America 2050 Update: October 23

In This Update:

  • Nature is Part of the Plan: Landscape Conservation at the Megaregion Scale
  • Todorovich testifies before House T&I Subcommittee on High-Speed Rail
  • America 2050 Holds National Meeting at U.S. Library of Congress
  • New Working Paper: A Systems Approach to Water Resources
  • New Report: New Strategies for Regional Economic Development
  • Summaries, videos, and presentations from Texas Triangle Forum Now Online

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 Megaregion.

Read the news release. 

 

Todorovich testifies before House T&I Subcommittee on High-Speed Rail

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 here. 

 

America 2050 Holds National Meeting at U.S. Library of Congress

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. 

View photos from the event and background materials here.

Read a short summary of the meeting by Anthony Flint. Download the 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 paper.

 

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 Online

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. 

 

About America 2050

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.

 

America 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.