Special Smart Growth Technical Assistance Projects
In addition to our technical assistance programs, EPA's Office of Sustainable Communities sometimes works on special technical assistance projects with other partners. Some of these projects include:
- Appalachian Communities: Across the Appalachia region, small towns and rural communities want to revitalize their traditional downtowns to boost the local economy and improve quality of life. EPA is working with the Appalachian Regional Commission (ARC), a regional economic development agency, to provide these towns with information about smart growth approaches through the Livable Communities in Appalachia program. These approaches can help towns restore their downtowns and neighborhoods, making them healthy, walkable, and economically vibrant.
In 2014, EPA, ARC, and the U.S. Department of Agriculture selected five Appalachian communities to receive technical support and implementation assistance to promote economic development, preserve rural lands, and increase access to locally grown food:
- Berea, Kentucky
- Forest City, North Carolina
- Huntington, West Virginia
- New Albany, Mississippi
- North Wilkesboro, North Carolina
In 2013, EPA and ARC, joined by the U.S. Department of Agriculture, selected four Appalachian communities to receive technical support and implementation assistance to promote economic development, preserve rural lands, and increase access to locally grown food:
- Aberdeen, Mississippi
- Anniston, Alabama
- Corbin, Kentucky
- Pikeville, Tennessee
Read the press release.
In 2012, EPA and ARC provided technical assistance to seven Appalachian communities seeking to address specific development challenges:
- Brownsville, Pennsylvania
- Connellsville, Pennsylvania
- Independence, Virginia
- Salamanca, New York
- Spruce Pine, North Carolina
- Uhrichsville, Ohio
- Williamson, West Virginia
Representatives from each town worked with small-town development experts to create action plans that use smart growth approaches. Learn more on ARC's website.
- Atlantic Steel Site Redevelopment Project: Information about how EPA helped Atlantic Station, a redevelopment project in Atlanta, show that its smart growth measures would help reduce its air pollution, among other environmental benefits.
- Concord, NH, Technical Assistance Project: Assistance to help Concord sustainably redevelop historic properties in its downtown.
- Iowa communities affected by floods and tornadoes in 2008: EPA and FEMA's work with the Rebuild Iowa Office and Iowa Department of Economic Development to provide technical assistance for Iowa communities that have been affected by natural disasters.
- Smart Growth Index: A past EPA technical assistance program that developed a GIS sketch model to simulate alternative land-use and transportation scenarios and evaluate their outcomes using indicators of environmental performance. This program is no longer active, but the materials remain available.
- Zuni Pueblo Technical Assistance Project: Equitable Redevelopment of Petroleum Brownfields for Zuni Pueblo and Other Tribal Communities (PDF) (64 pp, 1.5MB, About PDF): EPA’s Office of Sustainable Communities, Office of Underground Storage Tanks, Office of Brownfields and Land Revitalization, and Region VI Office worked jointly with the Zuni Environmental Protection Program to develop a step-by-step guide on redeveloping petroleum brownfields sites. The guide focuses on three sites located on Zuni Pueblo in New Mexico, but also provides information useful to tribes nationwide.