1. Data revealing Northeast Ohio government's cost should drive regionalism – editorial - The Plain Dealer - Cleveland, OH, USA
The numbers, presented by the development group, the Fund for Our Economic Future, actually undercount the total cost because some agencies didn't report, and the latest numbers are more than 5 years old.
No government official alive could make a decent case for a bureaucratic landscape so rife with duplication and waste. But of course, no one has to make such a case. The system just is.
Until the people decide they've had enough -- and paid enough -- and change it.
If the economy and population were growing, the numbers might be easier to swallow.
For instance, the Minneapolis-St. Paul region spends more, per person, on government. However, that region's economy and population are growing. And government spending isn't rising as fast. So that yields a better return on public-sector spending.
By contrast, population growth has been flat here, while public-sector spending has surged 70 percent. And this region wastes money building new sidewalks, sewers and roads because our stagnant population sprawls.
This region's 169 municipal districts, 164 townships, 99 special districts and 208 independent school districts might have made sense when people got around by horse and buggy, but not now.
Northeast Ohio's redundant and wasteful government structures don't just cost taxpayers money, they erode the very competitiveness of our economy. And that's particularly troubling considering the wobbly state of the region's economy. Ohio's employment levels still haven't recovered from the last recession. …
The Fund for Our Economic Future has done a great service to the region by providing this springboard for change and regionalism. Now it's our job -- citizens and political, civic and business leaders -- to act.
2. Cuyahoga County reform: Two voices - The Plain Dealer -
Voice of experience says county charter makes government more efficient, not less costly
McCarthy, who retired last year as Summit County executive, spent 30 years as a county officer holder, including the jobs of the county's clerk of courts and auditor.
In the early years of
Oblander: Has it reduced taxes for the people in the community?
McCarthy: No. No. If the reason to sell a charter is that it's going to lower the cost of government, it's a false sale. It's a lie.
It doesn't necessarily cost more, but it's not going to cost less, because you still have to perform the functions. Somebody still has to do the job.
Now, what I'm talking about is the efficiency of operation. What you do is you try to . . . reduce your ongoing future costs. So your cost of doing business doesn't rise as fast.
So it's cost avoidance rather than saving.
Take regional dispatching. It doesn't cost less today, but it saves you money down the line when you have to get new equipment. That's the real selling point on regional cooperation.
Oblander: Regarding county government reform, what would you do differently than was done in
. . . If I was going to draw up a government for
. . . Everybody likes to talk about regionalism, but they're not willing to bite the bullet to give up their own autonomy or their own little police force or their own little planning department or their own little whatever. So they make up some other excuse or pull some other bag out of a hat.
... I'm not so sure that the elected officials would be the hardest sell. I think the hardest sell is farther down in the bureaucracy of the government -- those who are going to give you this passive resistance. It's almost like you can't see it but you know it's there.
3. State office urges towns to link up on development
Waterbury Republican American -
When Joan McDonald was appointed to lead the state in May 2007, one of the first things she heard was how difficult it is to get
"People said to me, 'You're never going to change the 169 towns, '" McDonald said recently. "This is a 'home-rule' state, so don't even try, it's not worth the effort. I heard that from all four corners of the state, from all types of businesses and municipalities. It was a universal sentiment."
McDonald, though, is not one to back down from a challenge. She heard the advice, but didn't listen, in part because the inability of the communities to think and work regionally was adversely affecting economic development statewide.
So McDonald has taken steps to change the "169 town" mind-set and promote regional development planning, including reorganizing her agency.
"I rolled it out in March, basically lining up in three key areas — responsible development, strategy and policy, and economic development, " she said. "I just realigned where the existing positions were."
Developing regional development strategies is one way to qualify for EDA money, according to Stephen P. Grady, the agency's economic development representative for
RCs: Regional Planning Organizations (RPOs) in Connecticut - Office of Policy & Management
Connecticut Economic Development Regions / Towns - Department of Economic and Community Development
4. Region must work as one - The Democrat -
Richard T. "Flip" Phillips, a Batesville attorney, told members of the Senatobia Rotary Club last week that there was a "New Regionalism" at work in our state.
In the past, he said, there were two main population centers in
Now, he said, Senatobia is situated in the middle of the region, surrounded by the retirement meccas of
He said that economic development must play on the strengths of this region to differentiate itself, at least in the eyes of the rest of the state, from the northeastern corner of the state.
