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The Research & Policy Brief is published every other month and highlights research and policy-relevant work on a variety of important community development topics. CaRDI publications are designed to provide our readers with research-based, policy-relevant information to help foster dialogue at the local, regional and state-level, and to inform public and private decision-making around critical community and economic development issues.

The Research & Policy Briefs are written by university faculty, state agency representatives, and CCE Educators, among other partners and collaborators.

The Research & Policy Briefs are free for public reproduction with proper accreditation. For questions and comments about the briefs, or any other CaRDI publication, please contact Robin Blakely-Armitage at

Research Policy Briefs

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New York flood

Building Community Consensus for Flood Risk Adaptation

Jun 18, 2020

Research & Policy Brief Issue 90 /  June 2020
By Kristin Marcell (Hudson River Estuary Program, NYS Dept. of Environmental Conservation & NYS Water Resources Institute) and Bennett Brooks (Consensus Building Institute)

City street with row of houses

Tackling Zombies: New Approaches for Sustainable Housing

Jan 8, 2020

Research & Policy Brief Issue 87 /  December 2019
By Heidi Mouillesseaux-Kunzman, Cornell University, Helene Caloir, Local Inititatives Support Corporation, Derek Crossman, City of Utica and Diane Shoemaker, Rust to Green Utica