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Making Sense Of The Partnership For Sustainable Communities

[Editor's Note: Reconnecting America is an active participant in the sustainable communities movement and a strong supporter of the new federal  Partnership for Sustainable Communities. When we learned of  the Initiative for Sustainable Communities and States we asked them to tell us little about their work. Here's what they had to say.]

The Partnership for Sustainable Communities – the coordinated effort of the US DOT, US EPA, and US HUD  – is creating opportunities for states and communities. From HUD’s regional planning grants to DOT’s TIGER grants, the opportunities are numerous and often confusing. While the federal agencies and nonprofits are working to ensure that information about these opportunities is disseminated, it can be difficult to keep track of all that is available

This is where the Initiative for Sustainable Communities and States (ISCS) comes in. A newly launched project by the Smart Growth Leadership Institute, the ISCS exists to help state and local government and community leaders keep track of the activity surrounding the Sustainable Communities Partnership, learn from others around the country, and enhance their place-making efforts at home.  A key component of the ISCS is its website, which functions as an information clearinghouse for all things “Sustainable Communities Partnership.” The site shares the latest news about the Partnership collected from a wide range of sources, as well as information about grant opportunities and their criteria. The site includes a calendar of upcoming events, such as conferences and webinars, hosted by a variety of organizations. The site also provides access to numerous resources, including a smart growth toolkit that helps communities untangle the thicket of policies and procedures that get in the way of implementing smart growth and sustainability strategies.

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 The ISCS website is still in its infancy and there are many additional elements in the works, such as discussion forums and opportunities for e-networking.  To best serve those interested in the Partnership, however, SGLI needs to hear from you, so your feedback and questions are not only welcomed but encouraged. ISCS can be reached through the website or via