#330 Wednesday, May 8, 2013
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-> According to an April 22nd State Smart Transportation Initiative article, "For agencies that want to address the land use-transportation connection, Walk Score (http://bit.ly/YyZXJ8) now provides a new form of accessibility measure, as well as data to help measure trends over time. Walk Score, which actually produces measures for biking and transit as well as walking, has analyzed accessibility by the proximity of certain destinations, such as food stores and parks. Now the firm is offering a way to measure the depth of choices of such destinations as well, in a platform called ChoiceMaps. (See sample maps and descriptions: http://bit.ly/15ox3mJ.) In the map of Chicago..., for example, the green area indicates places where there are at least 10 grocery options in a 10-minute walk."
"Perhaps more important, the firm now is providing trend data that can track accessibility over time. This will be useful in assessing progress toward goals such those in Washington's Sustainability DC plan, which calls for pedestrian accessibility of healthy food..."
-> According to an April 30th Project for Public Spaces article, "Today we are unveiling several new resources within the Rightsizing Streets Guide (http://bit.ly/XIXKrU). We're excited to share with you an interactive map featuring more than fifty successful rightsizing projects from around the US. We've also added two new full case studies to the guide. The case studies, contributed by the Congress for the New Urbanism, both illustrate the benefits of the removal of urban freeways--rightsizing at a grand scale!..."
"While the Rightsizing Streets Guide's case studies are meant to focus in on projects that illustrate certain key aspects of the rightsizing process, we also saw a need to highlight the countless rightsizing projects happening in communities large and small, all across the US. To accomplish this, we've created an interactive map of rightsizing projects within the Guide (http://bit.ly/YtI5SD)..."
"As of today, the map features 58 examples from communities in 22 states, everywhere from Georgia to Oregon, California to Iowa. By clicking on the pins, you can find basic information about each project, such as the type of conversion, (i.e. 4 lanes to 3 lanes), or what design elements were used (i.e. bike lanes, mid-block crossings). The most important feature of the map that it connects you directly with the agency that oversaw the project, allowing practitioners to reference precedents and seek out colleagues to provide guidance and support..."
[Ed Note: Email your rightsizing example to the map and case study to the Guide at firstname.lastname@example.org, include "rightsizing" in the subject line.]
-> According to the Pedestrian Safety: A Road Safety Manual for Decision-Makers and Practitioners released in 2013 by the World Health Organization, "Pedestrian Safety: A Road Safety Manual for Decision-Makers and Practitioners describes: the magnitude of pedestrian deaths and injuries; key risk factors; ways of assessing the pedestrian safety situation in a given setting and prepare an action plan; and how to select, design, implement and evaluate effective interventions. The manual stresses the importance of a comprehensive, holistic approach that includes engineering, legislation and enforcement as well as behavioural measures. It also draws attention to the benefits of walking, which should be promoted as an important mode of transport given its potential to improve health and preserve the environment..."
"This manual provides information for use in developing and implementing comprehensive measures to improve pedestrian safety. The extent of pedestrian fatalities and injuries, and the importance of addressing the key associated risk factors for pedestrian injury, are examined. The steps outlined for conducting a situational assessment to help with prioritizing interventions and preparing a related plan of action, are intended to assist with the implementation of effective interventions, and evaluation of pedestrian safety measures. While the focus of the manual is on subnational administrative units, the strategies presented can be applied at the national level. It is hoped that the modular structure of this manual enables adoption to suit the needs and problems of individual countries. The manual is applicable worldwide but specifically targets decision-makers and practitioners in low and middle income countries..."
via TRB News: http://bit.ly/11hYs8L
-> According to a May 1st League of American Bicyclists release, "We're celebrating the first day of National Bike Month with our new Bicycle Friendly States ranking. For the sixth year in a row, Washington continues to lead the nation, with high performance in all categories. But up-and-coming states--including Delaware, Illinois and Arizona--charged up the ranking in 2013, shaking up the top 10..."
