We help local leaders build healthy, equitable, and prosperous communities—places that improve people’s lives today and shape a more sustainable future.

Approach

We work hand-in-hand with local partners wanting to shape strong, livable communities. At the same time, we provide information, tools, resources and support to all changemakers working to build better communities today and ensure a more sustainable and prosperous tomorrow.

Impact

From climate change to economic prosperity, public health to housing affordability, improving how we build our communities and economies is critical to tackling several of our most pressing challenges. Building more livable communities is one of the highest leverage ways to impact people’s lives today while shaping a more sustainable tomorrow.

Latest Features

Training | Building Better Places

Develop the skills your community needs to effectively plan for growth and change.

A Seat at the Table with Beatriz Oliva Soto

A conversation about community equity and the importance of equal representation in local leadership.

Report | Place Value

How communities attract, grow, and keep jobs and talent in the Rocky Mountain West.

Recent Tools & Insights

An eye-opening take on dollar stores and their impacts on local economies.
  • Economy
Community engagement is a huge contributor to project success. Three locals share the value of being part of Grand Junction, Colorado's Vibrant Together project.
  • Civic Health
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  • Community
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  • Leadership
Cities and towns can use these principles to temper parking debates, facilitate implementation of technical solutions, and improve public perceptions of municipal government
  • Transportation
Carbondale, Colorado's award-winning Creative District Director, Amy Kimberly, talks about her accomplishments and vision for her community.
  • Leadership
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  • Placemaking
Like many Colorado towns, the city of Durango struggles with affordable housing. However, an ADU policy and code update has diversified and increased their housing options.
  • Housing
Three communities incorporate strategies for greater engagement with the higher education institutions that call them home.
  • Assistance
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  • Placemaking

Our Priorities

Transportation

The transportation systems we build today will shape the communities we live in tomorrow.

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Economy

We’re upending economic development to create local economies that build lasting value and improve the lives of the people that live there.

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Housing

Strong communities are built with healthy neighborhoods that have housing choices people can afford.

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Land Use

New models of development are needed to respond to the demand for places that are better connected, more walkable, and truly authentic.

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