Phillips told the club that it no longer mattered where in the world a person was, they could do business anywhere because of the advances in technology and communications.
He is involved with the M3 Alliance, which promotes Tate, Panola, Tunica, and DeSoto counties as a region, as well as touts the advantages of easy access to the
5. Four-Day Work Weeks, MUW Plans, Lower Tax Rates and Sad Repeats - WCBI-com - North Mississippi & West Alabama,
What I learned over Banquet Chicken
The Economic Development Luncheon ...
Much of Wednesday's discussion focused on a survey completed last fall by a consultant paid for by the Tennessee Valley Authority. Those results initially were presented to public forums last all. Then, as now, the message was cooperation and regionalism.
But even that is an old refrain. Mississippi Development Authority Director Gray Swoope and others have told
No one seems to be listening. As Coblentz notes, that's the issue.
Wednesday's conference was a prime example. Despite repeated admonitions to form partnerships and work on internal and external -- regional -- cooperation,
The message last fall was think regional. Officials should have started working on the idea then.
Wednesday would have been a good time to unveil the new way of thinking.
Instead, it was a repeat of the same old thing.
Coblentz wrongly blames Higgins as the roadblock. If so, it's only because
For instance, in the last year,
By contrast, when
The differences are obvious.
RCs: Golden Triangle Planning and Development District - Lowndes Co.
Three Rivers Planning and Development District – Monroe Co.
Northwest Alabama Council of Local Governments – Lamar Co.
6. Regionalization Time-consuming For Building Needs Committee - Cape Cod Chronicle -
The work of the school building needs committee has taken on a different focus over the past year, in many ways shaped by external forces pushing for regionalization.
The committee’s charge, crafted more than a year ago by the board of selectmen, emphasized the need to examine regionalization. But requests from the
“A year ago we rejected the idea of regionalization, ” Superintendent of Schools Dr. Carolyn Cragin said in a recent school building needs committee. “Now we see its political influence and advantages.”
Citing meetings with the Massachusetts School Building Authority, Cragin said the state’s policy of increasing the size and reducing the number of school districts is a philosophy for better education.
A free-standing high school the size and population of Harwich’s is something the state is not interested in funding, Cragin said. She said the town could make a decision to fund a new facility on its own. “The MSBA has limited funds and specific goals, ” the superintendent said.
These influences have shaped the evolution of the committee over the past year. Cragin said the state funding agency has offered to provide a facilitator to assist with discussions for regionalization with
“We’re making a case for small schools and ultimately a case for a small region, ” Cragin said. “It’s a strength we have.”
In April, members of the boards of selectmen from both towns, together with representatives of respective school committees, met to break the ice on the concept of regionalization. The outcome was …
7. Atlanta region begins looking 50 years out to 2060 - Atlanta Journal Constitution –
Over the next two years, the
The kick-off meeting of the Fifty Forward steering committee Monday confirmed that this will be a massive undertaking tackling a host of issues such as sustainability; demographics and diversity; megaregions, globalization and the economy; science, technology and innovation; land use and planning; pubic health and health care; workforce development and education; transportation; and energy.
Individual forums will be held on each topic followed by a series of community meetings that will be convened by the Civic League for Regional Atlanta.
“What we hope we will get in Fifty Forward will be to engage in different kinds of thinking, ” said Tom Weyandt, the ARC’s director of comprehensive planning.
It will be a public, private and nonprofit initiative. That make-up is reflected in the leadership of the Fifty Forward steering committee with its three co-chairs. Secretary of State Karen Handel is representing the government sector. Suzanne Sitherwood, president of Atlanta Gas Light, is representing the private sector. And
I think that looking far into the future enables planners to stage infrastructure in an orderly way. I would look further than 50 years, perhaps 50 years, 100 years, 250 years and 500 years. That would enable the region to have plenty of time to mold itself into the place it would like to become. We might also see that there are some limits to growth. But, then “the best laid plans of mice and men oft go astray”.
