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SCASDP - Helping Small Airports

Air service to and from a community is essential to its economic development. As major airlines continue to make mergers and cuts, small- and medium-sized airports are losing carriers and available flights. The Small Community Air Service Development Program (SCASDP) from the Department of Transportation (DOT) seeks to help

Micro Grants for Walkable Cities

Those who have traveled to Italy may have become enchanted by the custom of la passenggiata. It is the tradition of taking leisurely strolls after the work day is done, to unwind, socialize with family and friends, and keep abreast of what is happening in the neighborhood. An organic form of placemaking, it creates and sustains community. AmericaWalks is an organization that believes in the power of walking as a catalytic change agent that encourages personal, environmental, and economic health, as well as social equity. They are currently offering micro grants of up to $1,500 for projects that make walking more accessible, convenient, and appealing.

LISC: Working for Communities

The Local Initiatives Support Corporation (LISC) is a community development organization that has been helping create a better future for over 7 million Americans for the past 35 years. Established in 1979 by executives from the Ford Foundation, it now has 31 local offices and a rural program that reach 44 states and 1400 counties. LISC takes a holistic approach to its mission,

Historical Preservation Grants: Our Maritime Heritage

Who benefits from historical preservation grants?  Museums and historical societies come to mind. But tourism, economic development, cultural affairs, even parks and recreation departments can find advantages with this type of funding as well. Or course, history is important for its own sake. Which is why the Department of Interior is offering National Maritime Heritage Grants to make sure our county's distinguished maritime past remains alive and vibrant.

Economic Clusters and The Regional Innovation Strategies Program

City and county administrators, elected officials, economic developers,  and citizens themselves. Who is not in favor of strong local economies that provide jobs at home and competition abroad? The Economic Development Agency's Office of Innovation and Entrepreneurship is once again offering its Regional Innovation Strategies (RIS) Program to help build a region's capacity to  transform innovative ideas into commercially viable opportunities.

Jobs, Small-Scale Manufacturing and Place-Based Economies - A Technical Assistance Opportunity from Smart Growth America

Smart Growth America is a national nonprofit that brings smart growth practices to communities across the country. We first told you about them in our post about their Transit-Oriented Development Technical Assistance opportunities. They are currently offering workshops for economic capacity building in their Small-Scale Manufacturing and Place-Based Economic Development Technical Assistance program.

The Community Forest and Open Space Conservation Program - How Forest Recycle Their Neck of the Woods

In fairy tales, a journey into the wilderness often represents a rite of passage. Our favorite character enters and metamorphosis occurs. The Community Forest and Open Space Conservation Program wants to help forests be catalysts for transformation in the real world as well. It enables communities to buy woodlands that are threatened with development in order to protect their traditional uses and create new opportunities for environmental education, economic development and ecological stewardship. In saving the forests, rural communities especially can reawaken with the very characteristics that defined them in the first place.

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