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Four More Policy Packages for State Advocates Released

Smart Growth America has released four more policy packages for state advocates, on tax increment financing for brownfields, fix-it-first for water and sewer infrastructure, using Low Income Housing Tax Credits to create and preserve transit-accessible affordable housing, and performance-based transportation measures. Each package includes an overview of the policy, key features of successful legislation, advice on political strategy and communications, sample legislative language, and a fill-in fact sheet for advocates to distribute to state officials. Download the packages today and use them in your state!

Download the entire Brownfields Policy Package.
Download the fill-in Brownfields Fact Sheet and customize to fit your state.

Download the entire Fix-it-First Policy Package.
Download the fill-in Fix-it-First Fact Sheet and customize to fit your state.

Download the entire LIHTC Policy Package.
Download the fill-in LIHTC Fact Sheet and customize to fit your state.

Download the entire Transportation Policy Package.

Restoring Prosperity Partners Submit Recommendations to Congress

A coalition of groups supporting the revitalization of older industrial cities submitted recommendations to Congress for inclusion in a stimulus package proposed by President-elect Obama. Groups signed on to a letter that provided suggestions for stimulus spending in three areas: housing, transportation and infrastructure, and economic and workforce development. Read the text of that letter here

Policy Packages for State Advocates!

Announcing the release of two great new resources for Restoring Prosperity advocates! Smart Growth America has developed two comprehensive policy packages focused on state historic preservation tax credits and state land bank enabling legislation. The packages include an overview of the policies, key features of successful legislation, advice on political strategy and communications, sample legislative language, and a fill-in fact sheet for advocates to distribute to state officials. The first in a series of six, these policy packages are intended to focus on issues of particular interest to those working to revitalize older industrial cities. 

Download the entire Land Bank Policy Package.
Download the fill-in Land Bank Fact Sheet and customize to fit your state.

Download the entire Historic Preservation Policy Package.
Download the fill-in Historic Preservation Fact Sheet and customize to fit your state.

PolicyLink Publication Highlights Smaller Industrial Cities

PolicyLink has released To Be Strong Again: Renewing the Promise in Smaller Industrial Cities. The publication presents an equitable development agenda for redeveloping smaller industrial cities. With populations ranging from 15,000 to 150,000 and median household incomes below $35,000, these cities face unique challenges, but with coordinated action, they can also realize great successes. The action ideas and case studies in To Be Strong Again illustrate how smaller industrial cities can regain their rightful place among America’s diverse and healthy metropolitan regions. Visit PolicyLink’s website to download a copy of the publication and check out related resources including reports, blog posts, and an interactive map.

Downtowns key to Ohio rebound, group says

Journal News, Sunday, June 22, 2008

Greater Ohio says cities must work together to keep young professionals in the state.

 

Former state Representative Gene Krebs said that post-industrial cities like Hamilton may be in a rough spot, but they have a big positive working for them: Downtowns. Revitalizing downtowns would keep young people here and add an economic generator to cities. Krebs said Greater Ohio has identified 32 cities across the state that were post-industrial cities in need of a boost to regain their former glory. Among them are Hamilton and Middletown. Greater Ohio’s program is based on research by the Brookings Institution, which identified nine Ohio cities as economically struggling in a nationwide study. Greater Ohio expanded the list by including cities with smaller populations. Krebs wants to find out what cities need from the state to “put the pieces together.” He believes cities will be able to cooperate despite traditionally viewing each other as competitors.

To view the article in entirety, click here.

For more information, visit greaterohio.org

 

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