National Association of REALTORS® Community Outreach Department Smart Growth Action Grant Recipients ALABAMA Montgomery Area Association of REALTORS®: to support participation in a transportation conference that will help to educate members on how transportation effects housing and commercial development. Mobile Area Association of REALTORS®: to educate members and developers about increased flooding caused by improper land use and building strategies. CALIFORNIA Arcadia Association of Realtors®: $5,000 to host a green building seminar and expo to help educate Realtors® about green building initiatives. Pasadena‐Foothills Association of REALTORS®: to co‐sponsor a one‐day housing affordability summit to discuss obstacles to providing affordable housing and to develop a list of recommendations to be used as a blueprint for action by the city’s housing department. Southland Regional Association of REALTORS®: to conduct an educational seminar on redevelopment techniques. Participants will include the CRA of Los Angeles, City staff, and developers. There are many brownfield sites in the community that are in need of redevelopment. East San Diego County Association of REALTORS®: to support community outreach and coalition building efforts to ensure that smart growth practices are made part of the county's General Plan. Tuolumne County Association of REALTORS®: to support participation in a regional 2‐day conference on smart growth. This participation will help to ensure that REALTORS® are at the table for planning the growth of this three‐county area. San Luis Obispo Association of Realtors®: $4,120 to host a one‐day training for Realtors® and the public on green building and smart growth planning. The event will include a field trip to local infill housing sites. COLORADO Durango Area Association of REALTORS®: to produce a one‐day education forum for members, staff, and elected officials on planning issues germane to the community, included transportation, the permitting process, the planning process, inclusionary zoning, and general quality of life. The state association will be involved programmatically and the Home Builders and the local economic development groups are partners in the project. Greeley Area REALTOR® Association: to hire a consultant to develop a Quality of Life Campaign that will provide an organized and strategic approach to the association's smart growth efforts. Pagosa Springs Area Association of REALTORS®: to sponsor a one‐day forum for city and county officials and members to discuss how smart growth can be implemented in Pagosa Springs. Loveland‐Berthoud Association of REALTORS®: to fund an educational event with experts from the Northern Colorado Water Conservation District to educate REALTORS® about water issues in the region. The funding will pay for bus transport to various area reservoirs. Boulder Area REALTOR® Association: to prepare REALTOR® members to be knowledgeable and active in the local planning process by developing an on‐line 8‐hour course on the fundamentals of comprehensive planning. CONNECTICUT Greater New Haven Association of REALTORS®: to hold regional conferences on smart growth issues to educate local policy makers, land‐use officials, and REALTORS®. The state association is the principle collaborator on this project. The funds will cover the costs of a facility, food, handouts, and equipment rental. FLORIDA Sarasota Association of REALTORS®: to support a smart growth and new urbanism forum being co‐ sponsored with the Florida Atlantic University Cantonese Center for Urban and Environmental Solutions. Northeast Florida Association of REALTORS®: to hold a 1/2‐day planning forum for local REALTORS® on various aspects of the planning process. Speakers will be from county planning department. This association represents a rural county that is expected to be Florida's fastest growing over the next 10 years. The county planning department is helping with content. REALTOR® Association of Greater Miami and the Beaches: to expand an existing seminar program to educate new and young REALTORS® on the history of the Miami area, land use, zoning, growth management, affordable housing, and the environment. The goal is provide REALTORS® with knowledge so that they can become involve in their communities. The funds will be used to help cover the costs of bringing in speakers, renting meeting space, and supplies. REALTOR® Association of the Palm Beaches: to produce the Housing Opportunity Public Policy and Image Campaign. The goal is to ensure an adequate supply of housing, for rent and purchase, for all residents of the area. Programmatic and financial partners include Fannie Mae and the Chamber of Commerce. The funds will help pay for development of a web site, printing, and polling. Osceola County Association of REALTORS®: to hold an event that will provide members, county residents, and community leaders the opportunity to discuss growth management issues with the county's new Smart Growth Coordinator. Gainesville‐Alachua Co. Association of REALTORS®: to bring in an expert on eminent domain and blight issues to discuss with the Association’s membership and to educate members about eminent domain so that they will be credible and effective when they speak with local elected officials. Hernando County Association of Realtors®: $1,642 to produce a series of workshops on affordable housing and the future needs of the community. HAWAII Honolulu Board of REALTORS®: to undertake a smart growth campaign by educating members so that they can get involved in their community growth debates and so that they can communicate the value of smart growth to their clients. The initial event will be a smart growth forum open to members, lawmakers, and government officials. Kauai Board of REALTORS®: to educate members about smart growth principles and have them communicate with both customers and government officials about the need for smart growth planning. Hawaii Island Board of REALTORS®: to educate members, government and community leaders, media, and developers about smart growth principles. REALTOR® Association of Maui: to support an effort to incorporate smart growth planning principles into the county's general plan particularly with regard to transportation. This program will educate members as the first step to broad member involvement in community outreach. Honolulu Board of REALTORS®: to produce a forum for members on transportation issues, including mass transit. The goal is to facilitate member involvement in planning and development needs of the community. This forum is part of their