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The Development, Community and Environment Division (DCED) in the United States Environmental Protection Agency requests proposals for a National Smart Growth Conference. The DCED focuses on smart growth issues of regional and national significance. Smart growth supports national environmental and public health goals by protecting sensitive watersheds, minimizing water quality impacts from development, reducing air emissions by increasing transportation choices, and encouraging clean-up and sustainable redevelopment of brownfields.

The proposed conference will be a multidisciplinary event that focuses on diverse smart growth issues and attracts a diverse audience, including, but not limited to, developers, builders, local elected officials, key local government staff, transportation professionals, planners, realtors, developers, architects, landscape architects, public health officials, law enforcement/crime prevention professionals, urban designers, lending institutions, parks and recreation professionals, bicycle and pedestrian advocates, advocates for youth and seniors, educators, youth leaders, and citizen activists. This conference should be at least three full days and should be convened in January or February of 2009. Proposals should specify that expected attendance at the conference will be over 1,500 people and should provide documentation of how this will be achieved. In order to promote the conference effectively and attract a wide variety of attendees, the conference should be co-sponsored by numerous associations, organizations, and governmental entities whose members have an interest in smart growth.

Because MU is limited to one application for this program, letters of intent must be submitted to the Office of Research,, no later than 4:00 pm Friday, December 21, 2007. Letters of intent should be limited to 3 pages and should address the following: 1) expertise in topics related to smart growth, 2) plan for organizing the event, 3) conference and lodging facilities to support a conference hosting at least 1,500 attendees, and 4) agencies that will be approached to co-sponsor the event.



EPA expects to award $80,000 for Year 1 (2009) with the possibility of additional, incremental funding of up to $550,000 in total over a five-year project period. Funding for future years is dependent on funding availability, agency priorities, and applicant performance.

MU Deadline:

4:00 p.m., Friday, December 21, 2007

Sponsor Deadlines:

January 11, 2008

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This notice is being sent to deans, directors, and chairs in extension, social science, business, agriculture, and life science disciplines. Please forward it to faculty members who may be interested.

All limited submission announcements can be tracked by deadline via the Calendar at or by announcement date via the Limited Submissions listing at

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