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December 2017 Arvada, Aurora, Westminster Awarded Complete Streets Technical Assistance Grant

Arvada, CO – Arvada is part of a trio of Colorado cities to win the second-ever Complete Streets Consortium technical assistance grants.  

The Cities of Arvada, Aurora, and Westminster applied for and won the award collaboratively, and will together receive a set of three free technical assistance workshops. Each of the winning cities will host one of the workshops, which will be tailored to the region’s specific opportunities and challenges including creating first/last mile connections to new transit stations. 

“This award is a testament to the hard work that’s already happening in these communities,” said John Robert Smith, Senior Policy Advisor at Smart Growth America. “I’ve had the pleasure of working closely with many mayors from the State of Colorado and have been consistently impressed with the level of strong local leadership I’ve seen there. At our first Consortium Series in Tennessee, the energy and participation has been invigorating, and I know we can count on Colorado to bring the same enthusiasm to their involvement.” 

The series of workshops will provide participants with tools and strategies to implement Complete Streets that advance economic, health, and community vibrancy goals. Discussions will focus on how to create a safe and inviting transportation network for everyone in the community, including bicyclists, drivers, transit operators and users, and pedestrians of all ages and abilities. 

This technical assistance is funded through a grant to Smart Growth America from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s Office of Sustainable Communities under their Building Blocks for Sustainable Communities program; the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention have partnered with EPA through this grant to support the Complete Streets Consortium Workshop series. EPA’s Building Blocks program funds quick, targeted assistance to communities that face common development problems. Through the program, Smart Growth America has already provided free assistance to more than 85 communities across the United States from Hawaii to Maine.