Reimage Partners Adopt Complete Streets Plan for Washtenaw Avenue

July 13, 2015
Washtenaw County Office of Community and Economic Development

On June 8, the Reimagine Washtenaw (MI) partners adopted a new “Complete Streets” policy for Washtenaw Avenue, which gives a green light to area plans aimed at improving land use and transportation along the Washtenaw Avenue corridor.  Reimagine Washtenaw, supported by a HUD Sustainable Communities Community Challenge grant, will help implement improvements across jurisdictional boundaries that include new walkable, mixed-use development, strong neighborhoods, and congestion alleviation through improved transit and transportation alternatives.

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New Reports From Fourth Round of Greening America’s Capitals Program

July 13, 2015
Smart Growth America

EPA released summary four reports from its Greening America’s Capitals Program, an EPA program that helps state capitals develop environmentally friendly neighborhoods that incorporate green infrastructure strategies and inspires state leaders to expand this work elsewhere.

The four cities that received assistance in this fourth round of Greening America’s Capitals are: Lansing, Michigan; Madison, Wisconsin; Montpelier, Vermont; and Olympia, Washington.  Click on each link to view the summary report.

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HUD Selects Finalists for National Disaster Resilience Competition

July 09, 2015
U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development

$1 billion available to help hard-hit areas prepare for a more resilient future

WASHINGTON - U.S. Housing and Urban Development Secretary Julián Castro announced today that 40 states and local communities will compete in the second and final phase of HUD's National Disaster Resilience Competition (NDRC). Aligned closely with a companion education and technical assistance effort by the Rockefeller Foundation, HUD's competition is designed to help states and local communities recover from past disasters while improving their ability to withstand future extreme events through strategic community investments

In Phase 2, each finalist is invited to propose specific projects that advance their community's comprehensive resilience plans, as envisioned in Phase 1. Selected projects will be funded from a total pool of nearly $1 billion. $181 million is set aside for projects in New York and New Jersey. The maximum grant award available at the end of Phase 2 will be $500 million and the minimum will be $1 million.

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Office of the Great Lakes to host community conversations on draft Water Strategy

June 26, 2015
Michigan Department of Environmental Quality

The Office of the Great Lakes is hosting five Community Conversations to discuss the draft Water Strategy that was released on June 9, 2015. Information about the draft Water Strategy and upcoming Community Conversations is available at The public is encouraged to attend to learn more about the draft Water Strategy and discuss opportunities for involvement in implementation.

We look forward to your participation in these important discussions to realize a positive future for Michigan and its water resources.

Comments on the draft Water Strategy are due by Friday, August 28, 2015.

Written comments on the draft Strategy may be submitted to the Office of the Great Lakes, DEQ, P.O. Box 30473, Lansing, Michigan 48909, by fax at 517-335-4053 or by emailing

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Introducing “The WalkUP Wake-Up Call: Michigan Metros”

June 24, 2015
Smart Growth America

Walkable real estate development projects and places are on the rise nationwide. LOCUS has looked at how these trends are playing out in Atlanta, Washington, DC, and Boston. Today, we’re excited to unveil the fourth report in our WalkUP Wake-Up Call series.

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