East Central Indiana (ECI) is making a push for a strong economic future. In its pitch to the Indiana Economic Development Corporation (IEDC) as part of the Regional Cities Initiative, ECI spoke to how it will build on its existing assets and institutions, create a new generation of entrepreneurs and create great communities for people to live and work. This short video captures the strengths, challenges and energy of the region.
NP and Planning Next supported local partners in the creation of ECI's Regional Development Plan, which was submitted to IEDC in August. The Plan provides a blueprint for advancing the region that is strategic and doable. It also makes the region eligible to receive funding from an $84 million pool of state funding.
Fall is off to a quick start. NP was recently selected as the lead or as part of a team for the following projects:
Pittsburgh, PA: The Uptown EcoInnovation District Plan will kick start investment and redevelopment in a part of the city that has great potential yet lags behind adjacent Downtown and Oakland neighborhoods. The Plan will be built from the bottom up so that opportunities created through the effort are equitable and environmentally sustainable. As part of the Interface Studio led team, NP will be leading the economic development strategy components of the study.
Lower CT River Valley: NP is leading the development of an Economic Growth Strategy for a 17-town region in south central CT. The strategy will provide a blueprint for future growth by understanding the issues and capitalizing on the assets of region and its member towns. Working in partnership with RiverCOG and FHI, NP will use a mix of targeted research and creative public engagement to develop a set of feasible strategies.
North Central MA: NP is working with MassDevelopment and eight communities in north central MA to create an Industrial Land Strategy. The strategy will identify desired future industrial development in the region and identify the infrastructure necessary to support it.
Springfield MA: NP is working with MassDevelopment and the City of Springfield to create and Implementation Plan for the Worthington Street/Springfield Innovation District. The Plan will focus on creating an obtainable mixed use, urban environment based on existing assets and opportunities in the area. It is part of Mass Development Transformative Development Initiative.
Cambridge, MA: City Master Plan – NP is part of the Utile led team recently selected as the consultant’s for the City’s Master Plan update.
More updates on these projects in the coming months.
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