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on community design 

Helping Leaders Shape the Future 

The Governors' Institute on Community Design is a national, nonpartisan 
program created specifically to assist governors, their cabinet, and top staff as 
they make investments in their communities and guide growth and development 
in their states. 

By harnessing the expertise of leading practitioners and academicians in key 
fields, including land use policy, design, transportation, energy, development, 
and regional economics, the Governors' Institute helps each state's executive 
team as it makes choices that can shape the future of communities 
throughout their state. 

Why Governors? 

state-level decisions impact growth and development throughout the state in 
crucial ways. States can set the rules of the game, provide significant funding, and 
can also provide direction, guidance, and support to local communities as they 
address the opportunities and challenges presented by growth and development. 

State leaders and citizens alike increasingly view quality of life and quality of 
place as key to the long-term economic competitiveness of their communities. 
Recognizing the critical role state policies can play in achieving this end, gover- 
nors around the country are now grappling with often intertwined issues related 
to transportation, energy, air quality, housing, parks and open space, watershed 
protection, availability of drinking water, sustainability, economic development, 
and competitiveness. 

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Governor Parris N. Glendening 

It makes sense to try to encourage action 
at tlie state level, because states can do so 
much to enable better design, better 
planning, better development, and ultimately 
better communities. 

Governor Christine Todd Whitman 

Sharing Knowledge & Experience 

The Governors' Institute recognizes that each 
state faces its own particular challenges related 
to growth and development. Working with a 
governor's cabinet and staff, the Institute 
develops workshops tailored to address the 
specific priorities of a governor and the unique 
needs of his or her state. Each workshop brings 
together one governor and his or her cabinet and 
staff to work with nationally renowned experts 
and practitioners on specific issues identified by 
the governor prior to the workshop. 

Governor Carcieri (Rhode Island) 
addresses participants at the first 
Governors' Institute workshop in 
Providence, March, 2006. 

Governors' Institute workshops are designed to: 

Provide state leaders with practical, 
action-oriented strategies to create vibrant, 
economically competitive communities; 
Highlight the connections between economic 
development, transportation, land use, 
housing, energy and the environment; 
Bring together a broad range of 
decision-makers and create the basis for 
coordinated action among state agencies; 
Encourage increased cooperation between state 
and local governments. 

How the Governors' Institute Works 

Just as no two states are alike, no two workshops are alike. Each workshop is 
designed to address the specific priorities of the host governor. Nevertheless, 
there are common elements. 

• Governors' Institute workshops are developed individually for one governor and his 
or her cabinet and staff and held at a convenient location in the host r*-^*'^ 

• The host governor identifies the challenge; the Institute provides the national 
experts who can offer potential solutions. 

• All workshops are preceded by at least one pre-workshop reconnaissance trip by 
Governors' Institute staff. 

with the governor's cabinet and staff. 

Workshops take place over two days, with the first day consisting of expert 

Workshops are generally small, top-level meetings, with all discussions confidential, 

but they can be structured differently at each governor's request. 

Each governor agrees to be personally present to welcome the experts and 

on the second day. Further participation by the governor is encouraged. Other 
designated participants, including cabinet secretaries and staff, are present for the 
entire workshop. 

The Institute's work does not end when the workshop concludes. A final set of written 
recommendations is delivered to the governor following the session and additional 
follow-up assistance and information are made available. 

The host state may be asked to make an in-kind contribution, such as providing the 
venue for the event. 


The Governors' Institute brings together experts from a variety of fields, 
providing governors with a wealth of knowledge and experience. 
The Institute's cadre of experts includes groundbreaking practitioners and 
researchers in government, smart growth, planning, design, transportation, 
and land use. The team of experts for each workshop is specifically tailored 
to the topic and to the priorities and needs of the host state. 

Governors Council 

Executive Comnnittee 

Governor Parris N. Glendening 

Former Governor of Maryland; President 
of the Smart Growth Leadership Institute 

Tamar Shapiro 

Director, Governors' Institute on 

Community Design 

Governor Christine Todd Whitman 

Former Administrator of the U.S. 
Environmental Protection Agency; 
former Governor of New Jersey 

John W. Frece 

Associate Director, National Center for 
Smart Growth Research and Education, 
University of Maryland, College Park 

Governors' Institute 
on Community Design 

1707 L Street, NW, Suite 1050 
Washington, DC 20036 

B 202-207-3355 ext. 24 



The Governors' Institute on Community Design receives 
major funding from the National Endowment for the Arts and 
the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and is managed 
by the Smart Growth Leadership Institute, a program of Smart 
Growth America, in cooperation with the National Center for 
Smart Growth Research and Education at the University of 
Maryland, College Park. 




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