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 - .25
Blogging about Regional Communities … 12.01 - .09
Announcements and Regional Links … 13.01 - .04
Financial Crisis …14.01 - .04
Dear RCD News Readers –
This edition marks the 6th anniversary of Regional Community Development News, a publication dedicated to what I see as “emerging regional communities of communities.” Regional communities cooperate, collaborate, partner, network, coordinate; form coalitions and alliances; practice regionalism, regionalization, and self-governance across boundaries, great and small. This is done through the use of jurisdictional geographies and related identities, old or modern, in response to opportunities and/or necessities. At age 63 I learn every day about the uses of community. The Regional Communities blog was added along the journey with other regional community product and organization links at the blog. Feedback welcome, as always.
Sincerely – Tom Christoffel, AICP, Editor
Top Regional Community stories
Regionalism is a term that gets thrown around a lot during election seasons. Candidates talk about the need to work more closely with other governments, to forge service-delivery partnerships and to build stronger collaborative relationships. Then, after the election, everyone goes back to working in the same governmental silos. … After all, you don’t get elected with votes from those other districts.
This year could be different in
Both county executive candidates Dow Constantine and Susan Hutchison have made improving the county’s relationship with other governments a part of their campaigns. …
Just as the financial crisis facing the Metro bus system offers a rare opportunity to redefine public transportation, the fiscal meltdown engulfing county government offers a chance to re-invent how this region works.
First, a little primer.
Each of these institutions has its own set of objectives set by hundreds of elected officials and legions of staffers. This reality is not going to change soon, so the challenge of forging working partnerships must be accomplished in this rich soup of relationships. How can this be done? I’ve worked out a few guidelines, from my years of trying to make music together:
First, realize that we won’t always agree and often our interests will diverge. In such cases good fences make for good neighbors. Care should be put into defining those boundaries.
Orlando Mayor Buddy Dyer came to South Lake Thursday afternoon, bringing a message of regionalism with him.
"You cannot think about competing against each other within the region," he said. "It can
The lunch at
Dyer spoke on the importance of regionalism and of cooperation within and across county lines.
"You have to think about how the entire region can compete against other regions or internationally," he said.
Dyer recapped some of his accomplishments since taking on the post of mayor in 2003, including bringing a medical city and a performing arts center to
Dyer stressed that each project was only possible because of regional cooperation.
Dyer said some of
He also noted that other cities
Dyer also talked about the work that
Dyer said that neighboring cities will benefit from cooperating to incorporate a strong feeder system running into it made up of other transportation means, such as buses, that people would take to get there.
"I was really excited about the fact that Mayor Dyer understood the importance of a rapid transit system as a feeder to the high-speed rail system," Groveland Mayor Richard Smith said.
3. Movers & Shakers 2009: Regionalism - Central Penn Business Journal -
While some efforts have fizzled, there have been successful initiatives thanks to the hard work of a few dedicated individuals and groups. Springettsbury and
These projects are the just the tip of the iceberg for an area as segmented as
How can we change?
One way the business community can reach out and encourage regionalism in
Business leaders also can make their voices heard by local government and elected officials and express their interest and support of regional efforts. Talking to local organizations about the benefits of consolidation can help as well.
And rather than just talk about the idea of regionalism, business leaders need to dig in and have more meaningful, thoughtful discussions about what kinds of regional approaches make or don
Leading by example
4. Backers of
One after another, surfers young and older trooped to the microphone to recount their encounters with the polluted waves off
They told of bouts of diarrhea, conjunctivitis that wouldn
In the end, the testimony of the surfers helped carry the day Thursday for supporters of a ban on new septic systems in the vibrant commercial heart of one of
Under the prohibition, no new septic systems will be allowed and owners of existing commercial and residential systems will have to halt discharges within the next decade.
The years-long battle over water quality in
In the opinion of many,
… "Here we are in one of the richest cities in the
5. Regional solutions to regional problems - Modesto Bee -
Without a lot of fanfare, local government leaders are teaming up on some high-priced projects and expensive services. For example:
• Salida, Stanislaus Consolidated and the
The trend isn
On large, expensive services, such as operating a jail, local jurisdictions have long recognized the need to work together. But now we are seeing cities cooperating in other areas.
In 2005, Modesto Mayor Jim Ridenour convened the mayors of
The mayors never achieved a consensus on growth management, but their talks proved fruitful in other ways. Most important, these ongoing sessions have fostered a much-needed trust.
