July 10, 2013

Four Years of Sustainability Progress, But Much More to Do

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It seems like it was just yesterday, but in fact four years have gone by since I got a call from HUD Secretary Shaun Donovan asking if I would be interested in serving in the Obama Administration and help lead a new initiative that would bring urban development back to the forefront of much of […]

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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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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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September 4, 2012

HUD’s Innovation of the Day

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What new trends are emerging from cities to increase their competitiveness? How are municipalities reorienting to serve the public in an era of technology? What new citizen-based initiatives will increase sustainability in a community? How does a local non-profit creatively partner with a HUD field office to decrease homelessness? HUD’s new portal, Innovation of the […]

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February 16, 2012

HUD’s Proposed Budget: Doing More with Less

Have you had a chance to check out HUD’s fiscal year 2013 budget proposal? If so, you will find a plan that seeks to strengthen, yet streamline, HUD programs so that they help the economy. Titled Housing and Communities Built to Last, the budget reflects the vision of an America that can draw strength from […]

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