"The 2013 Bicycle Friendly State ranking is now even more comprehensive, capturing more information than ever before and delving more deeply into the issues embedded in becoming a more bicycle friendly state."
-> According to a May 6th Victoria Transport Policy Institute article to be published by the ITE Journal, "Demographic and economic trends, and new community concerns, are changing the way practitioners define transportation problems and evaluate potential solutions. A new paradigm expands the range of modes, objectives, impacts and options considered in transport planning. This article (The New Transportation Planning Paradigm) discusses this paradigm shift and its implications on our profession..."
"The old paradigm evaluated transport system performance based primarily on the speed, convenience and affordability of motor vehicle travel, and so favored automobile-oriented improvements. The new paradigm is more comprehensive and multi-modal. It considers a broader range of modes, objectives, impacts and transport system improvement options..."
-> According to a recent Progressive Railroading article, "To help bolster industry-wide recruitment of a younger workforce, a group of academic, transportation and government officials are drafting a standard curriculum that would teach college students the basics of public transportation."
"Since 2011, the National Transit Curriculum Advisory Committee--an Eno Center of Transportation affiliate--has been developing a semester-long course that universities nationwide could offer. Committee members hope to have the curriculum ready by December so that campuses could offer it as soon as 2014, says Jill Hough, the committee's chairwoman and program director of the Small Urban and Rural Transit Center at the Upper Great Plains Transportation Institute at North Dakota State University..."
-> According to an April 22nd Washington Post article, "Ever since the recession hit in late 2007, Americans have been driving less and less. Was that because of the horrible economy? To some extent, perhaps. But it's striking that Americans are still cutting back on driving even though the economy is growing again."
"Doug Short, who charts financial data, has put together a nice graph that uses the latest Transportation Department data on vehicle-miles driven and adjusts for population growth. Looked at this way, the plunge in driving is even more startling and began back in June 2005..."
"Since June 2005, vehicle miles driven have fallen 8.75 percent. The decline has persisted for 92 months and there's no sign it's abating..."
"... [Y]oung Americans are driving much, much less. Between 2001 and 2009, the average yearly number of miles driven by 16- to 34-year-olds dropped a staggering 23 percent..."
-> According to a May 7th Washington Post article, "Cellphone use is a factor in far more fatal crashes than anyone realized, according to a report released Tuesday by the National Safety Council. (Crashes Involving Cell Phones: Challenges of Collecting and Reporting Reliable Crash Data: http://bit.ly/YFafMJ)"
"The council found that even when drivers said they were using their cellphones at the time of a crash that admission was not recorded in accident reports that have been compiled for use in the national debate on distracted driving..."
"Researchers reviewed 180 fatal crashes over a three-year period where there was evidence that the driver was using a cellphone. In one of those years, 2011, only 52 percent of the crashes were recorded in the national data base as cellphone-related."
-> According to a May 5th Star Telegram article, "Future development in downtown Fort Worth should be done with the pedestrian in mind but should also find ways to transport people to the Cultural District, the Stockyards and even Cowboys Stadium in Arlington, according to a draft report of a new strategic action plan."
"Called 'Plan 2023: A Ten Year Strategic Action Plan for Downtown Fort Worth', the 45-page draft report touches on hot-button topics such as transportation, homelessness and bringing a medical degree program to the University of North Texas Health Science Center. But foremost, it sets the tone for a 'pedestrian-first' philosophy toward development and suggests sweeping changes in how the city views downtown's role with adjoining neighborhoods. Among the ideas: building pedestrian bridges and using water taxis to allow pedestrians to cross the Trinity River..."
-> According to a May 6th MetroWest Daily News article, "Gas prices are sky high and it beats idling in gridlock. Both the planet and our bodies deserve better than motoring from every Point A to every Point B. Last but not least, it's fun."
"Cyclists offer all these reasons and more to explain why their ranks are growing steadily in Massachusetts. By just one measure, the number of Bay State commuters who mainly biked to work spiked 80 percent from 2000 to 2011, from roughly 12,300 people to 22,200, according to U.S. Census Bureau estimates..."
