Solutions

EcoDistricts

A rapidly growing movement appealing to Millennials and frequently found in urban centers. EcoDistricts

Agrihoods

This video on Agrihoods was just released on Jan 5, 2018. We will be providing commentary shortly. Sunergie has reviewed the features of 20 Agrihood communities in the USA, and it has shaped our strategy of how to exceed the expectations generated by the Agrihood movement.

For more information on Agrihoods, check out this ULI Food and Real Estate Portal here.

New Urbanism

Can the plethora of New Urbanist planners expand their market by partnering to build agrihoods? Can agrihoods become something much bigger, more complete places? Could they involve not just food hubs, but transit hubs, recycling hubs, energy hubs, and social hubs all together in the same community?

Regenerative Agriculture

“Regenerative Agriculture” describes farming and grazing practices that, among other benefits, reverse climate change by rebuilding soil organic matter and restoring degraded soil biodiversity – resulting in both carbon drawdown and improving the water cycle.

Do you want to know how these solutions can be adapted to your project?

New Market Tax Credits

Leveraging private sector investments through Community Development Finance Institutions and Community Development Corporations.

Similar structures are being implemented for Opportunity Zones. Link

Agriculture Development Districts

The Texas Department of Agriculture was provided with legislation in 2002 to create Agriculture Development Districts, which can use Municipal Tax Free bonds for the creation of agricultural infrastructure. Sunergie has identified pathways within this legislation to finance roads and infrastructure related to agricultural based developments, such as the conservation areas around the communities.

Innovation Districts

Innovation districts constitute the ultimate mash up of entrepreneurs and educational institutions, start-ups and schools, mixed-use development and medical innovations, bike-sharing and bankable investments—all connected by transit, powered by clean energy, wired for digital technology, and fueled by caffeine.

The USDA offers a series of grant programs that are relevant to the development of new Agrihoods based in what the USDA defines as 'rural. Click here for a simple USDA tool to determine if your project is eligible for USDA programs. Link

The following are USDA grant programs that can be relevant to a residential real estate project done as an Agrihood:

  • USDA RD - Rural Development Programs and Services Link
    • Value Added Producer Grant Program Link
    • Distributed Generation Energy Project Financing Link
  • USDA AMS - Agricultural Marketing Service Grants and Opportunities Link
    • Local Food Promotion Program Link