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Redefining RustBelt: The Role of Anchors and the Arts

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Redefining RustBelt: The Role of Anchors and the Arts
December 10, 2013, 3:00 pm EST / 12:00pm PST

This event is part of the Federal Reserve's Connecting Communities series.

This teleconference will highlight the work of four Federal Reserve Banks to foster a dialogue amongst older industrial cities working to attract new residents and investments. Following the second of four meetings of community leaders from Baltimore, Cleveland, Detroit, and Philadelphia, the call will focus on what was learned in the last meeting, particularly the roles that anchor institutions and cultural and art organizations have played and can play in cities. Speakers will include representatives from the four participating Federal Reserve Banks and others who have participated in this dialogue.

To learn more and/or to register for the call, click here.

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DC’s Next Temporium: DeanwoodxDesign Launched Saturday, July 14th

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By Diana Nash of the Pink Line Project on July 12, 2012

There is a buzzword circulating in the DC arts scene that I had not heard about until I returned to the city two months ago. While the concept of using the arts to spur economic and community development is not new, DC is getting attention for the success of its “Arts and Culture Temporiums” since the first one launched along the H Street NE corridor in 2010. Temporiums fall under the larger category of the Temporary Urbanism Initiative, a project undertaken by the DC Office of Planning. The goal behind the initiative, and more specifically, temporiums, is to activate vacant or underutilized spaces by using them to showcase the talent of local artists and other creative entrepreneurs, along with the retail potential that lies within emerging neighborhoods. Think of them as “Pop Ups” that stay around a little longer and have greater potential benefits for the communities where they take place. Jessica Scheuerman, of Partners for Livable Communities, explains that temporiums allow people to “take risks, explore partnerships, and to commit to something” without the burden of a long-term commitment.  Temporiums connect creative people seeking affordable space in their neighborhoods with landlords who have the available space that they haven’t been able to lease. It is a smart and increasingly popular concept that lays the groundwork for longer-term collaboration between property owners and neighborhood entrepreneurs.

Building on the success of earlier temporiums, the Office of Planning is targeting four emerging creative neighborhoods to benefit from a $250,000 grant to the city from ArtPlace, an unprecedented new private-public organization. ArtPlace is part of a national “creative place-making” movement that aims to drive revitalization across the country with arts at the center of economic development. The launch of DeanwoodxDesign marks the next step in the OP/ArtPlace grant initiative.

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New Partners for Smart Growth Conference, February 2012

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Register Now for the 11th Annual New Partners for Smart Growth Conference

February 2-4, 2012 in San Diego, CA. 

This conference is the premier smart growth event held in the U.S. each year. The multi-disciplinary program includes over 100 sessions and will feature cutting-edge policies, programs and projects, best practices, and the latest strategies and implementation tools that address the challenges of making communities more sustainable and equitable. Lots of “extras” are included such as; coordinated networking activities, continuing education credits, on-site Internet café, and so much more!

Get connected! “Like” the New Partners for Smart Growth Conference on Facebook and “Follow”  the program on Twitter at @NewPartnersConf

Register now at www.NewPartners.org

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10th Annual New Partners for Smart Growth Conference: Building Safe, Healthy and Livable Communities Conference

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February 3-5, 2011 - Charlotte, NC

Today, more than ever, we are faced with environmental and economic challenges that will define our generation, shape our future, and test our resilience as cities, regions, states and a nation. Join leaders from across the U.S. as we tackle these challenges head-on and demonstrate smart growth solutions that will reduce our dependence on foreign oil, create a green economy, assure a healthy population, and expand transportation and housing options for all Americans.
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Community Building “Boot Camp”

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The Craigslist Foundation, in partnership with the International City/County Management Association (ICMA), is now taking registrations for its 7th annual community building “boot camp.” 

The event will take place on August 14, 2010 at the University of California Berkeley.  Speakers include: Craig Newmark, founder of craigslist.org; Marsha Semmel, acting director of the Institute of Museum and Library Services; and Susan Benton, CEO and president of the Urban Libraries Council.

For more information, visit www.craigslistfoundation.org/boot-camp.  “Early bird” pricing is available through June 30.

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