untangle the policies and procedures that get in the way of smarter growth and sustainable development.

Date Published: February 2012

Healthcare Policy Analysis for Central Minnesota

This website explains the health care goals, recommendations, and action steps from Healthcare chapter of the Central Minnesota Sustainable Development Plan and provides links to related programs and full-length documents.

Date Published: January 2012

Housing and Affordable Housing Policy Analysis for Central Minnesota

This website provides information on affordable housing and the goals, recommendations, and action steps from the Affordable Housing section of the Central Minnesota Sustainable Development Plan. It provides information about housing resources, links to the Fair Housing Equity Assessment (FHEA), housing maps, model comprehensive plan, and policy toolkit.

Date Published: January 2012

Transportation Policy Analysis for Central Minnesota

This website provides information on regional sustainable transportation development and the goals, recommendations, and action steps from the Transportation chapter of the Central Minnesota Sustainable Development Plan. It provides Transportation Inventory and Needs, Transportation Maps and Commute Sheds, County Transportation Projects, City Policy Transportation Analysis, County Policy Transportation Analysis, and a Transportation Funding Analysis.

Date Published: January 2012

Water, Natural Resources, and Development Patterns Policy Analysis for Central Minnesota

This website provides information on sustainable land use and the goals, recommendations, and action steps from the Natural Resources and Development Patterns chapter of the Central Minnesota Sustainable Development Plan. The website also provides links to related programs and full-length documents.

Date Published: January 2012

Subgrants

Baby Boomer Bond Assessment Tool for the Denver Regional COG, CO

The purpose of the Boomer Bond Assessment Tool is to help local governments and partnering organizations evaluate how well the existing resources, plans, regulations, programs and community design features serve older adult residents.

Date Published: June 2014

Baby Boomer Bond Program Overview for the Denver Regional COG, CO

The growth in the older adult population will bring increased demands for aging services at the local and regional level and affect nearly every aspect of community life. The Denver Regional Council of Governments' (DRCOG) program, the Boomer Bond, prepares the region and local communities for this dramatic change. The Boomer Bond aims to arm the region's local governments with strategies and tools to support healthy, independent aging, allowing older adults to remain in their homes and communities as long as they wish.

Date Published: June 2014

Local Technical Assistance Program for Chicago, IL

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

Date Published: February 2014

Performance Measures for Local Livability and Multi-Modal Transportation Webinar

This webinar, held on October 16, 2013, is intended for MAP-21 subgrantees to learn about the benefits, best practices, and collaborative strategies for developing regional transportation performance measurements in their advocacy for better planning at the metropolitan planning organization (MPO) and state levels.

Date Published: October 2013

Land Bank and Development Authority for South Suburban Chicago, IL

This website gives information about the South Suburban Land Bank and Development Authority, which exists to facilitate the redevelopment of acquired properties through strategic partnerships with developers, community organizations, lenders, and local governments to improve quality of life, stabilize the tax base, and enhance economic activities that promote sustainable, healthy, and stable communities in a manner consistent with local government plans and priorities.

Date Published: January 2012