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From: Chitra Kumar <[log in to unmask]>
Date: Wed, Jul 27, 2016 at 12:38 PM
Subject: [ELPDiscuss] EPA Seeks Contractors for Smart Growth Planning Initiatives on Local Foods, Broadband, and Healthcare & Sustainable Communities
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Firms with expertise in planning, smart growth, and community revitalization are encouraged to take a look at three new solicitationsfrom EPA’s Office of Sustainable Communities. These solicitations will support the Local Foods, Local Places; Cool & Connected; and Healthy Places for Healthy People programs. The solicitations will close at 10 am Eastern on Wednesday, August 10, 2016.

Local Foods, Local Places helps communities create walkable, healthy, economically vibrant neighborhoods through the development of local food systems. This initiative is supported by EPA, the U.S. Department of Agriculture, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the U.S. Department of Transportation, the Appalachian Regional Commission, and the Delta Regional Authority.

Cool & Connected helps rural communities use broadband service to revitalize small-town main streets and promote economic development. The initiative is supported by EPA, the U.S. Department of Agriculture Rural Utilities Service, and the Appalachian Regional Commission.


Healthy Places for Healthy People is a new program to help communities partner with Federally Qualified Health Centers, nonprofit hospitals, and other healthcare facilities to create walkable, healthy, economically vibrant places. Under this program, modeled on the approach of Local Foods, Local Places and Cool & Connected, communities will receive planning assistance to develop action plans promoting healthy, walkable, economically thriving downtowns and neighborhoods. Healthy Places for Healthy People will focus on communities that are economically challenged, including those in rural Appalachia.


For information on the Request for Qualifications for these three programs, see RFQ-DC-16-00199 at:


Communities that are interested in applying to these programs should stay tuned for an announcement of how to apply in early fall 2016.

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