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1 Rick Garcia Regional Administrator, Region VIII U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development

2 2 What are Sustainable/Resilient Rural Communities? The Partnership for Sustainable Communities is about achieving one goal: expanding opportunity for American families. HUD is proud to work with regions to cultivate and connect all the community assets needed to thrive, from jobs to transportation. Working with local leaders, I’m certain that the investments our agencies have made will enhance the health and wealth of communities for decades to come. Secretary Julián Castro U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development

3 HUD-DOT-EPA Partnership for Sustainable Communities 1.Provide more transportation choices. 2.Promote equitable, affordable housing. 3.Enhance economic competitiveness. Partnership Livability Principles: 4. Support existing communities. 5. Coordinate policies and leverage investment. 6. Value communities and neighborhoods.

4 Roles in the Partnership Housing and Urban Development Community Development Block Grants Regional Planning Community Challenge Choice Neighborhoods Affordable Housing Programs Environmental Protection Agency Brownfields Restoration Smart Growth Technical Assistance Water Infrastructure Funds Department of Transportation TIGER Grants FTA Core Programs FTA Livability Grants Flex Funding FHWA Discretionary Grants United We Ride State/Metro Planning Intermodal Connectivity U.S. Department of Agriculture + U.S. Department of Commerce/E DA +

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6 6 MAP Legend DOT TCSP DOT TIGER DOT TRANSIT BROWNSFIELD PLANNING ASSISTANCE EPA SMART GROWTH TA HUD CHOICE NEIGHBORHOOD GRANTS HUD AND DOT COMMUNITY CHALLENGE GRANTS  HUD SUSTAINABILITY REGIONAL PLANNING GRANTS  EPA STATEWIDE TA

7 City of Rifle, CO Small town main street revitalization strategies Regional transportation planning coordinated with housing and economic development looks different in rural communities. Rifle is served by the Roaring Forks Transportation Authority, funded by FTA and travels between Glenwood Springs and Aspen/Snow Mass. Complete streets with viable housing and businesses have been identified in plan. Master Action Plan – completed Jan 2014 and 2 of 23 projects completed below: Bicycle Master Plan – completed Downtown Stormwater Sketch Plan - completed

8 Vision West North Dakota Community Identified concerns for a 19 County area: Child Care - 1st new child care facility built in Dunn County Emergency Medical Services Housing Transportation Water 8

9 Thunder Valley CDC on the Pine Ridge Reservation Thunder Valley Community Development Corporation and the Oglala Lakota Tribe in SD are developing the region’s first economic development plan, including identifying sectors that could be competitive in the regional economy, increasing job training, especially for young people, and streamlining business regulations to enhance access to capital. 1 st straw bale home completed $8 million DOT east/west road connection funded in 2013 $387,941 from the South Dakota State Housing Opportunity Fund to develop 15 lots with new construction of six 3-bedroom and 1 ½ bath single family homes on Thunder Valley Land. In 2013, the South Dakota Native Homeownership Coalition was created to help people become homeowners. 9

10 Available Tools CPD Maps (http://egis.hud.gov/cpdmaps), a web-based mapping tool that helps states and local governments plan the use of HUD formula block grants Location Affordability Portal (www.locationaffordability.info) to help consumers, researchers, and policy-makers better understand how transportation costs affect housing affordability. Sustainable Communities Hot Report (http://thedataweb.rm.census.gov/The DataWeb_HotReport2/EPA2/EPA_Ho mePage2.hrml) uses various data from the U.S. Census Bureau to determine how well a community is performing. USDA’s Know Your Farmer, Know Your Food Compass (www.usda.gov/wps/portal/usda/usdah ome?navid=KYF_COMPASS) is an online resource that provides quick access to information about USDA’s programs and investments in local foods. 10

11 Community Involvement is seen as key to Lasting Change New tools: scenario planning, open source, new media, surveys, charettes, etc New voices: business, builders, low-income, minority, youth Capacity Bldg resources targeted to improve and expand community engagement Peer-to-Peer Learning Networks 11

12 Transitioning from Planning into Implementation Through planning, communities have charted their new course and are implementing as they move forward. The Partnership has identified mapping tools for more robust planning. Federal dollars are being aligned and leveraged for greater results. 12

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