Mapping Sustainable Communities Awards
The past two years have been an exciting time as large and small communities, representing all corners of the country, have worked on developing collaborative planning processes that will address the unique conditions in their region and which will improve the quality of life for the diverse people that live, work and play there.
The impetus for this has been competition for grants springing from the unprecedented partnership announced between the Department of Housing and Urban Development, the Department of Transportation and the Environmental Protection Agency in 2009.
In November, the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development announced nearly $96 million in Sustainable Communities grants that will help 29 regions and 27 communities plan for better coordination of housing, land use, economic and workforce development, transportation, infrastructure and other elements that create strong, healthy and economically competitive places.
This followed last year's HUD awards under the Sustainable Communities Regional Planning grant program (SCRPG), and the Community Challenge grant program, and the Department of Transportation’s TIGER II awards.
Reconnecting America staff has been keeping track of where projects are taking place and created a map that displays all of the grants awarded by HUD under the Sustainable Communities in both 2010 and 2011. A separate map shows DOT TIGER programs during FY2010. The TIGER map will be updated when the FY2011 TIGER awards are announced.
The map below displays all of the grants awarded by HUD & DOT under the Sustainable Communities and TIGER programs for all three years. (View map in separate window)
The map below shows all three years of TIGER grants. (View map in separate window)