Nature is Part of the
Plan: Landscape Conservation at the Megaregion Scale
The Doris Duke Charitable
Foundation today announced a 3-year grant to Regional Plan Association for
wildlife conservation in the Northeast Megaregion as part of the America 2050 initiative. The funds
will be applied to a new project to improve the integration of nature
conservation with land use planning and infrastructure investments in 13 states
across the Northeast, from Maine to Virginia. This marks the
first effort to coordinate regional landscape conservation at the megaregion
scale, mirroring similar large-scale efforts focused on transportation planning
and advocacy that are underway in the Northeast
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before House T&I Subcommittee on High-Speed
Petra Todorovich, Director of
America 2050 testified in support of high-speed rail in front of The
Subcommittee on Railroads, Pipelines, and Hazardous Materials on Wednesday
October 14, 2009. The testimony described America 2050's recent report, "Where
High-Speed Rail Works Best." She also stressed that high-speed rail is a
necessary component of the infrastructure systems that America needs
for future economic growth, and that this national network should be built
around the nation's megaregions. To read the full testimony click
America 2050 Holds National Meeting at
U.S. Library of
America 2050's National Committee and
selected partners met on Monday, October 19 at the Library of Congress to hold a
strategy session for the coming year. Partners reviewed the input and feedback
gathered at America 2050's year long "Rebuilding
and Renewing America" campaign, including megaregion forums in seven of the
nation's megaregions. At the meeting, America 2050 staff presented new
research and policy recommendations in the areas of high-speed rail, water
resources management, landscape conservation and revitalizing underperforming
regions and places.
from the event and background materials here.
Read a short summary of the
meeting by Anthony Flint.
PowerPoint presentations from the meeting.
New Working Paper: A
Systems Approach to Water Resources
Climate change, underfunded
infrastructure, outdated management approaches, and the pressures of
urbanization are creating a looming crisis for America's water.
Because of these multiple changes, a fundamental shift is needed from
traditional, heavily engineered and segregated approaches to integrated, systems
approaches that work with nature and provide multiple benefits. A new
America 2050 working paper outlines
preliminarily steps toward a new national water agenda including new financing
strategies and recommendations for policy reform. This paper was prepared for
America 2050's National Meeting on
October 19. Download the
New Report: New Strategies
for Regional Economic Development
In an effort to promote a balanced
growth strategy for the United
States, Regional Plan Association and Lincoln Institute of
Land Policy brought together two dozen scholars and economic development
practitioners in March 2009 for an America 2050 research seminar to
explore new economic development strategies for the nation's underperforming
regions. The seminar gathered people with a range of expertise and diversity of
backgrounds, including those from declining, post-industrial regions, rural and
frontier communities, and experts in state and federal economic development
policy to address strategies for declining places within the nation's emerging
megaregions and in the spaces in between. Three research papers were developed
for the seminar by Yoav Hagler, Robert Yaro, and Nicolas Ronderos of Regional
Plan Association. They are collected in this new report along with a summary of
the conversations that took place at the seminar. Download
"New Strategies for Regional Economic Development"
Summaries, videos, and
presentations from Texas Triangle Forum Now
More than 130 civic, business, and
government leaders gathered in Houston, Texas on September 24-25 for the Texas
Triangle Forum, "Megaregions + MetroProsperity: Sustainable Economics for the
Texas Triangle" sponsored by Houston Tomorrow, America 2050, and other partners.
Presentations, videos, and summaries of panel discussions at the conference are
now posted on the conference website at www.TexasTriangle.org.
America 2050 is a national initiative to
develop an infrastructure plan for the United
States that will position America for
equitable, sustainable and prosperous economic growth. We are developing
strategies that anticipate the challenges of rapid population growth, climate
change, mobility, and ensuring national prosperity in a changing global economy.
A major focus of
America 2050 is the emergence
of megaregions - large networks of metropolitan areas, where most of America's growth by mid-century will
take place - and how to organize infrastructure investments, environmental
protection, and economic opportunities for all at this new scale.
2050 includes a network of partners in megaregions across the country developing
long-range strategies for sustainable growth and prosperity. A list of
America 2050 partners is
available on the America 2050 website at www.America2050.org.