US Department of Housing and Urban Development – Office of Economic ResilienceBest Practices Report implementation fundingSouthern Bancorp Capital PartnersHelena-West Helena, AR2010 Regional Planning systems in South Carolina, Mississippi, Texas, Kentucky and Arkansas win 120 million in federal Race to the Topgrants; Southern Bancorp receives 9.8M12/17/2013On December 9, 2013, the Department of Education announced that five school districts won grants ranging from 10 million to 30 million as part ofRace to the Top, the Obama administration’s signaturecompetition for K-12 education. The winners of this round of grants were largely rural andSouthern. They were chosen by federal officials from among more than 200 applications and were selected because they had created the best plans topersonalize learning, department officials said.Since 2009, the Obama administration has awarded more than 4 billion in competitive grants as part of Race to the Top competitions. The grants aregiven to states and local school districts that embrace education policy changes favored by the administration, such as the expansion of charter schools,using student test scores to measure the performance of teachers and administrators, and building complex student data systems.Funding for the program came from the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act and, as the grants have been awarded, the amountavailable for each subsequent round has decreased. Last year, the department held its first competition for school districts, choosing 16winners to share 400 million. The total funds available Tuesday dropped to 120 million to be split among the five winners. In a call with reportersTuesday, Education Secretary Arne Duncan said there were more quality applications for the grants than his agencycould fund.The administration says that Race to the Top has spurred bold innovations in education. Critics maintain that while Race to the Top means additionalresources for winners, it hurts students in the states and school districts that lost their bids. The district-level Race to the Top is one of several iterationsof the grant program. Other versions include a competition among states and a contest among early learning programs.Tagseducation/schools, implementation fundingCapitol Region Council of GovernmentsHartford, CT2010 Regional g/site/EPA Awards 1,350,000 in June 2014 to Clean Up Brownfields in Capitol Region -- Funds Help Protect Health and theEnvironment, and Revitalize Communities6/3/2014The U.S. EPA awarded 1,350,000 in Brownfield grants to the Capitol Region Council of Governments to help protect people’s health by assessing andcleaning up contaminated properties in the metro Hartford region. This money funded the Metro Hartford Brownfields Program, which will makeavailable to member communities 400,000 for environmental site assessments, and 950,000 for loans and grants to assist in site remediation efforts.The application was supported by several community partners: the Metro Hartford Alliance, Hartford 2000, the Enfield Community DevelopmentCorporation, Goodwin College, and the North Star Center for Human Development.Funds awarded to the Capitol Region Council of Governments will provide communities with funding necessary to assess, clean up and redevelopcontaminated properties, boost local economies and leverage jobs while protecting public health and the environment. A focus of program activity willbe station area sites in the CTfastrak and NHHS Rail corridors, and other smart growth locations such as town and village centers. “These funds willsupport transit oriented development in the region’s major transit and rail corridors, and also support revitalization of our town and village centers. It’sa win-win for the region—through preparing blighted properties for redevelopment, thus paving the way for new economic growth in alreadydeveloped areas, we are able to relieve some of the development pressure on greenfields that the region and towns wish to preserve,” said Lyle Wray,Executive Director, Capitol Region Council of Governments.This funding builds on the 1.2 million in brownfields assistance previously invested in the region through the Metro Hartford Brownfields Program.The EPA grants will supplement a 200,000 award made to CRCOG in April 2014 under State Department of Economic and Community DevelopmentMunicipal Brownfield Assessment and Inventory Program.Tagsbrownfields/land recycling, implementation funding

