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Top Regional Community stories … 1. – 9.
Other Regional Community News for Our Local Planet … 11.01 - .21
Blogging about Regional Communities … 12.01 - .10
Announcements and Regional Links … 13.01 - .05
Financial Crisis …14.01 - .03
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Note: I see “Regional Community” development as a multi-decade marathon for its visionaries. The RCD News is a humble effort to follow the emergence of “regional communities of communities.” Thinking Tuesdays might be better for readers and scanners of the News, in 2010, the as of date for publication will move to the 2nd and 4th Monday. The goal of this and other products of the Regions Work Initiative is to begin a small repository of references to the regional communities thesis. As the world’s inventory of problems grows, persistent cross-boundary problem-solvers respond. For this we can be thankful. Ed.
Top Regional Community stories
You hear it a lot these days: "we need to act more like a region." While I agree with the statement 100%, I tend to cringe when I hear it because we fail to recognize the many wonderful and effective regional approaches already underway addressing and fixing big problems in
3. Water knows no boundaries! And everyone needs it. That was the impetus behind the
4. CONNECT the dots – or Communities. Getting tired of waiting for the City and County to consolidate, … a different course: establish a Congress of Neighboring Communities otherwise known as CONNECT. …
5. Steelers vs. Browns, maybe. But
2. State panel hears of cooperative efforts by local government - Plain Dealer -
The local efforts, which include a tax revenue sharing plan being developed by local mayors, have all received attention and debate around
Though the nuts and bolts of the different efforts dominated the hearing of the Ohio Commission on Local Government Reform and Collaboration, presenters stressed a few common themes -- that support for regional economic development is strong here and that officials are seeking ways to cut costs.
They also said that cooperation involves giving up control and opens officials up to criticism, so the state should either reward collaboration or force it.
"If there is a way to build in some credit, some sort of political cover for those doing the right thing, it gives an impetus to move things along," said Bob Jaquay, vice president of the Fund for Our Economic Future, a collaboration of 100 charities created to look at ways to improve the overall economy.
Lake County Commissioner Dan Troy, co-chair of the commission, said giving "attaboy
"There really is no plus for officials to work with officials outside of their community," he said.
3. Ten months in, Obama housing officials are paying more in attention than cash - Medill Reports -
Ten months ago, President Barack Obama came to office trumpeting the role of
Since then, officials from the Department of Housing and Urban Development have visited
The economic stimulus package that passed shortly after Obama took office provided a test case for this approach, but community developers and urban planners are looking forward to the 2011 budget and an upcoming transportation bill as major tests of the Obama approach.
That approach has two major tenets.
First, it will attempt to force disparate federal agencies to adopt similar criteria when determining who will receive federal money and then coordinate those investments, said MarySue Barrett, the president of Metropolitan Planning Council in
The second and perhaps bigger shift is that administration officials say they hope to apply these criteria across vast swaths of the metropolitan landscape instead of parsing them out to interest groups.
“In almost every respect, the distinctions between cities and suburbs – and the challenges they face – are blurring,” HUD Secretary Shaun Donovan said last month in a speech summing up changes in philosophy under Obama. “In fact, in many ways the most important frame for place today is the metropolitan area.”
This idea, known as regionalism, has been incubating for years in the urban policy divisions of progressive think tanks like the Brookings Institution. …
But the approach – … not without critics. …
4. Counties to join forces in water emergencies -
When millions of gallons of water erupted in mid-September from a ruptured 72-inch water main flooding dozens of Dundalk homes,
"You need everybody in these situations," he said Tuesday, standing between large utility vehicles in a
With the signing of a written agreement between the four county executives who represent about a quarter of Maryland
The initiative is called MD WARN, which stands for Maryland Water Agency Response Network and it
"All the legal issues are put in place," said Steve Gerwin, Howard
5. Guest columnist Preserving Metro bus service in a difficult economy - Seattle Times -
THREE years ago, citizens of
The King County Council listened and avoided cutting 310,000 annual transit service hours, …
The Metro budget adopted by the County Council on Nov. 23 continues bus service …
The stability of Metro bus service impacts our regional economy and quality of life. By bringing stakeholders together and focusing on regionalism, we can overcome the challenges Metro faces and find solutions that benefit all users of the system.
