The state of Maryland Department of Housing and Community Development has again designated the City of Laurel a Sustainable City. Laurel has successfully retained its recognition since 2011. The designation will enable the city to obtain grant funding for the revitalization of the former Quill Lot at 389 Main Street and create a green destination space. The site will play host to events for the community, including the return of the Farmer’s Market.

The 2010 Sustainable Communities Act defines such locales as places where public and private investments and partnerships achieve:
● Development of a healthy local economy
● Protection and appreciation of historical and cultural resources.
● A mix of land uses.
● Affordable and sustainable housing, and employment options.
● Growth and development practices that protect the environment and conserve air, water, and energy resources, encourage walkability and recreational opportunities, and where available, create access to transit.

The City will continue to apply for grants through the Community Legacy Program, which provides funding for projects aimed at strengthening communities through business retention, encouraging homeownership and commercial revitalization. The city can also apply for funding through the Strategic Demolition Fund that encourages economic development, job production and smart growth.
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