Each year, Smart Growth America (SGA) offers free technical assistance to communities that are pursuing smart growth initiatives. SGA is a national organization that advocates for smart growth principles, and undertakes these workshops through funding from the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). In 2013, The City of Charlotte was selected as one of 22 cities to receive technical assistance, with a specific focus on “Planning for Economic and Fiscal Health”.
The workshop kicked off with a public forum May 14, hosted by the City of Charlotte, the University of North Carolina at Charlotte's Urban Institute and PlanCharlotte. The forum included a welcome by City Manager Ron Carlee and was widely attended by members of the public and city staff. The evening presentation provided an overview of demographic and economic trends, and the fiscal and economic development impacts of different development patterns.