A compilation of news links about and for regional communities pursuing local and regional development.
Published on line since November 11, 2003.
Top Regional Community stories … 1. – 9.
Other Regional Community News for Our Local Planet … 11.01 - .10
Blogging about Regional Communities … 12.01 - .02
Announcements and Regional Links … 13.01 - .02
Financial Crisis …14.01 - .02
Independent Sen. Bernard Sanders, who heads the Senate Environment Committee
"The block grant program recognizes the importance of local efforts to create good-paying jobs in developing sustainable energy and promoting energy efficiency," Sanders said. "What I particularly like about this approach is that it relies on local initiatives and grassroots participation."
The grants were designated for county governments and
"We had great support from all three offices in our federal delegation," said James Matteau, executive director of the Windham Regional Commission [ http://www.rpc.windham.vt.us/ ], which will receive $130,800 in stimulus money.
Peter Gregory, executive director of the Two Rivers-Ottauquechee Regional Planning Commission [ http://www.trorc.org/ ] in
The Addison County Regional Planning Commission [ http://www.acrpc.org/ ] will also use some of its $153,700 for energy audits of as many as 30 municipal buildings, said executive director Adam Lougee, …
The grants hopefully will help the planning commissions to create programs that are self-sustaining, Gregory said.
"Although this is stimulus money and it will end at some point, we are trying to establish a program that will outlive its funding source," Gregory said.
The Rutland Regional Planning Commission [ http://www.rutlandrpc.org/ ] will receive $189,700
As with other advanced capitalist societies, the
Nevertheless, the most exceptional feature of the
Perhaps a more important feature of
Conservatives campaign against abortion and even contraception, and maintain an amazingly high level of religiosity and skepticism of science, creating a climate favorable to a level of fertility above replacement levels (2.1 per female). The super pro-child Mormon Church alone claims millions of members, and evangelical groups boast even more. This creates a fascinating, future-influencing tension between a younger-growing, more educated population choosing lower fertility on average, and a more traditional population more successful at reproducing themselves!
Natural increase, then, can be expected in the following kinds of areas. …
Geography of Natural Increase
Figure 1 maps natural increase by five levels, …
Map 2 sorts counties according to in or out migration, population gain or loss, and the role of natural increase versus net in-migration. … border region counties …
3. Globalization, but also regionalization - AlArabiya.net
In this era of globalization, countries do still pay a great deal of attention to matters of national interest and concern. Against the belief of some, globalization does not erode or diminish the role of nation states, it, in many ways, augments and fosters it.
But countries should be paying much attention to globalization, as it has become a reality and active engagement with it is a must.
" In the
Then there are many who stress the importance of engaging at both national and global levels. But few are talking about another important level of engagement: regional.
Countries are often clustered in regions. This is why one talks, for example, about the Arab world, Southeast Asia, Central America, the
Some regions have been paying good (at time excellent) attention to their affairs, coordinating matters of mutual concern skillfully and efficiently. Many examples can be cited from Europe, Southeast Asia and North and
Other regions have not witnessed much cooperation among countries making them up.
4. Logistics dream: Chamber wants to remake region
Three hundred years ago, the Detroit region was a thriving trading post of fur trappers and frontier settlers, a strategic gateway into the virgin American interior and worthy of geopolitical maneuvering by the great powers of the day.
Now, the Detroit Regional Chamber wants to remake the region into a modern inland air-sea-rail-ground port worthy of its colonial history through an economic development and jobs-creation initiative designed to take advantage of
To do so will require money, time, patience and cooperation.
For starters, the chamber
The chamber has applied for government grants and private funding and expects to know in coming months if it will get the money, said Melissa Roy, the chamber
Answering those questions together is important before we embark on a regional governance model or plan,”
Besides the regional and state political leadership, the chamber is targeting entities such as port authorities, economic development corporations, managers of transportation systems and private industry.
