These resources are selected to help local leaders, elected officials, and economic development professionals plan for growing and vibrant communities. 

Codes that Support Smart Growth Development


Good codes are the foundation upon which great communities are built.

Project Database

Congress for New Urbanism

Library of previous CNU projects, from regional-scale visions to single-building historic renovations.

Streets & Transportation

Project for Public Spaces

Streets designed only to move cars can work so much harder.

Wilkinsburg Downtown Preservation

Pittsburgh History & Landmarks Foundation

Story of how the PHLF engaged with Wilkinsburg in their preservation activities.

National Preservation Legislation

Advisory Council on Historic Preservation

Description of the National Preservation Act as well as other recent legislation and executive orders that relate to the preservation of historic or sacred sites.

Preservation Briefs

National Park Service

Guidance on preserving, rehabilitating, and restoring historic buildings - especially useful to Historic Preservation Tax Incentives Program applicants because they recommend methods and approaches for rehabilitating historic buildings that are consistent with their historic character.

Best Practices for Your Organization’s Website

Main Street America

How to develop your digital storefront.

Smart Transportation Guidebook


Planning and Designing Streets that Support Sustainable and Livable Communities.

Great Public Spaces

Project for Public Spaces

Examples from around the world.

Rural Placemaking: Making the Use of Creativity in Rural Communities

Housing Assistance Council

Highlights creative placemaking initiatives across rural America including economic development in the Mississippi Delta, housing developer collaboration with arts groups and artists, and a tribal development project.

A Guide to Revitalizing Pennsylvania's Small Downtowns

The Center for Rural Pennsylvania

This guide provides a variety of low cost tools and strategies for small communities to remake their downtown into the hub of activity they once were.

Technical Assistance Library

National Alliance of Preservation Commissions

Articles, research studies, and technical bulletins on a variety of topics to help preservation commissions operate more effectively and proactively.

Wynnefield, PA Retail Development Strategy

Wynnefield Overbrook Revitalization Corporation

Strategies used to support businesses in Wynnefield’s primary commercial districts, as part the Wynnefield Overbrook Revitalization Corporation development initiatives.

Innovation Districts


Innovation districts facilitate the creation and commercialization of new ideas, and leverage their distinct attributes.

Complete Streets Best Policy and Implementation Practices

American Planning Association

Descriptions and examples from the implementation of Complete Streets policies.

What is Placemaking?

Project for Public Spaces

Placemaking inspires people to collectively reimagine and reinvent public spaces as the heart of every community.

Complete Streets Basic Resources

Smart Growth America

Essential resources to understand and get updates about Smart Growth America's 'Complete Street' design framework.

Best Complete Streets Policies of 2018

Smart Growth America

Assessment of the top 10 Complete Streets policies, using Smart Growth's improved framework that elevates equity and implementation.

Historic Preservation Zoning and Ordinances

PA Historic Preservation and Museum Commission

Links to state and federal legislation that protect archaeological and historic resources.

Developing a Downtown Marketing Strategy


Recommendations for creating a multi-year strategy, stakeholder engagement, and vision development

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