The Myth of Regionalism

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Is regionalism possible, or just a convenient fiction? Are there good examples of where regional collaboration – especially for economic development – has succeeded? This workshop, held during the NCACC's 2012 Annual Conference, provided planning guidance on the broader climate for economic development on the state and national levels. Presenters introduced case studies of communities that have successfully organized around regional economic development goals, including university collaboration, transportation and infrastructure projects, and target industry recruitment. Take-aways included how to avoid pitfalls common to regionalism, discerning strategies that are effective for a region to achieve economic development goals, and understanding how larger trends influence local planning.

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The Myth of Regionalism

  1. 1. The Myth of RegionalismJon Roberts, Principal at TIP StrategiesNORTH CAROLINA ASSOCIATION OF COUNTY COMMISSIONERSAnnual Conference, August 17, 2012
  2. 2. what is regionalism?
  3. 3. FLICKR & TWITTER ACTIVITY
  4. 4. STATE MAP
  5. 5. COUNTY MAP
  6. 6. PHYSICAL GEOGRAPHY
  7. 7. POPULATION DENSITY (2010 CENSUS)
  8. 8. 16 REGIONAL COUNCILS
  9. 9. NCDOT: METRO & RURAL PLANNING ORGS TRANSPORTATION PLANNING BRANCH
  10. 10. RIVER BASINS
  11. 11. SOIL & WATER CONSERVATION DISTRICTS
  12. 12. COMMUNITY COLLABORATIVERAIN, HAIL, AND SNOW NETWORK REGIONS
  13. 13. WILDLIFE RESOURCES COMMISSION DISTRICT BOUNDARIES
  14. 14. ABC DISTRICTS
  15. 15. NC HOUSE DISTRICTS (2011)
  16. 16. NC SENATE DISTRICTS (2011)
  17. 17. CONGRESSIONAL DISTRICTS (2011)
  18. 18. state context
  19. 19. TOTAL UNEMPLOYED (NC) 439 thousand unemployed
  20. 20. THE JOBS CYCLE
  21. 21. EMPLOYMENT BY INDUSTRY SECTOR (NC) Since 1990, total manufacturing employment has fallen by 390 thousand health services and professional & business services are major employment drivers
  22. 22. INDUSTRY SHARE OF EMPLOYMENT (NC) This chart provides greater context for employment changes by comparing the share of all jobs in North Carolina Manufacturing dropped from 26% to 11% of all jobs in 20 years.
  23. 23. UNEMPLOYMENT RATE BY COUNTY June 2006 June 2009 Unemployment rates remain elevated across most of the state with only slight improvement around Charlotte and Raleigh/Durham. June 2012
  24. 24. METRO EMPLOYMENT TRENDSOnly Charlotte and Raleigh areshowing clear signs of recovery.
  25. 25. EMPLOYMENT TRENDS ELSEWHEREMore rural areas were hit by the recession even harder.
  26. 26. POPULATION PROJECTION, 2010-2020 Growth is expected to be concentrated aroundCharlotte, Raleigh, Asheville, and the southeastern coast. Source: North Carolina State Data Center
  27. 27. NC LABOR MARKET WILL TIGHTEN Growth is expected to be concentrated aroundCharlotte, Raleigh, Ashville, and the southeastern coast.
  28. 28. Are there good examples of where regional collaboration - especially for economic development - has succeeded?
  29. 29. Where is regionalism most relevant? What are the pitfalls associated with regionalism, and how can they be avoided? What strategies are effective in helping a region reach economic development goals?How do larger trends influence local planning?
  30. 30. CASES FOR A REGIONAL APPROACH1. University collaboration2. Transportation & infrastructure projects3. Healthcare and medical services4. Marketing/target industry recruitment
  31. 31. Racine County, WI• Committed to a vision of the Chicago-Milwaukee Corridor• Economic inter-connectedness.• Starting work on version 6.O of the plan.
  32. 32. Tupelo, MS• Since 1950, the community development foundation has invested in 10-year strategic plans.• Known for the“Tupelo Miracle”• Embracing sustainability
  33. 33. Round Rock, TXCommitted to highereducation and medical asa focal point for futureeconomic development.Created an economicengine of their own.Not content to be asuburb of Austin.
  34. 34. discussion
  35. 35. thank you TIP STRATEGIES, INC. 106 East 6th Street, Ste. 550 Austin, TX 78701 512.343.9113 tipstrategies.com

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