5. Officials sidetrack county
The scenic railway that threads along
So when the federal government recently launched its economic stimulus program,
Most of the request never made it to
Instead, state officials decided to seek rail stimulus money for a single big-ticket project: a bullet train that doesn
Critics argue that the region — part of the second-busiest rail corridor in the nation — was robbed of a chance to move ahead with a series of shovel-ready improvements so the state could seek money for a project that
To Jim Mills, the former state senator who helped shape San Diego
“This was a good opportunity to improve existing rail service,” said Mills, known as the father of the San Diego Trolley. “
San Diegan Lynn Schenk, a California High-Speed Rail Authority board member, said the rail system will ultimately bring huge benefits to the region, including thousands of construction jobs as well as congestion relief.
Although not the first phase of the project, construction of a
Schenk and others say the coastal railway is a worthy candidate for other sources of government money, including state transportation bonds.
The San Diego Association of Governments, the region
6. White House on board to fix
Federal officials are coming soon to figure out what can be done to help
The city -- facing a budget deficit -- has cut bus routes and 113 jobs in the Detroit Department of Transportation, leaving some bus riders stranded. …
Ed Cardenas, spokesman for Mayor Dave Bing, said the city looks forward to working with the Obama administration, "and we appreciate the offer of support."
Transit is going to be a federal priority as President Barack Obama pushes for pedestrain-friendly communities.
"One of the most critical aspects that we
In the late 1970s, the region walked away from $600 million in federal money to help build a light-rail system from downtown
"You all have to get your act together on this. It
7. Federally funded regional consortium to test ways to improve education - The Kansas City Star –
With federal dollars flying at education at the speed of a national emergency, the Obama administration would like to know the money is fueling ideas that work.
Answers to that billion-dollar question soon may come from
Five universities from
“We are at a real crucial time in public education,” John Q. Easton, a Department of Education administrator, recently told a group of educators and researchers in
“We’re spending billions of dollars,”
The region is unlikely because education data are splintered between two state systems and across a diverse field of small to medium-size school districts.
Only a few of the larger
All of that makes it hard to amass the kind of usable data that have marked a successful research collaboration between Chicago-area universities and the 400,000-student
8. Upcoming conference will focus on regional development - Times-West Virginian -
The Regional Research Institute at
Randall Jackson is director of the WVU Regional Research Institute and also a professor in the university’s geology and geography department. The RRI, founded in 1965, focuses on regional economic development research.
“Our mission over all of those years has centered on the study of regional economic development with a focus on lagging regions,” he said. “Our research is not limited just to
As a public service, the institute publishes the Web Book of Regional Science [http://www.rri.wvu.edu/regscweb.htm], which is a fairly extensive collection of reference materials that instructors around the globe use for course materials and that professionals and planning agencies also utilize. …
WVU’s Regional Research Institute and the Economic Development Administration are co-hosting a conference in
The EDA is looking to be informed about the work that is being done and examine how those endeavors can be leveraged for future projects and policies, he said. The symposium will include presentations of research projects and a variety of panel sessions and discussions.
“These are all issues related to regional economic development strategies,”
He said discussion topics will include regional innovation systems, educational institutions and levels of research and development, workforce issues, the characteristics most conducive to presenting a healthy economy, and much more.
On October 14 Philadelphia Social Innovations Journal (www.philasocialinnovations.org), the first regional web-based journal of its kind, launches to bring together Philadelphia
"Philadelphia Social Innovations Journal will build a pipeline of social innovations for expansion, meeting our community
Philadelphia Social Innovations Journal co-founders Nicholas Torres of Congreso and Tine Hansen-Turton of National Nursing Centers Consortium and Public Health Management Corporation want to bridge formal research with practice. Inspired by Stanford Social Innovation Review, also a sponsor of the Journal, Philadelphia Social Innovations Journal pioneers a new avenue, bringing attention to the current and ongoing innovative work in the Greater Philadelphia nonprofit and social sector business community with respect to access to health care, human capital, education and workforce development, and violence prevention.
