Institute for Community Development and the Arts

The Institute for Community Development and the Arts, established by Americans for the Arts, provides a research in order to understand how the arts are used to address social, educational, and economic development issues in communities across the country. Areas of research and publication have included at-risk youth, artist training, economic development, arts and civic dialogue, public housing, cultural tourism, and program planning and evaluation.

Initiative for a Competitive Inner City (ICIC)

The Initiative for a Competitive Inner City (ICIC) is a national not-for-profit organization founded in 1994 by Harvard Business School professor Michael E. Porter to encourage inner-city revitalization. In particular, ICIC performs research that promotes a combination of public and private investment to rebuild inner city economies. ICIC has conducted a number of studies that stress the central role of anchor institutions in this effort.

Cultural Policy and the Arts National Data Archive

CPANDA is the first interactive digital archive of policy data pertaining to culture and the arts in the United States. A collaboration of Princeton’s Firestone Library and the Princeton Center for Arts and Cultural Policy Studies, the archive’s original development was unwritten by the Pew Charitable Trusts. Its mission is to provide user-friendly data access to journalists, scholars, artists, and the public at large.

Creative Class Group

Based on the work of economic development professor Richard Florida, this website contains case studies and research on the role of creativity—and cultural and educational institutions that anchor creativity—in contemporary American society.

Community Foundation Insights

A division of FSG Social Impact Advisors, CFI aims to serve as a centralized data resource for community foundations. Through its research, CFI seeks to identify best practices in the field and produce reports analyzing trends among groups of community foundations, particularly on issues related to sustainability.

Community-Engaged Scholarship for Health (

Offering an alternative to paid journals, Community-Engaged Scholarship for Health provides a free, online forum for health-related community-engaged scholarship. Including non-traditional work useful to community practitioners but often overlooked, such as training manuals, policy briefs, presentations, instructional DVDs and online curricula, maintains an editorial staff of both academic and community reviewers that peer-reviews all submissions.

City, Land and the University Program, Lincoln Institute

The City, Land and The University Program focuses on university real estate development from the perspective of a variety of actors including the university, the adjacent neighborhood, and the city itself. This site contains a wide variety of resources for educators, economic development practitioners, city administrators, university leaders, real estate developers, and community groups

Center for Quality Growth and Regional Development, Georgia Institute of Technology

CQGRD is an applied research center, studying solutions that communities, particularly in the Southeast United States, can implement in order to foster quality growth and development. The Center aims to bring together governmental, legal, health, engineering, architecture, environmental, policy, planning, and non-profit communities on issues related to community design, the environment, health, land development, and transportation/infrastructure, developing strategies that build on area anchor institutions.

Asset-Based Community Development Institute (ABCD), DePaul University

Established in 1995, the ABCD Institute is built upon three decades of community development research by John Kretzmann and John L. McKnight. The ABCD Institute focuses its efforts in two areas: (1) through extensive and substantial interactions with community builders, and (2) by producing practical resources and tools for community builders to identify, nurture, and mobilize neighborhood assets and anchor institutions.

Voorhees Transportation Center

Established in 1998 and housed in the Edward J. Bloustein School of Planning and Public Policy at Rutgers University in New Jersey, the Center conducts research on transportation policy issues, with a number of publications on transit-oriented development.

Twin Cities TOD Toolkit

An initiative of Reconnecting America, this project focuses on Minneapolis-St. Paul, but has applicability to projects elsewhere. Identifying lessons learned from the Hiawatha Corridor, the first light rail line to be built in the Twin Cities region, as well as lessons from other transit projects around the country, the Twin Cities TOD Toolkit provides technical assistance and information for people interested in the ways in which transit-oriented development can help reshape growth.

Transit Cooperative Research Program

This website, hosted by the American Public Transit Association, makes available over a hundred publications regarding public transit, including a 2004 national study on transit-oriented development.


Smart Growth Network

Smart Growth Online is a web-based catalogue of Smart Growth related news, events, and information, including a broad range of resources on transit and transit-oriented development. Developed and funded through a cooperative agreement between the United States Environmental Protection Agency and the Sustainable Communities Network, the website is designed to advance understanding of how smart growth can improve community livability.


Since 1995, Rail-volution has been a leading conference that has brought together innovative minds from a variety of disciplines, including elected officials, advocates, developers, urban planners, transportation experts, financiers, citizen groups, architects and others, to discuss public transit-related issues. Presentations from the previous year's conference are available on line.

New Partners for Smart Growth

The New Partners for Smart Growth Conference, organized by the Local Government Commission of Sacramento, California, has grown rapidly since it began in 2001. The 2006 conference brought together nearly 1,250 participants and over 250 speakers. Presentations from past conference speakers are available for free download from the site.

Mineta Transportation Institute

Founded in 1991 and housed at San Jose State University in California's Silicon Valley, the Mineta Transportation Institute engages in a wide range of research on transportation issues, with a wealth of publications available on line.

Federal Transit Administration

The Federal Transit Administration of the U.S. Department of Transportation administers federal funding to support a variety of locally planned, constructed, and operated public transportation systems throughout the U.S., including buses, subways, light rail, commuter rail, streetcars, monorail, passenger ferry boats, inclined railways, and people movers. The agency also publishes a number of studies on these topics, which are available on its website.

Connecting the West Corridor Communities

The Center for Transit-Oriented Development working with the City and County of Denver, the City of Lakewood, the Denver Housing Authority, and Metro West Housing Solutions has produced this 2011 report on the strategy for transit-oriented development along the Denver Region's West Corridor.

California Department of Transportation, California Transit-Oriented Development (TOD) Database

This site, maintained by the California Department of Transportation (better known as "Caltrans"), contains links to reports with detailed information on transit-oriented development in ten U.S. cities outside California as well as more than 20 transit-oriented developments (TODs) in California. The reports include land uses, site maps, implementation processes, financing, facilities, zoning, design features, pedestrian access, transit services, photos, travel benefits, contact information, and other valuable data.

Working for America Institute (AFL-CIO)

This web site provides a number of reports on labor strategies to promote “high road partnerships” that pursue economic development strategies that focus on the creation and maintenance of good paying jobs.