-> According to a May 6th Quincy Herald-Whig article, "The city of Quincy is looking at about $2.7 million in road and sidewalk projects this summer, including one that has been in the design stages for nearly three years."
"The riverfront connector trail project between Edgewater and Clat Adams parks that has been in the planning stages since 2010 is expected to move forward, City Engineer Jeff Steinkamp said. The project includes an 8-foot-wide pedestrian trail and bike path, security fencing along the water treatment plant, landscaping and lighting, and additional parking at Clat Adams Park. A new paved entrance also will be built for Edgewater Park and the Northside Boat Club over the railroad tracks along Front Street."
"The city received a $262,000 grant through the Illinois Transportation Enhancement Program and a $245,000 grant through the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development to help fund the project. The city is committing $122,293 in TIF money..."
-> According to a May 3rd The Atlantic Cities article, "I took a tour of Miami Beach this morning. No, not in person (though I wish), but via the wonders of Google Earth... I wanted to see a stretch of road on the backside of the community--away from the Atlantic--that is being reconstructed by the Florida Department of Transportation. It's a 1.3-mile stretch of Florida Route 907, known locally as Alton Road. My first set of impressions varied from it's nondescript, to it's chaotic, to it's every road in America, to "are you kidding me, it's sunshine and palm trees, where's the beef?"
"But, as I looked closer, I noticed the stranded pedestrians. They wouldn't be in the middle of the roadway if they were better accommodated, and I even felt frightened for one or two of them. This is not an easy road to cross conveniently. And, to tell the truth, it doesn't even look that pleasant to drive on. Isn't the reconstruction--required mostly for flood control--an opportunity to make it work better for everyone with a "complete streets" approach?"
"That's exactly what a grassroots group called the Alton Road Reconstruction Coalition thinks. I love the[ir] graphic..., which sets out the possibilities and the coalition's position about as clearly and sensibly as I've seen. What they are proposing wouldn't cost that much more, if anything, and it would make both the road safer and that part of the community more pleasant to be in. There are all sorts of wins here, and no real losses that I can see. It's a terrific example of how to do local advocacy, in my opinion..."
-> According to a May 4th WinonaDailyNews.com article, "Rushford students might have new sidewalks next year to stroll down on their way to school."
"The Minnesota Department of Transportation announced that Rushford is one of 61 communities being awarded a Safe Routes to Schools Grant, which funds projects that improve routes children use to walk and bike to school."
"This year MnDOT is divvying out $3.8 million among 105 schools in the communities--about $9,000 to each--said program administrator Nicole Campbell, to allow the schools to hire consultants to design routes..."
-> According to an abstract of a February 2013 Journal of Preventative Medicine article, "Neighborhood design features have been associated with health outcomes, including the prevalence of obesity. This study (Walkable Communities and Adolescent Weight) examined the association between walkability and adolescent weight in a national sample of public secondary school students and the communities in which they live. Data were collected through student surveys and community observations between February and August 2010, and analyses were conducted in Spring 2012. The sample size was 154 communities and 11,041 students. A community walkability index and measures of the prevalence of adolescent overweight and obesity were constructed. Multivariable analyses from a cross-sectional survey of a nationally representative sample of 8th-, 10th- and 12th-grade public school students in the U.S. were run."
"The odds of students being overweight (AOR 0.98, 95% CI=0.95, 0.99) or obese (AOR=0.97, 95% CI=0.95, 0.99) decreased if they lived in communities with higher walkability index scores. Results suggest that living in more-walkable communities is associated with reduced prevalence of adolescent overweight and obesity."
Source: http://bit.ly/10owyG9 (charge to download full article)
Via VTPI News: http://bit.ly/10aj4Mz
-> According to a 6-page summary in English of a 2013 study published in Norwegian, "The National Public Roads Administration (NPRA) and The Norwegian Building Authority (NBA) wanted to evaluate standards and practices for facilitating wayfinding and orientation for visually impaired people in transport systems. The purpose of this work was to evaluate standards, handbooks and guidelines, as well as practice, in order to arrive at recommendations on what can be done to make the built environment more accessible and useable for the visually impaired."
