Regional and Community Planning

Find tools to assist planners, economic development practitioners and those interested in sustainable development initiatives

  • Best Practices and Lessons Learned: Brownsville, PA

    Posted on: March 21st, 2013 by Brett Schwartz

    Students’ schedules, needs, interests, and motivations for participating in the public process are often different than adults. Coordinators should be flexible and accommodating when working with students on community development projects. (Photo credit: Herald-Standard (http://www NULL.heraldstandard NULL.com/)) Engaging students in...

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  • Student Voices: Franchesca Legros (Brownsville, PA)

    Posted on: March 21st, 2013 by Brett Schwartz

    Franchesca Legros (third from left) and other members of the Students in Action team traveled to Washington in summer 2012 to receive the Jefferson Award for their work in the Brownsville community.  (Photo credit: Herald-Standard (http://www NULL.heraldstandard NULL.com/)) This interview...

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  • Student Voices: Chelsea Gump (Brownsville, PA)

    Posted on: March 21st, 2013 by Brett Schwartz

    Chelsea Gump (far right) and other members of Brownsville Area High School’s Students in Action (https://sites NULL.google NULL.com/site/ofrstudentsinaction/) team stand with a model of the park and performance stage planned for downtown Brownsville. (Photo credit:  Herald-Standard (http://www NULL.heraldstandard NULL.com/)) This...

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  • Youth With a Voice: Engaging Young People in Rural and Small Town Community Development

    Posted on: March 4th, 2013 by Brett Schwartz

    Introduction In 1970, economist Albert O. Hirschman published Exit, Voice, and Loyalty:  Responses to Decline in Firms, Organizations, and States (http://books NULL.google NULL.com/books?id=vYO6sDvjvcgC&printsec=frontcover&dq=exit+voice+loyalty&hl=en&sa=X&ei=JJwnUeHeJaPx0wHt6YHYCQ&ved=0CDgQ6AEwAA).  In it, Hirschman outlines what he sees as three options available to individuals ensnared in a negative...

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  • Alabama Statewide Consolidated Economic Development Strategies: Planning for the Future

    Posted on: January 22nd, 2013 by Brett Schwartz

    (http://www NULL.knowyourregion NULL.org/wp-content/uploads/2013/01/AL-CEDS-Report-FINAL NULL.pdf). The NADO Research Foundation’s report “Alabama Statewide Consolidated Comprehensive Economic Development Strategies:  Planning for the Future” (http://www NULL.knowyourregion NULL.org/wp-content/uploads/2013/01/AL-CEDS-Report-FINAL NULL.pdf) addresses the role that Regional Development Organizations (RDOs) – in this case, Regional Councils – played ...

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  • Citizens’ Institute on Rural Design Issues RFP for Rural Communities

    Posted on: January 17th, 2013 by Kathy Nothstine

    The Citizens’ Institute on Rural Design (CIRD), a program of the National Endowment for the Arts (http://www NULL.nea NULL.gov/) and USDA (http://www NULL.usda NULL.gov/wps/portal/usda/usdahome), has issued a request for proposals to rural communities facing design challenges to host local workshops...

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  • Las Vegas, NM: A Place with a Past (and Future)

    Posted on: January 9th, 2013 by Brett Schwartz

    Hollywood Meets Main Street While most Americans may not have heard of the small town of Las Vegas, New Mexico (http://www NULL.lasvegasnm NULL.gov/), many have traveled there –at least in their imaginations – while watching major Hollywood blockbusters such as...

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  • Presentation: Southwestern Wisconsin Regional Planning Commission

    Posted on: December 11th, 2012 by Brett Schwartz

    The US Department of Housing and Urban Development’s Office of Sustainable Housing and Communities (http://portal NULL.hud NULL.gov/hudportal/HUD?src=/program_offices/sustainable_housing_communities) held its 2012 Sustainable Communities Grantee Convening December 3-5 in Washington, DC.  The convening brought together all the grantees from the Sustainable Communities...

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  • Presentation: Randolph County Housing Authority

    Posted on: December 11th, 2012 by Brett Schwartz

    The US Department of Housing and Urban Development’s Office of Sustainable Housing and Communities (http://portal NULL.hud NULL.gov/hudportal/HUD?src=/program_offices/sustainable_housing_communities) held its 2012 Sustainable Communities Grantee Convening December 3-5 in Washington, DC.  The convening brought together all the grantees from the Sustainable Communities...

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  • Presentation: Upper Valley Lake Sunapee Regional Planning Commission

    Posted on: December 11th, 2012 by Brett Schwartz

    The US Department of Housing and Urban Development’s Office of Sustainable Housing and Communities (http://portal NULL.hud NULL.gov/hudportal/HUD?src=/program_offices/sustainable_housing_communities) held its 2012 Sustainable Communities Grantee Convening December 3-5 in Washington, DC.  The convening brought together all the grantees from the Sustainable Communities...

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