EPA Releases Green Infrastructure in Parks

*EPA Releases Green Infrastructure in Parks: A Guide to Collaboration, Funding, and Community Engagement

EPA recently released a document titled Green Infrastructure in Parks: A Playbook for Collaboration, Funding, and Community Engagement. The playbook is intended to encourage partnerships between park agencies and stormwater agencies and provide a roadmap for creating them. By building strong partnerships, agencies can improve park lands and access to parks, better manage stormwater, increase community resiliency to changing weather patterns, and provide funding to implement and maintain park enhancements that benefit the community.

The guide is designed to provide a stepwise approach for building relationships with potential partners, and includes information on how to identify and engage partners, build relationships, involve the community, leverage funding opportunities, and identify green infrastructure opportunities.


Placemaking in Economic Devlopment

faster cheaper eco devp The Project for Public Spaces has a great Marketing Tool!  There is growing momentum to get “back to the basics” of what makes cities thrive. Many of the most effective and immediate solutions are lighter, quicker, and cheaper than traditional top-down approaches to improving cities.

The quality of a public space has always been best defined by the people who use it. The growing success of “Lighter, Quicker, Cheaper” (LQC) projects all over the world is proof that expensive and labor-intensive initiatives are not the only, or even the most effective, ways to bring energy and life into a community’s public space.

United under the core principles of community vision, cost-effectiveness, collaboration, and citizen-led change, this exciting movement goes by many names—action-planning, guerilla urbanism, pop-up projects, city repair, D.I.Y. Urbanism, and Tactical Urbanism. We see each of these efforts as important tools and catalysts for larger community-based Placemaking processes.

“Lighter, Quicker, Cheaper” is a phrase we borrowed from Eric Reynolds in 2010 to describe the simple, short-term, and low-cost solutions that are having remarkable impacts on the shaping of neighborhoods and cities. PPS began to chronicle many of these solutions in the 2007 book: The Great Neighborhood Book: A Do-It-Yourself Guide to Placemaking. Since we began our work in 1975, we have used Lighter, Quicker, Cheaper interventions to address all kinds of public space challenges, and the impacts of these projects have been lasting and profound.

The proliferation of LQC efforts all over the world signals the emergence of a powerful, networked, and creative movement, and it shows that more and more people are beginning to see how communities can be created and transformed by making a series of affordable, human-scale, and near-term changes. Although many of the challenges facing today’s cities go well beyond the scope of these individual interventions, taken together they demonstrate that incremental and place-led change is possible, even in the midst of ongoing social, economic, and political obstacles.

for more information go to: http://www.pps.org/reference/lighter-quicker-cheaper/.


Bates County–Working toward Certification of being a “Work-Ready” Community

Bates County is working toward Certification of a “Work Ready” Community! We have turned in all of the letters of commitment and are awaiting to hear back!  Missouri’s CWRC initiative is a voluntary effort to align workforce and education to meet state and local economic needs. Certification efforts are guided by key community leaders in each county, including: elected officials, economic developers, business leaders, chambers of commerce, educators, and workforce developers.
Missouri’s CWRC vision is to attract, retain, and develop a workforce with the education and fundamental skills to succeed in the 21st Century.
The CWRC effort will strengthen existing businesses, attracting new businesses, and develop a strong talent pipeline for Missouri’s future growth. For more information, please visit the Missouri Work Ready Communities website at: https://ded.mo.gov/getcertified/about.

Great News!

U.S. Secretary of Labor Thomas E. Perez today released the president’s 2017 budget for the Department of Labor, which supports the president’s plan to train workers for the jobs of the future and bolster the economic and retirement security of working families.

“This budget makes investments to ensure that America’s economy works for everyone. It reflects our optimism about the future and our commitment to creating broadly shared prosperity,” Perez said. “The president’s budget envisions a future with greater opportunity for all – a future where a full-time job pays a living wage, where working families have the support they need to survive and thrive and where retirements are secure.”