Arlington County Board Member Chris Zimmerman to Help Lead Smart Growth America's New Local Leaders Council

  • Nationwide, nonpartisan network of local officials
  • Leaders to exchange smart growth strategies, lessons
  • Working together to build great neighborhoods, strong economies

ARLINGTON Va. — Arlington County Board Member Chris Zimmerman is one of 22 leading local officials from jurisdictions around the country to join the Advisory Board of Smart Growth America's new Local Leaders Council, a nonpartisan group of local officials.

The Local Leaders Council will help municipal leaders who share an interest in using smart growth strategies to generate economic returns, save taxpayer money and provide housing and transportation options near jobs, shops and schools collaborate and share ideas.

“Smart growth is the foundation upon which Arlington is working to build a livable, economically successful, equitable and sustainable community,” said Arlington County Board Member Chris Zimmerman. “Our smart growth policies have made Arlington one of the most desirable places in the nation to live. We are still learning, however, and I am looking forward to helping build a network of local government leaders who can share their expertise, their experiences and their vision to encourage smart growth policies across our nation.”

Developing nationwide network

As an Advisory Board Member, Mr. Zimmerman will work with other municipal leaders from around the country to guide the growth and develop the program of this new nationwide network. The Advisory Board of the Local Leaders Council is comprised of municipal leaders representing big cities, rural towns, and suburban communities, each with their own set of challenges and opportunities.

The Advisory Board convened for the first time on October 1, 2012, to discuss shared goals and deliberate on the services the Council would provide its members, which will include elected and appointed decision makers at the city and county levels. Members will receive technical assistance in policy development, reviews of best practices across a broad range of issues, and access to one another to share ideas and lessons in smart growth implementation.

With guidance from the Advisory Board, Smart Growth America will begin to recruit the first members of the Local Leaders Council. Initially, membership will be by invitation with Board members and general members making nominations to grow the network. For more information about Smart Growth America's Local Leaders Council, visit, or contact: Thomas Madrecki, 202-215-2258,


Smart Growth America is the only national organization dedicated to researching, advocating for and leading coalitions to bring smart growth practices to more communities nationwide. From providing more sidewalks to ensuring more homes are built near public transportation or that productive farms remain a part of our communities, smart growth helps make sure people across the nation can live in great neighborhoods.

Arlington Va., is a world-class residential, business and tourist location that was originally part of the “10 miles square” parcel of land surveyed in 1791 to be the Nation's Capital. Slightly smaller than 26 square miles, it is the geographically smallest self-governing county in the United States, and one of only a handful with the prized Aaa/AAA/AAA bond rating. Arlington maintains a rich variety of stable neighborhoods and quality schools, and has received numerous awards for Smart Growth and transit-oriented development. Home to some of the most influential organizations in the world — including the Pentagon — Arlington stands out as one of America's preeminent places to live, visit and do business.