10. U.S. Regional Communities - sub-State, State or multi-State - in news articles.
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 U.S. in a news story as well as recognizing other regional organizations. In most cases, where a full name is present, a Google search will quickly get one to that organization. News reports do not always get the organization name correct. Contents
.01 Mayors in
The regionalization of public-safety and public-works services in seven metropolitan
The road to prosperity is built with regional cooperation and support for businesses that are willing to take risks. Speakers hammered home the message at Monday’s Tri-State Development Summit in
The public transportation service that helped more than 2 million
.04 Regional forum on levee plan is Wednesday
… invitation letter for the forum, commissioners say the plan “holds much promise for most areas, but could cause huge amounts of damage to the crops, livestock, homes and businesses in the eastern part of Pike, Lincoln and
.05 Speak your mind in a Northeast regional energy survey
Pine Journal -
The Arrowhead Regional Development Commission (ARDC) and Iron Range Resources (IRR) are working in collaboration to survey and assess activity and needs related to energy efficiency, conservation, and renewable energy projects in northeast
.07 Wrong way on FasTracks funds
Putting new rapid transit money in untouchable silos, reserved for certain FasTracks lines, might seem like a safe approach for suburban politicians who feel their towns have been shortchanged by the multibillion-dollar transit expansion plan. But it
newjerseynewsroom.com - NJ,
A recent Monmouth University/Gannett New Jersey Poll revealed, to no one
.10 Residents voice concern with bullet train plans
Local skeptics of the California High-Speed Rail Authority
.11 ACLU raises questions about intelligence center plans
The Daily Texan -
.12 Georgia Foreign-Trade Zone Adds Five Counties to its Region
The US Foreign-Trade Zones Board approved a broad expansion of the Georgia Foreign-Trade Zone Inc. (GFTZ) - a move which widens the organization
.13 Business competition prize doubled to $200000
The Post-Standard - Syracuse.com
.14 Tonight on TribTV: Community leaders to take residents
Leaders from nine south
Three years after launching its Trusted Credentials Project (TCP), more than 1,200 law enforcement officers are logging into their native systems and gaining immediate access to Regional Information Sharing Systems (RISS) resources with the help of Ping Identity. RISS users can also access resources on other systems using Ping Identity. A federally funded program with more than 8,500 member agencies, RISS supports efforts to combat terrorist activity, illegal drug trafficking, organized criminal activity, and other criminal priorities across jurisdictional lines. ...
.16 Metro audit brings 54 recommendations
Officials from Metro, the
Driving across the
11. Other Regional Community News for Our Local Planet Contents
.01 Buses running again but row far from over
The European Union and
Russian Prime Minister Vladimir Putin said here Tuesday Russia attached great importance to cooperation with
.04 Fashola Challenges World
THIS DAY -
Lagos State Governor, Babatunde Fashola SAN, has called for a new legal order on the African continent that would reverse the current trend where the gun is cheaper than the hoe and the recurrent and tragic issue of genocide is reversed. Fashola who was speaking at a session of the African Regional Forum of the International Bar Association … ‘I predict that so much of the survival of the planet will depend on
Fashola who spoke with the IBA President, Fernando Pelaez-Pier, present also called for a review of the principle of non-interference by sovereign states. ‘The principle and policies on which the world was re-ordered after World War II, the principle of non-interference, should be revised.
He challenged the world’s lawyers, particularly members of the African Regional Forum, to take action ‘that would unleash the new legal order’. …
.05 SCO states must share vision on regional peace: PM
Daily Times -
Prime Minister Yusuf Raza Gilani urged the Shanghai Cooperation Organisation (SCO) on Wednesday to adopt a “shared vision of trans-regional cooperation” for peace and development in the region. “I have no doubt that by collective wisdom and concerted efforts, we can contribute to building a prosperous future,” Gilani said while addressing the eighth annual meeting of the SCO council of heads of governments – which was attended y Chinese Prime Minister Wen Jiabao, Russian Prime Minister Vladimir Putin, Secretary General Bolat Nurgaliev and heads of other SCO governments. The prime minister said that challenges facing the region – especially the financial crisis, terrorism and extremism and the energy crisis – needed to be addressed on priority. ...
