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1 futureworks | Fellowship for Regional Sustainable Development A Review of the Fellowship: Themes Explored The Regional Sustainable Development Fellowship Stephen Michon Fall 2007/Winter 2008

2 Framework for the Fellowship It takes a region to achieve the economies of scale, scope, and opportunity necessary for broad business success. Business can lead at the regional scale, where civil jurisdictions lack effective mechanisms, and the business sector has the capacity to mobilize resources, the expertise to organize & implement, and has continuity. But, no single business can effect wholesale regional change futureworks | Regional Sustainable Development Fellowship

3 Framework for the Fellowship In fact, in a knowledge-based, global economy, its now the central challenge of business-based, civic institutions (Chambers of Commerce) to help their member businesses The skills and tools to support the mission of modern regional business organizations are quite different from those required for traditional civic boosterism. strategic analysis coalition building and agenda setting product development, implementation, and evaluation This Fellowship can build knowledge and the capacity for action! futureworks | Regional Sustainable Development Fellowship

4 Why RSD and Why Chambers? Frank Beal The Chicago Story Organizing business voice so can make distinction between short- term needs of those around the table & long term needs of the regional economy The case needs to be stated: too often voice is muted, silent, or garbled Michael Gallis Empowering Leaders to Shape the Future of Regions Understand the forces of change, organize to respond, build capacity to direct change Manuel Pastor Creating & Sharing Opportunity in Americas Metro Regions Game Theory: the fairer the deal, the more deals you will make futureworks | Regional Sustainable Development Fellowship

5 Land Use, Transportation and Sustainable Development Scott Polikov Regional Land Use Management and Sustainable Development Economic development through place-making – design and the physical matters Make sure existing regulations dont prohibit the opportunity for different uses If leave it alone, others will do it. Be at the table. Kathleen Osher The Denver Story: Moving a Transit Agenda Transit as a tool to create region and POP – new trajectory Design is important, but not enough: Client is people Dont forget the essentials of a well-executed campaign (only new mistakes, planning, coalition building) futureworks | Regional Sustainable Development Fellowship

6 Land Use, Transportation and Sustainable Development Regional Tours Englewood – TOD/Corridor Development Fort Worth – Trinity Uptown Riverfront Development John Kasarda Airport Driven Business Development: Increasing Metropolitan Competitiveness Airports are much more than aviation hubs – they are the new metro corridor Robert Puentes Roads, Rails, and Beyond: Implications for Metropolitan American Transportation decision-making is outdated, compartmentalized and aspatial A new metro transit agenda is needed futureworks | Regional Sustainable Development Fellowship

7 Human Capital and Sustainable Development Bill Brock and John Fitzpatrick K-12 Systems Reform The imperative for system reform But, realistically, what is the role of Chamber – new ways to talk to education, transparency & data, human capital interventions Rick McGahey Regional Solutions to Workforce Development The system is broke! Peter Creticos Immigrants and the Regional Economies The regionalization of immigration Chamber role-awareness, workforce/community integration, policy engagement futureworks | Regional Sustainable Development Fellowship

8 Other Content Dives Conrad Egan Increasing the Availability of Homes for Working Families Generate capital to increase supply, reduce red tape, expand sites, preserve & recycle existing stock, develop local housing strategy Eric Reisner Johnson Controls & MetroMarkets Strategy Business as a catalyst to: Utilize all assets and markets Connect disparate parts – community, education, business futureworks | Regional Sustainable Development Fellowship

9 Organizing for RSD David Adkisson Going Regional 4 models of chamber operations – big footprint, facilitator, partnership, alliance If we get it, then we (chamber execs) need the skills & strategies to carry it out Mick Fleming Advancing Your Regional Agenda Moving the body politic – pre-election educ, powerful coalitions, money well-applied, crisis creation Overcoming objections – celebrate small wins first, prop up anybody, undeniable research Making local govt. moot – shoot for long term goals rather than immediate scary issues Leading w/out authority – lead thru example (no turf wars), attraction style leadership (others will follow) futureworks | Regional Sustainable Development Fellowship

10 Organizing for RSD Jim Kollaer and Lee Clancy Effective Government Relations Leverage – seek partners (industry associations, state chambers, others, …) and find common ground In tough times sell ED, in good times sell Quality of Life…and create a PAC to lobby effectively (money, network, information) Clancy business issue is community issue v. Kollaer Machievelli Susan Bales, Framing for Public Policy Get through the swamp Prime with values and encourage big picture thinking Metaphors, simplify, social math, tone all matter Regional Action Plans – Lessons Learned futureworks | Regional Sustainable Development Fellowship

11 What is sustainable development? The Brundtland Commission released Our Common Future in 1987 Brought use of sustainability and sustainable development into much wider use Resulting Definition: Sustainable development is development that meets the needs of the present without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their own needs futureworks | Regional Sustainable Development Fellowship

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