The Community Investment Toolkit provides information to local governments, nonprofit organizations, developers and community leaders about best practices for creating and enhancing vibrant urban communities.
Learn how eco-efficient business strategies are being used in the Gresham Vista Business Park and Old Town Hillsboro to help business and property owners gain a competitive advantage and attract an innovative, educated workforce.
Metro seeks to identify proven strategies and tools that can be used to stimulate investment in the region's centers, corridors, employment and industrial areas to implement the 2040 Growth Concept. The Community Investment Toolkit provides local government officials, developers, property owners, nonprofit organizations, investors and others with ideas and information on innovative practices and approaches to create thriving and healthy urban centers.
The Community Investment Toolkit focuses on three topics:
By highlighting the region's success stories, the toolkit shares these successful approaches across the region, demonstrates how these strategies are achieving results and serves as a guide for future investments. With technical assistance from Metro, the toolkit will help local partners overcome barriers to building vibrant downtowns and main streets and creating places for businesses to flourish.
The toolkit was developed through extensive research and collaboration with representatives from local governments, nonprofit organizations and stakeholder groups, as well as developers, investors and citizens through advisory committees and public forums.
Three volumes of the toolkit have been developed:
The newest volume of the toolkit, Eco-efficient Employment, unveiled in November 2010, provides creative ideas for attracting new businesses and achieving greater economic and ecological efficiencies through development in existing employment areas. This toolkit showcases best practices employed in communities across North America and the results they have achieved. Download the volume
This volume of the toolkit is organized around three categories:
A diverse team of local planning and economic development officials, business leaders and other experts contributed to the development of this toolkit. In the coming months, Metro and other local partners will host a variety of seminars and workshops that will assist local officials, planning commissioners and other interested persons implement these innovative tools at the local level.
The Financial Incentives volume of the toolkit describes different tools that local governments can use to stimulate mixed-use development in centers and corridors and near transit areas. It also provides ideas and information on ways to promote the redevelopment of underutilized property and to finance infrastructure improvements necessary to enable private development to occur. Download the volume
The Innovative Design and Development Codes volume of the toolkit provides model approaches for local governments to consider in adapting design and development codes to reduce the costs of development projects and provide the regulatory framework that enables the types of development that are desired and can be tailored to the unique identities of different communities. Download the volume
The publication of the Community Investment Toolkit complements ongoing support and assistance provided by Metro to local communities to achieve their desired goals of creating and enhancing vibrant centers and corridors in keeping with the region's 2040 Growth Concept.
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The second volume of the Community Investment Toolkit was unveiled at a workshop on July 30, 2008. Download presentations from three experts who shared information on the successful application of the tools.
Tools and techniques from the third volume of the Community Investment Toolkit were the central focus of a breakfast forum on Feb. 1, 2011. Download presentations from the nationally recognized experts.