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Smart Growth America Workshop

​Each year, Smart Growth America (SGA) offers free technical assistance to communities that are pursuing smart growth initiatives.  SGA is a national organization that advocates for smart growth principles, and undertakes these workshops through funding from the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).  In 2013, The City of Charlotte was selected as one of 22 cities to receive technical assistance, with a specific focus on “Planning for Economic and Fiscal Health”. 

The workshop kicked off with a public forum May 14, hosted by the City of Charlotte, the University of North Carolina at Charlotte's Urban Institute and PlanCharlotte.  The forum included a welcome  by City Manager Ron Carlee and was widely attended by members of the public and city staff.  The evening presentation provided an overview of demographic and economic trends, and the fiscal and economic development impacts of different development patterns.

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SGA conducted a workshop with city and county staff on May 15, focusing on the identified Comprehensive Neighborhood Improvement Program (CNIP) areas.  The workshop discussed the market trends and opportunities of each CNIP area, as well as identified what type of public investments might serve as catalysts for future private development.   
 
At the completion of the workshop, SGA developed a series of recommended action steps for the City to consider.  SGA’s summary of the workshop and recommended action steps, as well as a map of the five CNIP areas, can be found in the following documents:
For more information, please contact:
Tom Warshauer, Neighborhood and Business Services, 704-336-6522, twarshauer@charlottenc.gov
Melony McCullough, Planning, 704-336-5993, mmcullough@charlottenc.gov
Dan Gallagher, CDOT, 704-336-4984, dgallagher@charlottenc.gov