6. Joel McNally: The hollow rhetoric of regionalism - Capital Times -
Many Milwaukeeans are justifiably paranoid whenever they hear talk about regional economic development. That comes from years of watching corporate leaders move jobs out of the city into surrounding counties.
Now the co-chairman of the Milwaukee 7, an organization allegedly formed to promote economic development within seven southeastern Wisconsin counties including Milwaukee, is publicly opposing any preference in the city for hiring its own citizens hardest hit by unemployment.
Gale Klappa, chairman of We Energies and co-chairman of the
Well, since when isn’t the city of
The argument demonstrates the indifference of many area leaders to one of the most visible reminders about how little people in power really care about those suffering the worst economic devastation. When work finally does come to
That continues to be true even when city, county and state officials assure everyone that contracting requirements intended to promote minority and gender fairness in hiring are not only being met, but exceeded.
Obviously, there’s a big difference between what a company’s work force looks like on paper and what it looks like on the job.
That’s why Milwaukee Ald. Ashanti Hamilton wrote legislation adding a 5 percent local preference in evaluating bids on
The requirement affected only two city contracts since taking effect in August, …
This issue becomes even more important as the city begins receiving hundreds of millions of dollars in federal economic stimulus funds to create more jobs. ...
Members of the Coastal Gateway Regional Economic Development Authority [ http://www.cgeda.net/ ] board recommitted to regional cooperation Wednesday, and hired a consulting firm to help lead the next round of fundraising for the five-county organization. Coastal Gateway is an economic development marketing authority for
The group formed nearly five years ago as the Tri-County Industrial Development Board, with Conecuh, Escambia and
Board members also said they plan to look at some structural changes for the organization and will expand their communication efforts with investors. Funding for the CGREDA comes from county and municipal governments as well as corporations and businesses.
Board members agreed that they wanted to launch a new fundraising effort, but three board members voted to delay the decision for another month. The majority agreed to hire National Community Development Services, which will begin a months-long fundraising effort to seek pledges for operating money for the next several years.
RC: Choctaw, Clarke, Conecuh & Monroe - Alabama-Tombigbee Regional Commission -
RC: Escambia -
8. Mountain Top could benefit from regionalization - Citizens Voice -
Mountaintop on the Move has some projects under way intended to unite the communities and citizens of the area. It is a regional approach to betterment of the larger community, which shares a name that actually is not the official moniker of any municipality.
Mountaintop on the Move is working to get business-supported banners on Route 309, hoping to foster a "downtown" image as part of a revitalization idea.
While banners might be an OK idea, MTOTM is not tackling what some consider more vital issues: municipal ability to sustain or improve basic services such as police, fire and ambulance. And MTOTM apparently has no plans to get into these bread-and-butter issues, even as the communities face new challenges.
There are no regionalization concepts on the table in Mountain Top. Folks there tell me that towns are facing budget problems, as are other communities (and
Emilia Kramer, spokeswoman for MTOTM, said the organization "does not bother too much" with the big-ticket regional issues, but if the towns "come to us and ask us to help, we will."
Mountain Top does have a Council of Governments, but this is not all-inclusive. …
Mountain Top is one of those clusters of communities ready-made for regional entities. Route 309 and Interstate 81 provide unity to towns in which citizens could benefit from a regional police department, …
9. City-region drive offers answer to doubts on strategic direction - PlanningResource (subscription) -
It remains to be seen whether it merits the adjective "new", but the concept of localism will be widely discussed in the months ahead.
