Monday, February 22, 2010

Smart Growth Implementation Assistance from EPA

I'm on the listserv for EPA's Smart Growth office.  Here's an announcement that came over the weekend.

Request for Letters of Interest: Smart Growth Implementation Assistance

Free technical assistance available!

The Development, Community, and Environment Division in EPA’s Office of
Policy, Economics, and Innovation is seeking applications for technical
assistance from communities that want to incorporate smart growth in
their future development to meet environmental and other community
goals. This request is being coordinated under the interagency
Partnership for Sustainable Communities. Staff from HUD and DOT will
assist in the provision of this technical assistance.

Eligible entities are tribal, local, regional, and state governments,
and nonprofit organizations that have a demonstrated partnership with a
governmental entity. Letters of interest are due at 3:00 pm EST, April
9, 2010.

EPA has identified some key topics in which communities are likely to
benefit from technical assistance:

- climate change
- equitable development
- financing and planning infrastructure investments
- hazard mitigation plans
- removing local barriers to implementing LEED-ND
- suburban retrofit
- transportation solutions for rural communities and places without rail
- cities in transition (significant population loss, poverty, or
economic deterioration)

Proposals are not limited to requests for technical assistance in only
these thematic areas; other topics for assistance are welcome and
encouraged, provided they demonstrate cutting-edge challenges and the
possibility of replicable solutions. The type of work may incorporate
policy analysis and review, planning and visioning processes,
scorecard/ranking criteria development and assessment, and/or other
elements pertinent to the role of the applicant.

Selected communities or states will receive assistance in the form of a
multi-day visit from a team of experts organized by EPA, HUD and DOT and
other national partners to work with local leaders. EPA plans to assist
three to four communities over a period of twelve months. The Agency
anticipates announcing the selected communities in fall of 2010.

For more information and application materials, visit

Please share this information with communities in need of assistance.

Jamie Baker Roskie

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