larger annual meeting. The association will seek the input of city, county, and state transportation planning department. The funds will help pay for luncheon and speaker costs. IDAHO Sawtooth Board of REALTORS®: to partner with the Citizens for Smart Growth to produce the Sun Valley Sustainability Conference. The goal is to provide members of the real estate community with practical and economical solutions for improving the long‐term sustainability of development projects through smarter land use and growth policies. The project has programmatic support from non‐profits, government agencies, and private‐sector interests. The last event of this nature was partially funded by the American Institute of Architects and the County Soil Conservation District, among others. The funds will help pay for room rental, equipment rental, food, and advertising costs. ILLINOIS Greater Gateway Association of REALTORS®: to support a partnership with an economic development organization to host a series of symposiums for REALTORS® developers, and planners on how to develop their communities using smart growth principles. Rockford Area Association of REALTORS®: to host a one‐day education seminar and forum for members and elected officials on planning issues relevant to the community. Specifically, planning, permitting, economic development, transportation, and schools. Aurora Tri‐County REALTORS®: to partner with the Chamber of Commerce and the downtown redevelopment organization to sponsor an event targeted to commercial members and businesses to spur redevelopment of downtown. Belvidere Board of REALTORS®: to fund a campaign to educate members on the impact of growth on ecological and economic stability and to teach members how they can respond to the concerns of residents. The project has programmatic support from an organization called Growth Dimensions. All financial costs will be covered by this grant. The funds will help pay for speakers, room rental, and refreshments. LOUISIANA New Orleans Metropolitan Association of REALTORS®: to establish a regional Smart Growth Coalition for Southeast Louisiana in partnership with the Regional Planning Commission, the Downtown development District, the New Orleans City Planning Commission, the Louisiana chapter of the American Planning Commission, the American Institute of Architects, and the Urban Land Institute. The development of smart codes will be one of the first orders of business. MASSACHUSETTS Northeast Association of REALTORS®: to produce an educational symposium with the University of Massachusetts for local government officials and members to explore the implications of the current development approval process and ways that it can be improved. Northern Central Massachusetts Association of REALTORS®: to support replication of a recent event at the Association titled “Achieving Smart Growth Together…An Opportunity to Learn.” The event was very successful and there has been demand to repeat it in several communities for the benefit of town planning boards and chambers of commerce, as well as to replicate it across the state for other REALTOR® associations. MARYLAND Greater Baltimore Board of REALTORS®: to fund a pilot project to develop internet‐based marketing tool to highlight benefits of communities in Baltimore County that have been experiencing low levels of market activity. A similar project was undertaken for the city of Baltimore and this project would use the city version as a model. Project has significant support from other organizations. The funds will help pay for a focus group, research, web site development, and marketing materials. Maryland Association of REALTORS®: to support the Maryland Association's participation in Reality Check by coordinating the participation of all 16 local boards. Penn‐Mar Regional Association of REALTORS®: to support inaugural presentation of NAR’s smart growth course. MICHIGAN Traverse Area Association of REALTORS®: to support work in collaboration with the Traverse City Area Chamber of Commerce to develop a training module for real estate professionals regarding smart growth design principles. MISSISSIPPI Biloxi Ocean Springs Association of Realtors®: $1,500 to bring Realtors® from several cities together to develop a learning network about initiating smart growth activities in each community. Gulf Coast Association of Realtors®: $3,000 to train Realtors®, appraisers, developers and community leaders on the provisions of recently adopted SmartCode zoning plans of five Gulf Coast communities. Hattiesburg Area Association of Realtors®: $5,000 to support smart growth training for local planners, leaders, engineers, and government officials as well as a meeting to explore the role of economic development in communities and how it relates to smart growth. Jackson Association of Realtors®: $3,500 to hold a meeting between Realtors®, developers, builders, and municipal leaders to discuss the role each plays in the creation of housing. The goal of the meeting is to increase Realtor® involvement in future decisions regarding housing developments and their locations. Northeast Mississippi Board of Realtors®: $3,000 to host a meeting for Realtors® to discuss urban flight and develop an action plan to revitalize the city’s downtown. Northwest Mississippi Association of Realtors®: $3,000 to support a five‐year smart growth training program for county planning commissioners. Pearl River Board of Realtors®: $3,500 to educate Realtors® about smart growth principles to influence more sustainable development projects. MONTANA Billings Association of REALTORS®: to support the association's Quality of Life Campaign's public education forums on the five principles that make up their QOL program. NORTH CAROLINA Raleigh Regional Association of REALTORS®: to hold a 1/2‐day forum for business leaders, school officials, real estate professionals, and developers on the concept of public‐private partnerships for school construction and financing. Programmatic support from five other organizations and financial support from two other organizations. The funds will pay for printing invitations, video taping, speaker travel, and food. NORTH DAKOTA Bismarck Mandan Board of REALTORS®: to hold a series of informational community meetings to prepare the community for the burst of growth they are expecting. Participants will be government staff and elected officials, business leaders, and REALTORS®. Speakers will include representatives from other communities that have experienced such growth and who can share the lessons they learned. This project has the