8. First American Human Development Report Introduces New Measurement of Americans' Well-Being - Earthtimes (press release),
A new report released today by the American Human Development Project introduces the American Human Development Index, a single measure of well-being for all Americans based on indicators in three key areas: health, education and income. "The Measure of America: American Human Development Report 2008-2009, " published by Columbia University Press and the Social Science Research Council, is the first-ever measure of the status of human development in the United States or any developed nation and provides a snapshot of Americans' well-being by state, congressional district, gender, race and ethnicity.
U.S.government statistics on longevity, educational attainment and enrollment, and earnings, the report reveals where is today and sets a benchmark against which we will be able to assess where we are tomorrow. Unlike single measurements of health, education or income, the American Human Development Index combines these factors into one measurement that more accurately reflects Americans' well-being. The report identifies which parts of the country are moving forward and which are stalled or even falling behind. America
"This is not a report about one group of Americans or another; it is about all of us, " said Kristen Lewis, co-author of the report. "By ranking the fifty states, the 436 congressional districts, and the major racial and ethnic groups, the American Human Development Index allows everyone to see where his or her community fits in terms of access to opportunity and standard of living."
… The analysis is particularly revealing in places like the
region, where we work with 34 regional organizations. … Gulf Coast
The report also includes key social, economic, political, environmental, housing, transportation and military data distilled from a vast array of primary sources not found together anywhere else. Finally, the report describes successful policies in
and other wealthy nations, allowing policy makers to draw practical lessons for policy action locally or nationally. America
9. This Week at Amtrak 2008-05-01 - This entry was posted on Thursday, July 10th, 2008 - United Rail Passenger Alliance
On May 1, 1971, the corporate infant Amtrak, wrapped in swaddling clothes, replaced most of
The previous edition of TWA of April 18th presented a positive plan for regional rail here in the sprawling state of
The most striking comments indicated a “pie in the sky” attitude about regional rail; many readers wanted to load up regional rail like lights on a Christmas tree, with all sorts of expensive ornaments that would marginally improve the system, but would otherwise cost more to implement than generate revenues to benefit the system.
There is a delicate balance between meeting overall demand versus individual constituency demand. Amtrak is currently striving to meet individual constituency demand for rail service, while often wholly ignoring overall demand,
Amtrak strives to create short, expensive to run trains with fare structures for revenues that can’t meet expenses. This is all done allegedly in the name of public good for whatever tree-hugging reasons there may be, or in the name of providing expensive service for relatively few people at the expense of everyone else.
Instead, Amtrak should create a business plan that best serves the majority of the country, and concentrate later on meeting smaller needs.
Bold font words are Google search terms. Bold italic words considered worth noting. In this and section 11, links to websites of organizations are added to the news excerpt when this is the first time an organization has been found. A goal of this newsletter is to find every regional council in the
.01 KC moves toward November vote on light-rail starter route
Kansas City Star - MO, USA
Kansas City’s action on Thursday was the introduction of an ordinance to place a 3/8 th-cent sales tax increase for light rail on the Nov. 4 ballot. That tax would begin April 1 and last for 25 years. A related resolution also was introduced, outlining the 12-mile route along with
.02 Highlands master plan adopted by Council
With a strong call for state funding to compensate affected property owners, a divided New Jersey Highlands Council adopted a landmark regional master plan, imposing strict controls on development in order to protect water, sensitive land and wildlife. After 7 1/2 hours, the council voted 9 to 5 to adopt the first regional plan to govern building in portions of
.03 Study Finds Widespread and Serious Air Pollution Impacts on Ecosystems
The Nature Conservancy -
"Air pollution doesn't recognize regional boundaries — we need a national solution." — Gary Lovett, senior scientist at the Cary Institute for Ecosystem Studies ... No ecosystem in
.04 Gaughan Proposes Merger of Erie County Villages into Neighboring Towns
Regionalism advocate Kevin Gaughan wants to merge each of the 16
.05 The profit motive for regionalism
Letters Unlimited from The Plain Dealer – Cleveland, OH, USA
It costs Northeast Ohio a considerable sum to have an educated work force, fire and police protection and amenities such as local parks and libraries. There's a reason we're a vastly different place from southeastern
.06 Deadline nears for this year's Shining Light awards
Detroit Free Press - United States
Nominations are rolling in as the deadline nears for the second annual Shining Light Regional Cooperation Awards, ... Dave Bing Future Leader Award, the Eleanor Josaitis Unsung Hero Award and the Neal Shine Award for Exemplary Regional Leadership -- is July 29, said Thomas Linn, chairman of the Metropolitan Affairs Coalition ...
