Six state DOTS selected to receive hands-on assistance

We are proud to announce that six state departments of transportation will receive free technical assistance designed to develop flexible ways to meet their users’ needs with practical solutions that cost less to design, build and maintain.

State departments of transportation face increased demands on both their networks and their budgets. Our Accelerating Practical Solutions Program will work with six competitively selected states to help them make investments in transportation that put people first and don’t break the bank:

  • Delaware
  • Iowa
  • Louisiana
  • New Hampshire
  • North Dakota
  • Virginia

Congratulations to these six states. Learn more about what the states we’ll be working with hope to achieve:

Iowa is committed to providing a transportation system that gets you there safely, efficiently and conveniently. We believe the principles taught in the Smart Growth America’s Accelerating Practical Solutions workshop will help us better utilize flexibility and innovation to achieve that goal.”

“The Louisiana Department of Transportation and Development looks forward to finding additional ways to work with other federal, state, and local government agencies and engage the public to come up with transportation solutions that enhance communities and serve all users of the transportation system,” said Dr. Eric Kalivoda, Deputy Secretary of LADOTD.

“The workshop will be especially timely as the New Hampshire Department of Transportation develops new pedestrian and bicycle design criteria that considers safety and access for all modes of travel. The department extends a warm welcome to the Governors’ Institute on Community Design.”

North Dakota seeks to enhance integrated decisions about transportation and land use that meet the needs of all roadway users, and support healthy, vibrant, and economically strong communities.”

“We are honored to be selected for Smart Growth America’s Accelerating Practical Solutions workshop and look forward to learning how to expand and improve Virginia‘s efforts to plan and deliver efficient and affordable solutions to transportation challenges throughout the state.”

Technical assistance will also be awarded to the Delaware Department of Transportation as they work with the University of Delaware on improving access for people of all abilities.

Our expert staff will bring together DOT staff with MPOs, consultants, local governments, advocacy groups, transit agencies, and others for a technical assistance workshop in each state. We’ll explore a range of topics, such as balancing the needs of all roadway users in a variety of contexts, how to take advantage of existing flexibility in design, integrating transportation and land use decision-making, right-sizing projects, and how to make the organizational and cultural changes required to implement practical design.

Interested in this bringing this work to your state? Contact us to learn more about bringing a Practical Solutions workshop to your community >>

Resilience in the U.S. Virgin Islands


Our team was in the U.S. Virgin Islands last week to help the territory plan for resilience. “Overall, the workshop generated several powerful new ideas and identified a number of short-term solutions that the Climate Change Council can take action on immediately,” said Shawn-Michael Malone, Climate Change Council Chairman.

Over the course of the workshop, participants heard presentations on how to make the Virgin Islands more resilient in the face of hazards associated with climate change, including erosion, hurricanes and rising sea levels. At the same time, members of the Council educated the GICD team on the unique issues facing the Virgin Islands and on our community’s priorities.

On the first day, discussions focused on sharing that critical information and exploring different strategies for reducing risk and building long-term resilience. The second day began with a review of issues raised by the group, and continued with a presentation of possible recommendations for the Virgin Islands and a discussion of how the Climate Change Council could put them into action.

Recommendations included:

  • Developing a “resilience vision” for the Virgin Islands.
  • Altering the hazard mitigation planning process to include climate change strategies, proactive land management, scenario planning, and incorporating adaptation.
  • Educating the public on the hazards of extreme weather and climate change through local schools and universities, youth programs, and existing health and wellness programs.
  • Expanding the disaster recovery process to include climate change planning, while ensuring that citizens are not overburdened by new codes and standards.

The GICD team thanks Governor Mapp and his administration for their ongoing commitment to the protection of life and property in the U.S. Virgin Islands.