For many council leaders, however, it simply boils down to shrugging off unrealistic and unpopular housing targets laid down by regional assemblies or, under latest legislation, development agencies and leaders
Many in the planning community are alarmed at the prospect of lowest common denominator plan-making, fearing inertia on development decisions as authorities struggle to forge agreement. A return to structure plans is being talked about in some quarters, even though the surviving counties are becoming less feasible as territories for spatial planning with every decade.
Perhaps the "new sub-regionalism" offers a way out. As Janice Morphet reflects in this week
So the agreement struck last week between ministers and the pilot
The focus will rightly be on delivery, implementation, local leadership, co-ordination and resource sharing. Above all, it will be about what works on the ground across 11 authorities from the conurbation core to its rural fringes.
The partnership faces tough discussions and decisions in the months ahead as it refines its programme. However, it offers a way forward for place-making on a real strategic canvas without descending into divisive all-out local government reorganisation - a solution that looks ever more irrelevant given the multiplicity of players.
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 State Salvations: Local Consolidation
Lt. Gov. Tim Murray recognized the trend at a conference on regionalization in
.02 This Import Might Preserve American Jobs
Mondragón Corporation (MCC) - The Mondragón Co-operative Experience 1956-2008
.03 Where will we be in 2010? Still looking in rearview mirror?
The Tribune-Democrat –
Another prediction for 2010 is that the seeds of regionalization will continue to germinate, often in the most unlikely places – where elected officials are more eager to discuss the future rather than to be anchored to the past. The desirability by some municipalities and public-safety entities within our region to move forward in forming new partnerships to reduce the costs of new equipment purchases, or to contract for services with other municipalities, is a step in the right direction – where economics and not parochialism drives the agenda. No doubt in the past when the local economy was more robust and predictable, spending by local governments did not keep pace with local revenues. However, that is not the case today, especially in this time of a weakened and fragile economy. To their credit, local elected officials are making a concerted effort to hold the line on increasing expenditures without raising taxes. Though their efforts may be heralded by taxpayers, the need to consider regionalization is relevant and way overdue in the long term. ...
Tournaments at the soccer complex throughout the year bring in about $3 million annually to the region, he said. Without the push for regionalism, the bid for the tournament would have been impossible, Rummel said. “Regionalism absolutely was the critical turning point for us acquiring this piece of business,” Rummel said. “If
.05 Community values are focus of CRREO research group
News Pulse - SUNY New
Through its Regional Well-Being Project, the college’s Center for Research, Regional Education and Outreach (CRREO) is seeking to identify shared community values in the Mid-Hudson region. The project, a major effort of the center, is funded by a grant from the U.S. Department of Education, obtained with the assistance of
.06 Editorial: Regionalization Is Smart
The ongoing discussions this week about the cities of the
.07 Changes looming for health departments
Pressure from the state to move local health departments into regional organizations is meeting resistance at the municipal level. Health Director Charles I. Motes Jr. said regional health offices would be much larger than existing health districts which cover only two or three towns. ... Motes said about 30 years ago when the state still had county government, regional health offices were operated by the state Department of Health. ... Executive Order 26 issued in May, created a Governor
.08 Pooling police force
... Fiorill said, "I
.09 Planners: Too soon for a rail referendum (UPDATE)
The Daily Reporter -
Regional planners oppose a
.10 Cities buy Brushy Creek wastewater system
The Brushy Creek Regional Wastewater System was sold today to the cities of
Oakland County Executive L. Brooks Patterson said Tuesday that he
.12 Agreement Supports Regional Food System
BARN OnAir & OnLine 24/7/365
NAFB-USDA has signed a cooperative agreement with the Fair Food Network, a Michigan-based organization working toward improving consumers’ access to healthy foods. The agreement lays the foundation for creating a regional food system with a strong urban-rural link. The agreement will help conduct research and match small and mid-size farms in rural Southeast Michigan to emerging urban markets, particularly
.13 Route 58 project needed
Tidewater News -
Now’s no time for
.14 Strong chief status stays
Wicked Local Boxborough -
The options under consideration were a strong chief, weak chief, shared chief, public safety director and regionalization of the police department. The strong chief model is the current arrangement and the benchmark to which the other options were compared. “After extensive consideration, we came to the conclusion that weak chief and shared chief are not valuable for Boxborough at this point, and we decided not to pursue them any further,” said Selectman Raid Suleiman. “It came down to basically that the public safety director and regionalization seemed to be something that is valuable, unfortunately something we can’t implement in the near future and requires some more study.” ...
