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U.S. Department of Agriculture: Downtown Revitalization

The USDA: Downtown Revitalization guide links to full-text handbooks, planning tools, case studies, funding resources, organizations, revitalization strategies, and more to assist a community considering a downtown revitalization project.


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Geography:United States
Resource Type:funding resource, information source, resource guide, planning guide
Subtopic:economic development, funding & financing, rural community issues & solutions, infrastructure & communications, redevelopment & revitalization, planning, Business & Economy, Issues & Opportunities, Community Building, Land Use Planning & Housing,
Tags:redevelopment, economic development, infrastructure, planning, community revitalization
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Link:webpage

Idaho Access Project

The Idaho Access Project (IAP) works to address physical, attitudinal, and policy barriers; inform planning and design; and create safe, inclusive cities for all. The IAP provides plan review, consultation and technical assistance for government and private sector partners. Members of the IAP combine extensive knowledge of the Americans with Disabilities Act, Section 504, and the Fair Housing Act with skills in housing, community and economic development; transportation; land-use planning and rural engagement.

 


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Geography:Idaho
Resource Type:technical assistance, consultant or business, plan review, planning and design, planning guide
Subtopic:access & mobility, planning,
Tags:Inclusive communities, rural communities, infrastructure, public health, public safety, transportation, residential development, disability rights, Americans with Disabilities Act, Section 504, fair housing, recreation, connectivity, transit
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Link:webpage

The Main Street Guide

From the Main Street Guide from Village Well "Main streets are the thriving heart of the local economy, influencing the economic, cultural, social and environmental fabric of the surrounding area. They are places where people live, work and play; however in recent years, many main streets have been in decline as the rise of online shopping, increased dependence on cars, and big regional shopping centres have dominated the retail scene.

Today, the old-fashioned pattern of local villages serving their communities is in vogue again. Local villages are seen as the key to supporting a healthier, more walkable and sustainable lifestyle, better connected local communities and greater opportunity for local economic development.

It’s becoming more widely recognised that our streets are valuable community assets. Creating a great main street requires a return to human-scale elements (textural building materials, sounds, wafts of delicious food, window shopping, trees, smaller sized retail spaces, park benches), and putting people back as the focus. It requires deep community participation, forward thinking design activities, food, beauty and embedding local identity.

This simple Guide provides 10 key steps to create a great main street and demonstrates that main streets are more than just conduits for traffic and commerce; they are the stages upon which public life is to be celebrated. Enjoy!"


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Geography:Idaho, Wyoming, Montana
Resource Type:advocacy, information source, process guide, planning guide, educational resource
Subtopic:place making & destination development, community & capacity development, redevelopment & revitalization,
Tags:creating placemaking, creative place making, assessment tool, information
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Link:webpage

The New Local Activation Toolkit

From the introduction of The New Local Activation Toolkit: The COVID-19 pandemic has caused far- reaching social and economic impacts and immense challenges that have forced us to quickly alter the way we interacted with our cities, streets, neighbourhoods and public spaces. This has fundamentally challenged our sense of place and the foundations of public daily life.

It is anticipated that our cities, towns and neighbourhoods will experience ongoing repercussions of COVID-19, yet the extent of these are hard to envisage and understand today. One thing that is certain, however,

is that the pandemic has demonstrated incredible examples of community resilience, our ability to come together and keep each other safe, while also creatively enjoying ourselves in whatever way we can. It has also shifted our way of life to a more local scale, and we believe that this ‘New Local’ will be critical in refocusing the role and contribution of community, economic development and placemaking in building resilient cities, towns and neighbourhoods in a post-COVID-19 and climate change world.

We understand that the social and economic impacts of COVID-19 are still emerging
and have not been felt evenly across our communities and regions. Recognising the unique lived experiences, opportunities

and challenges of each place will be an important piece of the puzzle when planning for recovery. Furthermore, as we continue to re-emerge and plan for this recovery, it will be important to mobilise available information and expertise, authentically engage with local communities and leverage existing investment strategically to support capacity building and

amenity improvements, as well as identify creative ways in which to safely welcome communities to meet, socialise, shop and connect locally.

This is what the purpose of this Toolkit is – a guide beside and inspirational tool to kickstart your creative ideation process around ways to build back better by putting people, place and planet first. Alongside some actions specific to this ongoing recovery, this Toolkit also inspires an ongoing narrative around building stronger and more inclusive, regenerative and resilient places and communities. It draws on global examples but mostly focuses on Australian ones, some of which are specific to our ‘place’: Melbourne.


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Geography:Idaho, Wyoming, Montana
Resource Type:educational resource, planning guide, training
Subtopic:place making & destination development, community & capacity development, arts & culture, local government,
Tags:creating placemaking, creative place making, Local Development, community development, community engagement, community capitals
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Link:webpage

Ohio State University: Building an Entrepreneur Friendly Community

The program and resources contained on this site are intended for use by communities interested in developing a local environment that supports the growth and attraction of entrepreneur operated businesses. Modules will help a community in the creation or strengthening of stronger local support networks for entrepreneurs.


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Geography:United States
Resource Type:educational resource, planning guide
Subtopic:community & capacity development, Community Building,
Tags:entrepreneur, entrepreneurship, small business, community development
Telephone:740-607-5177
Link:webpage

Texas A&M Rural Transportation Planning Guidebook

This guidebook created by Texas A&M University presents strategies and resources for the successful development and implementation of rural transportation projects. This reference will assist metropolitan planning organization (MPO) planning practitioners, engineers, administrators, city officials and transportation planning partners to address specific rural transportation needs.


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Geography:United States
Resource Type:information source, planning guide
Subtopic:urban issues & solutions, rural community issues & solutions, infrastructure & communications, development & smart growth, transportation, local government, Local Government & Services, Issues & Opportunities, Land Use Planning & Housing, Community Building,
Tags:transportation, rural community, transportation planning, transit, local government
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Link:webpage