Brookings on "The Vital Center", rebuilding the Great Lakes Region
Submitted by murph on 11 November 2006 - 4:12pm. michigan | planning | policy | regionalism
A reminded to myself to read this later, and a pointer to all of you whom I know will be interested: The Vital Center: A Federal-State Compact to Renew the Great Lakes Region.
From the executive summary:
With one foot planted in a waning industrial era, the other in the emerging global economy, the region is teetering between a future marked by growth and innovation, and one that conforms to the “Rust Belt” label applied to the region due to the decline of its factory-based economy.
The time is now for Great Lakes leaders to articulate a meaningful agenda for what the states of the region and the federal government can do together to ensure that this economic giant steps in the right direction.
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These innovations, if implemented, will help the 12 Great Lakes states to surmount their common challenges, leverage their common assets and opportunities, and together reassert their economic leadership in the nation, and the world. They fall broadly into educational, economic, social, and infrastructure initiatives: ...
Now, it being Brookings, the executive summary's bullet point recommendations, prefectly expectedly, don't go as far as I'd like them to in terms of examining opportunities to rebuild local/regional economies. But I still expect the report to be worth reading.