Source: http://bit.ly/ZOBm6t (6-page summary in English of Norwegian paper)
Via TRB Transportation News E-Newsletter: http://bit.ly/Z6uqgd
"Of course cities have to meet critical, basic needs, but they also need to go beyond that to creating places that people care about, that make them proud to live there, and that they will fight to preserve. As [Peter] Kageyama would say, no one ever raved about a restaurant because its silverware was clean... the creation of these places - which are not in tourist destinations or downtown hot spots, but embedded in neighborhoods that so many... call home--is not an add-on that cities undertake once they've solved all their other problems. Human beings, as David Julio Wang reminds us, are emotional creatures first. When we are surrounded by places that look and feel cared for, we ourselves feel cared for. Meeting the emotional component of people is far from icing on the cake; I'm starting to think it is the cake."
- Marisa Novara, Placemaking Leadership Council participant, in "Why a strong city takes more than clean silverware"
AND NOW, FOR SOMETHING COMPLETELY DIFFERENT...
VIDEO- BOBBY MCFERRIN & THE POWER OF THE PENTATONIC SCALE
-> Bobby McFerrin demonstrates the power of the pentatonic scale at the World Science Festival, using audience participation.
WEBINAR "Built Environment Approaches for Improving Community Health"
Date: May 9, 2013, 1:30 p.m. to 2:30 p.m. ET
WEBINAR "Transportation Funding Challenges and Opportunities in the Age of the Moving Ahead for Progress in the 21st Century (MAP-21) Legislation"
Date: May 14, 2013, 2:00 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. ET
WEBINAR "Bike Signals"
Date: May 15, 2013, 3:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. ET
WEBINAR "Maximizing District-Wide Impact of Safe Routes to School: Educating Principals and School Boards"
Date: May 16, 2013, 2:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. ET
WEBINAR "Walk and Work: Innovative Ways to Integrate Walking into Workplace and Business Practices"
Date: May 17, 2013, 2:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. ET
WEBINAR "Making the most of the Transportation Alternatives Program"
Date: May 22, 2013, 2:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. ET
"Local Air Quality and Children's Mobility"
Date: June 19, 2013, 12:00 p.m. to 1:30 p.m. ET
WEBINAR "What's in There for Me: Mining National Data for Information on Walking and Bicycling"
Date: June 19, 2013, 3:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. ET
WEBINAR "Maximizing City Involvement in Safe Routes to School: Educating Municipal Transportation Departments and Practitioners"
Date: June 20, 2013, 2:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. ET
WEBINAR "Harnessing the Power of GIS for Safe Routes to School"
Date: July 11, 2013, 2:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. ET
WEBINAR "From Paint to Preform: Getting the Most from Pavement Markings"
Date: July 17, 2013, 3:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. ET
WEBINAR "How Highway Safety Funds Can Boost Safe Routes to School: Tapping into the Highway Safety Improvement Program"
Date: August 1, 2013, 2:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. ET
WEBINAR "Getting Better Data for Better Decisions: Improving Performance Measures and Outcomes"
Date: August 21, 2013, 3:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. ET
WEBINAR "Integrating Spatial Data to Develop Community Priorities"
Date: September 18, 2013, 3:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. ET
-> "SSTI REPORT ON STATE AND LOCAL TRANSPORTATION..."
-> "AN OVERVIEW OF AUTOMATED ENFORCEMENT SYSTEMS AND..."
-> "USING HEALTH IMPACT ASSESSMENTS TO EVALUATE BICYCLE..."
-> "SCHOOL TRANSPORTATION-RELATED CRASHES: TRAFFIC..."
-> "SIDEWALK OBSTRUCTIONS," a web page of examples, Perils for Pedestrians. 2013.
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CALLS FOR PRESENTATIONS/ABSTRACTS
-> 6th International Urban Design Conference, September 9-11, 2013, Sidney, New South Wales, Australia.