.15 Proposal may consolidate county transportation service
A proposal to regionalize shared ride services for seniors and the disabled will be the topic at a public hearing this week in
.16 A move for the better
Call it regionalism, if you will, but we like the step leaders of
.17 Shasta Regional Community Foundation growing despite bad economy
Despite a tough economy that has seen many rein in their charitable giving, the Shasta Regional Community Foundation in
.18 Peering into our future, with a different set of lenses
The Daily Planet -
The Regional Economic Task Force was one of the small groups that sprouted out of the Regional Sustainability Visioning Project, a project kicked off in January that aimed to piece together an understanding of the region in terms of economics, ecological resources, affordable housing — so that the community can make itself more sustainable. ... Because while development and real estate has dominated the economy in recent history, other sectors of the economy “have not flourished in a way that supports a vibrant, diverse, and sustainable regional community,” reads a press release from the event’s organizers. “And our recent economic drivers escalated our region’s greenhouse gas emissions in a way that we now know is unacceptable for the future.” As the economy and the community shift, the release says, “members of the task force hope to shape the future of the region in a way that supports community values by measuring all decisions based on those values.” ...
.19 AP changes roles for 6 news editors, 4 photo eds
The Associated Press -
The Associated Press has named six news editors to oversee expanded multistate territories and has assigned four interim regional photo editors as part of a restructuring of
.20 The apathy of today
Northwest Missourian -
... Two years ago, I would have said apathy is hands down the world’s greatest evil. Now I can understand why people do not care enough to throw themselves fully into some political issue, or completely participate in the discourse of any such issue. The issues themselves are oftentimes pointless once you strip away the rhetoric and propaganda. And even if a particular issue is resolved within a country that is portrayed to be bad or undemocratic or whatever, there is always another country or another issue to take its place. Our world leaders- whether elected, appointed or placed through the idea of right by force- are nothing but squabbling children, stamping their feet over the most trivial things. I see no positive policies implemented for the universal good. I see nothing but causes of nationalism, religion, ethnicity, regionalism, tribalism and so forth. Each of which are causes of division when unity should be sought, and not that of a nation or of a state, but the unity of all mankind for goals that every single person shares with every other single person- life and happiness. ...
The News Herald -
It’s good to see state Sen. Don Gaetz and state Rep. Marti Coley make separate requests to Attorney General Bill McCollum for an informal opinion on whether a regional development agency is subject to
.22 The Great American Migration Slowdown: Regional and Metropolitan Dimensions
Brookings Institution -
Mired in housing debt and struggling through the Great Recession, more Americans are choosing to stay put rather than uproot themselves and their families. In a new report, William Frey uses Census and IRS data to analyze recent migration trends across the United States showing significant shifts in how frequently, and to where, Americans are moving. Analysis of
.23 Tom Hughes tosses his big hat into debate about region
More and more, in recent years, people across the region ask me: Why do we need the Metro Council? Why do we need a regional government? Whatever you might think the right answer to be, the fact that it’s being asked provokes another, more important question: Aside from the polls released every now and then by the Metro Council assuring us that we all still belief in Metro’s goals, is the organization showing an ability to grow with the times we live in? It’s that question that made Tom Hughes, the longtime
.24 DeSoto questions MPO benefit
DeSoto Times Today -
DeSoto County Supervisors are openly questioning the benefits they receive from the Memphis Metropolitan Planning Organization, otherwise known as the MPO, a regional group based in
.25 Economic ideas floated at local jobs summit
"With the economic crisis, everyone
11. Other Regional Community News for Our Local Planet Contents
.01 EU2020: greener, fairer, more sustainable growth, but why not more local?
