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H-GAC's Livable Centers Program conducts planning studies that identify specific recommendations, such as pedestrian and bicycle facilities, that can help facilitate the creation of Livable Centers. Each study focuses on how to move these recommendations forward to implementation.
Livable Centers Implementation can take many forms, including on the ground projects build by public or private entities, as well as policy changes or additional planning work. Implementation is an integral component of a successful Livable Centers program and helps move the studies vision to reality.
H-GAC celebrated the 10th year of the Livable Centers Program by reaching out to past project partners to better understand the impact of the program. In the Fall of 2018, H-GAC staff surveyed and interviewed local partners to solicit feedback to inform the Livable Centers 10 Year Evaluation Report and local partner report cards. An 8-page summary of the 10 Year Evaluation Report is also available.
Less Time on the Road: By concentrating destinations, Livable Centers study areas reduce an estimated 699,154 single-occupancy vehicle trips daily.
Employment Opportunities: By 2016, an estimated 261,000 people worked in Livable Centers areas. Livable Centers experienced a 16% increase in employment.
Economic Impact: As of November 2018, a total of $467 million in locally sponsored capital improvements had been made in Livable Centers study areas. An additional $491 million in improvements are planned or programmed.
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