USDN Innovation Products on Economic Development

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Innovation Lab - Concept Developing and Prototyping: Learning resources to understand the topic.

Innovation Lab - Refinement: Tools and guides to inform developing programs.

Adoption Accelerator - Standards Emerging and Scaling: Implementation examples to show how it is being done.


Innovation Lab - Concept Developing and Prototyping:

Learning resources to understand the topic.

Public-Private Parking Models: A 2-day work session that builds on the 2013 Sustainable Parking Convening, focusing on better land use through the implementation of public-private parking models. (USDN Innovation Fund, 2015). 
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Food Systems & Urban Economic Development: A scan of best practices cities are taking to structure food systems infrastructure, including municipal functions. (USDN Innovation Fund, 2013). 
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Innovation Lab - Refinement: Tools and guides to inform developing programs.

Sustainable Economic Development Breakthrough Convening: A 1.5 day facilitated workshop was held in 2016 to enhance coordination and communication between urban sustainability and economic development professionals. Due to deep interest in common measurements for sustainable economic development, this convening also resulted in a paper on SED metrics. (USDN Innovation Fund, 2017).
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Sustainable Economic Development Toolkit:  The Sustainable Economic Development Toolkit provides a practical integration of theories and practices in the fields of sustainability and economic development. (USDN Innovation Fund, 2015). 
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Adoption Accelerator - Standards Emerging and Scaling: Implementation examples to show how it is being done.

Improving the Food-Based Economy for Latino Residents in Tucson: A project to help the mostly Latino residents of the La Doce neighborhood strengthen their food-based economy by having citizen folklorists trained in ethnographic research assess local needs. The study will look at the informal economy and what home-based food businesses exist, how they and local supermarkets are faring, and what these businesses need to thrive. As UNESCO named Tucson a City of Gastronomy last year, honoring its rich food culture, the city wants to enhance the local food economy in neighborhoods (Partners for Places, 2016).
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Equitable Access to Solar in Berkeley CA: A project to bridge the solar divide and ensure that all residents have access to renewable energy sources by providing solar installations for low-income communities, including multifamily affordable housing developments, and offering free hands-on solar job training. (Partners for Places, 2016).
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Waterfront Development in Milwaukee WI: A project to bring the public back to the long-industrial waterfront through community outreach and a greening of the city’s long-industrial Harbor District. (Partners for Places, 2016).
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Residential Climate Change Adaptation in Cleveland OH: A project to mitigate and adapt to climate change by engaging residents in improving tree canopy, transportation mode shift, and entrepreneurship, delivering tangible outcomes for neighborhood resilience and equity. (Partners for Places, 2015).
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Upcycle Design Project in Vancouver BC: A project to catalyze the shift to integrated materials recovery and reuse, and green economy jobs in Vancouver’s design, construction, and demolition sectors. (Partners for Places, 2015).
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Building Capacity in Indianapolis' Food Systems: Capacity building to strengthen the Indianapolis food system by increasing access to healthy food, enhancing ecology, and creating meaningful economic and civic opportunities. (Partners for Places, 2014). 
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Urban Agriculture and Composting on Vacant Lots in Providence RI: A program that converts vacant, city-owned properties to support urban agriculture season extension, linkages to food service procurement, and school-based composting. (Partners for Places, 2014). 
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Urban Farm and Job-Training at Re-Purposed Golf Course in Appleton WI: A community-based urban farm, park, and job-training program that engages the community in sustainable practices. (Partners for Places, 2012).
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