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.