.07 Georgia EPD Accepting Nominations for Water Councils
Lakefront Hartwell -
The Georgia Environmental Protection Division (EPD) has announced a call for nominations for members of the regional water planning councils, which is an important step in the statewide water planning process. … Each council will consist of 25 members and three alternates. Each council will be broadly represented to include agriculture, forestry, industry, commerce, local governments, water utilities, regional development centers, tourism, recreation and the environment.
.08 Peninsula ranks high in human development
San Mateo County Times -
… life in Silicon Valley and
.09 Here's a study of Houston that will make planning and implementation easier
Houston Chronicle - United States
... ULI panel recommends that the Houston areas cities and counties should plan together to make government infrastructure and private development work in harmony to enhance the entire region. Governments can no longer afford to invest in piecemeal projects ...
.10 Gas prices could help end sprawl
MetroWest Daily News - Framingham, MA, USA
... traffic, worsening air quality, shrinking open space and tightening water supplies have made clear the region was following an "unsustainable pattern of development" in both housing and business, said Marc Draisen, executive director of the Metropolitan Area Planning Council. ...
.11 Money a major factor in merger
The Winchester Star -
Money will play a big role in whether the city and
.12 Group considers strategic-planning goals for region
Daily Comet -
As for TEDA’s own challenges, they included finding a new and larger office, developing a greater state presence, and communication and cooperation with regional groups like the South Louisiana Economic Council. … remarks ignited discussion about whether Terrebonne should continue to seek to collaborate with SLEC and how best to bond as a region to present a united front in seeking state money. …
.13 Southern Maine regional economic development plan resurfaces
Portsmouth Herald News -
This is all being done now based on an expected emphasis on regional economic development and “regional quality of life” strategies outlined in a recent Executive Order signed by Gov. John Baldacci….
.14 Back to the future
Roanoke Times -
.15 Our view: Another step forward for regional dispatch center
The Salem News - Beverly, MA, USA
Progress in the effort to regionalize emergency dispatch functions comes as welcome news in a region that has traditionally been wary of such initiatives. The Sheriff's Department recently announced the hiring of Thomas Dubas, who oversees the 911 center for
.16 Funding sought to improve Route 109
Boston Globe - United States
Peter Yorkis, Medway's representative on the Southwest Area Planning Committee, a 10-community collaboration aimed at improving regional cooperation on such as transportation, said that the group has named Route 109 as one of its top priorities in the region, ...
.17 Road Map of Transportation Priorities
Washington Post -
The Calvert Board of County Commissioners unanimously voted Tuesday to send a list of several billion dollars' worth of transportation and safety projects to the Tri-County Council. The council is updating the region's priorities before the
.18 Praise flows for chairman’s Volkswagen recruiting efforts
News Courier -
“It was an excellent opportunity to show our regionalism, ” said Commission Chairman David Seibert. He said the $60 million pledged by
.19 Planning for the inevitable: More traffic along 495
MetroWest Daily News - Framingham, MA, USA
Officials from the Central Massachusetts Regional Planning Commission and the Metropolitan Area Planning Commission took notes as local officials and residents suggested more park and ride locations and a car pool lane on I-495 as ways to possibly ease traffic congestion....
.20 European-style fast bus coming to Utah
Bus rapid transit, a series of buses that act more like light rail with their own dedicated lanes, is popular in Europe and South America, and fast gaining ground in
.21 Thinking Regionally
Government Technology - Folsom, CA,
Harris County Texas is the third largest county in the
.22 Region Blueway/Greenway plan calls for more open lands and water trails
Chesterton Tribune – Chesterton, IN, USA
Imagine boarding a canoe -- maybe in downtown Chesterton or near a bridge in Hammond or at park in Gary -- and paddling past miles of woods, wetlands and wildlife. Such a vision is outlined in a new plan called the “Greenways and Blueways Northwest Indiana Regional Plan, ” which was publicly released on Thursday by the Northwestern Indiana Regional Planning Commission. …
.23 NASDA Backs Amendment Banning Argentine Meat Imports
Wisconsin Ag Connection - Marshfield, WI, USA
"While regionalization is a concept that NASDA supports in some instances for some diseases, NASDA believes importation from a sub-region where the disease has been prevalent and still exists in surrounding areas is unwise at this time, " ...
