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City showcase 2001.

City Showcase 2001 in Atlanta will be a celebration of innovative city programs from around the country. Presented by city leaders, for city leaders, the Showcase will allow participants to share ideas and valuable experiences. Conference attendees will be able to browse the displays and chat with representatives from the featured cities, who will be happy to explain their programs and discuss how they were planned and implemented. From capital improvements planning and beautification to violence reduction, the Showcase will feature a variety of programs that can be duplicated in cities both large and small. Here are just a few of the programs you will learn about at City Showcase 2001.

Corridor 98

Fairhope, Alabama Population: 12,480

Corridor 98 is a nonprofit organization in Fairhope whose purpose is to beautify a stretch of U.S. Highway 98 by planting trees and landscaping. Highway 98 acts as the northern gateway to the city, and also as a main boulevard in the downtown area. Relying primarily on private donations, Corridor 98 plants hundreds of trees each year. North of the city, the trees create a parkway-like feel. Tree-planting on this stretch was implemented through a cooperative agreement with the state and the Cities of Fairhope and Daphne. In the city, the trees create a canopy which enhances the pedestrian scale of the downtown.

Erase the Hate

Toledo, Ohio Population: 313,619

Erase the Hate is a month-long event that seeks to foster understanding among Toledo's diverse communities. It was initiated in response to increasing incidents of violent hate crimes in the city. A collaboration among the city's Board of Community Relations, the local school district, local colleges, and community and religious organizations, Erase the Hate educates citizens through a series of community forums, workshops, and other events which address the issues of hate crimes and violence.

School District 27J Capital Facility Fee Foundation

Brighton, CO Population: 15,050

Brighton, in cooperation with neighboring Commerce City and Thornton, as well as area developers and the Adams County School District 27J, formed the School District 27J Capital Facility Fee Foundation. It asks home builders to make a voluntary contribution to the school district for each project they undertake. The money is used for school construction needs. The local governments and the school district have limited authority to impose mandatory impact fees on developers, so this voluntary fee paid directly to the school district overcomes that limitation.

Partners for Progress Infrastructure Initiative

Oak Ridge, Tennessee Population: 27,310

Oak Ridge developed a memorandum of understanding with seven neighboring communities known as the Partnership for Progress Infrastructure Initiative. It addresses long-range infrastructure needs for the region, and allows the partners to leverage their assets for water, electrical, wastewater, and communications infrastructure improvements. Over a twenty year period, the $15.2 million investment of the partners is expected to create thousands of jobs and significantly increase revenues in the region.

Safford Multi-use Pathways

Safford, Arizona Population: 9,232

Safford's long-range plan for Multi-use Pathways envisions a regional trail system that provides health and recreational opportunities for its citizens, as well as pedestrian and bicycle connections between neighborhoods and commercial areas. The plan was developed through a partnership among local, state and federal agencies, community nonprofit organizations, and area businesses. Details of the plan were drained with input from both adult and youth citizens, and include provisions for exercise stations, water fountains, restrooms, a wildlife viewing area, and picnic facilities. The Pathways are intended to encourage sustainable rural development in a growing region.
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Title Annotation:includes other city initiatives
Author:Behroozi, Cy
Publication:Nation's Cities Weekly
Article Type:Brief Article
Geographic Code:1USA
Date:Nov 12, 2001
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