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Smart Growth Event Calendar

2015 National Bike Summit, March 10-12, 2015, Washington, D.C.

​The theme of the 2015 National Bike Summit perfectly describes the League’s new strategic direction: bikes add value in so many ways. Instead of saying “Look at what the bike has done for us!” we’re asking “How can the bike help you achieve your goals?” – whether you’re a health professional, community planner, traffic engineer, neighborhood leader, tourism agency, grandmother or student. That’s a significant shift – and we’ll be listening and learning from many of these groups during the Summit.


Category: Events, bikes

APA Web Conference: Urban Design, Sustainability, and the Environment Lecture, March 11, 4-5 pm EST.

​Delve into key topics on the AICP Certified Urban Designer examination. While this isn’t an exam preparation program, it presents best contemporary practices that AICP CUD exam takers and other interested planners will want to know. See how environmental planning and sustainability goals fit into urban design. Look at the way urban designers address the built and natural environments, historic preservation, adaptive reuse, building retrofits, and more. Examine natural systems in the context of urban design, and learn how water, energy, habitats, biodiversity, and climate come into play. This web conference has been approved for 1 AICP CM credit. March 11, 4-5 pm EST.

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Category: Events, Urban, Sustainability

TFN 101: Getting to Know Your Funders' Network, 2-3 pm EST, March 11

Join The Funders’ Network (TFN) on Wednesday, March 11 from 2 - 3 pm EST for a lively conversation with TFN members representing local, regional, and national foundations. You will hear about their work and involvement in TFN’s programs; learn about TFN, its working groups, collaboratives, and learning events; and preview the upcoming annual conference in Los Angeles. This call offers an excellent opportunity for first-time Funders’ Network conference attendees, new members of TFN, and other interested funders to become better acquainted with the vision, mission and programs of the Funders’ Network. 2-3 pm EST, March 11.

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Category: Events, Conferences, funding

Webinar: Creative Rural-Urban Alliances, 4-5 p.m. EST, March 12

​In many parts of the country real and perceived differences divide rural and urban communities. Divisions rooted in competing political priorities, divergent cultural norms, and disparate socio-economic conditions often prevent conversations about shared interests. The emerging practice of rural-urban cooperation capitalizes on the unique assets of both places to bridge divides, build mutual understanding, and infuse creative energy into community and economic development. Join this free webinar on March 12 from 4-5 pm EST for inspiration on creative urban and rural connections that could happen in your area.

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Category: Events, Webinars, Urban, rural

The Funders' Network Annual Conference: Registration now open

If you want to learn from a network of national and place-based funders and leading practitioners and explore how funding smart growth and development initiatives can increase the impact of your grant making, then this conference is for you. The Funders’ Network will convene its 2015 Annual conference March 16-18 in Los Angeles. Registration is open to staff, directors, trustees, and donors of grant-making institutions.

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Category: Events, California, Event

Webinar: Biking and Communities of Color: Friend or Foe? 1 p.m. March 18

Biking in communities of color is not new, yet, in so many neighborhoods, the appearance of protected lanes is deemed the beginning of gentrification. This webinar, part of a series from Safe Routes to School National Partnership, demonstrates how bike advocates around the country are showing biking as a solution to community revitalization and not a trigger for displacement. 1 p.m. EST, Wednesday, March 18.

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Category: Events, Webinars, bikes

24th Ahwahnee Conference for Local Elected Officials, March 19-22

​This year’s Ahwahnee conference will feature dynamic speakers and leading experts who will discuss innovative solutions for increasing resiliency and implementing smart-growth strategies in a time of rapid change. This conference sells out every year because attendees say the format is uniquely structured to combine fresh ideas with hands-on discussion of how to implement them.

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Category: Events, California, Conferences

SCUP Conference: 1+1=3 Planning, Learning and Building with Partners

​​​​​​​​​The Society for College and University Planning (SCUP) is hosting its 2015 Pacific Regional Conference,​​ March 22-24, in Portland, Oregon. Portland is a city that excels in innovative urban planning and sustainability, due largely to its success with strategic partnering and resource sharing. Inspired by 50 years of SCUP member-driven innovation and Portland’s unique culture of cooperation, the conference will show us how 1+1=3: Planning, Learning and Building with Partners.

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Category: Events, Conferences

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