The N.C. Community Development Initiative co-hosted the North Carolina Sustainable Economic Development Technical Assistance Forum for Mayors and Tribal Leaders on Sept. 26.
The forum launched a new partnership with the Sustainable Community Development Group (SCDG) and other N.C. leaders to bring sustainable economic development technical assistance, green economy resources and the means to create jobs to communities that are challenged with poverty, high unemployment, health disparities and environmentally contaminated or underutilized properties.
SCDG plans to introduce its Rural Municipalities Sustainable Economic Development Technical Assistance Program to North Carolina in order to address the unique infrastructure, environmental and energy challenges posed in smaller municipalities. Through the N.C. Mayors Forum, SCDG and the Initiative convened leaders from around the state to discuss the opportunities for sustainable development in North Carolina and the resources that are available to municipalities.
SCDG focuses its technical assistance and community-building programs on reaching low-income and under-developed neighborhoods where environmental challenges and smart growth are opportunities to catalyze job creation, generate tax revenues and increase energy efficiency and renewable energy production.
Asheville Mayor Terry Bellamy delivered a keynote address that focused on some of Asheville’s sustainable economic development projects. Participants in the forum have the opportunity to stay connected in a consortium for peer learning and have access to other critical stakeholders, experts and thought leaders focused on sustainable economic development. SCDG’s technical assistance model builds partnerships at the federal, state and local levels.
For more information on Sustainable Community Development Group, visit www.sustainablecommunitydevelopmentgroup.org.
The N.C. Community Development Initiative leads North Carolina’s collaborative community economic development effort, driving innovation, investment and action to create prosperous, sustainable communities. For more information, visit www.ncinitiative.org.