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Free Livability Technical Assistance Coming to Nine Communities

Ethan Kent
Mar 11, 2015
Dec 14, 2017
Street life in New Orleans, one of the cities receiving free technical assistance from Livability Solutions | Photo by PPS

Project for Public Spaces and our partners at Livability Solutions are pleased to announce the nine communities selected to receive free technical assistance in 2015, thanks to a grant to Project for Public Spaces from the United States Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) Office of Sustainable Communities under their Building Blocks for Sustainable Communities Program. Each recipient will receive a one- or two-day workshop with one of our Livability Solutions partners to tackle a particular sustainable communities challenge or opportunity in their community.

The nine selected applicants represent a diverse group of communities from across the United States, from large cities to rural communities. All have a strong commitment to sustainability and smart growth and are poised to implement positive change through the assistance we are offering. This year, we placed an even greater emphasis on prioritizing high needs communities, in order to help areas struggling with serious economic, environmental, health, and other challenges.

Livability Solutions is a coalition of professionals from 10 leading nonprofit organizations with deep experience in sustainable development. Our common purpose is to work with communities on transportation, land use, Placemaking, environmental and health issues, and public engagement, in order to improve livability, smart growth, and sustainability outcomes.

The communities selected for free technical assistance in 2015, along with the Livability Solutions partner and tool that they have been matched with, are:

  • The Design Center of Pittsburgh, PA, which will receive support from the Center for Neighborhood Technology to help evaluate and prioritize its green infrastructure opportunities in the Northside area (Green Infrastructure Valuation Guide)
  • City of Eldon, Missouri, which will receive support from the Walkable and Livable Communities Institute to help engage citizens and stakeholders in developing a plan for a new trail that will run through the city (Civic Engagement for Walkable, Livable Communities)
  • Forest County Potawatomi Community, a Tribe in Wisconsin, which will receive support from the National Charrette Institute and the Local Government Commission, to create a vision and standards for sustainable development (Design Mini-Charrette and Project Start-up Intensive)
  • Foundation for Puerto Rico, which will receive support from the Local Government Commission to help engage citizens and stakeholders in their design preferences for revitalizing a corridor in the city (Community Image Survey)
  • City of Gretna, Louisiana, which will receive support from Project for Public Spaces to help make the city’s streets more welcoming for pedestrians, bicyclists, transit users, and others (Complete Streets Implementation)
  • Knoxville-Knox County Metropolitan Planning Commission, Tennessee, which will receive support from Project for Public Spaces to help transform a school property into a vital community public place (Lighter, Quicker, Cheaper Strategies Workshop)
  • New Orleans Redevelopment Authority, Louisiana, which will receive support from Project for Public Spaces to help engage citizens and stakeholders in Placemaking improvements for a corridor in the city (Place and Street Audit)
  • City of Oak Park, Michigan, which will receive support from the Congress for New Urbanism to right-size a street in order to improve livability, accessibility, and mobility for area residents (The Walkable Streets Design Workshop)
  • The City of Palm Bay’s Bayfront Community Redevelopment Agency, Florida,  which will receive support from ChangeLab Solutions to help create a successful grocery store attraction and improvement strategy in order to bring healthier food options to an underserved neighborhood (Getting to Grocery: Tools for Attracting Healthy Food Retail to Underserved Neighborhoods)

EPA’s Office of Sustainable Communities provides some of this assistance directly and also funds the free technical assistance programs of two other nonprofit organizations:  Smart Growth America and Global Green.

We encourage interested communities to continue to check the Livability Solutions website for additional opportunities for technical assistance. We also welcome interested foundations, organizations, and individuals to contact us if they are interested in supporting assistance to one of the many other qualified applications we received.

Click here for information on other opportunities to work with Livability Solutions or here for training and technical assistance offered by Project for Public Spaces.

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