The Committee of the Regions - Press Release - European Union
European Commission President José Manuel Barroso unveiled his proposals for a new strategy – dubbed EU2020 – on 24 November, launching a consultation process that will last until 15 January 2010. Detailed proposals based on the result of this consultation will then be presented to EU heads of state and government at the Spring European Council meeting in March. Speaking at the at the CoR Plenary Session on Thursday ahead of the adoption of her own-initiative opinion on the successor to the so-called Lisbon Strategy, Chapman said: “I am very concerned that the Commission’s consultation document fails to give explicit recognition of the important role played by local and regional authorities across Europe in delivering Lisbon on the ground: the words ‘regional’ and ‘regions’ are used only four times in the paper. When referring to the importance of engaging regions the document calls for ‘national parliaments’ to be involved, which is certainly something I support, but why doesn’t the document mention the role of regional parliaments, like the National Assembly for Wales, or indeed local and regional governments? This is very disappointing, and I urge local and regional authorities to make clear to the Commission in their responses to the consultation that we expect better, and that this must be corrected in the proposal that is sent for agreement at the Spring Summit in 2010.” ...
Greater Leeds will aim to win further powers from
.03 A love letter to
In an open letter, an ailing David Pecaut has issued a call to arms for those who love
.05 From Cold War to Post-Cold War Mediterranean relations
Before the Union for the Mediterranean initiative can be successfully implemented, there is thus a necessity to build and nurture both a mental conceptual blueprint and physical infrastructure of regionalism in the
.06 CoR rapporteur says EU 2020 needs to be linked to cohesion policy
The Committee of the Regions - Press Release - European Union
The lack of reference to cohesion policy in the European Commission
.07 Citizens And Ratepayers Councillors Vote For
At Auckland City Council
.08 CAR needs P81 million for autonomy
Manila Bulletin -
At least P81 million is needed by the Cordillera Regional Development Council (RDC) to bankroll an effective and efficient grassroots level information and education campaign for regional autonomy in the next two years in order for the Cordillera to realize its long overdue dream of becoming an autonomous region. This developed as the RDC-CAR en banc approved a resolution submitting to President Arroyo a total of P81 million funding requirement for 2010 and 2011 to ensure the widespread information campaign on the desire of the region to be under self-rule. ...
.09 Lee Pledges Balanced Regional Growth
President Lee Myung-bak said Friday that the governing camp would push planned regional development projects regardless of its move to transform
.10 NSARDA Business Retention and Expansion Website
Nova News Now -
A new economic development website was launched to help
.11 Vision for world class aquaculture region
Scoop.co.nz (press release)
The vision for the
.12 Isolationism alive in village?
... Continuing with a Cumberland-centred and isolationist tone, Greening said she wants the village to “do it for themselves.”
.13 East African Community launches OLPC as a regional Initiative
On Laptop per Child (Press Release)
On Friday, November 20, the East African Community launched One Laptop per Child as a regional partner, during the 10th Anniversary Celebration at the Secretariat Office in
.14 The Telangana issue and rise of regionalism
... if Telengana is declared, the disputes over border would be endless. The issue about
.15 Basics in short supply
THE basics of survival – food and housing – are in short supply in
Window on Eurasia
Because China’s action is so threatening, Russian ecological commentator Dmitry Verkhoturov argues in his report on this development, both
.17 Olympic marketing pushes brand
What people aren’t likely to know is that
.18 Govt brews global branding plans for tea industry
Economic Times - India
The Union commerce ministry has turned to four wise men in the tea industry to secure the identity of Indian tea across the world markets. Tea industry hotshots ... will be part of a core committee that will formulate a global branding strategy to market Indian teas worldwide. What
.19 International Survey Reveals How Globalization Is Defining Workplace Skills
CNNMoney.com (press release)
Responding to globalization of the workplace, employees worldwide are developing a new suite of cross-cultural and language skills that will equip them to prosper in a more multinational environment, according to recent findings from a global workplace survey. The survey, by global workforce solutions leader Kelly Services (NASDAQ: KELYA) (NASDAQ: KELYB), finds that individuals across all generations believe the experience they gain in a globally oriented environment will be critical to their careers. ...