Ridenour is an effective champion of regional thinking for a number of reasons — his business background, his sincere commitment to the idea of efficiency through shared resources, and the fact that he isn
6. Focus on region to achieve success - Tahlequah Daily Press -
… summit, the first in a cooperative effort by NSU, the Cherokee Nation and SACC-EZ (Sequoyah, Adair and Cherokee County Empowerment Zone), focuses on “Giving Voice to Our Region.”
“In 2009, effective regionalism is not a competitive advantage; it is a competitive imperative,” he said.
Businesses make decisions not only on a local basis, but on a regional basis, and, increasingly, a global basis.
Years ago, a city seeking to attract a new business to town competed against a few other cities in the region, or perhaps in the nation, Today, it’s competing with cities around the world — and frequently, those cities are doing a better job of courting, Millett said. Other countries have an increasingly more educated workforce and other attractions for a company.
“It’s not just northeastern
A regional economic approach is vital, Millett said.
“Can you come together as a people? Can you muster the educational resources, can you compile the data?” he said.
“Look around the room. How many people do you know? How many people do you have to introduce yourself to? The more introductions, the less regionalism,” Millett said.
Millett said he considers a good library the equivalent of an MBA in the quality of a community. Preparing leaders begins at birth, he said, and the library is a powerful resource.
In response to looming financial problems, Town Administrator Jeffrey Nutting is weighing the pros and cons of sharing more services with other area towns.
Nutting has joined the Regionalization Advisory Commission, which is led by Lt. Gov. Timothy Murray and consists of 19 representatives from different sectors of government around the state, ranging from state-level executives to municipal government workers.
Members meet monthly to review all aspects of regionalization, including the possible opportunities, benefits and challenges.
"In difficult times, people are forced to look at ways to resolve problems that are beyond the traditional method," Nutting said.
The committee is divided into subcommittees to explore the potential areas of regionalization in education, public safety, public health, public works, housing, veterans
"Not everyone wants to share every service, nor can they, but it
Nutting said they are reviewing examples of regionalized services from all over the state, and the commission will present its findings in April.
There "would be reduced overhead and greater resource efficiency," he said. "Not every single town needs separate police and fire chiefs, ambulance services, school superintendents, etc."
Despite financial benefits, both Nutting and Whalen agree the only foreseeable drawback is a loss of control over town services.
… "With regionalization, by definition, we as residents of
8. OUR OPINION: Regional schools hit by unfair transportation cuts - The Patriot Ledger -
In announcing spending cuts to close a $600 million budget gap, Gov. Deval Patrick last week stressed he was leaving the main sources of state education aid intact. What he didn’t say was he was making cuts in another account that will cause unfair hardships for the state’s regional school districts.
Patrick cut $18 million in transportation aid, forcing up to 40 school districts to find that money in already strapped budgets. The cut will hit most of vocational school districts as well as regional K-12 districts.
Some schools may be able to cope without digging into funds slated for educational programs.
But other local schools face cuts that aren’t so readily absorbed.
The transportation cuts break a long-standing promise. When the state pushed for school consolidation, transportation costs were a source of local resistance, so the legislation creating regional school districts required bus transportation be provided, prohibited districts from charging transportation fees and committed the state to fully fund regional-school transportation.
The state has often fallen short of that commitment. Transportation aid was cut in the original budget for this fiscal year; Patrick’s latest cuts bring the state contribution to just 29 percent of district costs. The law establishing regional districts prevents district boards from responding to these cuts.
Unlike local school districts, they cannot eliminate bus routes, nor charge students for transportation. There’s good reason for these restrictions: Students in regional districts have to travel long distances to their schools.
State law also prohibits regional school districts from going back to their member towns in mid-year to ask for more money.
The result of these restrictions is that regional districts will have to find transportation money elsewhere in their budgets, which means potentially hurting their educational programs.
Six regions of the country yesterday were designated independent integration areas by the government.
The six include three in
Public Administration and Security Minister Lee Dal-gon said in a briefing at the Central Government Complex, “We surveyed the independent integration of 18 regions including 46 provincial governments nationwide. Since we found that more than half of the residents from 16 cities and counties in the six regions approved the idea, we officially implemented the integration process.”
“Massive administrative and financial support for integrated cities will follow.”
