Reconnecting America and Smart Growth America's boards and staff have recently completed a joint strategic planning process to evaluate how to have the most impact in advancing shared goals related to federal transportation policy reform. To that end, the boards of each organization have agreed to the full transfer of the Transportation for America Campaign, which has been jointly hosted by Reconnecting America and Smart Growth America, to Smart Growth America with the goal of consolidating the transportation policy advocacy work into one organization.
Reconnecting America Chief of Staff Allison Brooks will be among the speakers at an April 4 panel discussion of Ideas That Work, part of the Investing In What Works For America's Communities book project. Brooks' panel will provide on-the-ground perspectives from successful community development projects in the Los Angeles area and across the country. The programs featured reflect the book’s themes of combining people and place, integration across traditional “program areas,” collaboration across bureaucratic silos, connection of neighborhood to region, and entrepreneurship. Brooks' panel will provide the audience with solid illustrations of what makes these models successful and the challenges and opportunities to replicating and scaling these approaches. For more information, click here.
Reconnecting America Chief of Staff Allison Brooks will provide an introductory presentation on Transit-Oriented Development and its benefits to neighborhoods, cities and regions at the Annual Conference of the Council of State Community Development Agencies in Sacramento, Sept. 12-15
Reconnecting America Chief of Staff Allison Brooks will be speaking at the Downtown Santa Monica Annual Meeting on Dec. 9 on what the new transit investments mean for Santa Monica and the types of innovations that have been used in other cities.
Reconnecting America Chief of Staff Allison Brooks will be in Los Angeles for the Rail~Volution Steering Committee meeting. Rail~Volution's mission is to create a national movement to develop livable communities with transit. Livable communities are those that are healthy, economically vibrant, socially equitable, and environmentally sustainable. More information