.20 Necessity Is the Mother of our Creative Invention
Huffington Post -
Necessity was the mother of their invention. Surviving demanded creativity. If history repeats itself, these economic hard times are forcing our hands once ... We believe in work, reputation and growth. Great work transforms businesses. It steals market share. It turns indifferent brands into beloved brands. And it attracts clients to our agency. For these clients, we work around a central premise of global networked creativity, the belief that ideas come from anywhere, which is why we need to be everywhere. With 200 offices in more than 90 countries, we
‘Enterprise Business Intelligence’ is a growing need in the oil and gas, IT, telecom and banking sectors in the
12. Blogging about Regional Communities Contents
.01 Promoting Transparency in Government
Open Government Blog - The White House
Posted by on December 08, 2009 at 10:52 AM EST
On his very first day in office, President Obama signed a memorandum to all federal agencies directing them to break down barriers to transparency, participation, and collaboration between the federal government and the people it is to serve. As an example of the steps taken in response, the White House, for the first time ever, now publishes the names of everyone who visits. We are also publishing online never-before-available data about federal spending and research. At www.Data.gov , for instance, what started as 47 data sets from a small group of federal agencies has grown into more than 118,000 today – with thousands more ready to be released starting this week. … at the end of May, the Administration launched the Open Government Initiative (OGI). … Since the OGI outreach ended, we’ve been pouring over the suggestions. We’ve talked with outside experts. We’ve evaluated and re-evaluated the steps we want to implement government-wide. And as a result, today we are releasing two documents:
The Open Government Directive (download as pdf, txt, doc or view on Slideshare)
The Open Government Progress Report to the American People … Peter Orszag is the director of the Office of Management and Budget
.02 Community Resilience: The Third Roundtable
The Community and Regional Resilience Institute conducted its third invitational Community Resilience Roundtable in
.03 Resources for rural communities
Prairie Farm and Ranch
Rural communities can be some of the most peaceful, idyllic communities around, with beautiful scenery, unparalleled access to nature, and quaint towns. But they can also be under-served by governmental and communication services, and economically-dependent on the vagaries of the agriculture industry. If you’re the kind of person who likes to play a big role in their community, if you have plans for your community’s development, or you simply need to access information about your own, or neighbouring, communities, the Canadian government’s Rural Secretariat may have some of the resources you need. The Secretariat’s mandated objectives are: “the innovative development of untapped potential; enhancing rural competitiveness; and realizing new value from rural amenities.” One of their main projects to facilitate access to community information and support regional development, is their Community Information Database, available at www.cid.bdc.ca. The online tool provides information on different regional assets and their diverse economic, social and cultural statistics. ...
.04 What about the Regional Development Authorities (RDAs)?
.05 Ideas for Cities: Citizen Branding
Cities could be responsible for helping citizens understand and communicate their own story and talent effectively. They could provide services that function as a cross between talent agency and media agency. Every citizen would receive this service to help recognize, package, celebrate, and accelerate his or her value to themselves and the community. This is part 27 of a continuing brainstorm on the future of cities, inaugurated at the CEOs for Cities Velocity conference in September, 2009. ...
