DVSGA Press Release
The Delaware Valley Smart Growth Alliance (DVSGA) has awarded their Smart Policy = Smart Growth award to three agencies in the Delaware Valley who have advanced sustainability and livability with progressive land use, transportation and environmental stewardship.
In Delaware, the Delaware Department of Transportation and Delaware Department of Natural Resources & Environmental Control were recognized for their First State Trails and Pathways Initiative. This program has created a world-class statewide network of pathways and trails for Delaware’s citizens and visitors, to promote biking, hiking, walking and active living.
In New Jersey, the Borough of Glassboro was recognized for the Rowan Boulevard Town Center. This redevelopment project, an innovative collaboration between Rowan University and the Borough of Glassboro, links Rowan University to businesses in downtown Glassboro. A true public-private-public partnership, this project reinvented an aging downtown Glassboro into a thriving downtown that provides contemporary options for living, dining, shopping and entertainment for students and residents alike.
In Pennsylvania, Chester County was recognized for their Vision Partnership Program. This visionary competitive grant program promotes cooperation between Chester County and local governments in the implementation of the County’s comprehensive plan, which establishes growth management and preservation strategies. The program provides technical and financial assistance to municipalities, developers, preservationists, and others in making decisions that promote sustainable practices and the quality of life Chester County is known for.
The DVSGA is the leading advocacy organization dedicated to promoting Smart Growth in Southeastern Pennsylvania, Southern New Jersey, and Delaware by educating the public and local governments about the benefits of Smart Growth, advocating that developers incorporate Smart Growth into development proposals, and facilitating support for Smart Growth project proposals during the municipal review process.
The DVSGA has a program that recognizes projects in three categories — development, conservation, and policy. Projects that receive DVSGA recognition are those which foster regional growth and redevelopment in a manner that achieves important economic, environmental and quality of life objectives.