cooperation of ten other organizations. The funds will help pay for advertising, printing, speaker travel, and meeting room expenses. NEBRASKA REALTOR® Association of Lincoln: to support a collaboration with the Home Builders to produce a video and brochures titled "The Impact of Growth on Quality of Life and Fiscal Conditions in Lincoln, NE." These products will accompany a report of the same title produced by the Chamber of Commerce. The primary message of the video and brochure is that smart, planned growth is vital to the city. Presentations will be given to civic groups, neighborhood associations, business groups, churches, and schools. The project has both the financial and programmatic support of the Home Builders and the Chamber. NEW MEXICO Santa Fe Association of REALTORS®: to developing an affordable housing strategy, the funds will be used to conduct research to provide a more accurate picture of the real estate market activity and provide a more accurate median price picture for the purpose of overall affordable housing affordability programs and serve as a model methodology for other locations in New Mexico. The problem with establishing an accurate median home price calculation is that many transactions are conducted in a way that there is no public record of the selling price. Ruidoso Board of REALTORS®: to host a "smart growth vs. no growth" educational workshop for members and local and county elected officials. OHIO Lake and Geauga Area Association of REALTORS®: to produce a Housing Options Fair for the public. Elected officials at all levels of government will be invited. There are two goals: 1) educate members, consumers, and elected officials, and 2) form lasting partnerships with community agencies. The project has the cooperation of many housing‐related organizations (public and private) and is financially supported by the grant and income from table rentals at the event. The funds will pay for room rental, speakers, printing for publicity items and handouts, and equipment rental. Akron Area Board of REALTORS®: to support continuing education of membership through a regional bus tour designed to illustrate successful smart growth development. OREGON Central Oregon Board of REALTORS®: to host a smart growth workshop for members, local elected officials, livable community advocates, developers, and civic leaders to explore smart growth opportunities and their impact on real estate. East Metro Association of Realtors® : $5,000 to work with the city of Damascus to educate Realtors® about a new smart growth plan being developed for the area. PENNSYLVANIA REALTOR® Association of York and Adams Counties: to support the association's effort, as part of a coalition, to address growth concerns by developing a model Traditional Neighborhood Design (TND) ordinance that local governments (72 in the county) within the county can adopt. Pocono Mountains Association of REALTORS®: to support a partnership with other organizations to host a housing summit that will feature speakers on strategies for workforce housing programs. Lancaster County Association of REALTORS®: to support the association's membership in the Coalition for Smart Growth and support of a summit of community groups and local officials to advocate for smart growth. Reading‐Burks Association of Realtors®: $5,000 to work with the Berks County Smart Growth Alliance to establish a Smart Growth municipal assistance program and facilitate adoption of smart growth principles. SOUTH CAROLINA Hilton Head Area Association of REALTORS®: to support research to determine the feasibility of requesting that the town of Hilton Head allow redevelopment/additions to apartments on the second and third floors of older commercial buildings. This would add much needed housing, improve density, and create a mixed use environment. TENNESSEE Memphis Area Association of REALTORS®: to sponsor a course for REALTORS® called "What is Smart Growth and How can REALTOR Respond?" and to support a charrette in partnership with the University of Miami to explore the new Memphis/Shelby County Land Development Regulations. VIRGINIA Richmond Association of REALTORS®: to support an educational and public relations campaign via the Partnership for Workforce Homes. The goal of the project is to educate the general public and elected officials about the benefits of establishing workforce housing in every community. Funds would be used for a regional housing market analysis and promotional materials. WASHINGTON Spokane Association of REALTORS®: to hold a day‐long housing affordability symposium to educate local officials on the issues associated with maintaining a stock of affordable housing. Spokane Association of REALTORS®: to hold a series of meetings with members, home builders, government officials, community leaders and housing advocates to discuss policies that would create more affordable housing in the Spokane region. Lewis County Association of REALTORS®: to support a campaign to alter the development approval process to shorten the turn‐around time for permit approval. Cities and counties are working to amend their comprehensive plans. The communities are experiencing substantial growth and the permitting process is a log‐jam. The program has lined up substantial public and private sector financial support. The funds will be used to join a broader coalition that is jointly paying for a consultant to implement the campaign. Walla Walla Association of REALTORS®: to support a smart growth seminar on affordable housing. Participants will include community leaders, city and county government, developers, builders, lending institutions, environmentalists, and the general public to examine the elements of functionality, economy, ecology, and design to create integrated affordable housing. Kitsap County Association of REALTORS®: to expand an existing speakers bureau to include smart growth issues. Primary event will be a series of speakers presenting on smart growth topics to REALTORS®, public officials, city and county planning staff, and stakeholder groups. The project has both financial and programmatic support from other organizations and financial support from this board. WISCONSIN Lakes Area REALTORS® Association: to sponsor a local government forum on smart growth to educate local policy makers, land‐use officials, and members. The funds will cover the cost of the facility and food. WYOMING Fremont County Board of Realtors®: $5,000 to support efforts with the city of Riverton to create a citizen‐based plan for developing a housing component of the City’s Master Plan.