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 - .16
Blogging about Regional Communities … 12.01 - .07
Announcements and Regional Links … 13.01 - .05
Financial Crisis …14.01 - .03
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But before it changes anything, the Transportation Investment Act of 2010 has a long journey ahead of it:
● Officials from rival camps must agree on a project list.
Business groups and transportation advocates spent four years trying to convince the Legislature that there was a problem and then persuading lawmakers to fix it. Their victory came Wednesday evening with overwhelming votes in both chambers.
The bill would divide the state into 12 transportation districts. In each, a “roundtable” of mayors and county commissioners would work with an appointee of the governor to draw up a list of projects in the region. In 2012 the projects would go before the region’s voters, who would approve the list and the 1 percent sales tax to pay for them — or not.
The region with Fulton, DeKalb, Cherokee, Cobb, Gwinnett, Douglas, Fayette, Clayton, Henry and Rockdale counties could raise $750 million to $790 million a year, according to estimates.
Although it is still not enough to meet all needs, that would be the biggest infusion of new cash into transportation in the region’s history.
But to get there, advocates will have to keep navigating the political minefields that dragged out the legislation to begin with, as they draw up a project list.
... At the Atlanta Regional Commission, the region’s official planning agency, the board’s composition is remarkably similar to the roundtable described in the bill. Tom Weyandt, comprehensive planning chief there, has spent years negotiating project lists with his board and is fully aware of the roadblocks ahead. But they can be navigated, he said.
RCs: Regional Development Centers http://www.gadata.org/information_services/reg1.htm
2. No more Lone Rangers: Regional economic model revived - Arizona Daily Sun -
Flagstaff City Manager Kevin Burke spent countless hours last year in various meeting rooms as part of his self-described economic "listening tour."
The departure of Community Investment Director Michael Kerski gave Burke the opportunity to create a new economic development model for the city and the region.
The tour affirmed what the business community already knew: Economic development in northern
But with the founding of the Economic Collaborative of Northern Arizona later this year, Burke and several other community leaders hope to reinvent economic development with a regional view in mind. Burke said he draws on his experience from working at the city of
"The city of
Burke said the city abandoned the use of incentives in favor of nurturing established business already in the community. He thinks the idea can work in
A NEW COORDINATED MODEL
The ECoNA model will split various activities among the agencies that have signed on.
Coconino County Supervisor Carl Taylor is optimistic ECoNA will be more effective in the realm of economic development under a renewed spirit of cooperation.
"Some bruised feelings have gone away and people are willing to go to work,"
RC: Northern Arizona Council Of Governments http://www.nacog.org/
Not quite a year ago a dozen or so community and business leaders met to talk about things we’d learned in kindergarten, but had somehow forgotten.
The first meeting of the Miss-Lou Regionalism Steering committee was interesting.
The premise was simple: Our community can accomplish more by working together than working separately.
That’s easier said than done, though, especially when the “habit” hasn’t been to seek mutual understanding and common interests.
Yet the group decided to throw a few elected officials in the room with some media members and get everyone to agree that we had to leave our feelings and egos at the door.
What was going to be said?
Are they going to blame me?
What’s their agenda?
Who’s going to attack me?
Such questions weren’t verbalized, but they could certainly be felt, …
Everyone at the table was probably a little nervous since most of us had rarely ever sat down across the table from one another informally, let alone to talk about the real issues facing our community.
But what’s happened over the months that followed that first meeting is pretty interesting, …
But regionalism isn’t about the people who are part of the steering committee. The reality is that a group of a dozen people is somewhat limited in what it can accomplish.
But if the lessons that group has learned about one another can be applied to the next step in the process, nothing can stop the improvements in our community.
So what is the next step?
We need more people involved in the effort.
The success of the regionalism effort will depend on the committees getting off the ground well and starting to address issues, hand-in-hand, walking together toward a common goal.
Before Scrima took office,
In an opinion published March 2 in the Waukesha Freeman, Scrima said Waukesha leaders should ask the Milwaukee Common Council to revoke the resolution requiring the payment and non-compete clause in water sales contracts.
His insistence on such an agreement only including the cost of water appears to be a deal breaker for a majority of
"It doesn't make sense to play musical chairs with the companies in our region," Milwaukee Ald. Michael Murphy said in explaining the reason for a non-compete clause in a water deal. "
Each of the seven southeastern Wisconsin counties participating in the Milwaukee 7 cooperative economic development strategy, including Waukesha and Milwaukee, already has approved a similar non-compete strategy, Murphy said.
