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Financial Crisis …14.01 - .02
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Ohio needs to shed a third of its school districts, invest more in its metropolitan areas and grapple for more federal cash to lift itself in the post-recession global economy, says a report being released today.
Drivers of that global economy will be exports, cleaner energy and job-creating innovation -- areas in which
The two pro-urban think tanks say
State and national leaders must harness "the natural market creativity in our metros with smart, game-changing actions," said
Engage the federal government:
Federal officials are rewarding states that align housing and transportation with smart land use, Katz said.
Much of the "Restoring Prosperity" strategy matches that of the Fund for Our Economic Future, which is doling out $60 million in philanthropic money to economic development efforts across 16 counties.
"The importance [the report] places on regionalism and bringing it to ground is really vital," said Brad Whitehead, president of the fund.
2. COLUMN: Super-regionalism: WNY and the GTA - Niagara Gazette - Niagara Falls, NY,
A good many Western New Yorkers have looked at Ralph Wilson as the anti-Christ ever since he turned the Buffalo Bills into a part-time resident of the City of
Their assessment is quite unfortunate because Ralph Wilson is a genius for that pursuit and we need every man, woman and child to follow in his footsteps. The merging of the Niagara-Buffalo region, economically and socially, with Southern Ontario is without a doubt the most important thing that we can do to achieve the best possible future for
It’s not a stretch to say that most people in the area tend to look at
The area from the border to just past
Were we to open our eyes, our minds and our borders to our friends to the North, we’d be able to capitalize on their sizable economy and its potential for growth …
3. A Super chance for North Texas - Fort Worth Star Telegram,
Ever wonder what might pull
Local leaders have long talked about the potential of "regionalism" -- of putting aside their differences and promoting all of North Texas rather than just
They did it most notably with the construction of Dallas/Fort Worth Airport in the 1970s. Now they
Planning the big game for a global audience is a gargantuan undertaking, requiring years of preparation.
The economic impact is estimated at hundreds of millions of dollars, and the payoff is practically immeasurable in prestige and future tourism.
But the lasting legacy could be a change in the way we do business.
No one emphasized the potential regionalism that might grow out of the stadium, but it was a key idea behind the Super Bowl bid.
"From the beginning, we
4. The greater good? - Regen.net -
It is almost five years since Greater Manchester
Although the deal
Shortly before the deal was agreed, a group of economists published the Manchester Independent Economic Review, an analysis of the city-region
Kieran Larkin, an analyst at think-tank the Centre for Cities, says: "(
… if the Manchester city-region model leads to more efficient spending, it could lead future governments to focus more on sub-regional governance - particularly at a time of dwindling public resources.
Local leaders and laymen gathered Monday to discuss the concept of regionalism, and the leaders had one clear message to the laymen — if it’s going to work, it’s up to you.
The Miss-Lou Steering committee had the first of three public forums Tuesday in Vidalia, and members of the committee shared what they have been doing and answered questions from the public.
The committee was formed in the hopes of marketing the region as a whole, Concordia Parish Economic and Industrial Development District Director Heather Malone said.
“The committee has come to realize that independently Adams County and Concordia Parish have a lot to offer, however, by combining our efforts the Miss-Lou can become an economic force in Southwest Mississippi and Northeast Louisiana,” Concordia Bank President and committee member Pat Biglane said. “The
Ferriday Mayor Glen McGlothin said he acknowledges that Ferriday isn’t the strongest link in the Miss-Lou chain, but it has plenty to offer.
“We know that Vidalia and
And while the committee is dedicated to bringing in new business, Biglane said committee members realized that 50 percent of economic development is dedicated to preserving existing businesses.
But for things to work, committee member the Rev. Simeon Green said that the community would have to be involved in the committee’s efforts.
The community development committee will be broken down into groups dealing with leadership development and race relations.
6. Regional force possible - Monessen Valley Independent -
Ron Stern, local government state Department of Community and Economic Development policy specialist, said his office has received letters of intent from
Stern oversees the department
Prior to the study, a law enforcement survey must be completed by leaders in the four communities. When Stern receives all four surveys, he will select a peer consultant to conduct the study.
The study takes four to six months to complete.
After the study is complete, Stern reviews it and, with the peer representative, presents it to the communities.