-> Call for Presentations: American Public Works Association Click, Listen & Learn Series. Online.
-> May 10, 2013, Ohio Women's Bicycling Summit, Columbus. OH.
-> May 13-15, 2013, American Public Works Association Sustainability in Public Works, San Diego, CA.
-> May 13-17, 2013, National Bike to Work Week
-> May 15-17, 2013, WTS Women's Transportation Seminar National Conference, Philadelphia, PA.
-> May 14, 2013 (actual date in New Zealand is May 15), Moving Forward: Decreasing car use among teenagers, University of Otago, Dunedin, New Zealand. (Live streaming available)
-> May 15, 2013, Illinois Bike Summit, Norma, IL.
-> May 17, 2013, National Bike to Work Day
-> May 27, 2013, Toronto Centre for Active Transportation 6th Annual Complete Streets Forum, Toronto, Ontario, Canada.
-> May 28-29, 2013; 2013 Ontario Bike Summit, Toronto (ON)
-> May 29-June 1, 2013, CNU21, Annual Congress for the New Urbanism, Salt Lake City, UT.
-> May 31-June 1, 2013, How to Create Successful Markets, Project for Public Spaces, New York, NY.
-> June 1, 2013, National Trails Day
-> June 2-7, 2013, CTAA Expo, Community Transportation Association, Albuquerque, NM.
-> June 10-12, 2013, Canadian Transportation Research Forum, Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada
-> June 10-14, 2013, Walk-UPs (Walkable Urban Places): Certificate in Emerging Regionally Significant Walkable Urban Places Executive Education Course, Washington, DC.
-> June 11-14, 2013, "The Sound of Cycling": Velo-city Conference, Vienna, Austria.
-> June 13-14, 2013, Streets as Places, Project for Public Spaces, New York, NY.
-> June 17-19, 2013, The 6th Making Cities Livable Conference & Sustainable Transformation Conference, Melbourne, Australia.
-> June 18-19, 2013, Sustainable Trails for All - With Trail Accessibility Guidelines, Greenfield, NH.
-> June 19-20, 2013, Mobility and Road Safety in an Aging Society, Vienna, Austria
-> June 19-22, 2013, International Bicycle Urbanism Symposium, Seattle, WA.
-> June 20-22, 2013, Annual WHO Healthy Cities, Izmir, Turkey.
-> June 23-26, 2013, 2013 Transit Initiatives and Communities Conference, Atlanta, GA.
-> June 23-27, 2013, 50th International Making Cities Livable Conference, Portland, OR.
-> June 24-26, 2013, The Future of Places, first of three linked conferences, Stockholm, Sweden.
-> July 6-9, 2013, Canadian Institute of Planners Infuse Vancouver 2013, Vancouver, BC, Canada.
-> July 10 - 12, 2013, National Association of County and City Health Officials Annual 2013, Dallas, TX.
-> July 17 - 19, 2013, 20th International Symposium on Transportation and Traffic Theory, Noordwijk, The Netherlands. Info: Delft University of Technology
-> July 21-24, 2013, TRB Annual Workshop on Transportation Law, Nashville, TN.
-> July 22-23, 2013, State Smart Transportation Initiative Community of Practice Meeting, Detroit, MI.
-> July 22-23, 2013, Conference and Midyear Meeting of the TRB Policy, and Social and Economic Factors Sections, Washington, DC.
-> July 27-31, 2013, Association for Commuter Transportation 2013 International Conference, San Antonio, TX.
-> July 30-August 2, 2013, 17th International Conference Intergenerational Pathways for Strengthening Communities, Generations United, Washington, DC.
-> August 2-4, 2013, Alliance for Bicycling and Walking Winning Campaigns Training, White Plains, NY.
-> August 4-7, 2013, ITE 2013 Annual Meeting & Exhibit, Boston, MA.
-> August 13-15, 2013, Safe Routes to School National Conference, Sacramento, CA.
-> August 25-28, 2013, American Public Works Association International Public Works Congress & Exposition, Chicago, IL.
