Mixed Use Housing
Balancing industry with agriculture
Developing alternative energy
Retaining our heritage
Developing/improving transit modes
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The Eastern Connecticut Sustainable Communities Regional Planning Consortium [a partnership of the Eastern Connecticut Workforce Investment Board (EWIB), the Northeastern CT Council of Governments (NECCOG), the Southeastern CT Council of Governments (SCCOG), the Southeastern CT Housing Alliance (SECHA), and the Windham Region Council of Governments (WINCOG)], was recently awarded $225,000 as part of the Sustainable Communities Regional Planning Grant Program through the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD).
HUD has established six Livability Principles upon which the Sustainable Communities Regional Planning Grant Program is based:
1. Provide more transportation choices.
2. Promote equitable, affordable housing.
3. Enhance economic competitiveness.
4. Support existing communities.
5. Coordinate and leverage federal policies and investment.
6. Value communities and neighborhoods.
The primary grant program objective is to analyze opportunities which will enhance overall economic development efforts and encourage collective planning to create more employment opportunities, diversified affordable housing, more accessible transportation, and feasible infrastructure investments which will result in sustainable communities and an overall stronger economy for eastern Connecticut.
• land use,
• economic and workforce development,
• infrastructure investments
Sustainability addresses the
• economic competitiveness and revitalization
• social equity, inclusion, and
access to opportunity
• energy use and climate change
• public health and environmental impact.