Connecticut Department of Economic and Community DevelopmentHartford, CT2010 Community Challenge Street Revitalization Project (New Haven, CT) Completes New Construction Phase9/11/2014The City of New Haven’s Livable City Initiative kicked off the new construction phase of the Putnam Street Revitalization Project at a groundbreaking onApril 30, 2014. On September 11, 2014, the City celebrated the completion of the project, a combination of historic rehabilitation and new constructionon Putnam Street in the Hill neighborhood. The project includes the historical rehabilitation of three blighted structures—that had been vacant foryears—and the new construction of four two-family homes, all of which will be available for sale to homeowners. Additionally, the project includesrehabilitation of eight rental units (owned by Hill Housing Partnership) also located on Putnam Street. In all, this project will create a total of 22 newand rehabilitated housing units over a two-block area.The Putnam Street Revitalization is the culmination of a tremendous effort to bring the street back to its original housing stock for working families.The historic rehabilitation units completed in September 2013 were sold to homeowner occupants on or before March 2014. All structures—both thehistoric rehabs and the new constriction--are two-family and are restricted to homeowner occupancy and sold to individuals with an income of 120percent of area median income, which for a household of four is 99,350.The new construction homes are all under purchase and sale contracts pending closing. The sale prices range from 205,000 to 215,000 with theability for the end buyer to access down-payment and closing cost assistance through the RE: NEW HAVEN program.The revitalization project is being funded through the Neighborhood Stabilization Program III (NSP III) provided by the United States Housing andUrban Development through the HUD Dodd-Frank Financial Reform Act (DFFRA) administered by the State of Connecticut Department of Economicand Community Development. The State of Connecticut allocated 2.5M to the City of New Haven for the purposes of acquisition, redevelopment,rehabilitation and demolition of foreclosed and/or blighted structures. The City of New Haven leveraged the 2.5M NSPIII funding and added anadditional 700,000.00 of its own funding."We are proud of the city's investment in neighborhoods," said Mayor Toni N. Harp. “We remain committed to creating working family homeownershipopportunities.” “This is an example of how the City working with residents and other state and federal agencies can make a positive impact” said LCIExecutive Director, Erik Johnson."The Putnam Street Revitalization Project is a great example of the collaborative work being done by local, state, and federal agencies to bring new lifeto neighborhoods most in need," said Suzanne Piacentini, HUD Connecticut Field Office Director. "HUD is proud to be a partner in this project; wecongratulate everyone for their efforts to improve the lives of New Haven able housing creation, corridor plan, federal and state alignment, implementation funding, new housing unitsMontachusett Regional Planning CommissionFitchburg, MA2011 Community Challenge awards 400K for Wachusett Corridor work thanks to SCI grant foundation9/18/2015In September 2015, the Environmental Protection Agency announced that the Montachusett Regional Planning Commission has been recommendedfor a 400,000 award under the EPA’s Brownfields grant competition. The grant will help Montachusett Regional Planning Commission with acommunity-wide assessment grant that will assist efforts in the Wachusett Corridor area to assess, clean up and redevelop abandoned or contaminatedproperties.“EPA is proud to further assist the Montachusett Regional Planning Commission and the citizens it serves with this Brownfield funding,” said CurtSpalding, regional administrator of EPA New England’s office. “Cleaning and revitalizing contaminated sites helps create jobs, and can be the catalyst tocreate new businesses or neighborhood centers, all while making our environment cleaner and the community healthier. This is just one way EPA worksto make a difference in communities all across Massachusetts and New England.”“This 400,000 award from the EPA is a major step forward for our families and communities in the Wachusett Corridor,” said Congressman JimMcGovern (D-Worcester). “The cleanup and redevelopment of these sites in Fitchburg, Leominster and other areas will help to create jobs, revitalize theregion’s economy, and protect the health and environment of these communities.”MRPC Executive Director Glenn Eaton indicated that prioritization of the Wachusett Corridor was a recommendation of the Wachusett Smart GrowthCorridor Plan, funded by the federal Department of Housing and Urban Development (Community Challenge Planning Grant) that was completed byMRPC in October 2014. MRPC Planning and Development Director John Hume stated that the Wachusett Corridor Smart Growth Plan was developed toidentify opportunities strategies to benefit from the Wachusett Commuter Rail Extension Project (Wachusett Station) utilizing Smart Growth principlesand to enhance the quality of life for residents of the corridor and the Montachusett region as a 18/Neighborhoods/EPA recommends 400K for Wachusett Corridor work.html

