Free Technical Assistance for Smart Growth Planning: Apply by November 2nd!
*** Deadline extended to November 6th, due to Hurricane Sandy ***
Through a grant to Project for Public Spaces from the United States Environmental Protection Agency’s Office of Sustainable Communities under their Building Blocks for Sustainable Communities Program, Livability Solutions will be offering free technical assistance workshops to 6 to 12 communities around the country, enabling local governments and communities to implement changes that will move them along the road towards smart growth and sustainability. Livability Solutions is a partnership of organizations with expertise in sustainability planning, including CNT. This technical assistance will take the form of one- to two-day workshops, led by one or more experienced coalition members, focused on one or more of the group’s unique suite of livability tools.
Workshops are intended to provide communities with strategies to enhance livability, to create lasting economic and environmental improvements, and to effect positive change for their residents. The workshops will focus on helping communities reach a tipping point or overcome a significant hurdle to reaching a particular livability or sustainability goal.
Coalition members will work with selected communities to identify the tool or palette of tools that will best help them achieve their livability and sustainability goals, building off of each community’s unique character, culture, creativity, and effort. A short report will be prepared for each community following the technical assistance, and communities receiving technical assistance will be asked to follow up one month and nine months after receiving technical assistance to report on their progress toward objectives set during the assistance.
To help communities learn more about this program, Livability Solutions will host a webinar on Wednesday, October 10th, 3:00-4:00pm EST to further discuss this technical assistance opportunity, the available tools, and the process. Register for the webinar.
Livability Solutions is a partnership among CNT and 10 other organizations who have expertise in planning projects that protect the environment, improve public health, facilitate job creation and economic opportunity, and improve overall quality of life.