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Arkansas Receives Two Sustainable Communities Grants

Dated: November 22, 2011

Arkansas has received two Sustainable Communities Grants. ACHANGE is a Core Partner in the District 1 Metroplan Regional Planning Grant.


HUD FY2011 Sustainable Communities Grantees


Arkansas

Regional Planning Grant Award

The East Arkansas Planning and Development District will be awarded $2,600,000 to develop an East Arkansas Regional Planning Consortium Sustainability Plan. This effort will support a community and multijurisdictional planning effort that integrates housing, land use, economic development, transportation and infrastructure investments. The project will assist area jurisdictions and the region in addressing challenges that are interrelated but are often not addressed comprehensively, including such challenges as revitalization, access to jobs, education and services, energy and other resource conservation and environmental impact. This three-year project will begin with a substantial community outreach component that will be supported by the development of a regional inventory of underutilized assets enhanced by digital modeling tools to help communities envision the greater outcomes such assets can provide as strategies are implemented.

Anticipated Project Benefits:
• Regional studies will be integrated into this process addressing issues including housing, transportation, water infrastructure, energy, local food, and access to each of these.
• Collection and management of data will be carried out to ensure decisions are well-informed and communicated across all jurisdictions.
• The Arkansas Development Finance Authority will use the housing element of this project for inclusion into the broader statewide housing market analysis and needs assessment to provide the required planning and documentation for applying for other non-federal entitlement, federal competitive, and foundation/private funds.
Funding Amount: $2,600,000


Core Partners: Life Options of Eastern Arkansas, Crossroads Coalition, NE Arkansas Coalition, University of Arkansas at Little Rock, Arkansas State University, Five Community Colleges, JQuad Planning Group

HUD Region: 6

Congressional District: AR-01

Regional Planning Grant Award

Metroplan will be awarded $1,400,000 to develop Metro 2040: Blueprint for a Sustainable Region in order to create a regional sustainability plan for the Central Arkansas region. The target area is located in the heart of Arkansas, where the Mississippi Delta meets the Ouachita Mountains. Anchored by Little Rock and North Little Rock, the Central Arkansas region is comprised of four counties and has a population of 675,000. This effort will align current efforts to holistically address transportation, housing, development patterns, health and environmental needs, and economic development. The Blueprint will develop a comprehensive regional plan for the sustainability of the Central Arkansas region, addressing the full complement of Livability Principles in an integrated fashion, with a 30-year planning horizon. With the support of seven institutions of higher education and other partners, the Central Arkansas Sustainability Consortium is poised to help make Central Arkansas a better place to live, work, play, and learn.

Anticipated Project Benefits:
• The plan will focus on deeper public engagement through paying community liaisons who will conduct focused interviews to provide meaningful stakeholder input into the plan.
• Funding will provide for the coordination of new partners and integration of services across the region.
• Funding will provide the resources needed to take the plan from the regional level down to the local level by coordinating at least five technical planning studies for the area projects.
Funding Amount: $1,400,000

Core Partners: Little Rock Housing Authority, Benton Housing Authority, Arkansas Coalition of housing and Neighborhood Growth for Empowerment, Arkansas energy Office & Arkansas Economic Development Commission, Pulaski Technical College, Little Rock Regional Chamber of Commerce, Central Arkansas Planning and Development District, Arkansas Coalition for Obesity Prevention & Arkansas Department of Health, Arkansas Baptist College, Hendrix College, University of Central Arkansas Center for Community and Economic Development, University of Arkansas Clinton School of Public Service, Philander Smith College, University of Arkansas at Little Rock, Boys and Girls Club of Central Arkansas

HUD Region: 6

Congressional District: AR-001

 

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