.06 Ensuring regional cooperation, integration promote
... 6th Session of the Committee on Trade, Regional Cooperation and Integration held in
... first area of priority is to improve the structures of cooperation in the Barents Region and develop a closer contact between the different regions. As important is the work to implement other regional cooperation structures in the north, and also the EU efforts in the north like the Arctic strategy and the Northern Dimension. The second area which
.08 Dealing with
Joy Online -
The Managing Director of Stanbic Bank
.09 President Ben Ali
... I am pleased to chair today the special session of the Regional Council of the Governorate of Tataouine, as part of the tradition we have established to follow up the development process in all regions of the country and enrich it with the necessary measures and decisions. I take this opportunity to greet and pay tribute to the inhabitants of the Governorate of Tataouine, for their unswerving adherence to the choices of the Change, and their active endeavour to promote the development process in their region and make strides forward in all fields. ... Regional development is a support base and a source of enrichment for national development; and the latter can be comprehensive, fair and balanced only when all efforts and energies are joined to make best use of the natural, cultural, tourist and economic specificities of each region, producing that convergence that is so vital for developing our economy, enhancing our potential and spreading quality of life throughout our country.”
.10 Template on disaster risk to be adopted
Business Mirror -
The National Economic and Development Authority (Neda) will launch in the regions beginning next month the guidelines in determining the various sources of disaster and finding the ways at reducing their impact on lives and properties. It will also ask the local governments to factor into the template the possible aggravating effect of climate change as manifested in the two recent devastating typhoons. Director Susan Jose of the Neda Regional Development Coordination Staff said the guidelines on Mainstreaming Disaster Risk Reduction in the regions and provinces will be launched for application in the regions “to help the local governments delineate the hazards and identify the characteristics of these sources of disasters.” ...
12. Blogging about Regional Communities Contents
The Prosperity Blog
I went to a really great discussion today at the
Anyway, the discussion was really fascinating, centering on how the central
That problem, of course, was that it was mostly “preaching to the choir.”
So what are we going to do about it? Katz thinks it’s a vision thing:
The metropolis does not have a crisp collaborative vision, critical in today’s hyper-global competition. There are pieces of a vision, given the fine work of groups like the Puget Sound Regional Council,
I actually disagree. We’ve got plenty of vision, like VISION 2040 and the Cascade Agenda. And it’s not that we lack agreement on them or that they’re flawed documents; it’s that people don’t know about them. ...
.02 Gorham vs.
Last Print Journalist
I skipped the
Mayor David Bertrand said in an interview today the current council thinks outside the box, something past
13. Announcements and Regional Links. Contents
The Conference is sponsored by the North American Regional Science Council (NARSC) and the Western Regional Science Association (WRSA). For information about the conference:
.02 Regional Studies Association Winter Conference 2009 - Global Recession: Regional Impacts on Housing, Jobs, Health and Wellbeing - 27th November 2009, The Resource Centre,
Information and registration:
14. Financial Crisis. Contents
.01 The Coming Collapse of the Middle Class
UC Television Video
Elizabeth Warren presents her comparison of family expenses 1970-71 to 2005-06 and talks about the continuing rise in bankruptcy among the middle-class in a 2007 lecture. The data show how changes in costs affect spending patters so that the current two-income family of four is in worse shape than their single income parents 35 years before. The research work led to her concerns about the credit problems in the
Background Interview: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=S1Uk-DwUvJw&feature=channel
.02 The Great American Bank Robbery
HAMMER FORUM Video http://hammer.ucla.edu/watchlisten/watchlisten/show_id/129363
William K. Black, the former litigation director of the Federal Home Loan Bank Board who investigated the Savings and Loan disaster of the 1980s, discusses the latest scandal in which a single bank, IndyMac, lost more money than was lost during the entire Savings and Loan crisis. He discusses the political failure behind the current economic disaster and answers questions from the audience. Black teaches economics and law at the
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