Planning Organizations and Think Tanks in the National Capital Area

Brookings Institute – Think tank whose research areas include Metropolitan Areas, Economics, and Global Development

Chesapeake Bay Foundation – Saving the Bay through education, advocacy, litigation, and restoration.

Coalition for Smarter Growth – Dedicated to making the case for walkable, inclusive, and transit-oriented communities, and the land use and transportation policies and investments needed to make those communities flourish in the Washington D.C. region.

International City/County Management Association – The organization’s mission is to create excellence in local governance by developing and fostering professional management to build better communities.

Lincoln Institute of Land Policy – A resource for key issues concerning the use, regulation, and taxation of land.

Mobility Lab – Leading U.S. voice of “transportation demand management” – moving people instead of cars.

National Building Museum – Devoted to the history and impact of the built environment.

National Center for Smart Growth Research and Education – Leading Smart Growth research center at the University of Maryland, College Park

Rails-to-Trails Conservancy  – Non-profit organization whose mission it is to create a nationwide network of trails from former rail lines and connecting corridors to build healthier places for healthier people.

Smart Growth America – Advocates for people who want to live and work in great neighborhoods.

Transportation Research Board – Engages professionals worldwide in a broad range of interdisciplinary, multimodal activities to lay the foundation for innovative transportation solutions.

Trust for Public Land – National nonprofit that conserves land for people to enjoy as parks, gardens, historic sites, rural lands, and other natural places.

Urban Land Institute – Multidisciplinary real estate forum that facilitates an open exchange of ideas, information, and experience among industry leaders and policy makers dedicated to creating better places.