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SMHA’s affiliate Teche Ridge, LLC is developing Teche Ridge, a master-planned $150 million Traditional Neighborhood Design/Smart Growth development on 100 acres in Iberia Parish. Teche Ridge is the first neighborhood of its kind in Iberia Parish and, when fully built, will provide approximately 600 homes at eight different price points, commercial property, and civic space. The economic impact, and result in economic impact of nearly a billion dollars (using a X7 multiplier) in Iberia Parish.
Teche Ridge was born from SMHA CEO Lorna Bourg’s learnings and observations following the devastating hurricanes of 2005. Teche... read more
The Democratic Party needs rural votes to secure a decisive victory in the race for the presidency, and to win back the Senate and make real progress in the fight for the House of Representatives. That’s a powerful lesson from recent election cycles. When President Obama won a decisive victory eight years ago, Democrats made major inroads in rural America:Two hundred and thirteen rural counties and 49 exurban counties flipped from the Republican column in 2004 to the Democratic... read more
1) As a rural-based organization, what role do you see rural communities and landscapes playing in the climate solution?
Many rural communities and landscapes bear the brunt of our dependence on fossil fuels. We see, smell, hear, and feel the impacts of oil, gas and coal development. A key role the 12,000 members in WORC’s network of eight grassroots community organizations play toward a climate solution is raising up their voices about climate “weirding” they see firsthand: stronger storms, hotter summers, longer droughts. Our members are organizing together to demand climate solutions, starting with stronger... read more
The electric grid is no longer a 20th-century, one-way system. A constellation of distributed energy technologies is paving the way for “microgrids,” a combination of smart electric devices, power generation, and storage resources, connected to one or many loads, that can connect and disconnect from the grid at-will.
For years, microgrids were most common at hospitals and military bases — places that require more reliability than the aging grid offers. Today, microgrids are increasingly used for more:
- To... read more