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In Their Voice

Get a glimpse into the activities of the Sustainability Grant communities through these video snapshots of activities, lessons learned and early progress of these multi-year initiatives. Click on the pictures to watch the videos.

The regional planning process on Pine Ridge Indian Reservation in South Dakota created a roadmap for transformative change in the face of longstanding challenges, while continuing to honor the culture and customs of the Oglala Lakota Nation.

Imagine Central Arkansas showcases what it’s learned and accomplished in the Little Rock area using a regional planning grant

The Mid-Ohio Regional Planning Council and residents of Weinland Park are planning a local-food processing plant that will generate revenue to support a job-training and –placement center for unemployed residents in the area.

Several Grantees are engaging youth in planning for their communities' future
Tampa Mayor Bob Buckhorn involves Middleton High School students in a design exercise for a corridor that leads into downtown
Middleton high school students show their design plans.

PlanET engages Austin East High School Students in creating digital stories about how they want their communities to grow

New River Valley residents are planning for an economically robust future that meets the needs of both younger and older generations.

 photo meeting in Randolph County, West VA  

Learn how Randolph County is using HUD Challenge and DOT TIGER grants to expand economic opportunities in their community.

 photo of Imagine Central Arkansas logo Hear residents of central Arkansas describe what makes the region a great place and what they envision for the future.

Several HUD Sustainable Communities Grantees are developing local food enterprises both as economic development strategies and as ways to increase the availability of local, healthy food. Featured here are the Mid-Ohio Regional Planning Commission (Columbus, OH) and the Upper Valley Lake Sunapee Regional Planning Commission, in NH.

 photo of Jerry Tinianow, Mid-Ohio Planning Commission The Mid-Ohio Regional Planning is identifying sites for local food production and determining what legal barriers stand in the way of local food production.
 photo of Christine Walker, Upper Valley Lake Sunapee RPC The Upper Valley Lake Sunapee Region is doingfood mapping and working to come up with an action plan for increasing food access.

Tampa Mayor Bob Buckhorn unveils InVision Tampa, which will create a blueprint for growth in Tampa’s city center focused on “people, places and progress.” The City of Tampa received a FY10 Community Challenge grant.  
 photo of Tampa, FL Mayor Buckhorn  Tampa Mayor Buckhorn unveils InVision Tampa.

In an Inside TN news show, Mayors Taylor and Rogero, and Chamber of Commerce Director Graham, discuss PlanET (Plan East TN),  a regional partnership shaping a shared direction for the future.   This five-county Knoxville region received a $4.3 HUD Sustainability Grant. 

 photo of  Knoxville, TN Mayor Rogero  Knoxville Mayor Madeline Rogero describes economic developers’ interest in regionalism and sustainability.

This group of videos showcases three communities planning how they will grow around new transit stations.


 photo of Brad Rawson, City of Somerville  Somerville, MA, is working to bring back the rail access the city was built on by planning for growth around six new transit stations
 photo of Shem Lawlor, City and County of Honolulu  

Honolulu, HI, is developing a housing strategy around a new rail transit system that aims to maintain affordable housing for low and moderate income families.

photo of Mark Vander Schaaf, Metropolitan Council Minnesota  

The Metropolitan Council in the Minneapolis/St. Paul region is creating “Corridors of Opportunity” that will provide access to living-wage jobs and affordable housing along transit ways.

This group of videos showcase three rural grantees working to engage citizens to plan the future they want for their own communities. 

 Photo of Andy Hill The State of Colorado Department of Local Affairs is assisting three rural communities redevelop their downtowns.
 photo of Nick Tilsen

Thunder Valley Development Corporation is using innovative methods to engage members of this South Dakota tribal community, leveraging connections and working to realign activities and investments in their community.  

photo of Reily Morse The Gulf Regional Planning Commission of Mississippi is creating a “Plan for Opportunity” for an underserved region to include equitable housing, a clean environment, and integrated transportation and land-use.