Communities then must decide how to proceed.
"Maybe the budget is a little too high for them, maybe they can get a better deal on health care," Stern said. "They need to decide, as an elective body, if they want to proceed and how they want to proceed. Some want to have public meetings and some say that
While the concept of regional police now is more widely accepted, not all form such departments.
Last year, the DCED conducted 17 feasibility studies. At the start of this year, there were three new regional forces.
There are 34 regional forces in the state.
"A lot of communities want to see if they can save money," Stern said. "Long term, you
"We see a lot of boroughs because they
7. Fort Lee hotel would have negative impact on Tri-Cities, study finds - Richmond Times Dispatch -
The proposed 1,000-room hotel at
The 21-page report by Fairfax-based consultant Government Finance Group contradicts an impact study released last month by the Crater Planning District Commission. [www.craterpdc.org/] The earlier report, done by Alexandria-based RKG Associates Inc., found that if student projections at
As a result of the 2005 Base Realignment and Closure Commission process,
The studies were done in response to public opposition after the Army
The earlier, 49-page report suggests the projected expansion of class loads at the newly opened
The new report, however, suggests that once the hotel is built, the installation is expected to have nearly 1,600 hotel rooms on
As a result, the state and local governments face losses in annual revenue of $3.3 million combined if the proposed facility is built, the report says. ...
Linas Kojelis, a
8. Times make cooperative regionalism more urgent - The Spokesman Review -
Regional solutions to problems have always been an option, but with the economy slumbering and government budgets in dire straits, they will become imperative.
In her State of the City address, Spokane Mayor Mary Verner gave a nod to regionalism, highlighting criminal justice as an area where economies of scale can help contain government costs. Opportunities also exist in transportation, low-income housing, animal control and protecting the
The good news is that government leaders seem to realize this and have exhibited greater cooperation. As Spokane County Commissioner Mark Richard said, “Five years ago, we were talking through our attorneys. Today we’re sitting down, working things out.”
The need to cut down on duplicate services and to gain greater efficiencies must be front and center.
In short, all local governments are facing tough times, and they cannot expect any help from the state, which is looking at its own $2.8 billion hole, according to the latest forecast. Meanwhile, sales tax revenue is projected to grow a mere 1 percent in
In better economic times, voters rejected consolidated government. But they ought to support the combining of government services where that makes sense. Jurisdictional squabbles need to recede, and that will require a sense of trust among government leaders.
That the North Bay needs a coherent economic development focus no longer seems to be an item to be debated. And while there are different visions of what economic development means, there is an emerging consensus in the
Why then haven’t we started? The current economic crisis has created contradictory influences in that it has heightened awareness for the need but halted momentum on real action by undermining funding and restricting our efforts. It is hard to devote financial and human capital to regional action when it is needed for the day-to-day economic survival of individual businesses and enterprises.
With a consensus on need, a plethora of ideas for programs and a shared desire for progress, why can’t we create momentum for action?
The answer lies in that the business community collectively, like many businesses independently, has lost the discipline of execution. And while some might hope I am referring to the need to eliminate bureaucracy and bureaucrats, I mean that we have lost the discipline of getting things done. In their bestselling book, “Execution: The Art of Getting Things Done,” Bossidy and Charan identify execution as the missing link between aspirations and results.
What if the
I know we can. But it won’t happen by merely talking about it.
