|From:||Ignacio Dayrit <email@example.com>|
|Date:||27 Mar 1998 13:36:44|
|Subject:||Smart Growth Business Partnership Project] (fwd)|
NALGEP LAUNCHES SMART GROWTH BUSINESS PARTNERSHIP PROJECT The National Association of Local Government Environmental Professionals (NALGEP) has launched a "Smart Growth Business Partnership Project" to explore how urban sprawl impacts business. The project will examine what types of incentives might foster corporate decisions to locate and invest in urban communities rather than in non-urban areas which contribute to sprawl. Sponsored by the U.S. EPA+s Urban and Economic Development Division, the project will convene business leaders and local government officials to identify potential ways to build corporate support for the principles and practices of brownfields renewal and smart growth. Urban sprawl is threatening the social, economic and environmental resources of cities and the regions surrounding them. Sprawl threatens local communities by inducing disinvestment in existing communities; raising costs for new infrastructure; creating urban brownfields; increasing traffic and congestion; degrading air and water quality; consuming prime agricultural lands and habitat; and undermining community and family life. Increasingly, businesses are experiencing the effects of urban sprawl. According to "Beyond Sprawl," a recent report sponsored by the Bank of America, some of the adverse impacts of sprawl on business include decreased employee productivity; flight of suppliers and customers from urban areas; decreased urban tax base; and the breakdown of the sense of community upon which successful businesses depend. A key to success in solving the problems of sprawl and brownfields will be to build corporate support for smart growth concepts. Corporate leadership, such as General Motors+ innovative redevelopment of former sites in urban areas, will be fundamental in the effort to control sprawl. NALGEP+S Smart Growth Business Partnership will conduct a series of interviews with business leaders to gather information on which businesses want smart growth and why. The project will be guided by a Smart Growth Advisory Council of local government and business officials. Smart Growth Advisory Council members include: Brownfield Development Corporation; Bank of America; Arvida Development; City of Charlotte; National Small Business United; Minnesota State Representative Myron Orfield; Chrysler Corporation; Oregon Association of Minority Entrepreneurs; Chicago Department of Environment; Philadelphia City Planning Commission; Saint Paul (MN) Port Authority; Baltimore Department of Planning; Portland Office of Transportation; Brownfields Project - Englewood, Colorado; Northeast-Midwest Institute; Team Association, Inc. - Chattanooga Smart Park; Interface Research Corporation; Electric Power Research Institute; Silicon Valley Manufacturing Group; and the U.S. EPA. In late 1998, NALGEP will issue a public report that provides growth policies and practices. The project report will be unveiled at a summit in Washington, D.C., that will involve project members, mayors and executive officers of the cities and businesses that participated in the project. Founded in 1993 by a group of local officials, NALGEP is the only national organization representing local government professionals responsible for environmental compliance and the development and implementation of local environmental policy. NALGEP brings together local environmental officials to network and share information on innovative environmental practices, conduct environmental policy projects, promote environmental training and education, and communicate the view of local environmental officials on national environmental issues. NALGEP offers its members numerous opportunities to interact and benefit from each other's experience and expertise. For more information, contact NALGEP at (202) 638-6254 or by email at NALGEP@spiegel.becltd.com.
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