A 2008 report from the Southeastern Wisconsin Regional Planning Commission [ http://www.sewrpc.org/ ] recommended that
In campaign statements and interviews with the Journal Sentinel, Scrima accused then Waukesha Mayor Larry Nelson and the regional planning commission of conspiring to select a costly solution for
"Such comments do nothing to promote trust or regional cooperation," the letter says.
5. Region begins new drive to curb greenhouse gases - Contra Costa Times -
Four regional agencies have launched a major drive to rein in greenhouse gas pollution by reducing vehicle use, increasing public transit use and promoting compact development in the Bay Area
Cities and counties will be asked to designate areas for developing compact housing and businesses in established areas with good access to rail lines, buses and ferries.
Leaders around the Bay likened the plan to pioneering environmental initiatives such as saving the Bay from fill in the 1960s and founding the
Transit and land-use planners will be asked to determine how they can jointly help the Bay Area meet vehicle travel reduction targets to be set by the California Air Resources Board. The plan is required by 2013 under Senate Bill 375, which
"Decision-making about land use is about to change," said Santa Clara County Supervisor Ken Yeager, also a member of regional transportation and pollution boards. "Change is coming. We need to do it right or there will be a lot of people upset and there will be a backlash."
Yeager, also a California Air Resources Board member, made his remarks Thursday in
The partner agencies include the Metropolitan Transportation Commission, Association of Bay Area Governments [http://www.abag.ca.gov/], Bay Area Air Quality Management District and the Bay Conservation and Development Commission.
6. OUR VIEW: Thoughts on changing
So, no county commissioners to tax us. For 50 blissful years only the state and it’s 169 municipalities can send you a tax bill.
… , of late, with this vast economic abyss we all are living in, some of those alert to new solutions are not proposing a return to county government, but to something close. There is much talk out there of regionalization to find efficiencies. The thinking then proceeds to if we can regionalize certain functions — and we have, i.e., trash collection, water consumption and so forth — can’t we tax ourselves regionally?
It has come to a serious situation where we cannot keep up with paving our roads, teaching our children or compensating our mayors, legislators and school superintendents. Government is of, by and for the people and, if it is not working, the people can decide to change it or change the way it works.
It is beyond time for dabbling. Tough times require bold thinkers. Regional taxation is just a blip, regional planning agencies are little more than, well, planners who never get around to doing anything.
When the Regional Development Authority was created five years ago, optimism about the economic future of
In what was a rare bipartisan move, U.S. Rep. Peter Visclosky, D-Merrillville, teamed with Republican Gov. Mitch Daniels and area legislators, for the creation of the authority. Every NWI legislator voted for the RDA.
The RDA vowed to produce planes, trains, buses and development of the
Five years later, some of the enthusiasm has waned. And although a judge recently ruled the Porter County Council didn't have legal standing to pull out of the RDA, the solidarity that existed five years ago appears forever fractured.
While the RDA may be the most visible issue in this corner of the state, there are other questions about the current and future status of local government.
Also seen as a plus for regional government is the recently created Northwest Indiana Economic Development District -- a public/private partnership to bring federal money to
Dewey Pearman, who chairs the Development District Board, said the federal money will be for infrastructure projects to support private sector development.
While regionalism remains a buzz word for the future of government here, there is little movement toward the consolidation of government -- a move some say is extremely important in this strained economic environment.
Some local officials say they can't survive much longer.
Lake County Councilman Larry Blanchard, R-Crown Point, is concerned about the future.
"The (tax) caps, the (levy) freeze and (low) collections are changing the face of government," Blanchard said.
And, finally, is there a leader out there to guide
8. The United Regions of
The Obama administration wants to change the way politicians fight for jobs by encouraging regions—instead of individual states and cities—to compete for economic development projects.
… administration believes that economic recovery will be led by a collection of regions around the
Heading the administration’s regional economic development strategy is John Fernandez, assistant secretary of commerce and the former mayor of
The catch-phrase circulating around the development community is “regional innovation clusters.” The term was thought up by Michael Porter of the
Obama did not invent regionalism, but he is trying to revive it. … national policy to strengthen cities. “Strong cities are the building blocks of strong regions and strong regions are essential for a strong
“We can’t make people collaborate,” Fernandez says. “We can shine a light on it as a framework that works. We can provide incentives. It’s going to be up to the civic leadership at the state and local level. We need help from states to support the idea of regionalism because not everyone does.”
