In December 2015, Huntsville was one of seven communities nationwide selected from a pool of over 67 applications by Smart Growth America to participate in the technical assistance program. Stretching from Florida to Alaska, these seven communities represent major cities, suburban centers, and rural towns alike.
“We were very fortunate to get this grant,” said Dennis Madsen, Long-Range Planner for the City of Huntsville. “The workshop is a great opportunity to help design the transportation network of Huntsville’s future.”
The program, made possible through a five-year Building Blocks for Sustainable Communities grant to Smart Growth America from the US Environmental Protection Agency’s Office of Sustainable Communities, seeks to develop local planning solutions that help communities grow in ways that benefit families and businesses, while protecting the environment and preserving a sense of place. Two other nonprofit organizations-Project for Public Spaces and Global Green-currently have active grants under this program to help communities get the kinds of development they want.
As a national leader in the field, Smart Growth America has accumulated extensive experience working with communities to help them use land strategically, make the most of existing resources and invest strategically to catalyze private development.
Smart Growth America is the only national organization dedicated to researching, advocating for and leading coalitions to bring smart growth practices to more communities nationwide. From providing more sidewalks to ensuring more homes are built near public transportation or that productive farms remain a part of our communities, smart growth helps make sure people across the nation can live in great neighborhoods. For additional information visit: www.smartgrowthamerica.org.