.24 Growing Camelina Could Bring $80 Million to Colorado's Economy
MarketWatch - USA
Blue Sun is actively breeding spring and winter camelina, through traditional breeding practices, to develop superior regionally adapted camelina cultivars ... Colorado's dryland farming regions have the potential (in rotation with winter wheat) to add nearly 30 million gallons of capacity-or about $80 million in rural economic activity.
.25 Micro-grids for power could stave off telco outages in disasters
Regional loss of phone services like that following Hurricane Katrina could be a thing of the past if telcos follow a proposed architecture of tiny grids dedicated to powering local phone networks, a
.26 Varnum names new managing partner
Michigan Business Review - MLive.com -
"Competition has increased not only from traditional competitors but from regional and national competitors as well, " Murphy said."As with all other aspects of business, the practice of law has expanded beyond natural (regional) boundaries."...
.27 Macy's seeks Florida feel
Florida Today -
"They're giving more responsibility to their regional people, they're hoping they know the markets better, " Otte said. " My view is the centralized view works better. Wal-Mart, for instance is a centralized operation and it took them years to figure out how to do that."
.28 Opinion: New Yorkers need transit innovations now
Public transit has always allowed residents to save money and keep the region cleaner and healthier. But now that it's needed most, the system lacks the resources to meet demand.
.29 Live: Sub Pop's SP20
Los Angeles Times - CA,
REGIONALISM IS dead: That's one of many extreme ideas floating around pop music circles during these tumultuous times. The theory goes that, as the Internet turns music thoroughly ethereal and links in people from
11. Other Regional Community News for Our Local Planet Contents
.01 Africa needs to beef up its capacity to avoid risks of global food price hikes
Xinhua - China
He indicated that ACBF is a regional institution which finances initiatives to build capacity in policy making in government and outside government, ... "My opinion is that, if African countries have enough capacity, they would be able to develop alternative visions on how to do things. The way the Chinese and some other countries have gone and have not fallen in the perpetual loan trap is a lesson to learn, " …
.02 China's Role In African Politics Appalling
Zimbabwe Independent - Harare, Zimbabwe
China’s cold war geopolitical manoeuvres in Africa would certainly not only explain why, for example, Mugabe pursued a one-party state policy immediately fter independence, but also why China itself continues to ignore pertinent issues of human rights, good governance and accountability which it fallaciously believes to be a property of the West –– a logic that unwittingly condescends on the struggles for independence and justice by Africans in general and Zimbabweans in particular. ...
.03 Asian Economic Integration the New Rage
Embassy - Ottawa, Ontario, Canada
"Canadians know that Asia has achieved remarkable economic growth, but they think of Asia in terms of individual economies, not as a region, " ... "Asia as a whole, we're doing a lot of co-operation." ... One of the messages delivered in the report that Mr. Lee said he hopes will resonate in
.04 Time right for Asia to eye integration, says ADB
Macau Daily Times - Macau
The time is right for Asian nations to look at financial integration, the Asian Development Bank said in a new study, stressing the benefits for promoting growth and reducing poverty. … While cooperation has increased markedly since the 1997 Asian financial crisis, the Manila-based bank said it was an "immediate priority" to bolster supervision and surveillance of markets in the region. …
The Daily Yomiuri -
.06 SAARC: The poor relation in regionalism
Sunday Times.lk -
If SAARC is to prove itself as a positive regional grouping then it must go beyond internal trade agreements and even where they exist there need to be even-handedness and no bureaucratic barriers.. SAARC cannot achieve its potential in a region with many resources if it remains a closed organisation not reaching out to other countries and other regional groupings, giving them an opportunity to invest money and resources as ASEAN has done by greater interaction politically and economically. …
.07 CSME crucial to Barbados
The Nation Newspaper -
The CSME and CARICOM generally are crucial to
.08 EDITORIAL - UWI marking 60 years of regional relevance
Jamaica Gleaner -
University of the West Indies (UWI) … That the UWI, accountable to 15 countries, has managed to survive these 60 years is not due to any magic, but to the wisdom of regional leaders, who have understood these necessities. By formalising their commitment to preserving and supporting it in their Grand Anse Declaration of 1989, while also looking to the development of their own national universities and tertiary institutions to help fill their own needs, they seek to strike a balance between the exigency of regionalism and the demands of the nation state. …
.09 Behold the New Africa
The Good News -
"This New Africa is being built every day by the African people who reach out across boundaries real and imagined. It is embedded within the honest and seeking minds of the young, the professionals, the activists, the believers in our continent."...
