National Resources

National Trust for Historic Preservation

When historic buildings and neighborhoods are torn down or allowed to deteriorate, a part of our past disappears forever. When that happens, we lose history that helps us know who we are, and we lose opportunities to live and work in the kinds of interesting and attractive surroundings that older buildings can provide. The National Trust for Historic Preservation is a private, nonprofit membership organization dedicated to saving historic places and revitalizing America's communities. Recipient of the National Humanities Medal, the Trust was founded in 1949 and provides leadership, education, advocacy, and resources to protect the irreplaceable places that tell America’s story. Staff at the Washington, D.C., headquarters, six regional offices and 26 historic sites work with the Trust’s 270,000 members and thousands of preservation groups in all 50 states.

National Trust for Historic Preservation,
1785 Massachusetts Ave., NW,
Washington, DC 20036-2117,

Mayors' Institute on City Design

The Mayors' Institute on City Design is a program dedicated to improving the design and livability of America's cities through the efforts of their chief elected leaders, their mayors. The program is an initiative of the National Endowment for the Arts, established by the NEA in 1986 and now administered by the American Architectural Foundation in partnership with the NEA and the US Conference of Mayors.

1620 Eye Street, NW,
3rd Floor,
Washington, DC 20006-4005,
Fax 202.463.1392,

Governors’ Institute on Community Design

A new initiative to support governors’ leadership in good community design and innovative planning. The Governors’ Institute was created to assist top state leaders as they direct growth and development in their states. It will harness the expertise of leading practitioners and academicians in the fields of design, development, and regional economics to help each state’s executive team make informed choices as they shape the future of their states. Modeled in part after the National Endowment for the Arts’ successful Mayors’ Institute on City Design, the new Governors’ Institute on Community Design will hold several workshops each year to bring the resources of the Institute directly to each state and region. For more information about the institute, email us at:, 1707 L St. NW , Suite 1050, Washington, D.C. 20036, 202-207-3355 x24 fax: 202-207-3349.

Partners for Livable Communities

A non-profit leadership organization working to improve the livability of communities by promoting quality of life, economic development, and social equity. Since its founding in 1977, Partners has helped communities set a common vision for the future, discover and use new resources for community and economic development and build public/private coalitions to further their goals. Partners promotes livable communities through technical assistance, leadership training, workshops, charettes, research and publications. More than 1,200 individuals and groups from local, state, national, international, public and private and media organizations make up Partners’ resource network and share innovative ideas on livability and community improvement. 1429 21st Street, NW Washington, D.C. 20036Tel. 202/887-5990Fax. 202/466-4845 Robert H. McNulty, President and CEO

Design Michigan

A non-profit, statewide outreach program of Cranbrook Academy of Art which is funded by, and operates in partnership with, the Michigan Council for Arts and Cultural Affairs. Established in 1976, Design Michigan promotes increased understanding and use of good architecture, landscape architecture and urban design, industrial design, interior design and graphic design by governments, businesses, institutions, schools, and communities. In addition to general information on design, Design Michigan has also developed a series of focused design awareness programs which address specific design fields and audiences.

Smart City

Smart City™ is a weekly, hour-long public radio talk show that takes an in-depth look at urban life, the people, places, ideas and trends shaping cities. Host Carol Coletta talks with national and international public policy experts, elected officials, economists, business leaders, artists, developers, planners and others for a penetrating discussion of urban issues.

Graham Foundation for Advanced Studies in the Fine Arts

The mission of the Graham Foundation is to nurture and enrich an informed and creative public dialogue concerning architecture and the built environment. The Foundation seeks to fulfill its mission through its own projects and programming; through direct support of architects, scholars, artists, and others engaged in the areas of its concern; and through the support of public and private institutions with similar or complementary missions—particularly those institutions dedicated to education and the public dissemination of ideas. Graham Foundation, 4 West Burton Place, Chicago, IL 60610-1416, (312) 787 4071

Smart Growth/ Sustainable Communities Network

In communities across the nation, there is a growing concern that current development patterns -- dominated by what some call "sprawl" -- are no longer in the long-term interest of our cities, existing suburbs, small towns, rural communities, or wilderness areas. Though supportive of growth, communities are questioning the economic costs of abandoning infrastructure in the city, only to rebuild it further out. Spurring the smart growth movement are demographic shifts, a strong environmental ethic, increased fiscal concerns, and more nuanced views of growth. The result is both a new demand and a new opportunity for smart growth. Sustainable Communities Network c/o CONCERN PO Box 21301 Washington, DC 20009.

ULI–the Urban Land Institute

ULI–the Urban Land Institute is a 501(c) (3) nonprofit research and education organization supported by its members. Founded in 1936, the institute now has more than 28,000 members worldwide representing the entire spectrum of land use and real estate development disciplines, working in private enterprise and public service. As the preeminent, multidisciplinary real estate forum, ULI facilitates the open exchange of ideas, information and experience among local, national and international industry leaders and policy makers dedicated to creating better places. The mission of the Urban Land Institute is to provide responsible leadership in the use of land to enhance the total environment. Members say that ULI is a trusted idea place where leaders come to grow professionally and personally through sharing, mentoring, and problem solving. With pride, ULI members commit to the best in land use policy and practice.

ULI–the Urban Land Institute
1025 Thomas Jefferson Street, NW
Suite 500 West, Washington, DC 20007 
(202) 624-7000/ (202) 624-7140   
FAX 1-800-321-5011

Southeast Florida District Council-ULI SE Florida/Caribbean,
2401 East Atlantic Boulevard, Suite 400
Pompano Beach, FL 33062-5243 
Phone: 954-783-9504    Fax: 954-782-1552