Accordingly, the ministry will submit a bill on building regional integrated cities by the end of the year if 16 councils in cities and counties in the six regions approve of the integration.
Once the councils approve, an organization for consultation and support overarching all government agencies will be set up in the Office of the Prime Minister to lay the foundation for long-term development of integrated self-governing bodies and come up with support measures for each agency.
When the bill on building integrated cities passes the National Assembly in February next year, an election for the heads of integrated cities will follow June 3. The cities will officially be launched July 1.
10. U.S. Regional Communities - sub-State, State or multi-State - in news articles.
Bold font words are Google search terms and phrases of interest. 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 Cuyahoga County
Plain Dealer -
The revolution will arrive in waves. In January 2011, a new Cuyahoga County Council will meet, its 11 members bucking commissioners
The Brown Daily Herald –
The town of
.03 A regional vision
News & Observer -
Our thanks to Todd K. BenDor for raising the important connection between how we develop and the water quality we enjoy in his Nov. 1 Point of View article ("A new form of water-quality protection"). BenDor also made the case for strong regional coordination; at the Triangle J Council of Governments, we couldn
.04 Mayor Pat McCrory on Megaregions
Mayor Pat McCrory of
.05 NEOtropolis Debuts Tonight on PBS 45/49
Business Journal Daily -
NEOtropolis, a new weekly program looking at regional economic issues, premieres tonight at 9 p.m. on Western Reserve Public Media PBS 45/49. ... “NEOtropolis will offer timely information about the region’s business and economy in a fast-paced yet in-depth format,” says Duilio Mariola, Western Reserve Public Media executive producer. “We want to be a vehicle for dialogue about regionalism for the four major cities in our broadcast area --
.06 New Study Tracks Migration of Kansans
Note: This report covers all States and Counties. – “The County-to-County Migration of Taxpayers and their Incomes” – PDF download link
The Star-Ledger - NJ.com
In a leafy corner of the state, far from the epicenter of a nasty gubernatorial election, voters from the
.08 Voters reject
Voters in two northern
.09 City-suburb divide suits Collins fine
... the real loser Tuesday was not any one candidate or the other, but the notion that this is one region. Collins has made it his business to drive a stake through that idea. The corporate whiz couldn’t figure out how to run a regional parks system cost-effectively, so he dumped the Olmsted parks back onto the city’s books even though the parks draw users from far and wide. His bid to take the county out of services that help poor people—no doubt spurred by the notion that most of the poor live in the city—will get a boost if it turns out he has more soulless mates on the Legislature. And the overarching GOP strategy of not running credible candidates in Buffalo— Chairman James Domagalski couldn’t find a mayoral contender because the Brown administration is doing such a great job?—cements the city-suburban divide. ...
.10 Plan turns to students for economic innovation
The State News -
Students and recent graduates might have more of a reason to stay in the
.11 Recession fuels more local government consolidations
Eagle Tribune -
The recession has put new wind in the sails of the push to streamline local government. As cities and towns feel pressure from flagging local revenues and a forecast of reduced state aid next year, efforts to consolidate resources — particularly between municipalities and school departments — are gaining steam across the
.12 National Report Shows 1 in 5 Traffic Deaths in New York are Pedestrians Yet State Only Spends 1% of Available Federal Transportation Funds on Pedestrian Safety; Advocates Call for a Statewide Complete Streets Policy
Tri-State Transportation Campaign - Press Release - Regional Plan Association -
A new national report by Transportation for
* 22.5% of total traffic deaths in
* 31% of total traffic deaths in the NYC metropolitan area are pedestrians.
* Only 1% of
* The NYC metropolitan area receives only $0.61 per person in federal funds for pedestrian and bike facilities, well below the meager $1.39 spent per person for metro areas nationwide.
Advocates said these deaths are preventable if the state changes transportation policies and funding practices. “New York State Department of Transportation must do more to provide safer walking routes for
.13 Mayors, concerned locals gather to raise awareness about carbon output
Carbon Offsets Daily
… mayors of Telluride and Mountain Village came together for a rally in front of the San Miguel County Courthouse to encourage Telluriders to be a little more green, and pledge the support of their towns’ governments to turn this community 100 percent carbon neutral by 2020 in an effort they call Telluride Renewed. “Telluride Renewed is just two mayors of two adjacent towns coming together to ask their community to achieve a big goal,” said Mountain Village Mayor Bob Delves. “If somebody doesn’t start, nobody will do it. We are small community, a well-educated community, and a fairly affluent community. If we can’t do it, who can?” Telluride Mayor Stu Fraser ... our regional community emitted about 275000 metric tons of equivalent carbon dioxide emissions — a measure used to gauge CO2 output.
