May 9, 2013

HUD’s Sustainable Communities Initiative Recognized by Harvard’s Kennedy School as a Top 25 Innovation In Government

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On May 1, Harvard University’s Kennedy School of Government recognized HUD’s Sustainable Communities Initiative (SCI) as one of this year’s Top 25 programs in its Innovations in American Government Award competition.  This competition is the nation’s preeminent award devoted to recognizing and promoting excellence and creativity in the public sector. HUD’s SCI was created to […]

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March 22, 2013

It’s Easy Being Green

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With apologies to Kermit the Frog, attendees at HUD’s Green Academy in Montana not only had the unique opportunity to learn how to “be green” from renowned industry experts, but also were able to share some of the great things that are already happening here in regards to green building, specifically focusing on what works […]

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December 7, 2012

President Obama Recognizes Thunder Valley Community Development Corporation

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This has been an amazing week!  Not only did 375 HUD Sustainable Communities grantees, federal partners and technical assistance organizations get together in Washington to share strategies and best practices, President Obama recognized the Thunder Valley CDC, a 2010 grantee, at the 2012 Tribal Nations Conference on Wednesday.  “I’m hopeful because of young folks like […]

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December 3, 2012

Creating a Greener Tomorrow through Community Partnerships

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I’ll never forget the site visit I made to Des Moines, Iowa this past fall to attend a community open house for The Tomorrow Plan: Partnering for a Green Greater Tomorrow.  Downtown Des Moines is experiencing a bit of a boom, with historic buildings being turned into sought-after apartments and a slew of new pubs […]

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October 16, 2012

Renewed Opportunity for Housing on the Pine Ridge Reservation

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In a world too often shrouded from most of America, there’s a renewed perspective and promise of opportunity growing among its people.  The Thunder Valley Regenerative Community initiative has inspired the Oglala Lakota Sioux tribe who inhabit the Pine Ridge Reservation ancestral lands in southwest South Dakota to act and plan for important things to […]

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