Execution is a simple two-step process. It involves: (1) Focus – …
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 Energy Hubs + Regionalism = A New Vision for Innovation
New Republic –
Add energy research to the list of arenas in which Team Obama has recognized the power of regional economies to deliver innovation as well as economic growth. … Centered on the second of DOE’s three energy research hubs, the new Energy Regional Innovation Cluster (E-RIC) initiative is noteworthy because it shows the administration moving to supplement a narrower research and technology program (focused on energy-efficient building design) with a multi-agency array of offerings intended to broaden the effort and embed it in the powerful currents of regional innovation networks. … As to broader national economic policy, the approach on display in the announcement of the building science hub represents one more indication that the Obama administration and increasingly others in
.02 Women, Transit, and the Perception of Safety
Transit agencies are failing to bring women into the planning process, according to a new report from the Mineta Transportation Institute. We talked with UCLA
.03 Not a moment too soon—Editorial
Sun Press – Cleveland.com
University Heights City Council was supposed to hear the details of the exceptions analysis last week, detailing how the city can become more efficient in its operations. ... Some of the recommendations included in the report include seeking volume purchasing programs, outsourcing rubbish collection, collaborating on a jail facility and prisoner management and outsourcing payroll, human resources and information technology. These sound like efforts at regionalism and they should be embraced. ... The common perception of regionalism is of suburbs dissolving their borders and merging with the City of
.04 Local-option taxes, fees get little support in region
Fort Worth Star Telegram -
A local-option transportation funding measure endorsed by many regional officials has far lower support among Fort Worth-area voters than the rest of the state, according to a poll conducted for the Star-Telegram and four other
.05 Taxed NYers taking the
.06 Roundtable: Economic development merger
EDITORS ROUNDTABLE: What impact would a merger between
.07 Lending Fair Connects Small Businesses with Banks, Agencies
Maryland Chamber of Commerce Blog
The Maryland Chamber Small Business Development Council hosted a Small Business Lending Fair this morning, during which small business owners met with potential lenders, and representatives of various state and federal agencies. The meetings, which were held in a speed dating style format, were meant to build relationships between the small business owners and the lenders, and help small business learn more about accessing capital. Fourteen community, regional, and national banks were present as well as representatives from the Small Business Administration, the Governor’s Office of Minority Affairs, the Maryland Department of Housing and Community Development, and the Maryland Small Business Development Center Network. ...
.08 Seminar extols virtues of
St. Louis Globe-Democrat- St.Louis, MO, USA
Mike Jones, senior policy advisor to St. Louis County Executive Charlie A. Dooley and chairman of the Midwest China Hub Commission (MCHC), said there was no reason to come to St. Louis in the 19th Century. Until the Eads Bridge was built in 1874 and opened commerce to the eastern half of the United States with Missouri and beyond. And the same holds true for increasing commerce between China and St. Louis, he said. Implementing a China Hub, or the “Big Idea,” a phrase coined by the Chinese, for import and export between the two countries will only happen when St. Louis establishes itself as an air hub for the transfer of goods. ...
The MCHC’s aim is to turn the Midwest in general, and St. Louis in particular, into China’s primary gateway to the Midwest through “dedicated cargo flights” connecting St. Louis, China and Shanghai. ... “The MCHC is a broad-based coalition made up of political, civic and business interest and the best description I have heard for the commission is it represents this communities’ collective political will to get this idea executed,“ Jones said. “And in my 25 to 30 years of public work in the St. Louis area I have never been involved in an effort that had this broad of support and this much enthusiastic support by so many critical players of the St. Louis regional community.” ...
.09 Regionalism stressed at The Compass Conference
The City Wire - Fort Smith, AR, USA
Although not part of the script, the need for communities to work as regional partners was stressed during the first annual The Compass Conference. The conference — which drew around 250 business and civic leaders from a wide range of regional communities including Ozark, Roland and Waldron — was built around the presentation of key economic data about the past, present and expected future of the Fort Smith regional economy. Funded and managed by The City Wire and presented by Benefit Bank, The Compass is a quarterly regional economic report with data collection and analysis handled by Jeff Collins, a nationally known economist based in Springdale and co-founder of Streetsmart Data Services. ... Collins said the Fort Smith regional economy has suffered during 2009, especially with respect to job losses and sales tax collections. However, Collins predicted that the worst is over and suggested the next few fiscal quarters would begin to show improvements. He said area sectors that may see good job gains are health and education and business and professional services.
Collins strayed somewhat from the economics report to encourage communities in the Fort Smith region to live up to the region’s potential. He said the communities need to work together to find ways to maximize their resources and minimize weaknesses.
“Ask yourself, ‘Who are we and what do we do well? ... What do we want to be when we grow up?” Collins said.