9. Mental health services reach out to neighbors - The Hillsboro Argus - Oregon News, OR,
The counties that make up the
This was the conclusion of a the Three-County Leadership Group from Washington, Multnomah and Clackamas counties who met … to discuss the first steps toward regionalization of mental health services.
Washington County Health Services Director Rod Branyan says a simplified cross-county mental health care delivery system avoids costly duplication of services and ensures availability of essentials.
The regional entity would be responsible for both Medicaid and non-Medicaid services.
With proper management, a regionalized system could provide far-reaching benefits, especially through economies of scale.
This could range from such collaborative efforts as joint purchasing, mutual aid, lead agency designation, fiscal agent designation and joint ventures.
"We have really different demographics in each of the three counties," she said. The populations also differ in their Oregon Health Program enrollment, poverty, homelessness and distribution of ethnicities and language.
Per county, mental health services required by the state cost between $21 million and $52 million. In Washington and Multnomah counties, almost all are subcontracted to nonprofits, while in
A merger could also increase overall administrative costs and defeat the whole purpose, she said.
Washington County Commissioner Andy Duyck said it's clear the entire region is reaching critical mass when it comes to taking care of the mentally ill.
Burgess said it's most important to establish a uniform authority form for returning services. A simple set of rules would give the counties the ability to work on collaborations already in motion, while preserving community services not typically served by large regional entities, she said.
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
The Plain Dealer -
Ed FitzGerald announced intentions this morning to create an Office of Regional Collaboration if voters elect him this fall as the first
.02 Editorial: Transportation funding bill not worth the wait
... problem with the use of a voter-approved sales tax levy as a transportation funding mechanism with a region stretching across a wide swath of the state is, of course, that residents of one part of the region might not be interested in paying for improvements in another part of the region, particularly if projects elsewhere carry a higher price tag than local projects. While there may be some regions outside the
.03 Following budget defeats, questions raised about the cost of 28 separate school districts in
... New Jersey School Board Association supports regionalization, according to spokesman Mike Yaple, but only if it’s also supported by voters in the communities and when studies have shown there will be financial and educational benefits. “It sounds like a simplistic solution to save money, but often it can cost more,” Yaple said. One of the reasons consolidation doesn’t always save money, Yaple said, is that state law requires that the teachers’ contract in the largest district be applied to teachers from the smaller districts. So, if teachers in the largest district earn more money, the other teachers would get a pay raise that could wipe out any administrative savings.
.04 Pepper Pike pulls out of regionalism study to address budget woes
The Plain Dealer -
Last week, Pepper Pike decided to pull out of an EfficientGovNow grant application that, if received, would have been used to implement some recommendations of a Baldwin-Wallace study. The study, commissioned by Pepper Pike,
.05 Regional plan seeks tougher oversight of Metro
The organization that oversees Metro safety will gain more authority and eventually be replaced under a plan disclosed Tuesday by top regional leaders, who say they are concerned about the lack of accountability and recent series of accidents at the transit agency. Virginia Gov. Robert F. McDonnell (R), Maryland Gov. Martin O'Malley (D) and District Mayor Adrian M. Fenty (D) agreed during a meeting on a two-phase action plan that would first require more stringent, regular reporting by the Tri-State Oversight Committee, a regional oversight body that has been criticized as weak. In the long term, and with congressional approval, the leaders said the committee would be replaced either with direct federal safety oversight of Metro by the Federal Transit Administration, which would require the implementation of minimum federal safety standards as proposed in House and Senate legislation ... or with a locally and federally funded Metro Safety Commission set up by the jurisdictions. ...
.06 Nine towns,
Regionalizing emergency dispatch services could save hundreds of thousands of dollars for nine towns and the
.07 Half of Southeast Michigan residents say they love living in area, survey finds - Crain's Detroit Business -
Half of the residents surveyed by Intellitrends L.L.C. on behalf of the Detroit Regional News Hub say they love living in
.09 No unigov supporters at candidates' session
The Blade -
The six Democrats vying to be a
The Suburbanite -
Council has taken more time to consider participation in the
.11 Restarting the economy
Business owners and other ratepayers connecting to town sewer could conceivably not be required to pay the hookup fee, as part of an overall strategy for economic development in town. Waiving or reducing the sewer connection fee was one of the possibilities the Plymouth Economic Regional Development Foundation suggested that town officials consider. Executive Director Denis Hanks delivered the Foundation’s annual report to selectmen last week. Selectmen Chairman Dicky Quintal said waiving the sewer connection fee should be explored. He also mentioned waiving the off-street parking fee downtown for businesses that propose a change in use. He said both could be waived on a case-by-case basis. “We have to be a little bit more creative than our neighbor next door if we’re serious about economic development,” he said. ...