When William P. Butler began pitching his grand plans for a towering skyscraper along
.15 Briggs talks regionalism, revenues
Norristown Times Herald -
The “partisanship and the regionalism” of the state Legislature are the two things that have surprised state Rep. Tim Briggs, D-149th Dist., the most during his freshman year in Harrisburg. “A lot of things people vote on are party line, and if it’s not party line it’s bipartisan but by regions. Southeastern Pennsylvanians vote one way and
.16 County to join economic development region
Tallahassee.com - FL,
Aviation officials and local elected leaders celebrated the
.18 LTCC Opposes Regional Connector Build Alternatives
Rafu Shimpo -
The Little Tokyo Community Council on Tuesday stated its opposition to the two current build alternatives proposed for the Metro Regional Connector and urged consideration of a new alternative. Regional Connector seeks to create an almost two-mile transit link between the Gold and Blue Line light rail systems through downtown
.19 Faith communities gather to meet the needs of city, region
Religious communities from all over
.20 Green Jobs - Southwest and West Central Clean Energy Resource Team (CERT) Regional Coordinator(s) (
Coordinator(s) will be instrumental in working to advance community-scale energy projects within the southwest and west central
.21 Regional filings hit
Valley-area bankruptcy filings in October hit a 2009 high for the fifth consecutive month as pressures from the tough job market overshadowed signs of gradual economic improvement. The 2,496 filings in metro
.22 Dyson grants help region
The Dyson Foundation is a philanthropic organization based in
.23 Catskill ski resorts team up for regional promotion effort
Five Catskill region ski resorts that began a promotional collaboration earlier this year at the invitation of Ulster County Executive Michael Hein are building on that effort for the coming ski season. The Catskill Association for Tourism Services, in collaboration with the five resorts, has launched a new CATS Card offering skiers 20 percent off lift tickets throughout the 2009-10 season. “Save money, Save time,” and “5-stop shop the Catskills” are the themes of the latest region-wide promotion by the five resorts:
.24 Historic Triangle
Daily Press -
A group of Greater Williamsburg business and community leaders will work together over the next six months to decide if the Historic Triangle needs to diversify its economy. Members of the Historic Triangle Collaborative — an informal group of leaders from James City and York counties and Williamsburg dedicated to regionalization — have formed a task force to develop an economic report that will explore how the region
.25 ICVA: Ad campaign helps draw more visitors to region
A summer advertising campaign launched by the Indianapolis Convention & Visitors Association helped produce more visitors and dollars for central Indiana, even though the organization spent less this year marketing the region. The ICVA said Thursday morning that the half-million-dollar ad campaign resulted in 745,000 new visitors who spent more than $145 million in central
.26 Regional development impacted by changing coal attitudes
Williamson Daily News –
A new attitude in our nation’s capitol is having a major effect on the mining industry in
GIS and Science
When water use policies and practices change, they produce a ripple effect in communities, impacting everything from what types of crops a farmer will grow to how many people will move in or out of a town. That’s why
.28 Transportation @ MIT Rethinks Everything
“As a starting point, we did a survey of 1,200 MIT faculty members and asked them if the research they were doing could be applied to transportation,” said Cynthia Barnhart, associate dean for academic affairs at the
.29 UCLA experts take lead in regional climate plan
In a unique effort to address climate change, experts with UCLA
.30 Muppets teach everything from Spanish to cooperation
Since its debut 40 years ago, "
.31 Regional Distribution of the
Citeman Network Business Management Reality
Marketers are increasingly learning that there are important regional differences in the
Perhaps the most provocative view of the differences between regions has been offered by Joel Garreau in his Book The Nine Nations of North America. Garreau’s thesis is that we should forget the artificial political boundaries between countries, regions, states and provinces in
11. Other Regional Community News for Our Local Planet Contents
Liverpool Daily Post -
A MERSEY MP has called for a directly-elected mayor to give real power to the
The Canadian Press
.03 Flood initiative shows cross-border risk
As financial policymakers from the Group of 20 countries gathered in
.04 Auto-guided vehicles, modal
In 20 years transport and logistics-related emissions will be tracked in the supply chain and factored into the price of products. That, and other forecasts -- such as those elated to rising energy prices, reverse-globalization, and futuristic unmanned transport equipment -- were recently explored in a major PricewaterhouseCoopers study released today. The global survey, titled