PR Bristol -
…annual State of the Countryside report. It says that despite above-average regional house prices, unequal earnings, and often declining access to services, rural and coastal parts of
.11 Local gov’t consultations begin towards regional policy
Stabroek News -
... Technical Working Group established to formulate a regional policy and cooperation framework for local governance and local government in the
.12 Q & A with Dominique Strauss-Kahn, IMF managing director
New York Times Blogs -
A. ... Countries in regional arrangements do not turn their backs on the rest of the world. In fact, their international trade and financial ties will increase as they take advantage of today’s increasingly integrated global economy. And because they have a stake in the global economy they retain a strong interest in being a member of a cooperative global financial institution such as the IMF. ...
ReliefWeb (press release) -
Countries awash with weapons -- especially in poorer regions where arms-smuggling was rampant -- needed ‘real assistance’ from technical experts and civil society organizations to curb illegal commerce in small arms and light weapons, …
.14 Super-jails have always been a bad idea;
Northumberland Today - Cobourg,
Prisons have been regionalized to encourage visitors to keep in touch with inmates through visits. Correctional Services has realized that keeping inmates in touch with family and friends in the community is a major incentive to successful reintegration...
.15 Ajax needs a farmers' market
Northumberland News - Cobourg, Ontario, Canada
Please add me to the list of Durham citizens who want access to regionally (Ontario) grown produce. … The Town council spends a great deal of energy keeping farmers in the greenbelt to farm. Hosting a central farmers' market that a good number of
I am restricted because I work outside the region during ...
.16 Mozambique: An Overly Civil Society?
… at the International Consultative Conference on Poverty and Development held in
.17 Massive shortfall in unit dwellings expected for SEQ
Queensland Business Review - Spring Hill, Queensland,
South East Queensland Regional Plan (SEQRP) infill targets are not being met, with the original expectation for 160, 000 multi-unit dwellings to be developed by 2026 revised down to 143, 100. …Property Council President Guy Gibson says it is therefore time to move away from "misguided, faith-based planning to evidence-based planning". ...
.18 Asia's main security forum to be strengthened
Monsters and Critics.com -
The 27-member ASEAN Regional Forum (ARF) meets in
.19 Avoiding the tradeoff
It turned out that their biggest impediment was the still common view that development was synonymous with economic growth. One planning official candidly told us of a Cabinet discussion wherein the environment minister's concerns over the adverse impacts on biodiversity of certain development projects were roundly dismissed with the sarcastic admonition that the government was trying to build its economy, not build a zoo. If development is not economic growth, then what is it? …
.20 EMS brings good news to council
Bancroft This Week - Bancroft, ON, Canada
“The Ministry of Health wanted to ensure when EMS fell under the County that it was a seamless system that covered all areas despite regional boundaries, ” ...
.21 WHO Warns Asian Nations About Drug-Resistant TB Growth
This is not good enough, as the Western Pacific Regions have been hit hardest out of any other spot on Earth. Nations who are at highest risk include
.22 Bulgaria to be Divided into 8 Tourism Regions
VisitBulgaria.net (press release) -
.23 South Asian leaders urged to slash telco tariffs
Regional policy group LIRNEasia said reducing call costs between members of the South Asian Association for Regional Cooperation (SAARC) would encourage trade and improve business links between the countries. ...
.24 Director of Regions
Third Sector (registration) -
They are a lively, dynamic and forward thinking organisation and are looking for a passionate and energetic Director of Regions. Your role will be to lead and develop the campaign's regional work and relationships in order to influence enterprise activity and culture across the
12. Blogging about Regional Communities Contents
There seems to be a lot of talk lately about an expanded concept of regionalism. Perhaps the best known exponent of this view is creative class guru Richard Florida, who published his thesis in a paper called "The Rise of the Mega-Region". ... It is easy to see the surface logic and appeal of this. The
.02 Making the Connections, Part 4
Community Connections – Pittsburgh 250
… for the Regional grant distributions, a further step was added: At the Regional decisionmaking forum held in Pittsburgh, in December of 2007, the 24 strongest Regional grant candidates – as chosen by Regional decisionmakers from all counties, out of the expert-reviewed proposals – presented their ideas live before the decisionmakers. After which, discussion ensued, and projects were chosen....
