Sustainable Communities Across the Country

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The Northeast Ohio Sustainable Communities Consortium is only one of a number of Sustainable Communities grantees. Recently, the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development published profiles describing some of the work other recipients are doing.


  • “Every now and then you’ve got to ask the hard questions.  The one we choose to ask is: How will the Southeast Florida Region evolve over time to ensure that the development of the knowledge-based economy of the 21st   century provides opportunity for the inclusive participation of all of the region’s residents?”  – Dr. Mark B. Rosenberg, President, Florida International University.
  • Flint, MI is using a HUD Community Challenge grant to complete its first master plan since 1960, charting a new course for the community’s future.
  • The Tomorrow Plan, Des Moines, IA’s three-year planning effort funded by a HUD Regional Planning grant, fulfills Central Iowa’s need for a unifying vision that addresses how future growth will affect the region. In the words of project manager Bethany Wilcoxon, the goal of The Tomorrow Plan is to avoid “losing what makes us special.”
  • Equipped with a Regional Planning Grant, the Metropolitan Area Planning Council is implementing their groundbreaking blueprint for regional reinvestment in the cities, towns, and suburbs of Metropolitan Boston.
  • At the northernmost tip of Maine, the Counties of Washington and Aroostook are coming together to chart a course for mutual economic success with an integrated plan that addresses housing, transportation, water infrastructure, environmental planning, as well as economic opportunity and workforce development.
  • “Imagine a riverfront destination that you can easily walk to, bike to, and take public transportation to – and you can easily envision a place that sustains and attracts new residents and businesses.”- Pittsburgh Mayor Ravenstahl.  The Allegheny Riverfront Green Boulevard Planning project, funded by HUD Sustainable Community and DOT TIGER grants, will help convert a six-mile freight line into a green riverfront rail and trail corridor extending from downtown Pittsburgh to the city’s eastern edge.
  • A new hub of innovation is brewing in the Heartland, where Greater Kansas City is knitting together its neighborhoods and localities to implement sustained and coordinated economic growth.
  • HUD’s Sustainable Communities Initiative is assisting several communities within Washington State, including the fast-growing Puget Sound region and the Spokane Tribe of Indians.
  • The James Campbell Corridor in Columbia, TN, has attracted $7.5 million in new investment since Columbia was awarded its Sustainable Communities grant.

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