.10 Regional Chambers Unite & Head to State Capital
C.W. Notes -
Regional chambers of commerce are uniting to create one voice to work on legislative issues that affect our regional businesses community. The chambers in
The Missoulian - Missoulia, MT, USA
.12 Arcuri: Think regionally on high-speed rail
U.S. Rep. Michael Arcuri, D-Utica, said the next steps should be to continue to push for federal funding, make the initiative a priority in state government and ensure that everyone upstate is working together instead of focusing on which areas receive funding first. “We have to make sure we're thinking about this as a regional project,” Arcuri said. “We will get our money in this area and in the
.13 Regionalizing emergency response
Halifax-Plympton Reporter –
Regionalization is the trend of the future. Already small communities are banding together to solve trash problems, education issues and police and fire service. So it is not surprising that the area’s Local Emergency Planning Committees are reforming to encompass several municipalities. Plympton and Halifax have recently informally established the Winnetuxet Regional Emergency Planning Committee (WREPC) in an effort to better serve both communities. ...
.14 Cinton? Daynati? We
A furious rush to the middle during the last two decades has transformed the land between
The Metropolitan Council of the Minneapolis-St. Paul area engages in a careful balancing act, weighing the desires of local communities to develop as they choose against the need for cost-effective regional investments. The council was created by the Legislature in 1967 to encourage the “orderly, economical development” of the seven-county area and provide for the efficient delivery of certain regional services. The council consists of 17 members appointed by the governor, 16 from geographic districts and a chair who serves at-large. Legislative proposals to provide for the election of council members frequently have been debated, but never enacted. ... The Met Council is not all-powerful. It collaborates with local governments and other stakeholders, and comes under careful legislative review. Supporters say the council has promoted more efficient development, saving millions in infrastructure costs while preserving vital natural areas. It has achieved efficiencies in the delivery of transit, wastewater and other services.
.16 Our view:
In recent years, government officials and community leaders in
The Express Times - LehighValleyLive.com - PA,
A sign of the difficult economic times, Lehigh County Executive Don Cunningham announced no new initiatives during his annual State of the County address today. Instead, Cunningham, a Democrat starting his second four-year term as county executive, cited regionalization and finding savings as his top goals for 2010. “This year, all is on the table for review,” Cunningham said during a noontime Greater Lehigh Valley Chamber of Commerce ...
Examiner.com - Trumbull Co., OH,
.19 Letter: Think global and act local
If Governor Pawlenty is going to balance the state budget by eliminating LGA payments to cities like Park Rapids, then the city of
Leadership is the ability to step out even though others are hesitating. The Green Business League is happy to welcome the very first Chamber of Commerce as a Certified Green Business. Not only has the Greater Regional
.21 8 Key Trends in Food Marketing
1 Rediscovering local. Local food will be a key trend in reviving and enriching the quality of all-time local favorite dishes. This is where the influence of new “culinarians” and the people coming in the food industry will make an impact. Traditional dishes will be the focus. “People will be pleased with enthusiasm as they naturally gravitate toward the food that they know, they grew up with and they’re comfortable with,” Gutierrez said. Regional and community brands are perceived to be of higher quality in terms of processes and are seen as authentic against homogenous global brands. “Consumers will be curious to know how a certain product is processed before it is put into box,” she added. ...
.22 Driving Sustainable Change through Community-to-Community Organizing
Sustainable Communities ALL Over Puget Sound (SCALLOPS) was founded in 2007 as a nonprofit network in order to advance regional sustainability by providing opportunities for area sustainability groups to build relationships, share resources, and educate each other on the successes and challenges of pioneering grassroots change at the community level. With Vic Opperman (Sustainable Ballard) and Neva Welton (Sustainable Bainbridge) at the helm, SCALLOPS has grown in both size and scope. SCALLOPS membership has increased from a core group of three towns to over sixty groups representing towns and neighborhoods throughout
.23 Post-mortem on snow cleanup should be regional
.24 Improving State Government Operations Through Business Analytics
National Association of State Chief Information Officers (NASCIO) - Press Release -
Business analytics provides an evidence-based approach for decision making. With the current emphasis on transparency and visibility into the operations of government, government leaders need to anticipate more questions and evaluation related to not only what decisions are being made, but also what rationale was applied in making those decisions. As stated in this issue brief, intuition alone is not adequate for evaluating alternatives and making decisions. Effective implementation of a business analytics capability will promote an enterprise-wide culture of fact-based decision making. State government is encouraged to seriously look at business analytics as a means for fully understanding current circumstances and make predictions about the future. The predictive nature is particularly important as we continue to face ongoing fiscal challenges and increasing demand for state government services. For more information, contact NASCIO Senior Enterprise Architect, Eric Sweden at (859) 514-9189 or esweden@AMRms.com