-> August 25-28, 2013, Governors' Highway Safety Association, San Diego, CA.
-> August 25-28, 2013, T2013 International Conference, Bisbane, Queensland, Australia.
-> August 25-29, 2013*, Comprehensive Bicycle Planning & Design Course, Portland, OR. [*New date]
-> September 9-11, 2013, 6th International Urban Design Conference, Sidney, New South Wales, Australia.
-> September 9-13, 2013, APBP Professional Development Seminar, Boulder, CO.
-> September 11-13, 2013 Walk21, Munich, Germany
-> September 13-15, 2013, Alliance for Bicycling and Walking Winning Campaigns Training, Helena, MT.
-> September 22-25, 2013, Transportation Association of Canada, Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada.
-> September 24-25, 2013, 6th Annual Growing Sustainable Communities Conference - Midwestern Region, Dubuque, IA.
-> September 24-26, 2013, Second Annual National Health Impact Assessment Meeting, Washington, DC.
-> September 29-October 2, 2013, American Public Transportation Association, Chicago, IL.
-> October 1-3, 2013, Every Body Walk! 2013 Walking Summit, Washington, DC. Questions:
-> October 2, 2013, Mississippi Bike Summit, Jackson, MS.
-> October 2-4, 2013, International Conference on Health Impact Assessment, Geneva, Switzerland.
-> October 4, 2013, New England Bike-Walk Summit, Providence, RI.
-> October 9, 2013, International Walk to School Day
-> October 9-12, 2013, American Society of Civil Engineers 142nd Annual Civil Engineering Conference, Charlotte, NC.
-> October 20-23, 2013, Rail-volution, Seattle, WA.
-> October 22-25, 2013, Association of MPOs, Portland, OR.
-> November 2-6, 2013, American Public Health Association Annual Meeting, Boston, MA.
-> November 15-18, 2013, American Society of Landscape Architects Annual Meeting, Boston, MA.
-> November 25-28, 2013, Building Sustainable Communities, Kelowna, British Columbia, Canada
-> April 16-18, 2014, 4th International Conference on Roundabouts, Seattle, WA. Info: Gene Russell, TRB ANB75 Committee chair, (email@example.com);
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The Pedestrian and Bicycle Information Center (PBIC) has opened the sixth round of the Walk Friendly Communities (WFC) application process. Submit applications at: http://bit.ly/10oYyVz... To assist applicants in collecting and preparing responses, PBIC has released an interactive version of the application which can be circulated among an application team to facilitate the internal review process prior to submission on June 15. All applications must still be submitted through the online application system by creating an account. Download the text version of the application at http://bit.ly/ZOVLZ7.
Deadline: June 15, 2013
This award, given by the Transportation Research Board, is intended to recognize individuals whose accomplishments exemplify Sharon Banks' caring nature and depth of character by making a significant difference in the lives of those who use, deliver, or support transportation services. This award goes beyond general managerial excellence. The award recipient will be an individual who exemplifies Sharon Banks' ideals and who has a documented record of innovative and successful leadership in areas such as the education, training, and mentoring of transportation professionals; community-sensitive transportation facilities and services; and other people-oriented initiatives that bring together individuals of diverse backgrounds in the pursuit of excellence. Recognition may be based either on a unique programmatic and leadership accomplishment or on sustained accomplishments over an extended period of time. The award is intended for individuals, but organizations will also be considered.
Deadline: August 31, 2013
The Complete Streets Coordinator performs Office of Modal Development (OMD) pre-scoping activities including participation in pre-scoping project field trips and the development of multi-modal scoping forms that provide an inventory of multi-modal assets and the anticipated issues to be addressed in Design and Project Development & Environment scopes of services. Coordinates (OMD) reviews of the Initial, Constructible and Biddabiltiy Plan sets for all projects through the Electronic Review and Comment system. Includes Complete Streets principles in all pre-scoping and review activities at locations where travel speeds, redevelopment overlays and zoning are appropriate.
