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Growing Local Food Systems: A Case Study Series on the Role of Local Governments

This report features four case studies highlighting various forms of local government support for food systems in Catawba County, NC; Decatur, GA; Topsham, ME and Washtenaw County-Ann Arbor, MI. Lessons learned may be helpful to those interested in working within or with their local governments on marketing, coordination, policy and funding for food system activities.

The Georgia Land Conservation Program

The Georgia Land Conservation Program (GLCP) works to preserve a statewide network of land and water resources for current and future generations to use and enjoy. The GLCP promotes partnerships between cities and counties in Georgia, state and federal agencies, landowners, and other private sector partners to protect the state's valuable natural resources.

Building Communities with Farms: Insights from Developers, Architects and Farmers on Integrating Agriculture and Development

This report summarizes findings from workshop on incorporating agriculture into new communities and reviews practices and issues that landowners, developers, design consultants and public officials might find useful as they consider building or encouraging communities with farms.

Georgia: Quality Growth Grant Program Regulations

The purpose of the Georgia Quality Growth Grant Program is to provide eligible recipients with state financial assistance for the implementation of quality growth initiatives that are outside the typical scope of other grant or loan sources. Quality growth initiatives are any activities that promote better management of growth and development so that growth enhances, rather than detracts from, the quality of life in a community.

An Unlevel Playing Field: How Public Policies Favor Suburban Sprawl Over Downtown Development in Metropolitan Atlanta

In metropolitan Atlanta, the city and suburbs are competing for new development and the economic opportunity that accompanies it. The suburbs are winning this competition and the result is sprawl and urban decay. This outcome is not simply a function of the free market. Government policy decisions have a pervasive influence on the market for land and its use. If we want to change land use patterns, we must change public policy.

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