“DO YOU THINK? OR DO YOU KNOW? Improving State Government Operations Through Business Analytics” is available at: www.nascio.org/publications
11. Other Regional Community News for Our Local Planet Contents
.01 Brown hits out at Tory RDA plans
New Civil Engineer –
Prime Minister Gordon Brown has leapt to the defence of regional development agencies (RDAs), accusing Conservatives leader David Cameron of “declaring war” on the North. The prime minister claimed that the Conservatives “don’t understand the needs of the people in the North”. His remarks refer to the Conservatives’ well-publicised desire to scrap regional development agencies (RDAs) should they succeed at this year’s general election, as part of a wider blitz on public bodies. Brown said Conservative reform of RDAs would have a ‘devastating’ impact on the provision of funds and business development across the
.02 A Critical Reflection on Management of Caricom
THE Caribbean Community and Common Market (Caricom), in celebrating its 37th anniversary with the hopes of fully operationalising the Single Market and Economy (CSME) in 2015, now faces acute and growing challenges of fragmentation, loss of direction and a paralysing inertia. The need for serious reflection on the state of the regional integration movement is widely recognised and it serves no useful purpose by expediently sweeping problems under the proverbial carpet for some future period. ... Today, however, I am inclined to believe that the political directorate has reached a more nuanced understanding of "regional governance", thanks to the Technical Working Group (TWG) of 2006, headed by Dr Vaughn Lewis. The fundamental recommendation of the 2006 TWG for the introduction of a Single Caricom Act, ratified in all member states, within the framework of the Revised Treaty (which is really the Caricom Constitution), needs to be adopted without further foot-dragging and more word games. For, in acting on the basis of combined strength with a "single vision" in a globalised world, it should enable Caricom
.03 Funding offer to "rural businesses" in
Click Liverpool -
A scheme to provide "rural entrepreneurs" with a cash boost is inviting applications.
The programme to unlock the potential of Merseyside’s untapped rural economy is seeking proposals of projects that could benefit from multi-million pound funding opportunities. Ideas are being sought to make the most of the sub-region’s rural assets, stimulate business, and contribute to the wider economic development of the region. Application forms, details of the scheme and associated reports can be found via the newly launched website www.merseyreap.co.uk Responses are required by Friday 5th March 2010. Proposals can be specific to a local area or have a wider sub-regional relevance. Ideally, they will also support the delivery of the
A megacity is a status conferred by the United Nations and the international system on cities with 10 million persons and above. It is a city with complex functions, and with ability to influence regional and global economies. The
.05 Welsh economy needs
A CRITICAL report into the effectiveness of Welsh Assembly Government business support was revealed yesterday with its authors saying that an “information deficit” has also emerged since the scrapping of the Welsh Development Agency. ... Comment - Poker wrote: Really? A vision? Don
.06 EEF launches
Northwest Regional Development Agency -
EEF, the manufacturers
.08 Citi sees emergence of
Business Mirror -
.09 Cabler of the Week: Timothy E. Wirth
The Cable - ForeignPolicy.com
We live in an interdependent age. No one nation - not even one as well-intentioned and powerful as the United States - can go it alone in addressing the great global challenges we face. This reality is both humbling and inspiring. Humbling because even as strong as we are, we must recognize the limits of our power and the necessity of international cooperation. Inspiring because the
Committee of the Regions - European Union – Europa Press Release
As EU leaders discuss the Europe 2020 proposals to revamp the European economy at a summit in Brussels, six European regions that are already working to create jobs and boost their local economies through their entrepreneurial vision have become the first winners of the European Entrepreneurial Region (EER) label at a ceremony in the Committee of the Regions headquarters in Brussels. The first EER labels will cover the years 2011 and 2012, with three winning regions per year. They are:
.11 Turbulence likely as class displaces regionalism
Business Day -
Zuma rose to the ANC presidency at a time when its internal factional politics were beginning a historic transformation. In recent decades, the politics of the ANC have largely been conducted at regional or provincial level. National (and exile) politics were underpinned by a parallel ethnic factionalism. ... Now, however, a second dimension to politics — class — threatens to undermine the historical predominance of regionalism and ethnicity. As has been widely observed, the Congress of South African Trade Unions and the South African Communist Party (SACP) played a major role in Zuma’s rise to the ANC and state presidencies. ...