.13 ePlus Technology Selected by City of
ePlus Technology inc., has been selected by the City of
.14 Beyond 50: American States That Might Have Been
NPR - National Public Radio - USA
... book Lost States: True Stories of Texlahoma, Transylvania, and Other States That Never Made It. Thomas Jefferson had many ideas for
.15 Business recruiters head to
The Sun News -
A delegation of Charleston
.16 Airports authority says cost of developing rail car could bust deal with Metro
Officials building a subway line to
.17 The Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetists Speak Out
The regional community (
.18 SPP Proposes New Cost-Sharing Method For Expanding The Regional Electric Transmission Grid
Recently the Southwest Power Pool, Inc. (SPP) Board of Directors and Regional State Committee, comprising regulatory commissioners from seven states, filed with the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission a new "Highway/Byway" method of sharing costs for electric transmission in the SPP region, which includes all or parts of Arkansas, Kansas, Louisiana, Mississippi, Missouri, Nebraska, New Mexico, Oklahoma, and Texas. … "Highways" are high-voltage transmission projects above 300 kV; costs will be assigned to electric utilities across the entire SPP footprint based on their historic use of the region’s transmission system. "Byways" are lower-voltage transmission projects; a formula will be used to assign costs more directly to the utility in whose service territory (zone) the project is located. …
11. Other Regional Community News for Our Local Planet Contents
.01 No crane, no gain: Experts warn cash-saving cuts in regional funding could imperil economic recovery
Plans to scrap the Northwest Regional Development Agency could create a vacuum leading to any recovery in the region
.02 Should I Stay or Should I Go, Now: The Effects of Community Satisfaction on the Decision to Stay or Move
Martin Prosperity Institute Research
Abstract: Why do some people stay in locations while others move? While most research has examined the factors which encourage people to move to new locations, we focus our research on the effects of satisfaction with individuals’ current location on the decision to stay or to move. To do so, we examine the relative effects of three kinds of factors: (1) satisfaction with community or place-based factors such as aesthetic appeal, outdoor space and recreational amenities, artistic and cultural amenities, the ability to meet people and make friends; (2) community economic conditions; and (3) individual-level demographic factors such as income, human capital, and age. Our findings indicate that place-based factors, in particular the beauty and physical appeal of the current location and the ability to meet people and make friends, explain more of the desire to stay than does community economic conditions or individual demographic characteristics.
.03 Regional rationale: Co-operation and joint agreements may be solution for small towns
The Packet - Clarenville, NL,
It used to be a dirty word, but it appears some people are more willing to speak openly of 'regionalization', or at least co-operation among towns within particular regions. ... The towns of Clarenville and
.04 FOCUS: ASEAN remains unclear on regional community details
Kyodo News -
Foreign Ministers of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations remain undecided on setting a clear framework for an envisaged regional community that might also include
.05 Focus needs to shift from Mumbai to MMR
We need to shift focus from Mumbai to its extended city region — the MMR, which is crying for attention. It seems planners are content with keeping Mumbai alive and letting satellite cities suckle at its breast. If the MMR is expected to reach the levels projected, it would fall short everywhere — infrastructure, governance and pace of progress. Currently, investment in Mumbai’s backlogs is the priority while investing in the future of MMR is the need. If Mumbai’s 60% population lives in slums, the MMR’s proportion is 38%. No lessons have been learnt from the mother city to arrest slum proliferation even in locations distant from Mumbai, which drags down human development indices. The city region can meet challenges listed in the McKinsey report only by reinventing itself to acquire speed in decision-making, implementation and also quality, which is now missing. For a start, I would like to see a council of mayors of all cities in the region, corporations and councils, to be a formal planning body and not just the MMRDA. Also, the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation will have to go for a tectonic shift and share its revenues to stimulate the economies of smaller towns around the city. ...
