An Unprecedented Partnership

On June 16, 2009, the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (U.S. HUD), the U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (U.S. EPA) announced a new partnership to coordinate federal hous- ing, environmental protection, and transportation planning and investment. The goal was to better align their national funding programs and to promote the creation of comprehensive invest- ment plans for strengthening the economy and environment of our Nation’s regions. Funding was authorized by Congress in 2009 for this initiative and was provided through HUD’s Sustain- able Communities office.

The South Florida Regional Planning Council, in partnership with the Treasure Coast Regional Planning Council and more than 200 public, private, civic stakeholders, and supportive organiza- tions from Southeast Florida, competed for, and were success- fully awarded a $4.2S million Sustainable Communities Regional Planning Grant, in the regional plan development category (Category 1). This grant was designated to fund Seven50.

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