Working for Smart Growth:
More Livable Places and Open Spaces



Webinar: Empowering Residents Through Vacant Lot Projects

July 26, 2018
12:00 pmto1:00 pm

Hosted by the Center for Community Progress

Drawing from 11 years of experience of working on the ground in the Pittsburgh region, this session will look at a model for engaging communities in the transition of vacant lots from liabilities to assets while at the same time using the process to empower residents. Through Grounded’s ReClaim Ambassadors program, residents receive micro-grants and technical assistance for on-the-ground projects on vacant land. Ambassadors learn a range of topics — from soil sampling and site analysis, to outreach activities, presentation, budgeting, and volunteer management — all applied to their own greenspace project. The Reclaim Ambassadors program is 18 months long and includes 10-12 Ambassadors focused on various projects throughout the city. Grounded will walk through the Ambassadors’ established community organizing process that translates community capacity into community action, and help participants understand how to apply the program’s model in their own communities.

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Tax Abatements: Friend or Foe?

July 27, 2018
8:30 amto12:00 pm

Hosted by American Planning Association – New Jersey Chapter

As New Jersey’s economy grows, more and more municipalities are embracing smart growth principles through redevelopment studies and plans in addition to leveraging PILOTs to ensure project viability. This half-day workshop, hosted by industry leaders, will empower attendees with the knowledge necessary to understand and negotiate the best deals.

Location: Mayo Performing Arts Center (Starlight Room), 100 South Street, Morristown NJ 07960

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Webinar: Green Infrastructure and Health

July 27, 2018
12:00 pmto1:30 pm
Join Willamette Partnership and the Oregon Public Health Institute for a free webinar hosted by the Green Infrastructure Leadership Exchange to dive more into the new guide and how cities can use green infrastructure to improve public health.

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