GIS software allows viewers to access complex geographical data about their community online including maps and satellite images. GIS systems also analyze and display data such as proposed development plans and statistics, and survey data.
Through engagement with non-profits, local planning agencies, and local residents, the Orton Family Foundation helps small cities and towns navigate growth and change while enhancing their heart and soul.
As a “nonprofit organization working to build livable communities,” the Local Government Commission (LGC) offers on-site educational services, participatory planning and visioning services, and policy assistance to communities across the US.
The Dunn Foundation is concerned with the quality of the visual environment with a major emphasis on educational programs to increase public awareness of and appreciation for community appearance and community identity.
The North Central Regional Center for Rural Development (NCRCRD) works with extension professionals, researchers, and their partners to enhance rural development outcomes in the twelve state north central region.
The Washoe County Comprehensive Plan includes twelve individual plans with the goal of articulating and enhancing the unique character of their respective communities. Some have even incorporated character directly into planning maps and ordinances.
Routt County's Vision 2030 is a collaborative, citizen-driven initiative to engage residents, identify and prioritize what they value most about their community and find ways to help the County steer growth and change.
Like all cities, Columbus, OH, needs to reduce waste of resources and improve air and water quality. In 2005, Columbus launched GetGreen Columbus, a multifaceted initiative to coordinate sustainability efforts throughout the city.