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Regionalism Forum in Detroit

Ian Scott on Thursday, April 23, 2009 at 9:39:46 pm

The challenges inherent in forging broad based regional cooperation were on full display today at the Pancakes and Politics Breakfast in Detroit.  Economy, Regionalism and Race Relations was the topic for the morning's panel, but according to the Detroit Free Press, lack of cooperation between the city and suburbs was the prevailing theme.

According to panelist Phil Power, president and founder of the Center for Michigan, citizens understand the problems with thinking and acting inside jurisdictional boundaries: 

"Uniformly people tell us we have to recognize that this is an entire region. And if Detroit puts a moat around the city, it hurts everyone."

Demographer Kurt Metzger, another panelist at the breakfast, summed up the opportunities and challenges of solving problems as a region:

"Detroit can be the laboratory for radical redevelopment... But we have suburbs against suburbs, nobody has any money and financially we’re all suffering."

Click HERE to check out the full article.

If you are tackling the challenge of pulling together diverse stakeholders from across your region to solve problems, ACCE and our affiliate - The Alliance for Regional Stewardship (ARS) - have resources, programming, and contacts that can help.  Check out www.regionalstewardship.org, and consider joining us on July 29th in Raleigh, NC for the ARS Regional Strategies Forum.

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