Innovators in Rural Community Economic Development

Getting Smart: Smart Growth, energy efficiency, and public facilities.

Tags: Green Community Technologies, Infrastructure

Client Name: Yellow Wood Associates

Location: Minnesota, New York, Vermont

Resource Type: Article

Author Org: Yellow Wood Associates

Author: Ann Ruzow Holland

Year: 2008

This article by Ann Ruzow Holland profiles Yellow Wood’s Green Community Technologies© work in Minnesota, New York, and Vermont in the context of sustainable approaches to rural community infrastructure. Analyzing alternative approaches was in each community’s best interests, conserved taxpayer dollars and improved environmental impacts. Introduction of a systems approach brought new choices to local officials to move from dilemma to concrete action. Communities that engaged in the GCT process were successful at saving tax dollars, improving bond ratings, and helping assure citizens’ access to basic services.
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