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CREATING CONNECTED 
COMMUNITIES 
Sarah Graham, Principal 
Strategic Economics 
RailVolution 
September 24, 2014
Presentation Overview 
 What makes a connected community? 
 Why create connected communities? 
 Strategies for making t...
What Makes a Connected Community? 
A connected community is a place where 
residents have access to a range of housing 
ch...
Why Create Connected Communities? 
1. Improved Quality of Life 
2. More Resilient Local Economy 
3. More Efficient Use of ...
Strategies to Improve Connections 
 Convene decision makers 
 Provide multiple transportation options 
 Promote accessi...
1. Convene Decision Makers 
 Align city departments and others around the 
shared goal of linking housing and 
transporta...
2. Provide Multiple Transportation 
Options 
Example: Lake Worth, FL: 
Limited financial resources 
Incremental bicycle ...
3. Promote Accessible Affordable Housing in 
Connected Communities 
Example: Park Alameda 
 Located downtown 
 Good bus ...
4. Support Established 
Neighborhoods 
Example: Portland, ME 
 Focus development 
in neighborhood 
adjacent to downtown 
...
5. Refocus Financial Resources 
Example: Gonzales, CA 
 Seek out state and 
federal grants 
 Create partnerships
Resources and Contacts 
Sarah Graham 
sgraham@strategiceconomics.com 
Creating Connected Communities 
http://www.huduser.o...
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RV 2014: Rurban Solutions: Strategies for Small and Midsize Communities by Sarah Graham

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Rurban Solutions: Strategies for Small and Midsize Communities

Rural + Urban. What are the challenges faced -- and shared -- by small and midsize cities? Peer through the "rurban" lens: Explore strategies for integrating transportation, land use, energy and affordable housing. Learn how to improve choices for low- and moderate-income households to reduce transportation costs, connect workers to jobs and facilitate upward mobility. How can we create places that are vital and healthy? Look at local economies and public spending, as well as retrofitting urban transportation for rurban use. Much is written about large urban strategies. Discover solutions for the often-overlooked quieter corners of our nation, where placemaking is just as important for creating successful and rewarding lives.

Moderator: Roger M. Millar, Vice President, Smart Growth America, Washington, DC
Sarah Graham, Principal, Strategic Economics, Berkeley, California
James Bruckbauer, Transportation Policy Specialist, Michigan Land Use Institute, Traverse City, Michigan
David Johnson, Director of Planning, Roaring Forks Transportation Authority, Carbondale, Colorado

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RV 2014: Rurban Solutions: Strategies for Small and Midsize Communities by Sarah Graham

  1. 1. CREATING CONNECTED COMMUNITIES Sarah Graham, Principal Strategic Economics RailVolution September 24, 2014
  2. 2. Presentation Overview  What makes a connected community?  Why create connected communities?  Strategies for making the connections
  3. 3. What Makes a Connected Community? A connected community is a place where residents have access to a range of housing choices and can safely and conveniently meet their daily needs on foot, bicycle and public transit, as well as in a car. Connected communities are characterized by:  Connections to Destinations  Places for People  Walkable Street Design
  4. 4. Why Create Connected Communities? 1. Improved Quality of Life 2. More Resilient Local Economy 3. More Efficient Use of Public Funds More Efficient Use of Public Funds Resilient Local Economy Improved Quality of Life Connected Community
  5. 5. Strategies to Improve Connections  Convene decision makers  Provide multiple transportation options  Promote accessible affordable housing in connected places  Support established neighborhoods  Refocus financial resources
  6. 6. 1. Convene Decision Makers  Align city departments and others around the shared goal of linking housing and transportation policy, planning, and investment decisions.  Make housing and transportation integration “business as usual.”  Convene regional, state, federal, and community partners.
  7. 7. 2. Provide Multiple Transportation Options Example: Lake Worth, FL: Limited financial resources Incremental bicycle and pedestrian improvements
  8. 8. 3. Promote Accessible Affordable Housing in Connected Communities Example: Park Alameda  Located downtown  Good bus service  Close to jobs, retail, and services  Discounted bus passes for residents
  9. 9. 4. Support Established Neighborhoods Example: Portland, ME  Focus development in neighborhood adjacent to downtown  Pursue funding for infrastructure
  10. 10. 5. Refocus Financial Resources Example: Gonzales, CA  Seek out state and federal grants  Create partnerships
  11. 11. Resources and Contacts Sarah Graham sgraham@strategiceconomics.com Creating Connected Communities http://www.huduser.org/portal/publications/commdevl/conne cting_communities.html

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