December 27, 2010
In the most recent issue of Next American City magazine, HUD Secretary Shaun Donovan discussed the new approach of the Obama administration and HUD to urban planning – focusing on metropolitan regions and breaking down the traditional silo approach to planning. The partnership among HUD, DOT and EPA, the Interagency Partnership for Sustainable Communities, and the Sustainable Communities Regional Planning Grants are part of the new approach that seeks “to streamline the agencies, and use local innovation to implement policies with a sense of place”. Read the article
December 21, 2010
A date is being set for the next Consortium Partners meeting to take place in the middle of January. The meeting will provide partners with an update on contract negotiations with HUD, discussion of partners’ roles in the process and next steps will be defined.
December 14, 2010
East-West Gateway staff are eager to begin work on the Regional Plan. As negotiations with HUD on the details of the contract are ironed out, staff is developing options for the steering committee to consider in determining the Community Planning Areas (CPA’s) for the planning process. As specified in the grant application, CPA’s will be sub-regional areas selected by the Steering Committee with input from citizens and public officials. The CPAs will help (1) organize localized public engagement, (2) analyze infrastructure, accessibility, housing, economic development, and mitigation needs, and (3) identify a sub-regional livability framework including future actions (short and long-range).
December 7, 2010
As the lead agency on the grant, EWG has been working with HUD on a work plan that will define the activities to be undertaken over the three-year process leading up to the completion of the St. Louis Regional Plan for Sustainable Development. Additionally, EWG is awaiting the HUD approved “terms and condition” which are needed before a contract can be finalized with HUD and sub-awardees.
December 1, 2010
The St. Louis region is one of 45 regions that received funding through the competitive grant process. See HUD Sustainable Communities Grant Awardees.
November 30, 2010
East-West Gateway posted the announcement of job openings for two key staff persons to work with the St. Louis region on the Regional Plan for Sustainable Development. See Job Openings for job descriptions and how to apply for the Senior Sustainability Planning Manager and Sustainability Development Planner positions.
November 16, 2010
The following e-mail update was sent to consortium partners:
Progress since Grant announcement October 14- EWG is providing HUD with additional information, and we will then negotiate an award agreement. HUD says they want to get the grants out to communities as soon as possible. We don't know yet, just how long the process with HUD will take. We are hopeful to have everything in place by mid January.
Next Steps- Once we have an award agreement with HUD, EWG will have 60 days to negotiate agreements with the ten other Consortium Partners who are sub-awardees. We will work with the 10 Consortium Partners to refine their specific tasks and goals as they relate to the overall project. We will base our work on two important pillars: objective research & data, and public involvement & community engagement.
Future Communications about the Grant- Instead of sending strings of email updates and filling your in-box, we will regularly update our website with new information that you can review when you wish. The proposal and background information is at http://www.ewgateway.org/RPSD/RPSD.htm . We will update that site with new information weekly.
This is an exciting project for the St. Louis region, and it will benefit from your participation as individuals and members of your organizations. Once we have a clear time line from HUD, we will convene a meeting of all our supporters and partners to brief you on the program and discuss how you can become more involved.
November 1, 2010
East-West Gateway hosted the first meeting of the 11 Consortium Partners. A brief overview was given of the application and selection process, as well as the proposed expectations of the three-year project.
October 18, 2010
The Partnership for Sustainable Communities published a newsletter, A Year of Progress for American Communities. The newsletter documents the first year of the interagency partnership between the U.S. Department of Transportation, U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. Through the Partnership the three agencies are coordinating investments and aligning policies to support communities that want to provide residents with more housing choices, more reliable and efficient transportation, support healthy vibrant neighborhoods, and attract businesses.
October 15, 2010
On October 14th the U.S. Department of Housing an Urban Development (HUD) announced the award of nearly $100 million in grants to support more livable and sustainable communities across the country. In the news release, HUD announced the St. Louis region will receive $4.6 million in funding “to build economic competitiveness by connecting housing with good jobs, quality schools and transportation”.
August 20, 2010
East-West Gateway led the process of applying for a Sustainable Communities Regional Planning Grant through HUD. The application process brought together 11 Consortium partners from across the region. Additionally, 23 letters were received from local entities in support of the region receiving a grant that will support metropolitan and multijurisdictional planning efforts that integrate housing, land use, economic and workforce development, transportation, and infrastructure investments. Read the application in its entirety.