.06 Local Currency
These are times of immense transition and we have a clear calling to create a sustainable and resilient community. The rallying cry of "Buy Local" is heard loud and clear by those who realize the importance of a local economy but we lack a crucial mechanism for supporting a robust bioregional infrastructure. Regional currencies have a strong tradition in our shared American history and recall a time when the local economy was both resilient and decentralized. Our new private voluntary barter currency, called the "Gaian" is a one ounce .999 fine silver piece that has a community barter value of "fifty". This means a merchant is willing to exchange fifty dollars of goods or services for a 1oz Gaian. …
.07 ROAR Religios On and Around the River (
ROAR Statement of Commitment - Recognizing the importance of having both a local and global awareness of issues, and in the context of its mission statement, ROAR is committed to:
• Living out its mission statement, especially in our relationship with the land that we “own” where land seen as subject, not object, fosters decisions based on respect and rights of all, including non-human communities of life
• Networking and partnering with environmental groups and people of faith around key Hudson River Bioregion issues
• Sustainability, especially around Earth’s natural resources, such as water, air, land, and, in particular, with properties “owned” / or used by our Congregations
.08 Thinking about the
The idea that regional architecture in
.09 Our Place
Our Place is a 5-day field environmental philosophy daycamp that combines reading, hiking, and writing. Classes are limited to six students to ensure the highest quality educational experience. “Our place” is the Nonotuck bioregion, a geography bounded on the south by the Holyoke range, the north by Mt. Toby, and on the east and west by the hills that cradle the Connecticut River: In the philosophical sense of the term, “our place” refers to how we fit in to the ecological processes and systems of our bioregion, and to its human history, past and present. ...
.10 Facebook Hones Privacy Settings, Scraps Regional Networks
Some five months after Facebook began testing a series of changes to its privacy controls, CEO Mark Zuckerberg on Tuesday announced that the popular social network has now decided to make them official for its 350 million users worldwide. The company will soon eliminate regional networks as a way of connecting users, and it will also add settings that allow users to control who sees each individual piece of content they create or upload. ... Facebook’s regional networks are essentially online communities for a school, company or geographical region. “This worked well when Facebook was mostly used by students, since it made sense that a student might want to share content with their fellow students,” Zuckerberg explained in an open letter on the Facebook blog. “However, as Facebook has grown, some of these regional networks now have millions of members and we’ve concluded that this is no longer the best way for you to control your privacy,” he added.
13. Announcements and Regional Links. Contents
With the start of a new cycle of governance in the European Union, the Committee of the Regions is proposing a political project to "build
NEWS : the deadline for sending in contributions has been extended until 31 December 2009. Please send your contributions to firstname.lastname@example.org
In order to facilitate the consultation process, stakeholders are invited to read the indicative list of questions prepared by the CoR
For further information, a complementary list specifically addresses the international / global dimension.
.02 Call For Papers - Annual International Conference 2010 - Regional Responses and Global Shifts: Actors, Institutions and Organisations - Pécs,
Keynote speakers include: Dirk Ahner, Director-General, EU Regional Policy, European Commission; Gerhard Stahl, Secretary General, Committee of the Regions
A. Innovative strategies and practices of firms in regional development
B. Labour markets and labour organisations and their continued relevance for regional development
C. Non-Governmental Organisations (NGO) and Civil Society Organisations (CSO): facilitators of regional development?
D. Regional policies: government and quasi-government initiatives
E. Reassessing EU Regional Policy
F. People in regions: leadership, collective action and regional development
G. Financing regions: global financial crisis and beyond?
H. Cooperation across borders
I. Global environmental change and the future of regional development
J. Theory and research in regional studies
K. Spatial planning in cities and regions
L. Experience economy and experience society. Culture, leisure and experiences in spatial strategies
M. Creative regions in a creative economy
N. Regional Policy and Development in Southern, Central and
PDF call for papers: http://www.regional-studies-assoc.ac.uk/events/2010/may-pecs/cfp.pdf
For more information and registration information:
.03 Research Network on Creative Industries and the Regions - Regional Studies Association
The network aims to address trends and issues around the development of the creative and cultural industries at the regional level in
The network has been initiated by Dr Roberta Comunian from the School Geography of the
.04 Community newspapers deliver - The Newspaper Works –
Community newspapers and their websites are hyper-local. And as a result, they are able to target their region like no other medium as this Canadian study reveals. ... More research on Regional and Community Newspapers ... Engaging Communities (2009) ... The Wanted Ads (2008) ... Local Media Websites trusted far more than other sites (2007) ...
