The Smart Growth Network (SGN) is a network of private, public, and non-governmental partner organizations seeking to improve development practices in neighborhoods, communities, and regions across the United States. The network was formed in response to increasing community concerns about the need for new ways to grow that boost the economy, protect the environment and public health, and enhance community vitality. SGN partners include environmental groups, historic preservation organizations, professional organizations, developers, real estate interests, and local and state government entities. SGN works to encourage development that serves the economy, community, public health, and the environment. It is a forum for: Raising public awareness of how growth can improve quality of life; Promoting smart growth best practices; Developing and sharing information, innovative policies, tools, and ideas; and Cultivating strategies to address barriers to and advance opportunities for smart growth.