Young and educated flocking to close-in neighborhoods

October 29, 2014
Better Cities & Towns

Urban cores are getting the lion's share of increase in the young and educated. Source: City Observatory.

Talented young adults are continuing to choose urban cores, fueling economic growth and urban revitalization, according to a study. 

City Observatory, a research-oriented website focused on cities, released “The Young and Restless and the Nation’s Cities” October 20, which details the impacts of the growing numbers of educated young adults choosing to live in cities.

Based in Portland, Oregon, City Observatory is run by economist Joe Cortright and funded by the Knight Foundation.

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Knight Cities Challenge offers $5 million to uncover ideas to make cities more successful

October 24, 2014

The Knight Foundation has announced a new Cities Challenge, which aims to give out $5 million over the next three years to fund projects that help cities be more successful.  Ideas approved for funding will be implemented in one of the 26 cities where the Knight brothers owned newspapers and where the foundation tends to invest.

The application process will run through November 14.  

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Request for Applications: Technical Assistance Scholarship Program (TASP)

October 24, 2014
Center for Community Progress

The Center for Community Progress seeks applications from public and nonprofit entities for a new, competitive Technical Assistance Scholarship Program, which assists communities in addressing  large-scale vacancy and abandonment in their communities.

All applications are due by 4:00pm EST on Wednesday, November 5, 2014.

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Our Town Competition

October 24, 2014
National Endowmant for the Arts

The National Endowment for the Arts announced its Our Town Competition to support creative, economically-competitive, healthy, resilient, and opportunity-rich communities. 

Our Town offers support for projects in two areas:

  • Arts Engagement, Cultural Planning, and Design Projects that represent the distinct character and quality of their communities
  • Projects that Build Knowledge About Creative Placemaking 

Applications are due December 15, 2014.  

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EPA Launches Broad Collaborative of External Stakeholders to Advance Green Infrastructure

October 14, 2014
Michigan Department of Environmental Quality

On October 8th, EPA’s Green Infrastructure Program and the White House Council on Environmental Quality launched a broad collaborative of external stakeholders to advance green infrastructure implementation. The Green Infrastructure Collaborative will leverage efforts from the federal family, non-governmental organizations, the private sector and academia to advance green infrastructure as a means of supporting water quality and community development goals.

As part of the announcement, EPA released a Statement of Support outlining specific commitments from Collaborative members to advance cooperation and coordination around green infrastructure initiatives. 

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