.06 BALKAN ON THE CROSSROADS BETWEEN THE PAST AND THE PRESENT
Radio Srbija -
All the Balkan countries should become full-fledged members of the EU and it is necessary to eliminate current obstacles in that process, the Serbian, Spanish and Turkish foreign ministers, Vuk Jeremić, Miguel Angel Moratinos and Ahmet Davutoglu said after a trilateral meeting in
.07 Unemployment down 3% across
UNEMPLOYMENT fell to its lowest level for 11 months in
.08 Regional Integration & Development: Relevance of Functional Cooperation - CARICOM Asst. Sec. Gen at OAS/UNESCO Conference on Higher Education
“Regional Integration and Development”. Given the expert presentations listed in your conference programme, I assumed that you require me to put in context the issues that relate to trends in higher education, quality assurance, science and technology, academic cooperation and the development of an agenda for higher education in the
• Identify the salient features of regional integration
• Highlight the challenges of the regional integration movement with special reference to the implementation of the CSME
• Point to regional achievements, in particular the role of functional cooperation as a critical lever of regional integration
• Gaze toward an uncertain future with possibilities of strengthening the ties between Latin America and the
• Wonder about what this future means for higher education in the Region
.09 SADC aims at reducing poverty through co-operation in water projects
The Southern Times -
The Southern African Development Community has made tremendous strides in the implementation of River Basin Organisations to accelerate trans-boundary management and equal sharing of water and other resources to substantially alleviate poverty in the region. Speaking during workshop in Gaborone on April 20 at which guidelines for strengthening River Basin Organisations were launched, SADC Deputy Executive Director-Regional Integration Joao Samuel Caholo noted that since 2006 to date tremendous progress has been made by various stakeholders in ensuring that RBOs were a reality among the people in the 14-member states. Caholo said several RBOs have been implemented at various levels in several member states with support from co-operating partners despite numerous challenges faced by stakeholders in making the
Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton at the Energy and Climate Partnership of the
"... the Energy and Climate Partnership of the
"So the goal of this partnership is not to impose requirements or regulations but to create a forum and framework to share best practices, cultivate new collaborations, promote indigenous solutions, deepen regional ties, and foster local and national leadership. This is a mission not only for governments but for the private sector and civil society as well. And I’m so pleased that this gathering includes representatives from each." ...
.11 Koreans Swayed by Herd Mentality
After news reports hit the nation last week that a species of mosquito transmitting viral diseases causing brain inflammation had been found, Koreans started snapping up any products associated with bugs. The mosquitoes were only found on
.12 Indonesian Political Hopefuls to Face Stiffer Poll Rules
In what is already shaping up to be a highly controversial initiative, the Ministry of Home Affairs wants to further tighten eligibility criteria for political candidates in a move seen as aimed at preventing celebrities from running for office. Under the 2004 Regional Governance Law, a candidate must meet 16 requirements to stand for election, including having a high school diploma, never having been to prison for a crime punishable by more than five years in jail and being at least 30 years old. Now, with a number of racy celebrities — throwing their hats into the ring for this year’s 224 regional and municipal elections while admitting to having little political experience, the government is taking further steps. “We’re going to add another requirement for candidates to have enough experience in government or in civil organizations,” Gamawan said. “This is to prevent people who know nothing about how to lead a region suddenly becoming district head just because of popularity.
.13 Lawmakers Slam Morality Test for Poll Candidates
Plans by the Ministry of Home Affairs to reinstate morality clauses to weed out aspiring candidates running for top regional posts were likely to be rejected, lawmakers said on Monday. Golkar Party lawmaker Nurul Arifin, from House of Representatives Commission II, which oversees home affairs, told the Jakarta Globe that most members of the commission disagreed with the proposal. “There is already a requirement for a candidate to be devoted to God. What else do we need?” ... A revision in 2008 to the Regional Governance Law dropped moral requirements for candidates, following the argument that morality should be judged by the voters. The proposal to reinstate the morality clauses is expected to be submitted to the House in June. ...
.14 Shepparton campus keeps regional promise
.15 Council hears from NSFC
The Northeast Superior Forest Community (NSFC) describes the regional community served by the Northeastern Superior Mayors’ Group, a voluntary association of the mayors of six communities in the Northeastern superior region, Chapleau, Hornepayne, Dubreuilville,
.16 Budgets aim to strike a balance: Mayor
Morden Times -
Regional development: pursue a regional multiplex; work towards development of a regional water supply; negotiate tax sharing; promote development of the Morden and Winkler highway corridor; pursue annexation for future growth. …
12. Blogging about Regional Communities Contents
.01 A Public Meeting Chester must Attend
The C-City Blogger
It is well established that
.02 Weasel Words? Engagement, Collaboration, Partnerships…
pigs will fly | the can do community blog
… I would like to share six basic points that emerged during my ten year community/small business/volunteer experience in regional tourism.
