Community Progress Blog

Achieving the Triple Bottom Line with Green and Blue Infrastructure

Written by on December 11, 2012

As the definitions and best practices of blue and green infrastructure evolve, cities are finding that making the environmentally sound choice saves both money and time while also adding value to existing property, creating jobs and revitalizing neighborhoods. We’ll take a look at some example projects in Philadelphia, Pittsburgh and Detroit and see how these…


Rebuilding Kalamazoo with Strong Partnerships

Written by on September 10, 2012

Mary Balkema is the Kalamazoo County Treasurer and has been for six years. When I meet her one bright afternoon, she is wearing shorts and a T-shirt that reads, “inspector.” She’s not dressed up for work today because we’re going for a drive. This tour will showcase what she and partners like the Kalamazoo County Land Bank Authority (KCLBA)…