Pawhuska, OK Osage Nations work to make our community
a more attractive destination has helped us win a national competitive
Smart Growth Americaa national nonprofit that advocates
for better cities, towns, and neighborhoodsannounced today
that Osage Nation is among 6 winning communities that will receive
a free foundation for smart growth technical assistance workshop
in 2017. Through the program, Osage Nation and the city of Pawhuska
will receive hands-on assistance from national experts on Smart
The technical assistance provided by this workshop will
aid our community in creating a plan that incorporates a sustainable
strategy of revitalization and economic development, said
Mark Kirk, Information Services Director for Osage Nation. The
award of this workshop is a further demonstration of what can be
accomplished when government entities and local stakeholders work
together to improve the community for everyone.
This award is a testament to the hard work Osage Nation
has already done, said John Robert Smith, Smart Growth Americas
Senior Policy Advisor. Our program was more competitive this
year than ever before, and Osage Nation and the city of Pawhuska
stood out as a community doing great work. Were excited to
be able to help you continue on to the next stage of this work.
The workshops offered through Smart Growth Americas program
focus on a range of issues, downtown revitalization, Complete Streets,
parking management, smart growth zoning, economic development and
fiscal health, among other topics.
Smart Growth America received over 50 applications for technical
assistance from 27 states and Puerto Rico for its 2017 workshops.
The full list of winning communities includes: the City and Borough
of Sitka, Alaska; The Town of Pagosa Springs, Colorado; The City
of Fitchburg, Massachusetts; The City of Tulsa, Oklahoma; The Osage
Nation; and the East Central Wisconsin Regional Planning Commission.
About Smart Growth Americas free foundation
for smart growth technical assistance
Smart Growth America offers nine types of technical assistance
workshops that help communities build stronger local economies,
protect the environment, preserve sense of place and improve overall
quality of life. The technical assistance is funded through a grant
to Smart Growth America from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's
Office of Sustainable Communities under their Building Blocks for
Sustainable Communities program. The Building Blocks program funds
quick, targeted assistance to communities that face common development
problems. Through the program, Smart Growth America has already
provided free assistance to over 70 communities across the United
States, from Hawaii to Maine.
Smart Growth America is the only national organization dedicated
to researching, advocating for and leading coalitions to bring smart
growth practices to more communities nationwide. From providing
more sidewalks to ensuring more homes are built near public transportation
or that productive farms remain a part of our communities, smart
growth helps make sure people across the nation can live in great
neighborhoods. For additional information visit www.smartgrowthamerica.org.