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Flint Goes Big with New Auto Assembly Plant

The Michigan Strategic Fund in late August approved a $4.35 million state grant to the Lear Corp., a Southfield-based auto supplier, to build a 150,000-square-foot building and the location of the former administration building at Buick City.

Tulsa Brownfield Initiative Churns Ahead

In the five years since completion of the North Tulsa Brownfields Areawide Redevelopment Plan, nearly $120 million has been committed to cleanup and redevelopment at five of the top nine sites shortlisted in the plan.

Smart Growth America: National Survey of Creative Placemaking

By integrating arts and culture into the planning process for transportation projects—or creative placemaking—communities can plan and build transportation projects that better reflect and celebrate local culture, heritage and values. In late September, Smart Growth America is releasing a rigorous new national examination of creative placemaking to better understand how and where artists, designers, and cultural workers are collaborating with local governments and community partners to solve transportation challenges.


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Illinois-Indiana Cooperative Leveraging Cohesion to Garner Results

Some community and industry leaders believe finding solutions to long-standing problems, from redeveloping abandoned industrial sites to preserving the environment for future generations, requires a group effort.

Michigan Paper Mill Eyed for Multi-Use Placemaking Strategy

The village of Vicksburg, Mich. has verbally agreed to a proposed $50 million redevelopment of the former Vicksburg paper mill, but any funding support will have to be hammered out later according to a recent report.

Taunton, Mass. Poised to Move Cleanup Needle Forward

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency in June selected the City of Taunton, Mass. to receive Brownfields Revolving Loan Fund supplemental funding. The additional half a million-dollar support will help the city continue its work cleaning up contaminated brownfield properties.

Perth Amboy, N.J. Awarded Grants To Transform Scrap Into Green

The city of Perth Amboy has been awarded $7.1 million in grants from the state to convert a former scrap yard into a 6.1-acre public park that will include a performance space, skate park, bike course and spray ground.


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Areawide Pittsburgh Region Bids For Amazon HQ2

The 10-county Pittsburgh region is pursuing a joint bid to host Amazon's HQ2, the second headquarters campus for the Seattle e-commerce giant that could bring billions of dollars of investment and as many as 50,000 jobs to the winning area

DOE’s Wind Technologies Market Report: Several Key Findings

Among several key findings from the 2016 Wind Technologies Market Report and the Distributed Wind Market Report by the Energy Department’s Pacific Northwest National Laboratory is that utility-scale wind installations stand at more than 82 GW, enough to meet about 6.2 percent of U.S. end-use electricity demand in an average year.

Rockford, Ill.: Modernizing a Century–Old Community Landmark

As a cornerstone of the Rockford, Ill,, community, the main branch of the Rockford Public Library will soon embark on a$33 million redevelopment project. Along the Rock River in the downtown district, the original Andrew Carnegie building sits on the former site of Rockford Gas, Light and Coke, a manufactured gas plant that operated from 1856 to 1898.

'Brownopoly': This Is No Game

Let's clarify something upfront: Monopoly is a board game–Brownopoly is serious business. In fact, it's the subject of one of the multiple presentations that will be on that will be on tap at the RE3 conference this November in Philly.


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