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Cultural Heritage Tourism

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In our 37th year as an organization helping to empower communities with the tools to put them on the map as leaders in livability, Partners for Livable Communities is pleased to present this updated publication on cultural heritage tourism. As the tourism industry has boomed in the decades since Partners for Livable Communities began its cultural heritage tourism initiatives, communities have become increasingly eager to find ways attract tourists and capture the dollars they bring with them. However, when hard times come, it can be a challenge to persuade those among us of the benefits of preserving culture, heritage, and their artifacts from the past.

This guide represents the culmination of our experience and knowledge on an issue that has such a great potential for community development. Our hope is to demonstrate how cultural heritage is not just something to preserve for future generations, but is in fact an asset that can be leveraged to bring real economic benefits to the community.

Robert McNulty, president of Partners, can come to your community to speak about the necessity of developing a cultural heritage tourism strategy as well as share best practices and resources learned from Partners' decades of experience in this arena. Download Cultural Heritage Tourism


Boston Children's Hospital

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The comprehensive health of a community is impacted by a number of factors, and it therefore takes a united effort from a wide range of community organizations to most effectively address the issue. The Boston Children’s Hospital on Longwood Avenue in Boston’s Medical Area focuses on partnering with key community-based organizations to concentrate resources and fight the most pressing health issues facing the residents of Boston. To determine what those issues are, the hospital staff conducts a community survey every three years that assesses strengths and weaknesses of current programs and reviews data to find the most practical way to delegate their resources. 

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New Partners for Smart Growth – 2015 Conference Registration Open

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Our readers should be aware that early bird registration for the 2015 New Partners for Smart Growth conference is open through November 10. The conference will take place in at the Hilton Baltimore Hotel in Baltimore, Maryland, from January 29–31, 2015.

Below, find some information from the event organizers. Click here to go to the conference website to learn more and to register.

The New Partners Conference is coming back to the East Coast – Baltimore – after stops in America’s Heartland and the Rockies the past two years.

The nation’s largest smart growth and sustainability event, the theme for New Partners 2015 is “Practical Tools and Innovative Strategies for Creating Great Communities,” underscoring this year’s stronger emphasis on implementation. The program will feature tools, strategies, focused training and new technologies that will help communities NOW.

Over the last 20 years, Baltimore has used a wealth of smart growth and sustainability tools and policies to transform itself from primarily a major port and manufacturing center, into a multi-industry economy that promotes a built environment that is vibrant, walkable and livable.

New Partners 2015 is an ideal gathering place for leaders from across the country to share and learn about successes for implementing smart growth principles and techniques in tackling many of the most crucial social, health, and development priorities in our communities.


Grantmakers In Aging Releases New Resources for Community AGEnda

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Each day, more than 10,000 Boomers turn 65, heralding a dramatic influx of older adults in our cities, towns, and villages during the next 25 years. As America’s population ages, experts believe that the most successful and vibrant communities of the 21st Century will be those that are age-friendly – ones that allow for greater mobility, productivity, and optimal health and well-being for people of all ages.  Grantmakers In Aging, in partnership with the Pfizer Foundation, is pleased to announce three new resources from its Community AGEnda project, which is helping communities across the country become better places to grow up and grow older.  These include an introductory report, a set of tools to help funders and others take on this work, and a searchable database of projects around the country.  For more information, please see:  www.giaging.org/communityagenda.


Alexandria Archaeology

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During the 1960s, Washington, DC and its surrounding communities experienced an urban renewal that saw a rebuilding of infrastructure and consequently required the destruction of a number of older buildings in the area. In Alexandria, an independent city a short distance from DC, the destruction of the old buildings uncovered an abundance of historical artifacts that shed light on the history of the area. Realizing that there was a plethora of previously undiscovered, culturally-important artifacts right beneath their feet, the city’s leadership created the Office of Historic Alexandria to try to cultivate and make sense of this new information.

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City Leaders Team in Memphis Featured in Federal Reserve Article

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The efforts of the City Leaders Institute team in Memphis, Tennessee were featured in the latest publication of Bridges, a quarterly journal of the St. Louis Federal Reserve.

The Plough Foundation and their program associate, Katie Midgley, have been leading the way to prepare Memphis for the increase in the number and share of older adults in the population. After researching the availability and quality of existing services as well as commissioning a survey of 500 older adults within the county, Plough identified home modifications supportive of the ability to age in place as its top priority within its aging agenda.

Memphis is participating in Partners for Livable Communities and MetLife Foundation’s City Leaders Institute on Aging in Place. The program is in its second year and has worked in fifteen communities across the country.

The Memphis team is working to develop a resource for older adults in Shelby County that will determine an individual’s home modification needs, direct the individual to services that can perform the modifications, and provide funding for those older adults unable to afford the modificiations needed to allow them to remain in their home for as long as possible.

Read more about the efforts in Memphis and the City Leaders Institute: The Graying of America: Preparing for What Comes Next (Bridges Fall 2013).

Learn more about the City Leaders Institute.

Check out the Plough Foundation website.


Best Practices: Creating the Healthy Community

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Partners compiled a collection of best practices of traditional community institutions incorporating health and wellness into their agenda and programming to improve community health. The best practices focus on improving the health of at least one of three constituencies: distressed communities, at-risk youth, and the vulnerable elderly.

Examples of institutions include arts and culture organizations, botanical gardens, community development corporations (CDCs), faith-based organizations, libraries, museums, public markets, and zoos.

Click here to download Creating the Healthy Community - Using All Assets: Institutions as Fulcrums of Change

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