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This monograph provides a user’s guide to tools for community decision making. It examines the challenges of contemporary regional governance, provides insight into how to democratize the planning process, describes the tools available to support civic
This monograph describes the concept of inclusive stewardship, an emerging form of collaboration connecting neighborhoods, communities and regions. It distinguishes this kind of collaboration from other approaches, provides examples of it in action, an
How can foundations advance the smart growth and livable communities agenda that is emerging in communities led by regional collaborative? This monograph suggests that metropolitan regional grant making is a distinct style of philanthropy, one th
This monographs gauges the extent to which business-led civic organizations are embracing social and economic development issues to promote overall regional economic competitiveness. A new breed of business organizations is enlisting unconventional par
This monograph examines how indicators are being used at the regional level for a variety of purposes. In 2004, ARS conducted a regional indicators survey; this monograph includes feedback received from 21 regions regarding their own experience with re
Regional collaborative governance is a web of expectations, interactions, and ultimately responsibilities that provide the only realistic hope for meeting the complex economic, social, and environmental challenges facing regions today. In short,
This monograph defines the concept of regional stewardship; explains why the region is the scale at which we need to address the complex issues that connect our economic, environmental and social well-being; and describes the roles that regional stewar
In the interconnected world in which we live, it is simply impossible to address major economic and quality of life issues in a jurisdictional vacuum. No single business—or governmental agency—can effect regional change by itself . This monograph
This monograph summarizes the lessons from regions across the U.S. that are working in new partnerships to build creative downtowns for living and working. It examines demographic, cultural and business trends; describes how downtowns are evolving into
This monograph examines how more than two dozen regions have developed the capability over time to lead themselves into the future. It describes the common stages of regional change—initiation, mobilization, collaborative action, and sustaining success