Elements of Successful Community-Based Collaboration
“1. A broad community recognition of the high inter-dependence in planning and managing a tourism destination or community-based project/partnership and the subsequent inability of one sector to effectively operate alone.
2. An indication of the individual and/or mutual benefits to flow from the collaborative process, such as, improving the destination’s competitive advantage, reduced uncertainty for private enterprise, more effective public sector management and greater resident satisfaction.
3. A perception that the collaborative process has the legitimacy and power to influence decisions affecting tourism/community development, with the power coming from the inclusion of key people, from clearly stated objectives and from evidence of adequate resources to implement projects.
4. The early inclusion of key people/groups: local government plus other public organisations that have a direct say in resource allocation:
* Chambers of Commerce, Visitor Information Centres, regional and local tourism groups, resident organisations
* Social agencies such as Community House networks, School Boards
* Special interest groups
5. A facilitator who is seen to possess legitimacy, expertise, resources and authority. He or she may be drawn from a government agency, a firm, a tourism organisation, Chamber of Commerce, Progress Association or Economic Development Group.
6. A statement expressing the community’s desired development and growth, which will be regulated through a collaborative reference organisation that helps with ongoing adjustment of strategies through monitoring and review processes.
.03 Welcome to Our New Partners!
Fractured Atlas Blog
SOFA Network in
.04 Think globally; Act locally: Looking for a regional book community
... regional focus for book people might seem to run against the tide, since most authors are looking for customers without borders, hoping to capture attention from some of the hundreds of millions of people who cruise the internet. But I’ve begun to wonder if we have become so global we have forgotten the “acres of diamonds in our own back yard,” an expression made famous by the founder of
.05 Post your local community / regional site
As someone building a local community site, I
.06 “Council’s biodiversity strategy is really, really important”
Noosa Community Radio Blog
“The Sunshine Coast is known as a biodiversity hot spot and unfortunately that status is being very heavily threatened, and so to have this tangible strategy which will actually identify and the protect these areas and also enhance others is really, really important.”
Praise for the Sunshine Coast Council’s biodiversity strategy adopted on 9 April 10 led the 20 April edition of What’s Going On?
We also talked about
* the state government freezing public transport plans for the south of our region
* the Kin Kin quarry …
.07 The Town that Food Saved
Good Food, Happy Planet
... when a friend recommended Hewitt’s book, The Town that Food Saved, of course I had to read it to see what all the fuss was about. More and more people have a hunch that there’s something magical about community and local and regional “systems,” or at least as opposed to the centralized, industrialized system that we’ve created over the past 100 or so years and this book starts to articulate and demystify some of this magic, not through theory or metrics, but through a story. ...
13. Announcements and Regional Links. Contents
“Cities have the capability of providing something for everybody, only because, and only when, they are created by everybody.” — Jane Jacobs, ‘The Death and Life of Great American Cities’
Jane’s Walk is a series of free neighbourhood walking tours that helps put people in touch with their environment and with each other, by bridging social and geographic gaps and creating a space for cities to discover themselves. Since its inception in 2007, Jane’s Walk has happened in cities across
Jane Jacobs Primers: Shape of the City; Social Life of Cities; Public Space; Moving Around Cities; Economies of Cities at http://janeswalk.net/about/jane_jacobs/primers/
Virginia Governor Bob McDonnell speaks at first “Vision Hampton Roads” Regional Day. This inaugural event brings business and civic leaders, government and citizens together to learn more about the region, build relationships, share ideas and celebrate “living regionally” and the comprehensive “Vision” for our region’s economic future. Regional Day is a time to share information, provoke ideas and collaborate among the region’s citizens, elected officials, municipal and public agency representatives and anyone else who has an interest in the future of Hampton Roads and wants to be involved in shaping that future.
