Livability is the combined environmental, social and economic quality of a community or region. Livability is offering opportunities for communities of all sizes and make-ups to become better places to live, work and raise families. It is about fostering governmental partnerships that provide communities choices for comprehensive planning, investments and development that are cost effective and efficient, reduce congestion, generate good-paying jobs, meet environmental and energy goals, provide affordable housing, protect rural areas and green space, revitalize Main Streets and urban centers, and promote safety. Livability’s definitions, goals, strategies and outcomes are flexible and locally derived through community stakeholder and citizen input, providing the ability for any given community to grow and change based on local characteristics, history, needs and wants. Actions and progress are usually defined by community indicators, local government activities and community involvement and improvement.

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NARC Resources

FHWA Livability Project and Guidebook

Case Study Submission Form
What You Can Do to Promote Livability

NARC Policy

2013 Legislative Priorities – NARC incorporates livability/sustainability in all its policy areas and efforts.
Livability Talking Points
2009 NARC Federal Livability Framework 


House Livability Task Force

Current Legislation:

Previous Legislation:

Administration/Federal Agencies

Federal Partnership for Sustainable Communities
U.S. HUD Office of Sustainable Housing & Communities
U.S. DOT Livability
U.S. EPA Smart Growth
U.S. DOE Office of Energy Efficiency & Renewable Energy
USDA Rural Development
White House Office of Urban Affairs
Tools and Key Resources for Sustainable Communities

Member Activities & Resources
Association Partner & Other Resources

National League of Cities
National Association of Counties
International City/County Management Association
American Public Works Association
American Society of Civil Engineers
AARP Public Policy Institute – Livable Communities
National Association of Area Agencies on Aging
American Society of Landscape Architects – Advocacy / Professional Practice / State-specific Legislation
Smart Growth America
ICLEI Local Governments for Sustainability USA
Partners for Livable Communities
Sustainable Communities Online
Institute for Sustainable Communities
Local Initiatives Support Corporation
National Resources Defense Council

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