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SMART GROWTH ALABAMA. A two hour overview for the: Alabama League of Municipalities November 21, 2002. Jacksonville State University . Director, Environmental Policy and Information Center Director, JSU Field Schools Chairman, Chief Ladiga Trail Board Chairman, ACEI, AGIC and AMTC

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smart growth alabama
SMART GROWTH ALABAMA

A two hour overview for the:

Alabama League of Municipalities

November 21, 2002

jacksonville state university
Jacksonville State University
  • Director, Environmental Policy and Information Center
  • Director, JSU Field Schools
  • Chairman, Chief Ladiga Trail Board
  • Chairman, ACEI, AGIC and AMTC
  • Board Member: FW, TNC, JPA
the speakers
The Speakers
  • Pete Conroy - Overview and Ecotourism
  • Katherine Ennis - APA and a National View
  • Andrew Gerachis – Alabama Main Steet
  • Phillip Wiedmeyer - Brownfields
  • Steve McKinney – Mapping Your Future
  • Paul Kennedy – Agricultural Sustainability
what s it called
WHAT’S IT CALLED?
  • SMART GROWTH
  • SUSTAINED GROWTH
  • SUSTAINABLE DEVELPOMENT
  • LONG RANGE PLANING
  • GROWTH MANAGEMENT
  • COMMUNITY SUCCESS
what s it about
WHAT’S IT ABOUT ?
  • “Excessive government and limitless regulation.”
  • “An intellectual disease that is sweeping the country.”
what s it really about
WHAT’S IT REALLY ABOUT?
  • A reinvestment in our cities.
  • A concerted effort to avoid an abandonment of developed infrastructure.
  • A renewed effort to protect the special places, like the farmland and forests that we all hold dear.
the basic premise
THE BASIC PREMISE?

GROWTH IS BOTH DESIREABLE AND INEVITABLE

another basic premise
ANOTHER BASIC PREMISE?
  • SOME PLACES ARE GROWING TOO MUCH .
  • OTHER PLACES AREN’T GROWING ENOUGH!
what s it really about9
WHAT’S IT REALLY ABOUT?
  • Increasing Transportation Choices
  • Increasing Housing Choices
  • Improving Health and Quality of Life
  • Limiting Sprawl
  • Revitalizing Communities
  • Using Common Sense
ecotourism
ECOTOURISM

Alabama’s #2 top industry?

TOURISM

ecotourism11
Annual Economic benefit of:

Anniston Museum of Natural History?

Weiss Lake

$6-7 MILLION

$201 MILLION

ECOTOURISM
ecotourism12
Annual economic benefit of:

Bird Watchers?

Wildlife Watchers?

Outdoor Recreation?

$6-7 BILLION

$20 BILLION

$75 BILLION

ECOTOURISM
alabama is the place
ALABAMA IS THE PLACE!
  • TOP IN BIOLOGICAL DIVERSITY
  • TOP IN GEOPYSICAL DIVERSITY
northeast alabama progress
NORTHEAST ALABAMA PROGRESS
  • Little River Canyon National Preserve
  • Weiss Lake
  • Dugger Mountain Wilderness
  • Talladega National Forest
  • Longleaf National Wildlife Refuge
  • Cheaha Wilderness
  • Scenic Byway, Pinhoti and CLT
some history
Some History…
  • 2000 - Governor’s Conference on

Smart Growth and Ecotourism

  • 2002 – Governor’s Conference on Smart Growth and Brownfields Redevelopment
  • 2003 – Governor’s Conference on

Smart Growth and ???

contact information
Contact Information:
  • www.jsu.edu/depart/epic/
  • JSU # 256-782-8010