During the event, mayors and other elected officials will sign an official “Declaration of Interdependence,” a regional compact for our municipalities addressing such issues as legislative unity, education, transportation, public safety and public communication. Breakfast will be served. This event is open to the public. Contact: Missy Schmidt Missy@HRP.org
.03 Association of American Geographers - AAG
The Association of American Geographers (AAG) is a nonprofit scientific and educational society founded in 1904. For 100 years the AAG has contributed to the advancement of geography. Its members from more than 60 countries share interests in the theory, methods, and practice of geography, which they cultivate through the AAG's Annual Meeting, two scholarly journals (Annals of the Association of American Geographers and The Professional Geographer), and the monthly AAG Newsletter. The AAG promotes discussion among its members and with scholars in related fields, in part through the activities of its affinity groups and 53 specialty groups. The meetings and activities of our regional divisions provide the opportunity to network with colleagues near you.
.04 Southern Regional Science Association (SRSA)
We welcome you to the web site of the Southern Regional Science Association (SRSA). It is an association for the advancement of regional analysis and related spatial and areal studies. It operates as an objective, scientific organization without political, social, financial, or nationalistic bias. Its main objectives are to foster the exchange of ideas and to promote studies focusing on regional topics and issues and utilizing tools, methods, and theoretical frameworks specifically designed for regional analysis as well as concepts, procedures, and analytical techniques of the various social and other sciences. The Association supports these objectives by promoting acquaintance and discussions among its members and with scholars in related fields, by stimulating research, by encouraging the publication of scholarly studies, and by performing services to aid the advancement of its members and the field of regional science.
.05 Walter Isard - principal founder of the discipline of Regional Science, as well as one of the main founders of the discipline of Peace Science. - Wikipedia
... 1953 Isard moved to MIT, taking a position in the Department of City and Regional Planning. It was while he was at MIT that the name regional science solidified as the name for his new field. In 1954 the Regional Science Association was created, with Isard as its first president and then honorary chairman. In 1956 Isard left MIT for the
14. Financial Crisis. Contents
.01 Financial regionalism and the rebalancing of global economy - The Jakarta Post -
The integration of markets on a regional and global basis seems to have motivated the evolution of regional economic arrangements designed to maximize the benefits, as well as to reduce the risk of a globalizing economy.
Following the collapse of Lehman Brothers in the
Although the global financial crisis has now been under control, the experience of financial meltdown toward the end of 2008 was a stark reminder to most countries in
Indeed, in emerging
Insofar as financial markets in Asian countries are relatively underdeveloped, the corporate sector will continue to depend upon loans and capital from outside the region, and the official sector will continue to seek for safe, liquid assets outside the region.
Maintaining status quo of a fragile financial system with strong dependence on global financial centers is not a sustainable policy option for
.02 Computerized Front-Running: How a Computer Program Designed to Save the Free Market Turned Into a Monster - CounterPunch.com
Market commentators are fond of talking about “free market capitalism,” but according to Wall Street commentator Max Keiser, it is no more. It has morphed into what his TV co-host Stacy Herbert calls “rigged market capitalism”: all markets today are subject to manipulation for private gain.
Keiser isn’t just speculating about this. He claims to have invented one of the most widely used programs for doing the rigging. Not that that’s what he meant to invent. His patented program was designed to take the manipulation out of markets. It would do this by matching buyers with sellers automatically, eliminating “front running” – brokers buying or selling ahead of large orders coming in from their clients. The computer program was intended to remove the conflict of interest that exists when brokers who match buyers with sellers are also selling from their own accounts. But the program fell into the wrong hands and became the prototype for automated trading programs that actually facilitate front running.
Also called High Frequency Trading (HFT) or “black box trading,” automated program trading uses high-speed computers governed by complex algorithms (instructions to the computer) to analyze data and transact orders in massive quantities at very high speeds. Like the poker player peeking in a mirror to see his opponent’s cards, HFT allows the program trader to peek at major incoming orders and jump in front of them to skim profits off the top. And these large institutional orders are our money -- our pension funds, mutual funds, and 401Ks.
When “market making” (matching buyers with sellers) was done strictly by human brokers on the floor of the stock exchange, manipulations and front running were considered an acceptable (if morally dubious) price to pay for continuously “liquid” markets. But front running by computer … is an entirely different species of fraud. …
.03 The Age of Balance Sheet Recessions - INETeconomics
Speaking at the Inaugural Conference of the Institute for New Economic Thinking [http://ineteconomics.org/ ], Richard Koo, Chief Economist, Nomura Research Institute talks about deficits and what the
Presentation slides: The Age of Balance Sheet Recessions: What Post-2008
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