Tagsbrownfields/land recycling, implementation fundingTri-County Regional Planning Commission (MI)Lansing, MI2011 Regional Planning RPC, MI earned 4 more grants for housing, environment, food, and health because of the groundwork laid bythe planning in the SCI grant.Advancing sustainability through leverage: Tri-County Regional Planning Commision (MI) and its partners succeeded in securing grant funding forprograms that leverage its activities for the long-term benefit of the community. These include:A successful grant for housing planning and charrette planning from the Michigan State Housing Development Authority;A regional brownfields grant application to US EPA;Food hub and rural water systems grant applications to USDA;A 4-by-4 Healthy Achieve grant from Michigan Community Health; andRobert Wood Johnson Pew Trust grant applications for health impact assessment tools.A 4x4 grant award was awarded to to the Tri County Regional Capital Area Health Alliance for activities that educate and promote the programconcepts of improving health.Tagsbrownfields/land recycling, capacity building, finance mechanisms, health, implementation funding, water and wastewaterRutgers, The State University of New JerseyNew Brunswick, NJ2011 Regional Planning Together North Jersey demonstration projects awarded nearly 3 million from NJ Transportation Alternatives Programfor full implementation2/20/2015In February 2015, the New Jersey Transportation Planning Authority (NJPTA) board approved a slate of projects for funding under the NJDOTTransportation Alternatives Program (TAP). TAP provides federal funding for construction of community based “non-traditional” projects designed tostrengthen the cultural, aesthetic, and environmental aspects of the nation’s intermodal system.Among the projects funded in the NJTPA region, four projects grew out of the Together North Jersey Local Demonstration Project (LDP) subgrantprogram (see featured projects below). The TAP grants awarded for these projects total nearly 3 million that will go directly toward implementing therecommendations of LDP program. According to TNJ director Jon Carnegie, this is “further evidence of the value of HUD's investment in improvingconditions in our region.”The four LDP projects funded on a larger scale by federal TAP funding are: Orange City Township, Highland Avenue Station Rehabilitation Project, 614,000 Essex County (Maplewood, Newark, South Orange Village), Irvington Avenue Streetscape Improvements, 850,000 Woodbridge Township, Woodbridge Bicycle Connect Compatible Roadways, 688,000 Passaic City, Market Streetscape Enhancement Project, 750,000About TNJ Local Demonstration Projects: id 648About the NJ Transportation Alternatives Program: alaid/alternatives.shtmTagsimplementation funding, implementation strategies, subgrants, transportation choiceBernalillo CountyAlbuquerque, NM Community Challenge

Bernalillo County Begins Implementation of its Vision for the Busy Bridge Boulevard Corridor3/10/2015After unanimous approval of the Bridge Boulevard Corridor Redevelopment Plan in August 2014, funded by a joint HUD Challenge and DOT TIGER IIgrant, Bernalillo County is well on its way to implementing its vision for the cooridor. The project received a New Mexico Main Street designation,helping to bring in additional funding, marketing and technical assistance opportunities to the cooridor. The middle Rio Grande received an UrbanWater designation, further raising the profile of this redeveopment project, and a State of New Mexico American Planning Association Innovation inPlanning Award in Transportation was awarded to the County for the cooridor redevelopment project. The County has projected with fullimplementation of the redevelopment plan it will attract nearly 100 new businesses along the cooridor and 700 new jobs! The County is also purusing anew TIF district for façade improvements along the corridor, new public/private partnerships, and has secured 24 million in federal funding/local matchprogrammed for FY16 and FY19 transportation improvement plan funds (TIP) to reconstruct the roadway with multi-modal faciliaties and rces.htmlTagscorridor plan, economic development, equitable development, implementation funding, implementation strategies, job creation, mixed-usedevelopmentCity of Glens Falls, NY/Community & Economic DevelopmentGlens Falls, NY2010 Community Challenge Falls, NY receives Smart Growth and Sustainable Planning Award7/3/2013The