.03 The Noog Uber Alles
He also stressed that "regionalism" is the proper context in which to view
.04 Thoughts on the Economic Development Luncheon
Alderman Corey's Blog
His opinion was, given that one of the recurring statements made was our need to embrace regionalism, we didn't have anyone from the region at the event (Clay, Lowndes Counties for example) ... Del Boyette (President - Boyette Levy, Inc.) advised that we keep in mind that Starkville is different from much of the rest of the state largely due to the University and that therefore our opportunities will be different. He went on to say that the state of Mississippi itself loses if MSU/Starkville don't get along because many of the higher tech industries that come to this state will likely want to come here. ...
.05 DPI Restructure Press Release - Detail on Restructuring the Department of Public Instruction
A Teacher's Take
Create a new format to address further regionalization (where appropriate) of the education system without impacting any existing districts. We may have too many regional structures already. We must as a state continue to focus on every student by assisting schools at the margins of the education continuum....
.06 Chamber of Regions, Council of Europe
By Claudette Baldacchino
Claudette Abela Baldacchino, Deputy Mayor of Qrendi, Member of the Committee of Regions. Claudette has been a member of the Committee of the Regions (COR) since 2006. … link to “Services of general interest in rural areas, a key factor in territorial cohesion policies”
.07 Regional fudge
Little Man in a Toque
... it may at least be useful in providing a template for how a regional committee system might operate in a future English parliament.
.08 Rural Matters!
Regionally Speaking -
The conference included education sessions on rural diversification, rural-urban interaction, regional governance, green energy, capacity building and community based development organizations. ...
.09 High Performance Infrastructure Guidelines
The landscape architecture profession definitely needs to push these boundaries of sustainable sites - and definitely communicate and collaborate with consistency - but also don't place all of our eggs in one basket, such as the ASLA sponsored Sustainable Sites Initiative. I like the idea of regionalism, which is more appropriate for sustainability, versus a one-size-fits-all LEEDesque approach. What does a sustainable park look like in NYC, versus
.10 International Intergovernmental Organizations (IGOs)
By Kevin James(Kevin James)
The July 5th issue of The Economist examines the network of Intergovernmental Organizations (IGOs) established at the end of World War II, and in the sixty years since, to see how effective it is in promoting international peace and prosperity. … it does an excellent job of identifying the most important IGOs and explaining their respective purposes:...
.11 Conservative Support for Renewal of Food Culture
By Ed Harris
Respect for tradition and social and ecological responsibility can work together with technological innovation and capitalist resourcefulness to respect the ridges and valleys of regionalism in an increasingly flattened world. ...
Lulu – Gary Gibson’s Blog
Critical mass for profit isn't the sole criterion for clumping together a social network and perpetuating its existence-its utility for the accomplishing of political goals over regional boundaries such that the transcending of individual geographical empowerment in democratic self-determination is brought about ad hoc may be one of several reasons to phenomenally establish and continue a social network site on the Internet. ...
.13 Is the ‘new regionalism’ of importance to East-West Security? Explain.
By Vera Michlin
.... looking at the current conditions in the sub-regions of
.14 Jane Austen’s Globalism: Three Lenses for the Future
Can we, in other words, identify a basis for a kind of universal thinking that escapes the boundaries of nationalism and regionalism, looks at life from a global perspective, and sees things the way that people from a variety of ...
13. Announcements and Regional Links. Contents
While it is true that
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- and much more futures intelligence on technology, environment, governance, and the human condition
It is produced by the Millennium Project, which collects, feeds back, and assesses insights from creative and knowledgeable people on emerging crises, opportunities, strategic priorities, and the feasibility of actions.
Multilateral Investment Guarantee Agency – World Bank Group
MIGA works in all regions of the world and has provided investment guarantees for projects in 96 developing countries across a broad range of sectors. The regional breakdown of guarantees issued by MIGA can be viewed from two perspectives: the number of number of guarantees issued and the value of the guarantees. …
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