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Smart Growth Event Calendar

Free Webinar: Urban Renewal as a Catalyst for Private Investment, Jan. 28

​​​Strategic urban renewal projects can be an incredible catalyst for private investment. In 1995, Downtown Bozeman, Montana developed a comprehensive urban renewal plan that included the creation of a Tax Increment Finance District and the future construction of a parking garage. Almost 15 years later, the 435-space Bridger Park Garage was opened, and subsequently sparked $55 million of private development within a one block radius. This webinar will feature Chris Naumann, Executive Director of the Downtown Bozeman Partnership. He will share his experience with Bozeman’s downtown Tax Increment Finance district, from the original planning phases all the way through operation, highlighting the use of this tool for urban renewal, downtown revitalization, and economic development. Join the webinar Jan. 28, 2-3 pm EST.

Eligible for 1 AICP CM credit

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Category: Events, Webinars, Urban

14th Annual New Partners for Smart Growth Conference - Jan 29-31, 2015

The New Partners for Smart Growth Conference​ will explore some great success stories from throughout Baltimore and Maryland as well as practical strategies for identifying and overcoming barriers to more sustainable development in the rest of the nation. For more details on the tours, please visit the Tours Page.

The conference program will feature some great case studies from the region, including the challenges as well as some inspirational success stories. There will be case studies and best practices from across the country that will provide great examples of how other communities are tackling the same issues, including theirs successes and lessons-learned. For more details on the program, please visit the Program Page.

This not-to-be-missed national conference also includes other exciting special features and optional workshops, with new special events and networking activities to be added soon! For more details on special features and optional workshops, please visit the Special Features Page.

Dates: January 29 - 31, 2015
Location: Hilton Baltimore Hotel, Baltimore, Maryland.

For more information, visit the New Partners website.

Category: Events, Maryland, Conferences, Event

National Association of Conservation Districts Annual Meeting, February 1-4

The 2015 ​NACD Annual Meeting will be held February 1-4 in New Orleans, LA. The theme for the meeting is “Conservation: Key to a Healthy Nation."​ Planning is underway for a very full program, filled with general sessions, lively speakers, breakout sessions, board meetings, tours and training opportunities.

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Category: Events, California, Annual Meeting

Webinar: Elected Officials Walk the Walk, Feb. 5

Based on America Walks’ recently published case studies, this webinar will feature three local elected officials who have used their status as political leaders to advance walking and walkability. Oklahoma City Mayor Mick Cornett, Columbia, Missouri City Councilwoman Barbara Hoppe, and former Arlington County Board Member Chris Zimmerman will describe their successes, including reducing neighborhood speed limits and inspiring citizens to start exercising and lose a combined one million pounds. This is the first in the America Walks “Inspiring Stories of Walkable Communities” webinar series.​ The webinar will take place 2 p.m. EDT Feb. 5.

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Category: Events, Webinars

Webinar: Charting New Waters – Foundation Impact Through Convening, Feb. 5

After more than six years of intensive, solution-oriented work on U.S. freshwater issues, The Johnson Foundation at Wingspread recently concluded its Charting New Waters initiative. By convening hundreds of experts representing different sectors and perspectives, there is a new recognition of the importance of water and its issues, as well as the complex relationships between water and other critical issues, such as energy, climate, food and social equity. Please join this conversation on Feb. 5 from 2 pm - 3 pm EST to learn more about the culminating recommendations coming from Charting New Waters, and the opportunities to leverage those recommendations and partnerships going forward.

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Category: Events, Webinars

2015 National Conference of Regions - Feb 8-10, 2015

Join the National Association of Regional Councils for the 2015 National Conference of Regions. This conference is a forum for locally-elected officials and their Regional Councils to explore federal policy issues, and discuss NARC’s legislative priorities for the 114th Congress. Topics covered at the Conference will include the reauthorization of transportation legislation, water quality issues, the implementation of the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act, and the current federal and local fiscal picture, among other policy issues that affect the success of Regional Councils.​


Category: Events, District of Columbia, Conferences

Webinar: National Complete Streets Coalition to Unveil Top Complete Streets Policies of 2014, Tuesday, February 10, 2015, 1:00 PM-2:00 PM EST

Join us for an online event to celebrate last year’s best policies and hear how communities everywhere can create streets that are safer and more convenient for everyone who uses them. Over 70 communities passed Complete Streets policies in 2014 and on February 10, Smart Growth America’s National Complete Streets Coalition will unveil which were the best.


Category: Events, Webinars

The AIA’s 41th annual Grassroots Leadership and Legislative Conference, March 4-6

Guided by a vision for the future of the profession, the conference provides The American Institute of Architects’ (AIA) leaders with tools to influence and pursue action that will strengthen their firms, communities and society at large. The conference provides opportunities for creative dialogue through general sessions, workshops, networking and peer-to-peer connections. Leaders will exchange information and ideas, provide input on AIA initiatives and advocate the AIA’s federal agenda to members of Congress, working collectively toward a better future for architects.

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Category: Events, District of Columbia, Conferences

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