City of Glens Falls approved its Downtown Vision and Development Strategy in late June developed with support from HUD’s CommunityChallenge Grant program. The plan identified arts and entertainment as a strong niche for Glens Falls to attract residents and tourists downtown. Wellon its way to implementation, the City also approved bicycle and pedestrian recommendations,and is working on inclusionary zoning for workforcehousing. Earlier this year, the City received 500,000 in state economic development funds, which will be used for a mixed-use building with marketrate apartments, office space, and parking in an infill location that’s currently a parking gsarts and culture, award, economic development, finance mechanisms, implementation funding, neighborhood/downtown plan, plan adoption, policychange, transportation choice, zoningCity of Glens Falls, NY/Community & Economic DevelopmentGlens Falls, NY2010 Community Challenge Falls, NY, secures funds to implement its vision for downtown5/1/2014The repurposing of a large portion of its hospital's surface parking lot with a new multi-use parking structure has already attracted a new mixed-usedevelopment adjoining the structure worth 24 million. In addition to this grant outcome , Glens Falls has leveraged more than 4 million in publicfunds to implement its other HUD Challenge grant recommendations, including: 112,000 (two grants) to support Pruyn's Island multi-use traildevelopment; 150,000 to support Warren Street and South Street's Brownfield's redevelopment; 3 million to support the Downtown multi-purposeparking structure; and 675,000 to support a key downtown anchor- Glens Falls Civic Center.Tagsbrownfields/land recycling, implementation funding, mixed-use development, transportation choiceCity of Glens Falls, NY/Community & Economic DevelopmentGlens Falls, NY2010 Community Challenge Governor Cuomo Announces 70 Million in Funding for 68 Bicycle and Pedestrian Projects; 480,000 to Glens FallsSchool Bicycle and Pedestrian Improvements10/27/2014The City of Glens Falls has been allocated 480,000 for the Fire Road, Crandall Park and Kensington Road Elementary School Bicycle and PedestrianImprovements.Ed Bartholomew stated that today’s announcement represents an important collaboration by the City of Glens Falls with Glens Falls School District,YMCA and the Adirondack Glens Falls Transportation Council which has resulted in a substantial and important safety project going forward.

This project recommended by the recently concluded “ City’s Community Challenge HUD Grant” will greatly enhance safety for bicyclists, pedestrianswho walk, and ride in the Kensington School, Crandall Park YMCA / Fire Road area.The improvements include new sidewalks, multi- use path and raised crosswalk along Kensington Road, Jerome Avenue and Fire Road in the City ofGlens Falls, thus formally connecting several major and important pedestrian generators including an elementary school (K-4), YMCA and significantpublic park facilities with separate accommodations for pedestrians and bicyclist of all ages;The estimated Project cost is 575,000 to 600,000 with 80% coing from state funding and 20% from local matching funds.Tagsimplementation funding, implementation strategies, performance metrics, transportation choiceRegional Plan Association, Inc.New York, NY2010 Regional Planning Sustainable Communities Consortium Climate Resilience Deliverables Lay the foundation for Hurricane SandyRecovery6/6/2014A key partner in the NY-CT SCC, New York City executed a series of climate resiliency studies for the region, which were finalized and presented on at aPrincipal’s meeting on September 30, 2012, just 28 days before Superstorm Sandy made landfall. These studies strongly shaped the SIRR report andinformed the work of the Sandy Recovery Task Force, resulting directly in ground-breaking zoning changes to promote flood-resistant construction andretrofitting. These reports then provided information and guidance on achieving resiliency to other communities beyond NYC. The full Regional Planfor Sustainable Development for the region, including these reports, was adopted in June 2014.Tagsclimate, federal and state alignment, implementation funding, ongoing partnerships, plan adoption, resilienceThunder Valley Community Development CorporationPorcupine, SD2010 Regional Planning Valley Community Development Corporation held a groundbreaking celebration for their RegenerativeCommunity project on Pine Ridge Indian Reservation, South Dakota6/22/2015The 34-acre, sustainable and multigenerational Regnerative Community is the first implementatoin project of the Model Development Initiative thatemerged from the Oglala Lakota Plan supported by a HUD Regional Planning grant. At the event, USDA