Read more about CTB’s mission… http://www.creativetampabay.com/
14. Financial Crisis. Contents
.01 No Escape From TARP for
Unpaid loans on malls, hotels, apartments and home developments stood at a 16-year high of 3.4 percent in the third quarter and may reach 5.3 percent in two years, according to Real Estate Econometrics LLC, a property research firm in New York. That’s a bigger threat to regional banks, which are almost four times more concentrated in commercial property loans than the nation’s biggest lenders, …
The concentration makes regulators less likely to let regional lenders … leave the Troubled Asset Relief Program, analysts said. Smaller banks would remain stuck in TARP, while bigger lenders, including Bank of America Corp., repay the government and free themselves to set their own policies on executive pay.
“Community and regional banks basically became real estate banks in the past 25 years, and now real estate is on its back,” said Jeff Davis, an analyst at FTN Equity Capital Markets Corp. in
The stakes for taxpayers include whether they’ll get back $36.6 billion held by 35 of the largest regional lenders that received TARP money. Souring commercial real estate loans pose the biggest threat to the
Regulators have shut 130 banks this year, all regional or community lenders, costing the FDIC more than $33 billion. Non- performing commercial property loans caused a majority of the failures, …
.02 Debtwatch No 41, December 2009: 4 Years of Calling the GFC - Steve Keens Debtwatch
I first realised that the world faced a serious financial crisis in the very near future in December 2005, as I prepared an Expert Witness Report for the NSW Legal Aid Commission on the subject of predatory lending.
My brief was to talk about the impact of such contracts on third parties, since one ground to overturn a loan contract was that it had deleterious impacts on people who were not signatories to the contract itself. I was approached because the solicitor in the case had heard of my academic work on Hyman Minsky’s “Financial Instability Hypothesis”.
Minsky’s hypothesis argued that a capitalist economy with sophisticated financial institutions could fall into a Depression as an excessive buildup of private debt occurred over a number of financially-driven business cycles. I had built a mathematical model of Minsky’s hypothesis in my PhD, which generated outcomes like the one shown below: a series of booms and busts lead to debt levels ratcheting up over time, until at one point the debt-servicing costs overwhelmed the economy, leading to a Depression.
Figure 1 ...
When I began writing my Report, I started with the comment that “debt to GDP levels have been rising exponentially”. But since I was an Expert Witness in this case rather than the Barrister, I knew that I couldn’t rely on hyperbole–and if the trend of growth wasn’t exponential, then I couldn’t call it that. I expected that there would be a rising trend, but that it wouldn’t be quite exponential, so I would need to amend my initial statement.
I downloaded the data on Australian private debt and nominal GDP levels from the RBA Statistical Bulletin, plotted one against the other, and my jaw hit the floor: the trend was clearly exponential. The correlation coefficient of the data since mid 1964 with a simple exponential function was a staggering 0.9903. The only thing that stopped the correlation from being absolutely perfect were two super-bubbles (on top of the overall exponential trend) in 1972-76 and 1985-94.
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I expected that the situation in
Figure 3 ...
's housing markets recovering unevenly: Q3, 2009 - Global Property Guide
Housing markets in the world’s leading economies continue to recover, says the Global Property Guide
's summary of housing statistics for the year to end-Q3, 2009.
Many housing markets in leading economies remain distressed. Of the 27 countries which have already published their Q3 data, more countries have experienced house price falls (17 countries) during the year to date, than have enjoyed price rises (10). In addition, the house price falls in several countries have been much larger than house price rises anywhere, and include unprecedentedly severe falls in Latvia (-59.7% year to date), the UAE (-48.1%), Bulgaria (-28.7%), Iceland (-21.2%), Russia (-19.5%) and Slovakia (-15.3%) (all figures inflation-adjusted)
The Asia-Pacific region’s housing markets have revived.
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