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  • Photos (L to R): Farm in Washington; Port Washington, Wisconsin; Edwards, Colorado
  • Photos (Top to Bottom): Marshall Town, Iowa; Farming in Ohio 1939
  • Photos (Top to Bottom, L to R): Dallas County, Iowa; Dallas County, Iowa; Cabarrus County, North Carolina
  • Photos (Top to Bottom, L to R): Skaneateles, New York; Idaho Salmon Stream; Waitsfield, Vermont
  • Photo: Edwards, Colorado
  • Photo: Crested Butte, Colorado
  • Photo: Gold Hill, Colorado
  • Photo: Farmscape
  • Photo: Berlin, Maryland Fiddlers Festival
  • Photos (Top to Bottom, L to R): Staunton, Virginia; Corn in California; National Forest in Colorado
  • Photos (Top to Bottom, L to R): Carroll County, Maryland; Colorado Grasslands and Subdivisions; Burlington, Vermont
  • SSC2011_Megan McConnville PPT

    1. 1. Putting Smart Growth to Work in Rural Communities<br />Megan McConville<br />Solutions for Sustainable Communities<br />September 26, 2011<br />Edwards, Colorado<br />Port Washington, Wisconsin<br />Farm in Washington State<br />Photo Credits (left to right): NRCS, EPA, Clark Anderson<br />
    2. 2. Historical Rural America<br />Small towns in rural areas served the agriculture economy<br />Were mixed use, compact, and walkable by necessity; had regional transportation connections (RR or river transport)<br />Physical form varied by region<br />Marshall Town, Iowa<br />Photo Credits (top to bottom): Library of Congress, NRCS<br />
    3. 3. Challenges Facing Rural Communities<br /><ul><li>Fewer farms and farmers
    4. 4. Loss of forest and other natural and working land
    5. 5. Some communities are growing, some are shrinking
    6. 6. Rapid growth at metro edges
    7. 7. Shrinking population in some communities
    8. 8. Limited access to jobs, services, and transportation
    9. 9. Limited planning capacity</li></ul>Photo Credits (top to bottom, left to right): NRCS, NRCS, EPA<br />
    10. 10. Smart Growth: A Response to Rural Challenges<br />Development that provides:<br />Choices for where to live and how to get around<br />A stronger, more resilient economy<br />A safer, healthier place to live<br />Opportunities to protect the things that you love about the place you live (farmland and open space, natural beauty, sense of community, etc.)<br />Skaneateles, New York<br />Waitsfield, Vermont<br />Photo Credits (top to bottom, left to right): EPA, NRCS, EPA <br />
    11. 11. Edwards, Colorado<br />Photo Credit: Clark Anderson<br />
    12. 12. Crested Butte, Colorado<br />Photo Credit: Clark Anderson <br />
    13. 13. Gold Hill, Colorado<br />Photo Credit: Charlier Associates, Inc. <br />
    14. 14. Photo Credit: National Trust for Historic Preservation <br />
    15. 15. Fiddlers Festival in Berlin, Maryland<br />Photo Credit: Worcester County <br />
    16. 16. A New Publication:Putting Smart Growth to Work in Rural Communities<br />Partnership between the U.S. EPA and ICMA – a Smart Growth Network publication<br />Lays out a framework for rural communities and small towns seeking to implement smart growth<br />Set of tools, case studies, and resources<br />
    17. 17. How to Grow and Maintain Rural Character:Three Broad Goals<br />Support the rural landscape by creating an economic climate that enhances the viability of working lands and conserves natural lands.<br />Help existing places thrive by taking care of assets and investments such as downtowns, Main Streets, existing infrastructure, and places that the community values.<br />Create great new places by building vibrant, enduring neighborhoods and communities that people, especially young people, don’t want to leave.<br />Staunton, Virginia<br />National Forest in Colorado<br />Photo Credit (top to bottom, left to right): EPA , NRCS, NRCS<br />
    18. 18. EPA’s Office of Sustainable Communities: Working in Rural America<br /><ul><li>Provide technical assistance to communities and states
    19. 19. Governors’ Institute workshops with rural focus: Montana, Wyoming, Arizona, New Mexico, Iowa, and North Carolina
    20. 20. Rural guidebooks:
    21. 21. Putting Smart Growth to Work in Rural Communities
    22. 22. Essential Smart Growth Fixes for Rural Planning, Development and Zoning Codes (upcoming)
    23. 23. Smart Growth Achievement Awards: Rural development category
    24. 24. Work with NGOs (NADO, NACo, etc.) and other rural stakeholders
    25. 25. Partnering with HUD, DOT, USDA, ARC</li></ul>Photo Credits (top to bottom, left to right): NRCS, NRCS, EPA<br />
    26. 26. For More Information<br />www.epa.gov/smartgrowth<br />mcconville.megan@epa.gov<br />Photo Credit: NRCS <br />
    27. 27. The Livability Principles in the Rural Context<br /><ul><li>Enhance economic competitiveness.
    28. 28. Leverage unique natural & land-based resources to raise rural standard of living.
    29. 29. Support existing communities.
    30. 30. Direct investment to towns, villages and historic Main Streets and preserve the surrounding landscape.
    31. 31. Provide more transportation choices.
    32. 32. Take advantage of towns’ compact, mixed-use designs and locations along major corridors to renew intra- and inter-community transportation options.
    33. 33. Promote equitable, affordable housing.
    34. 34. Revitalize & diversify aging housing stock to attract and retain residents at all stages of life.
    35. 35. Value communities and neighborhoods.
    36. 36. Conserve and build upon unique and historic features like downtowns, Main Streets, barns, and iconic rural landscapes.
    37. 37. Coordinate policies and leverage investment.
    38. 38. Federal investments are extremely influential, and must support community goals and be coordinated across agencies. Support communities’ efforts to plan/codify goals. </li></li></ul><li>Partnership Grantees<br />

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