.12 Armenian PM, Turkish economist consider "cross-border regionalism"
Armenian Reporter -
The American Chamber of Commerce in Armenia (AmCham) and The Economic Policy Research Foundation of Turkey (TEPAV), with the support of the U.S. Embassy Yerevan, hosted a panel discussion on "Turkish-Armenian Relations and Cross-Border Regionalism" ... Representatives of TEPAV are visiting Yerevan February 10-12 for meetings with business and government officials, non-government organizations and others involved in the promotion of cross-border cooperation.
Following a seven-week work of the Advisory Committee on Regionalization, its chairman Omar Azziman submitted to the King a progress report on its mission, … asking for the extension of the deadline set for the submission of its final report, … This request was made due to the diversity of subjects, the interconnectedness of themes and the importance of issues at stake, underlined the source, affirming that the royal solicitude will enable the Committee to carry out an in-depth work, plan its action with serenity, and live up to the mission and the road map laid down by the monarch. The approval of King Mohammed VI shows the special interest the sovereign gives to this important project, which is a turning point in
.14 Car tax insults regional NSW: opposition
The Sydney Morning Herald - Sydney, NSW, AU
Under the Keneally government
.15 Contemporary Mappa Mundi: American Exceptionalism in the
Globalization and World Cities Research Network
American exceptionalism has come in many forms varying from its distinctive party politics and its unusual religiosity to its particular professional sports (Lipset, 1996). With this graph we add global urban geography to the list. ... First, the sizes of the nodes are drawn proportional to city connectivities; basically the bigger the node the more integrated the city into the world city network (
.16 Superclinic is coming
The Rudd Government yesterday signed a funding agreement of $5 million to operate the new multi-disciplinary superclinic. Mr Trevor said the superclinic was a key part of the government’s agenda for fixing the healthcare system in
12. Blogging about Regional Communities Contents
Most people get it by now that cities compete in the marketplace as regions. Of course it matters that individual cities, towns, and unincorporated areas that make up a region all prosper, but the fate of a region is generally collective. The real battle is not between city and suburbs, but between regions, including those around the world. Now the competition metaphor is somewhat flawed since the economy is not a zero sum game, but clearly some places are more attractive than others to human capital and business. Place that spend less time fighting amongst themselves and more time working on success for their city-region will differentiate themselves.
.02 Liveable Cities
The Winter Olympics’ host city of
.03 What Makes Happy Cities Happy
… new Gallup-Healthways Well-Being Index of happy cities. … look at some of the social, demographic, and economic factors that are associated with the happiness and well-being of cities. ... The Gallup-Healthways is the first comprehensive data set we know of that tracks happiness and well-being at the metropolitan level, providing data from a large-scale survey of individuals across 185 metro regions. We look at the associations between the Gallup-Healthways Metro happiness index and key social, demographic, and economic factors. Data-matching reduces the size of our sample to 170 metros – roughly half of all
.04 Replay: An Examination of City-County Consolidation
[ This piece will serve as a warm-up to a forthcoming series on the downsides of the consolidation of
In their words, “Reformers frequently support consolidation because they assume rather than make an effort to prove its benefit…changes in local governance are often about power not bureaucratic efficiency or effectiveness. More often than not, power shapes the reception of ideas and determines who has voice in community debates. … To me the most interesting case is downtown development. Major civic attractions such as sports teams, etc. that benefit the entire county or region are located there. Yet much of the freight for paying for these community wide assets falls on the residents of the old inner city only. How is that? …
.05 What can marketers do to advance regional economic integration?
Marketing, Advertising & Communication in
Regional integration is a process in which states enter into a regional organisation in order to increase regional cooperation and diffuse regional tensions. … Regional integration initiatives, according to Van Langenhove, should fulfil at least eight important functions: * the strengthening of trade integration in the region; * the creation of an appropriate enabling environment for private sector development; * the development of infrastructure programmes in support of economic growth and regional integration; * the development of strong public sector institutions and good governance; * the reduction of social exclusion and the development of an inclusive civil society; * contribution to peace and security in the region; * the building of environment programmes at the regional level; * the strengthening of the region’s interaction with other regions of the world. ...
