This is about planning for a better future!
In October 2010 the Thunder Valley Community Development Corporation (Thunder Valley CDC) was awarded a $996,100 Sustainable Communities Planning Grant by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development. The main purpose of the grant was to allow the Thunder Valley CDC to work in partnership with tribal agencies, non-profits, experts in the field, and the Oglala people to develop a Regional Plan for Sustainable Development (the Plan). This plan will serve as the blueprint for investment decisions, both public and private, to support a more sustainable future for the Pine Ridge Reservation of South Dakota.
To create the plan the Planning Team will look at comprehensive ways to integrate housing, land use, economic and workforce development, transportation, and infrastructure investments in a manner that empowers the Oglala Lakota Nation. Among other things, it will consider the interdependent challenges of economic competitiveness and revitalization; social equity, inclusion, and access to opportunity; energy use and climate change; and, public health and environmental impacts.
Two entities have been created to inform and guide the Planning Process: the Consortium and the Steering Committee. These two entities will work closely with regional representatives from the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD), Department of Transportation (DOT), and the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).