.05 Autopia Planes, Trains, Automobiles and the Future of Transportation With Road Trains, Highways Become Public Transportation
Wired Magazine -
The latest concept, part of the EU’s Safe Road Trains for the Environment initiative, groups cars with similar destinations into road trains over long stretches of highway. The lead vehicle will be driven by an experienced motorist — it may even be a bus that regularly travels the route — while the functions of each following vehicle will be automatically controlled and tethered to the actions of the lead car so that individual drivers can hammer out e-mails or eat breakfast. ... Comments: … This is one of those ideas that sounds good on paper but when practical situations are added a whole lot of problems pop up. …
.06 Why presidents go local
WHAT IS WRONG WITH PRESIDENT Macapagal-Arroyo’s frequent visits to her native town in Pampanga? Nothing—if they are the simple visits they are made out to be by her spokesmen: sentimental trips we all make to the communities of our childhood. Everything—if their purpose is to single out a hometown or province for special favors because of its personal or political importance to the incumbent head of state. For, the president of a country is the president of all its citizens. Ms Arroyo’s sphere of authority, as president, covers the entire nation, not one town, or province, or region. She is expected to rise above all claims of kinship, ethno-linguistic, and religious affiliation. This is the same principle behind the modern rejection of all forms of particularism (like nepotism and regionalism) in government. Indeed, this is the same standard against which all corrupt practices are measured. ...
This is the season for Asian gatherings. The Association of Southeast Asian Nations (Asean) summit in
Gov Monitor -
Speech by Dr. Vivian Balakrishnan, Minister for Community Development, Yout and Sports, at opening ceremony of Voices of the Future 2009, 10 November 2009 ... the theme for APEC 2009: “Sustaining Growth, Connecting the Region”. Let me now touch on the theme, and offer some questions for you to ponder on. ... APEC was founded to promote regional economic cooperation. This remains the raison d’etre for APEC’s existence today. For a small and young nation without natural resources or markets like
.09 Bilateralism in line with Regionalism
.10 Reject tribal leadership
PRESIDENT Banda has appealed to Zambians to reject any form of leadership that encourages tribalism, regionalism and racism because these evils have immense potential to ignite conflict in the country. Mr Banda said all Zambians must be proud of themselves and guard against all forces that are bent on preaching division in the country. He was addressing a mass rally in Lundazi yesterday. “Zambians must reject the people who preach hatred against one another. Such people should be rejected in no uncertain terms because they are not good leaders. They are not happy to see the country the way it is but want to see chaos,” Mr Banda said. ...
Special Economic Zones (SEZ) are exploiting the poor. Governments spread vulgar regionalism in some states. Whether it is Nandigram, Singur,
.13 In search of a truly regional community
Globalization and regional integration are the two irreversible trends of our time. With the efforts of European countries for more than half a century, the European Union (EU) has gone through several stages of development. And it is still expanding with the aim of building a supranational community. The North American Free Trade Zone and
.14 ASEAN+3 to expand regional media cooperation
Media Network - Radio
A regional meeting of information ministers of the 10-member Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) and its three dialogue partners today assigned their senior officials to draw up a work plan on ASEAN+3 cooperation in information to promote better understanding and strengthen community building in the region. In the first conference hailed as the “formal start of cooperation in the information sector” of the Ministers Responsible for Information in ASEAN (AMRI) and the Plus 3 countries -
.15 GLOBAL: Challenges and threats to top institutions
University World News -
Don Olcott, Head of the Observatory for Borderless Higher Education, has spoken of what he calls the "new global regionalism", warning that new regional powers are emerging to challenge the Anglo-American dominance of the student recruitment market. "Are we really naive enough to think that
.16 DEVELOPMENT: MAXIMISING IMPACTS OF REGIONAL PROGRAMMES
Island Business -
The recent meeting of the Conference of the Pacific Community, the governing body of the Secretariat of the Pacific Community (SPC), focused on how to maximise the impacts of SPC’s regionally provided services at the level of the organisation’s member countries and territories. ... SPC has expanded rapidly over the last few years in size and scope, and under a reform process for regional institutions this will continue, with the organisation growing from having 390 staff in 2009 to 540 in January next year when most of the Suva-based Pacific Islands Applied Geoscience Commission (SOPAC) and all of the South Pacific Board of Educational Assessment (SPBEA) merge with SPC. ...
