Beaverton wins $1M HUD grant for sustainability
By Christina Williams
Sustainable Business Oregon editor
Beaverton's Creekside District plan received a $1 million sustainability grant from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development.
The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development announced Monday that the city of Beaverton won a $1 million grant for sustainable development of its Creekside District.
Beaverton was one of 56 communities across the country to get a piece of the $96 million awarded under HUD's 2011 Sustainable Communities Grant program.
The city's Creekside District is expected to increase infill development, make use of community-scale energy planning and provide affordable housing. Partners on the planning process for the district include Portland State University, Clean Water Solutions, the State of Oregon, Friends of Beaverton Creek and the Central Beaverton Neighborhood Association.
The $1 million comes from HUD in the form of a community challenge grant which is aimed at reducing barriers to achieving affordable, economically vital and sustainable communities.
"Our nation's ability to compete in a global economy and create jobs is dependent upon how quickly and efficiently we can connect our workers and families to education and employment opportunities," said HUD Secretary Shaun Donovan in a statement.
The Creekside plan is part of Beaverton's strategy to overhaul its central city.
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