|September 28 Release Event|
Purple Line Equitable Transit-Oriented Development Strategy
The Purple Line Corridor Coalition and the National Center for Smart Growth at the University of Maryland are pleased to invite you to the release of a comprehensive set of strategies to drive equitable development along the Purple Line. “The Purple Line Equitable Transit-Oriented Development Strategy” is the product of a two-year planning process funded by a transit-oriented development planning grant from the Federal Transit Administration. The report includes strategies for affordable housing, small business preservation, safe pedestrian/bicycle access to stations, and inclusive economic growth.
Please Join Us:
Wednesday, September 28
Brigadier General Charles E. McGee Library
900 Wayne Avenue, Silver Spring, MD
(outside where the Purple Line will run under the library)
9:30a Light refreshments
Please RSVP here.
We look forward to seeing you!
PLCC has been working with Prince George’s and Montgomery Public Library Systems to ensure Purple Line corridor residents are aware of the many free workforce resources and trainings both systems offer within the corridor. The result of that effort is Purple Line Corridor to Success, a series promoting a wide range of digital tools and digital skill-building resources for corridor residents to access and learn from. Register here and please share with your networks!
This partnership builds upon PLCC’s report, Long Term Workforce Development Strategies for the Purple Line Corridor: Ensuring a More Inclusive and Equitable Workforce Recovery in the Post-Pandemic Era. The report was the culmination of several months of research and collaborative discussion with representatives of county agencies, community colleges, nonprofit service providers, libraries, public school systems, and others. It charts a path forward to leverage the Purple Line investment to generate economic opportunity for more corridor residents, especially Black, Latinx, and immigrant residents, and those with lower incomes to attain higher-skill and higher wage jobs, thereby increasing employers’ competitiveness in the corridor.
PLCC held its 2021 annual meeting on November 17. In case you missed it, the recording is now available. Over 100 attendees joined us to hear from peers working on the ground to ensure housing stability, economic vitality, and neighborhood livability in the communities along the transit line. Thanks to all who attended, and stay tuned for more ways to engage with us!
Mark your calendars to join us for our annual virtual meeting on November 17th! This is the best opportunity to hear about progress to date toward PLCC’s vision of an equitable transit corridor. Check out the details below. To register, head to https://umd.zoom.us/…/tJAvfu6hrz0vH9Dcpb7g5r1wX_kv_jIyugI9
PLCC’s 2021-2022 Small Business Support Action Plan is now available, and it will guide PLCC’s work to support small and microbusinesses through the overlapping challenges of rising commercial rents, construction disruptions, and the pandemic.
The PLCC Small Business Support Action Plan builds on a three-phase small business COVID recovery framework developed by Jill Schlesinger, a nationally-syndicated financial columnist. This includes immediate Triage, medium-term Transition, and long-term Transformation strategies that will create vibrant spaces for the existing community and attract new customers. This plan prioritizes six neighborhoods, referred to throughout the plan as equity areas, where small businesses are most vulnerable to displacement and where increased community investment can drive racial equity. These areas include Greater Riverdale, communities along University Boulevard including Northern Gateway and Langley Park, Long Branch, Bonifant Street and Fenton Village in Silver Spring, and the Brookville Road Business District in Lyttonsville. There are an estimated 830 micro-businesses within 1/2 mile and 513 micro-businesses within 1/4 mile of these stations.
Co-Chaired by the Latino Economic Development Center and CASA, the PLCC Small Business Action Team is focused on supporting existing businesses and strengthening commercial corridors. Strategies identified include:
-Place-based Management, Technical Assistance and Service Coordination
-Policy, Advocacy, and Education
-Marketing and Promotion
-Research and Relationship-Building for Transformation
On June 3, PLCC held “Equitable Housing: Tackling Challenges & Moving Forward,” an event that explored solutions to advance equitable housing along the Purple Line Corridor.
If you were unable to make it, you can view the recording here. Please feel free to share this information with colleagues. Thank you!
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Individual presentations are also available below.