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Federal Policy

From the annual Federal Budget to the regulations of individual administrations like the Federal Transit Administration, federal policy has vast implications for local and regional community development. Responding to the needs and interests of communities and regions around the U.S., in 2009 the Obama Administration launched the Interagency Partnership on Sustainable Communities, a partnership between the US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), US Department of Transportation (DOT) and the US Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD). The partnership serves to “coordinate federal housing, transportation, and other infrastructure investments to protect the environment, promote equitable development, and help to address the challenges of climate change.” Since the initiation of the partnership, EPA, DOT and HUD have launched programs and policy changes related to sustainable community development.   


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