EPA Smart Growth Implementation Assistance Program

Posted on: October 6th, 2011 by Kathy Nothstine

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is currently accepting letters of interest for the Smart Growth Implementation Assistance (SGIA) program.  The SGIA program is an annual, competitive solicitation open to state, local, regional, and tribal governments (and non-profits that have partnered with a governmental entity) that want to incorporate smart growth techniques into their future development.  Once selected, communities receive direct technical assistance from a team of national experts.  This program focuses on complex or cutting-edge issues and can take about 18 months. These projects explore innovative ideas to overcome barriers that are preventing communities from getting the kind of development they want.

One of the categories of assistance this year is rural communities.  This category is framed as follows:

Economic Viability of Small Towns and Rural Communities

  • Attracting economic growth in slow-growing rural communities while ensuring a sustainable built environment.
  • Implementation of land use strategies that enhance the economic value of rural landscapes and protect rural livelihoods.
  • Implementation of land use strategies that promote urban-rural links to bring rural products (such as farm or forest products) to urban markets.

Potential topics for this round of assistance include economic development for rural communities, resilience planning for natural hazards, linking planning for land use and economic development, using locally generated energy, and smart growth for tribal communities.  EPA will choose up to four communities to receive assistance.

Letters of interest are due October 28.  More information on the SGIA program and the request for letters of interest can be found here (http://www NULL.epa NULL.gov/smartgrowth/sgia NULL.htm).

 

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