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The Local-Regional.Community Scales for cross boundary collaboration and cooperation - Graphic

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Local-Regional Scale - Geographies that are local can also be regional, regional can also be local. What counts is being whole.

Local-Regional Scale - Geographies that are local can also be regional, regional can also be local. What counts is being whole.

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  • 1. Local→ Regional Community and Political Geography: A Proposed Scale for Regions From the bottom up in Virginia’s Northern Shenandoah Valley If this is Then this is Region Region “Local” “Regional” Scale unincorporated area, township & municipal County - e.g. – Frederick County, Virginia County 1.0 corporations→ e.g. Towns of Middletown and Stephens City, City of Winchester Defined multi-county/independent city regional council (s); e.g. – Planning District 7 – Regional Council 2.0 County → served by Northern Shenandoah Valley Regional Commission; Winchester Airport Authority Region to region cooperation – e.g. I-81 Corridor; Regional Shenandoah Valley water and air; Mid-Atlantic Regional 3.0 Council → Roundtable; crossing State lines or inclusive of an Council(s) +/- entire State - e.g. – Virginia Association of PDCs; Counties up to San Diego-Tijuana Border Region; State or beyond Multi-State – e.g. – ICPRB Compact, Quad State State→ Legislators MD-PA-VA-WV; Chesapeake Bay; Multi-State 4.0 Appalachian Regional Commission, Delta Regional up to Nation or Authority; Cascadia, Atlantica; beyond 5.0 Multi-State → Nation - e.g. – United States Nation Multi-national continental/oceanic – e.g. The 6.0 Nation→ Americas, North, Central and South - e.g. – NAFTA Multi-national – Canada, Mexico, U.S.; ... Planet/globe/world – e.g. – United Nations, WTO, 7.0 Multi-national → ... Planet Solar system – galaxy – universe – e.g. – a 8.0 Planet→ Galactic Federation ? Solar System Blue – Government Boundaries of Political Consequence Green – Multi-governmental regions - Boundaries of Convenience Local is whole. All politics are local. When a regional geography is whole, it becomes local. Relationships are like that of nested cups but for the citizen, it operates inverted with the 1.0 Region at the base. From diagram April 12, 2002 © - Tom Christoffel, Regional Intelligence-Regional Communities Edited: 3/4/03; 3/5/03;11/3/04; 11/22/06; 9/25/07; 11/3/07; 3/5/08; 5/24/08;6/29/08

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