Sustainable Communities Grantees Announced
Today, Shaun Donovan, U.S. Secretary of Housing and Urban Development, announced the recipients of Round 2 of the Sustainable Communities Grants for FY2011. Fifty-six communities and regions (out of 486 applicants) were granted a total of $96 million. This supplements the 87 communities and regions that received grants and whose planning efforts got underway last year.
"Our nation's ability to compete in a global economy and create jobs is dependent upon how quickly and efficiently we can connect our workers and families to education and employment opportunities." said HUD Secretary Donovan. "This year we are especially proud that we had a particular focus on funding proposals that included more chambers of commerce and economic development corporations as core partners. These grants will be leveraged with local funds more than doubling the investment and helping to create new visions for how communities and regions plan for housing, transportation, workforce development and the quality of life of their residents for generations to come. When more than half of the average working family's income is devoted to housing and transportation costs alone, we know that we have a responsibility to fix that and to provide housing and transportation options that can improve their quality of life and economic stability."
A special congratulations to the Flint Hills region of Kansas and Oklahoma! Technology tools developed by LEAMgroup have already begun to be applied in the region as part of an integrated planning support system for Fort Riley, home to the Big Red One 1st Infantry Division. These will now become part of the larger effort to facilitate collaboration by many different partners in Kansas and Oklahoma in creating a plan for promoting and preserving the region's opportunities for jobs, housing, transportation, and ecology.
For more information and a complete list of grant recipients and amounts, click here.