.17 Regions money lies unspent after
WA today -
A report by WA
.18 Trail battery-recycling fire leaves questions - String of 6 fires raises residents
The company that operates a lithium battery recycling facility near Trail, B.C., that was engulfed in a spectacular blaze over the weekend says it
.19 Traditional rulers, community leaders asked to help make census a success
GNA-Mr Francis Bright Mensah, the Central Regional Statistician, has called on traditional rulers, community leaders and religious heads to help in diverse ways towards the success of the National Census exercise. ... The exercise would be piloted in six districts in the country on November 8 2009 before the rest of the country is counted. The districts are Awutu-Senya in the Central Region, Bia in the Western Region, Sene in the Brong Ahafo, Saboba and Chereponi in the Northern and Osu Klotey in the Greater Accra Regions. ...
.20 Assessments of Global Talent Management Best Practices Reveals Concerns over Leadership, Performance Management, and Staff Retention
... assessment results also highlighted that a regionalized approach to talent management was critical to achieving the strongest business impact, as it allows the HR professional to take into account the cultural and economic factors facing the region. While career planning was identified as a consistent challenge across all countries, different regions have faced challenges of their own:
* Respondents from
* Respondents from
.21 We must make sure that prison isn
Globe and Mail -
... prison officials need to be trained to recognize and impede radicalization. We should imitate the French and publish a prison guide that traces the indicators of radicalization. Intelligence on radicals should be collected and properly shared between prisons. Ensuring the Correctional Service of Canada has the means to co-ordinate with other agencies might also require establishing new partnerships. For instance,
.22 Hazel: Consultants to say what you need
Trinidad & Tobago Express -
GOVERNMENT is moving away from providing infrastructure in regional corporations in an ad hoc manner to an organised way that will involve the views of residents, Local Government Minister Hazel Manning said on Tuesday. She was speaking at a media brief on the Regional Planning Programme of the Ministry of Local Government at Kent House, Maraval. Her Ministry, as part of the Cabinet-mandated reform of Local Government, has engaged 20 consulting teams to assist Municipal Corporations in developing Regional/Spatial development plans for the cities, boroughs and regions. ...
.24 Council of Cooperation not a witch hunt: Wood
ABC Online -
Indigenous housing, outstation policies and local government reform are among the key issues set to be discussed at the inaugural meeting of the Council of Territory Cooperation. ... The independent Member for Nelson, Gerry Wood, who was instrumental in creating the six-member bipartisan council, is chairing it. "We will be talking about the SIHIP program - the Strategic Indigenous Housing and Infrastructure Program, local government reform and Working Futures, including the homelands policy, to get an overview of all these particular policies the Government
.25 Strange sounds at minority languages song contest
Since being established in
12. Blogging about Regional Communities Contents
.01 Message to American Chamber of Commerce Executives: Transportation is a gateway to economic development
Welcome to the Fast Lane The official Blog of the U.S. Secretary of Transportation
Last week, I had the opportunity to talk with the American Chamber of Commerce Executives Board of Directors. The ACCE is an organization of the people who manage state and local Chambers of Commerce. ... But more important than that may be the philosophy that is guiding our approach to transportation planning: We see transportation not just as a way of moving people and goods around, but as a gateway to economic development and a better quality of life for all of us in the
.02 The Origins of REALNEO
October 7, 2009, we began our sixth year of ongoing, expansive, free, open source content management and global knowledge sharing, community building, social networking and collaboration on REALNEO. ... Congratulations to all REALNEO members, from day one to today! We
.03 Among Walkable Regions, San Francisco One of Most Dangerous
Just how dangerous is
.04 FEMA Regional
In Case Of Emergency, Read Blog
.05 Crossing 8 Mile: What does flu mean for
the white coat underground
... the 8 Mile divide has become even firmer. As people with jobs---at first mostly white, and now black as well--have fled Detroit, poverty has concentrated below 8 Mile, and fear and suspicion cross the border more often than people. This makes what I
.06 Regional corruption:
Rebuilding Place in the Urban Space
I am a fervent proponent of the Growth Machine thesis, first laid out by sociologist Harvey Molotch, in the seminal article, City as a Growth Machine: Toward a Political Economy of Place. ... Political scientist Clarence Stone, a professor at
.07 History and Background of Regional development Authorities
Shelburne Development -
During the 1980s and early 1990s the
A. Legislative Review
These priorities are reflected in the content of the Regional Communities Development Act 1996, ...