announced 1.97 million in funding to ThunderValley to support a new community unity/33730894Tagsimplementation funding, tribal experienceCity of Richmond, VARichmond, VA2010 Community Challenge begins implementation of SCI grant by pursuing 36 million Hull Street Road plan; includes bike path,sidewalks and landscaping11/4/2015Richmond officials are advancing a 36 million plan to add sidewalks, a bike path and landscaping along a 2.3-mile stretch of Hull Street Road. Theplan, still in its early stages, came before the city’s Urban Design Committee for a first review in November 2015.In planning documents, officials write that the plan will make the road look more pleasing through landscaping and other enhancements, and also saferfor cyclists, pedestrians and motorists by including new turn lanes, medians and crosswalks. Currently, sidewalks along Hull Street Road end just west ofSouthside Plaza.The city said it plans to seek final approval for the project in October and construction could begin in the fall of 2018.Broadly, the plan follows recommendations made in the Hull Street Corridor Revitalization Plan, an SCI-funded planning document which the citydeveloped cooperatively with Chesterfield County through a series of public meetings in chmond/article a6432ad1-fcd7-55b8-accc-f4aad8997b4c.html?

Tagscorridor plan, implementation funding, implementation strategies, transportation choiceNew River Valley Planning District CommissionRadford, VA2010 Regional Planning Community Foundation of New River Valley allows community members to contribute to specific NRV Livabilityinitiatives4/23/2014After the New River Valley grant (NRV Livability) finished its Sustainable Communities grant, the Community Foundation picked up the mantle. Thisincludes organizing their first big giving campaign around the 4 themes from the NRV Livability report. Their online giving campaign featured fourthemes. Clicking on a theme brings up donation opportunities and data from the report.As of 4/28/2014, the total raised by GiveBigNRV is 61,537, and the total raised on the GiveBigNRV Giving Day was tation funding, implementation strategies, philanthropy, public engagement strategiesNew River Valley Planning District CommissionRadford, VA2010 Regional Planning raised 1 m in private investment (equal to the value of the grant) within 4 months of the grant.8/6/2014Within four months of closing their grant, New River Valley was able to document 1.0 million in private investment, matching the original total of theSCI grant.Case example is through the Solarize Blacksburg project that evolved from our regional energy working group. The Solarize program procuredcontractors who could install residential solar as well as solar panels made in the USA and worked with the utility provider to pre-negotiate meteringrates for solar units. The Solarize program offered free solar assessments to anyone located in the Town of Blacksburg. Approximately 500 householdssigned up for the assessment and 50 households are currently under contract. Those 50 contracts represent the private investment through labor andmaterials. About 1/3 of the 1.0 million in solar installations is direct to the New River Valley region with the balance being in the US since all panelsand materials were restricted to Made in USA. At last count 11 other localities in Virginia are working to start a Solarize program ranging from the statecapital in Richmond to Abingdon in southwest, Virginia.Tagsenergy, green building codes/standards, implementation funding, quantitative resultsCity of Burlington, VermontBurlington, VT2010 Community ngton City Arts Foundation Receives 2014 NEA Our Town Grant for 100,000 to create 'Cultural Master Plan'7/23/2014The NEA grant will support an artist-led engagement and visioning process to develop a comprehensive cultural master plan for Burlington's South End.Artists will lead community workshops to facilitate temporary public art projects and exhibitions that are inspired by the history of South End and thatwill articulate hopes for the future. Lead partners, Burlington City Arts Foundation and City of Burlington Planning and Zoning Department, will engagea master planning team to outline opportunities for new cultural spaces, permanent public art, and artist live/work space. The neighborhood of SouthEnd, a U.S. Housing and Urban Development Neighborhood Revitalization Strategy Area, is home to 12,160 residents, 71% of the whom have a low tomoderate income. - See more at: agsarts and culture, implementation funding, neighborhood/downtown planCity of SeattleSeattle, WA2011 Community es/default.htmCity of Seattle Office of Arts and Cultural Affairs Receives 2014 NEA Our Town Grant for 50,0007/23/2014The NEA grant will support the development of cultural placemaking toolkits for activating urban spaces with the arts. The toolkits will provide visioningand implementation strategies to guide neighborhood wayfinding, pop-up space activations, neighborhood cultural plans, park and public space

