Archive for January, 2011

HUD to announce Georgia Grants at ARC’s Piece by Piece sector meeting

January 28, 2011

On Tuesday, February 1, the Piece by Piece initiative continues with one of many sector-specific follow-up meetings.

The Atlanta Regional Commission was a partner in kicking-off the regional foreclosure initiative known as Piece by Piece at the Carter Center on November 30th.  Chick Krautler (ARC) and Maureen Friar (National Housing Conference) opened the event and Henry Cisneros, former HUD secretary, was the keynote speaker.  

The initiative was organized by the Atlanta Neighborhood Development Partnership (ANDP) as a coordinated effort to combat foreclosures and the effects of foreclosures on our communities.  In addition to offering opportunities for coordination and best practice sharing the initiative encourage public commitments on goals and actions that will be taken over the next three to five years to address the crisis.

Currently more than 130 organizations have signed on to be a partner in the Piece by Piece initiative, meaning over the next couple of months these organizations will make a public commitment to take specific actions to reduce foreclosures and the effects of foreclosures in the region.  

ARC, as a partner to this event, has committed to organizing a number of follow-up meetings with local government community development – housing staff and housing authorities, and local government planning and zoning staff in order to share current best practices and consider new strategies to meet the ongoing challenges of foreclosures. 

On February 1 ARC will be hosting the first of these meetings with representatives of metro Atlanta local governments to discuss these issues. All metro Atlanta local government housing authority and housing related staff are welcome to attend.  

Prior to this Piece by Piece sector meeting, HUD Regional Director Ed Jennings will announce grant awards for metro Atlanta and all of Georgia. Additional details about HUD’s announcement can be found here.
Whether you are a partner organization or just a concerned citizen, we invite you to follow the Piece by Piece initiative at www.AtlantaRegionalHousing.org/pbp.

Inventory of TOD/Livability Programs Released by Reconnecting America

January 14, 2011

Reconnecting America, a national non-profit whose work focuses on integrating transportation systems and the communities they serve, recently developed an inventory of programs offered by state agencies, transit agencies, metropolitan planning organizations and local municipalities across the nation that provide financial incentives for transit-oriented development.

Included in their list of programs that provide grants, loans, tax credits or direct financial incentives to TOD plans or projects is ARC’s Livable Centers Initiative (LCI) program.

This inventory, which can be found at the website below, provides a snapshot of programs across the nation, similar to LCI, working to link transportation improvements with land use development strategies in order to create sustainable, livable communities.

http://ctod.org/ra/2010_Inventory_of_State_Regional_Local_TOD_Programs.pdf

Search for Local Food Availability Through Georgia Organics Website

January 6, 2011

Georgia Organics has a cool new website that enables the user to search where local food is available, based on their desired location.

To use the site, first visit http://www.georgiaorganics.org/home.aspx and enter a zip code in the “Find Local Food” option located in the bottom right hand corner.

You can also search by categories (i.e. farmers markets, community gardens, etc) or products (Eggs, Flowers, Fruit, etc). 

The site includes not only farms, but also identifies restaurants that work with local growers.  For folks who try to support businesses that encourage local economies, this website is a great resource.

The local food movement seems to be holding its own through the economic downturn, and is one of those movements that meets all three tenets of ARC’s PLAN 2040 sustainability focus – it reflects a positive economic impact for local producers and a unique marketing opportunity for services; it preserves working and agricultural landscapes and often employs more environmentally sensitive cultivation practices; and it promotes awareness of the need for improvement for overall community health by embracing better nutrition and creating opportunities for active living. 

Be sure to check out the site!


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