Deadline: May 12, 2013
Transportation Alternatives, New York City's advocate for walking, bicycling and public transportation, seeks a Policy Analyst/Advocate to work with elected officials and undertake research and analysis on policies that improve traffic safety and promote bicycling, walking and public transit. The analyst/advocate will work with T.A. staff to increase the importance of safe and complete streets and zero tolerance traffic enforcement to the officials who are elected to represent New Yorkers. The next few years are pivotal in improving communities throughout New York City, as the change in mayoral administration, City Council and other citywide and borough elected officials means a potential shift in vision and priorities. The Policy Analyst/Advocate will work in close coordination with T.A.'s policy, field and communications staff to ensure that the Mayoral administration and City Council are committed to traffic safety and healthy, sustainable transportation choices. The Analyst/Advocate will conduct research, attend public meetings and hearings and draft reports on policy issues.
Deadline: None provided
Smart Growth America is seeking an enthusiastic intern to work with it LOCUS: Responsible Real Estate Developers and Investors program. (http://bit.ly/10Fh0rQ) The intern will provide direct support to the LOCUS network of real estate developers and investors advocating for smart growth policies at the federal and regional scales. Core responsibilities include: managing correspondence with network members, drafting legislative summaries, organizing Hill briefings and meetings, drafting advocacy materials, helping with member recruitment and assisting the President of LOCUS with scheduling and general administrative tasks as needed. Interns are expected to work 40 hours a week for a minimum of 10 weeks. Interns may receive academic credit if an agreement is made between Smart Growth America and the intern's college or university.
Deadline: Start and end dates and work hours are flexible based on the intern's schedule.
Smart Growth America's Leadership Institute Fellow will support our burgeoning technical assistance program for state and local governments. Core responsibilities include: providing research, development, logistical, and administrative support for policy workshops for governors, multistate and local summits, authoring blogs, and promoting the workshops through social networking. Required: Exceptional writing abilities, research experience, and ability to coordinate logistics associated with event planning. Fellowship is full-time, 40 hours a week. Minimum commitment of six months required. Potential to extend fellowship to 12 months is possible pending performance.
Deadline: Position begins July 1, 2013.
The Smart Growth America Complete Streets Fellow will support the work of SGA's National Complete Streets Coalition, a diverse coalition of prominent national organizations working for the adoption of Complete Streets policies across the country. The Fellow will be an integral part of the Coalition's work, including: doing research and drafting new resources; assisting in projects to assess policy implementation efforts; working with the Coalitions' Steering Committee and Partners; providing administrative support for events and workshops; and writing blurbs for our newsletter and blog. Fellowship is full-time, 40 hours a week. Minimum commitment of six months required. Potential to extend fellowship to 12 months is possible pending performance.
Deadline: Position begins July 1, 2013.
POLICY FELLOW, WASHINGTON, DC
The Smart Growth America Policy Fellow will support the work of the Policy Development & Implementation team. Core projects may include: performance evaluation of state departments of transportation, water policy analysis, economic development research, and development of policy and technical assistance tools for field partners, especially regarding local and state policy solutions. The Policy Fellow will draft briefs and memos, organize and participate in meetings, play a role in partner outreach, and may provide support on additional research topics such as housing, brownfields and finance policy. Fellowship is full-time, 40 hours a week. Minimum commitment of six months required. Potential to extend fellowship to 12 months is possible pending performance.
Deadline: Position begins July 1, 2013.
The Government Affairs and Outreach Fellow's primary responsibilities include: aggregating news and writing newsletters about smart growth issues; researching and writing policy briefs and case studies on smart growth policies; developing supporting materials for Capitol Hill; organizing and preparing for SGA's multiple coalition meetings and Hill days; writing original content for our blog about local, state, and federal policy on smart growth; monitoring and moderating a professional networking website for staff of regional planning projects around the country. Capitol Hill, federal agency or federal advocacy experience is highly desirable for this position. Fellowship is full-time, 40 hours a week. Minimum commitment of six months required. Potential to extend fellowship to 12 months is possible pending performance.
Deadline: Position begins July 1, 2013.
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