design, and the establishment of tax tools to benefit artists and arts organizations. City of Seattle Office of Arts & Culture will partner with other cityagencies, Capitol Hill Housing Foundation, Seattle Housing Authority, and Walk Score to pilot the implementation of the toolkits in four diverse Seattleneighborhoods. The pilot neighborhoods will include Georgetown, Yesler Terrace, Capitol Hill, and Waterfront. The City of Seattle has a population of635,000. - See more at: culturalaffairs#sthash.iiATEC4z.dpufTagsarts and culture, implementation fundingPuget Sound Regional CouncilSeattle, WA2010 Regional -communities/PSRC developed a Regional Equity Development Initiative (REDI) Fund to assist with equity implementation funding3/31/2014Work with Enterprise Community Partners to develop a business plan and recommended structure for a Regional Equitable Development Initiative(REDI) Fund (final draft expected March 2013).Work continues with Enterprise Community Partners to develop a business plan and recommended structure for a Regional Equitable DevelopmentInitiative fund to support affordable housing and community development in TOD areas (expected March 2014). Consensus recommendations and draftlegislation have been developed for a Value Capture Finance tool. While the 2013 WA State Legislature did not take action on the proposal, it isexpected to be reintroduced in Washington State’s 2014 legislative session. Publicly owned lands have been mapped in transit station areas, andconsensus principles for surplus land disposal policies have been developed. fund reframework FINAL.pdfTagsfinance mechanisms, implementation funding, philanthropyPuget Sound Regional CouncilSeattle, WA2010 Regional -communities/City Commits 1 Million to Regional Affordable Housing Fund, Explores Backyard Cottage Expansion9/30/2014In September 2014, the Seattle City Council unanimously approved a resolution committing to allocate 1 million toward a regional fund to expandaffordable housing near light rail and transit stations, and also requested the Department of Planning & Development (DPD)to explore the expansion ofbackyard cottages and mother-in-law units. These efforts are part of the Council’s and Mayor’s ongoing work to expand the availability of affordablehousing at all income levels.The regional fund will be used to purchase properties near light rail and high capacity transit stations while the land is still reasonably affordable. Theland will be preserved for future higher-density, mixed-use affordable housing development. Money from the fund can also be used to preserve andrehabilitate selected existing affordable housing buildings that are near transit stops and at high risk of being converted to market rate housing. Thisfund—referred to as the Regional Equitable Development Initiative (REDI) Fund—is a regional collaboration of public, private and non-profitstakeholders being led by Puget Sound Regional Council as a part of its Growing Transit Communities initiative.“By buying properties near light rail now, we can ensure greater affordability near transit in the future and help prevent displacement when those landvalues eventually increase when light rail comes online. Transit-oriented development also means easier commutes and less congestion as well as morevibrant, walkable neighborhoods,” said Councilmember Mike O’Brien. “By exploring how to create more backyard cottages and mother-in-laws, we arelooking for market-oriented solutions to provide more housing at all levels of affordability.”City Council also requested that DPD develop a report on regulations regarding accessory dwelling units (ADUs or “mother-in-law” units) and detachedaccessory dwelling units (DADUs or “backyard cottages”). The report would provide analysis of possible new policies or programs that could beimplemented to make accessory dwelling units easier to build, including pre-approved, pre-fabricated designs to streamline permitting, incentives likewaiving of permit fees for affordable units, reviewing parking and owner-occupancy requirements and more.The report will inform the work of the Seattle Housing Affordabil

Since 2009, the Obama administration has awarded more than 4 billion in competitive grants as part of Race to the Top competitions. The grants are . Funding for the program came from the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act and, as the grants have been awarded, the amount available for each subsequent round has decreased. Last year, the .