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  • PALS Tour of Frederick, MD

    Partnership for Action Learning in Sustainability

    The Partnership for Action Learning in Sustainability (PALS) is administered by the National Center for Smart Growth at the University of Maryland, College Park (UMD). It is a campus-wide initiative that harnesses the expertise of UMD faculty and the energy and ingenuity of UMD students to help Maryland communities become more environmentally, economically, and socially sustainable. PALS is designed to provide innovative, low-cost assistance to local governments while creating real-world problem-solving experiences for University of Maryland graduate and undergraduate students.

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    Purple Line Corridor Coalition

    The Purple Line Corridor Coalition (PLCC), is a partnership of regional stakeholders across Montgomery County and Prince George’s County working to ensure that investments in the MTA’s planned light rail, the Purple Line, will offer the maximum economic, social, and environmental opportunities to the residents and businesses along the corridor. Formed in 2013 by the University of Maryland’s National Center for Smart Growth (NCSG), the PLCC seeks to identify methods for preservation and economic growth, revitalizing and stabilizing neighborhoods, preserving community assets, supporting small businesses, connecting workers to jobs and creating healthy and vibrant communities.

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    EDA University Center

    A grant from the U.S. Economic Development Administration (EDA) designates the University of Maryland as an EDA University Center. Through the Center, faculty and students work with local governments to assist in their economic development efforts by helping create an innovative economy that fosters economic growth and high quality jobs.

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    Campus Community Connection

    Working with local government jurisdictions near the University of Maryland in College Park, Campus Community Connection has developed community-based projects for exploration by undergraduate and graduate students, faculty and staff.

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  • The University of Maryland’s Smart Cities Initiative (SCI) - A partnership between NCSG and the College of Information Studies (Maryland’s iSchool) that explores opportunities to align community needs with research and technology development. Interdisciplinary researchers across campus are collaborating to develop research capacity, educational resources, and public engagement in smart cities and urban analytics. From West Baltimore to Baltimore Avenue in College Park, SCI is exploring how smart city technologies can be used to improve lives in all communities. 

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