October 24, 2014
Smart Growth, Transportation
#PLCC, Economic development, Montgomery County, public transit, purple line, purple line community compact, purple line corridor coalition, red line, transit, Urban and Regional Planning
By MDP Staff: Valerie Berton, Director of Communications; Kristen Mitchell, Director of Smart Growth; and Cristina Davia, Communications Intern
National Center for Smart Growth
State and county officials and local advocacy groups are leading an effort to create a livability strategy to ensure that people living and working in the communities along the proposed Purple Line benefit from the new light rail transit system.
But how will that work, exactly?
The stakeholder groups, led by the Purple Line Corridor Coalition (PLCC), will develop a community compact that will lay out strategies for revitalizing and stabilizing mixed-income neighborhoods, preserving community assets, supporting small businesses and connecting workers to jobs, all intended to create healthy and vibrant communities. Similar to Baltimore’s Red Line Community Compact and Minneapolis’ Central Corridor Funders Collaborative in planning their Green Line, the compact will address things like maintaining affordable housing for residents, maximizing labor market potential and creating transit-oriented places. More
October 15, 2014
Gregory Bowen, Maryland planning commissioners association, rural economy, smart growth
Rural Advocate, Former Calvert County Planning Director Greg Bowen to Keynote MPCA Conference
Bowen on his Calvert County farm
Greg Bowen came by his love of the rural life honestly. The fifth-generation Calvert County farmer, who will deliver the keynote address at this week’s Maryland Planning Commissioners Association (MPCA) conference in Solomons, has agriculture in his blood.
Bowen, as he will discuss Friday during his MPCA lunch address, credits successful rural communities with setting the table for successful towns and cities. Sprawl-type growth in agricultural areas can sound the death knell for farming and draw vitality from cities and towns. By contrast, when rural areas thrive, urban and suburban dwellers can live more densely in areas where infrastructure and other resources are concentrated.
October 9, 2014
Former DHCD Assistant Secretary Received 2014 Award for 20 Years of Leadership
The Klots Mill Throwing Company in Cumberland was transformed into an apartment complex using the Community Investment Tax Credit program.
When Ellen Janes became the Maryland Department of Housing and Community Development’s (DHCD) first assistant secretary for neighborhood revitalization in 1995, there were few programs designed to encourage people to move into existing neighborhoods. As part of Maryland’s movement toward smart growth, Janes pioneered programs like Community Legacy, which strengthens communities through business retention, streetscaping, façade improvements and encouraging homeownership, to breathe life back into communities that need a boost. More
September 18, 2014
Allegany County, appalachian mountain innovative readiness training, appalachian regional commission, ARC, IRT, U.S. Department if Defense
More than 280 volunteers, 90 Army Reservists and several Navy personnel from a dozen states donated almost 3,300 hours during the nine-day event
Army Reservists got real-world experience providing community health care when they participated in an ambitious federal training program in Allegany County in mid-August. Teams of health service professionals treated more than 1,100 patients – some walk-in and some by appointment – providing free dental work, eyeglasses, pain management and nutrition counseling, among other services – in a readiness program designed as a training exercise but with plenty of community benefits.