.06 Keeping control of Brand
…the EULEX mission had brought a new stature for the EU in this part of the Balkans, and has led the local government to spend $5 million for a Saatchi & Saatchi campaign around the world showing Kosovo as “Young Europeans” (video). Both of these show that
.07 UA in South East Queensland,
Urban Agriculture for a Subtropical City
Begun in 1994 the Northey Street City Farm is just a few kilometers from
Regional Writes - community blogging project
A Word from the Writer-in-Residence
Greetings regional writers and readers, and welcome to our community blog. Now that you
About the Project
The Regional Writes Community Blogging Project has been funded by an Arts Queensland Development and Presentation Grant, RADF and Sunshine Coast Regional Council Learning Communities. ...
.09 Polish Online Community
Welcome to Polish Online Community world at Linkpolonia! We aim to provide a central resource for everyone interested in the communities that they live in including their local town, city, district or regional community and also other community groups that they may belong to. ...
.10 The Manchester-Mersey Bioregion
A Green Deal for the Manchester-Mersey Bioregion
... to see a map of the Manchester-Mersey Bioregion. Our bioregion is diverse:- Urban sprawl. Rich farmland in
.11 The Importance of Reciprocity
One goal of this webpage is to foster a renewed sense of reciprocity - which requires a restored sense of place and the more than human community that we are part of. "To learn the language of the birds" is to begin the process of re-inhabiting the seascape and landscape of our shared region. We have received the life-giving gifts of this region; now, we need to return a gift that can support and sustain the multiple values that are carried by this region
.12 The Mediterranean Solar Plan
The Lisbon Treaty have finally ensured that the EU "speaks with one voice" on external issues. This prospect and the actual Spanish EU-presidency could strengthen the role of cooperation between the shores from which both the European countries and their partners from the southern shore have a lot to gain. In May 2010,
13. Announcements and Regional Links. Contents
The Federal Reserve Bank of Kansas City’s Community Affairs Department is issuing a call for research papers to be presented at a national conference titled, “Economic Development in Underserved Communities: Where Research and Practice Meet,” to be held September 9 – 10, 2010 at the Federal Reserve Bank of Kansas City in Kansas City, MO.
This conference seeks to bring together the latest research and practice in economic development in underserved rural and low-and-moderate-income urban communities in an effort to foster thinking on relevant issues and highlight best practices in the application of economic development policy.
The conference will explore the groundwork necessary for transitioning rural communities and low-and-moderate income urban communities into the new economy.
For a more detailed conference agenda, including potential research questions that could be addressed, please visit the Community Development section of the Federal Reserve Bank of
An enlarged abstract with a maximum of 500 words, written in English, should be sent electronically (in Word or Adobe Acrobat format) to email@example.com no later than March 31, 2010. For those with abstracts accepted for the conference, complete papers are due no later than July 15, 2010. Each presenter of a research paper will receive an honorarium of $1,500. Travel expenses for presenters also will be covered.
For any additional questions, please contact Kelly Edmiston, Federal Reserve Bank of
.02 Regional Studies Association Research Network Application Information
Regional Studies Association Research Networks are formed by the Association
The 2010 deadlines for Research Networks applications to be sent to firstname.lastname@example.org are: 23rd April, 24th August, 25th October 2010
Complete information: http://www.regional-studies-assoc.ac.uk/research-networks/introduction.asp
.03 WorldFuture 2010: Sustainable Futures, Strategies, and Technologies – World Future Society - July 8-10, 2010 -
Since 1971, the annual conference of the World Future Society has served as the premier event for the world’s most important thinkers, leaders, and visionaries to explore the future. This year
Program and registration information: http://www.wfs.org/2010regform.htm
14. Financial Crisis. Contents
.01 Elizabeth Warren Introduces Congressional Oversight Panel February 2010 Report
In this video, Chair Elizabeth Warren of the TARP Congressional Oversight Panel introduces the COP February report, "Commercial Real Estate Losses and the Risk to Financial Stability."
.02 The Quants: It Pays To Know Your Wall Street Math
Fresh Air - NPR
This is FRESH AIR. I
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