Community Development Digest

Innovation

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Suburban DC County Celebrates ‘Design for Life Showcase’

This event provided information to both builders interested in collaborating on best practices in accessible home-building and residents who wanted to learn more about a new accessible home or a renovation of their present home. Whether the homeowner is a first-time homebuyer, just starting a family, an active adult, or a person living with a temporary or permanent impairment; design-for-life elements can add value to the home.

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EDA Unveils New Tool for Assessing Innovation Capacity

You may ask, “What is driving innovation in my region?” or “How does my region’s economic landscape compare to other regions?” The new Innovation Index 2.0 can help answer those and many other questions.

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Want to Spur Community Growth? Check Out GROWTH

You’re a planning official working in a sizable community with a sizable population of low-income residents in need of workforce training, job opportunities, and affordable housing. What do you do? You might want to check out the GROWTH Initiative, a reinvestment program created by the National Community Reinvestment Coalition (NCRC).

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Las Vegas to Soon Meet ‘Ollie’ … The Self-Driving Vehicle

Las Vegas is about to become a long-term test bed for a major demonstration of the real-world driving capabilities of self-driving vehicles.

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Web-based ‘Dashboard’ Useful as Development Tool in Bay Area

Variables in the Dashboard’s algorithms include affordability requirements, density, parking, permit times, fees, and population changes. And if the algorithms are right, San Francisco could double the number of new residential units built if it reduced development barriers across the board.

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Organizations Team to Conduct Survey of ‘Smart Cities’

To gain further insight into the practices, policies, programs and partnerships that U.S. communities undertake under the umbrella of “smart city initiatives,” the International City/County Management Association (ICMA) has partnered with the Smart Cities Council (SCC) to conduct a first-ever national research study of the topic. The survey will be administered to 3,428 communities this month, with results available in August 2016.

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Tool Helps Eliminate Guesswork from Hiring Practices

Using a proprietary assessment and matching engine, this onlijne tool empowers candidates to learn about their unique strengths and ideal work environment, and pairs salespeople with roles that best match their individual skill sets, desired salary and location.

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'Senior Living by Design' Award Winners Selected

The fourth annual competition reinforces the importance of mental and physical health and wellness in creating purposeful places. This year’s winners also exhibited new ways of approaching challenges.

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Foundation Begins 8th Annual Wireless Innovation Competition

The Vodafone Americas Foundation kicks off the eighth annual Wireless Innovation Project (WIP), opening the call for submissions to applicants for their wireless-related technologies with the high potential to solve critical issues facing the world today. Online applications will be accepted from Nov. 2 through Feb. 27, with winners announced in June 2016.

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Initiative Brings STEM Training to Public Housing Residents

The initiative is being piloted in five communities: Cleveland, Denver, San Antonio, Tampa and Washington DC, with the goal to expand to 20 cities by 2018.

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