Nation wins technical assistance award from Smart Growth America

The Osage Nation is among six award recipients that will receive free technical assistance training to improve the infrastructure of the local community.

Smart Growth America, a national organization dedicated to offering technical assistance to communities, selected the Nation out of 50 applicants to learn, assist and implement services such as downtown revitalization, complete streets, parking management, smart growth zoning, preserve sense of place and fiscal health, according to a prepared news release.

“The technical assistance provided by this workshop will aid our community in creating a plan that incorporates a sustainable strategy of revitalization and economic development,” said Mark Kirk, ON Information Services Director in the release. “The award of this workshop is a further demonstration of what can be accomplished when government entities and local stakeholders work together to improve the community for everyone.”

The technical assistance is funded through a grant to Smart Growth America from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's Office of Sustainable Communities under their Building Blocks for Sustainable Communities program, according to the release. Through the program, Smart Growth America has already provided free assistance to over 70 communities across the United States, from Hawaii to Maine.

“This award is a testament to the hard work Osage Nation has already done,” said John Robert Smith, Smart Growth America’s Senior Policy Advisor in the release. “Our program was more competitive this year than ever before, and Osage Nation and the city of Pawhuska stood out as a community doing great work. We’re excited to be able to help you continue on to the next stage of this work.”