.08 Free Community Development workshops –
Within the region there are 4 key sub regions developing, called city or functional regions –
.09 Environmental Defender
NORTH COAST VOICES
From mid to late November the Environmental Defender
13. Announcements and Regional Links. Contents
The Chicago Council on Global Affairs has just launched www.globalmidwest.org and “The Midwesterner: Blogging to the Global Midwest [ http://globalmidwest.typepad.com/ ], to connect individuals in the U.S. Midwest who are developing regional responses to today’s global challenges. The site includes an events calendar, links reports covering global issues affecting the Midwest, and a database of experts and organizations undertaking work on
The Global Midwest Initiative emerged from ideas in Richard C. Longworth’s 2008 book Caught in the Middle:
.02 Call for Papers - REGov: Regionalization of Environmental GOVernance,
The REGov workshop is designed as an encounter between scholars and practitioners. In addition to six thematic roundtable discussions with invited participants, there will be four open panels with 4-5 presentations. We welcome proposals for the open panels that fit under one or more of the six workshop themes:
* What is a region?
* Environmental regions in multi-level governance
* Regional economic dynamics and the environment
* Regional security and the environment
* New environmental regionalism
* Environmental regionalization, democracy, and civil society
Website: www.reg-observatory.org Abstracts of 400-500 words ... January 15, 2010. …
.03 Global Fact-finding
The objective of the Global Fact-finding Mission is to collect primary data on the progress and objectives of emerging continental-unions by exploring their respective capitals. The information gathered will be used to complete a set of videos, and a book. Witness all the action unfold by checking out the Mission Log.
.04 Regional Studies Association Resources
Online samples available for many publications.
* Regional Studies
* SEA – Spatial Economic Analysis
* Regions Magazine
* Related Member Journals
* Search All Member Journals
* Regions & Cities
* RSA Publications
Link to publications: http://www.regional-studies-assoc.ac.uk/publications/publications.asp
14. Financial Crisis. Contents
.01 Anatomy of casino capitalism - The Real News Network
Interview with Jane D
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=X5aU8LbcPGI Pt. 2 Video
Also - Interview: Jane D’Arista - Terrence McNally podcast – 3/31/09
Fixing the Fed - The Nation - http://www.thenation.com/doc/20090330/greider
refers to “Setting an Agenda for Monetary Reform” by Jane D’Arista http://www.peri.umass.edu/236/hash/68196c9af1/publication/332/
.02 This Time is Different: A Panoramic View of Eight Centuries of Financial Crises - Carmen M. Reinhart,
Abstract - This paper offers a “panoramic” analysis of the history of financial crises dating from
Charlie Rose Show interview of Kenneth S. Rogoff - 11/10/09
.03 The economist
BBC Blog Stephanomics
Economists, at least the macro variety, didn
.04 The Commercial Loan Nightmare Facing
The Cynical Economist
Banks are in for another ugly year in 2010. But this time the problem will be the big batch of deteriorating commercial real estate loans on their books. ... the stress tests conducted by the Feds never looked far enough into the future, the ability to “fully grapple with the prospect of massive future commercial real estate (CRE) loan defaults is uncertain,” ... “In addition to losses caused by declining property cash flows and deteriorating conditions for construction loans, losses will also be boosted by the depreciating collateral value underlying those maturing loans. The losses will place continued pressure on banks’ earnings, especially those of smaller regional and community banks that have high concentrations of CRE loans,” ...
In the meantime, many banks have been forestalling the day of reckoning. The latest strategy, called “extend and pretend,” appears to be in full swing—a head-in-the-sand approach that provides temporary extensions to troubled borrowers on maturing commercial loans to give them, and the bank, some breathing room.
But surging delinquencies and defaults will eventually catch up with them. So who is most at risk? The biggest exposures are in the regional banks which have much closer ties with their local communities and developers. Some banks, have concentrations of CRE loans equal to several multiples of their capital; many of those loans are in speculative new properties, the Feds say.
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