New Models for Regional Economic Resilience

You'll learn about:

  • Understanding new regional models for economic collaboration and progress.

  • Methods for fostering regional alliances in new cities and regions.

  • Benefits of regional collective impact efforts for economic development. 


Media coverage in recent years has highlighted stagnant wages and inequality across the U.S. These trends are increasingly major challenges for planners. Public sector investment policy is often based in theory of accruing economic benefits to citizens through support for continued global trade, public financing for economic development and benefits from new technological advances. Yet present day uncertainties call into question the processes cities and regions should undertake to sustain economic growth. Has peak benefits from globalization already occurred? Will technology including driverless cars undermine present day transportation investment choices? How can new alliances of public agencies and non-profit organizations alter the historical investment choices to benefit more equitable and environmentally sustainable economic growth?  

Present day economic issues are relevant to public sector policy and transportation investment choices that are made by cities and regions. Cities and regions across America have benefited from transportation modes enabled through burning of fossil fuels. Yet America may be on the precipice of technological and social changes which can substantially alter the planning and management of regions.  What are the best local government and regional models for economic progress and innovation in the U.S. towards a more collaborative, evidence based, equitable and sustainable model? How can cities, counties and regions work across jurisdictional boundaries as well as collaborate with private sector actors, academics and NGOs to ensure greater progress?  A panel of regional leaders and NADO leadership will focus on examples for better regional economic progress. A summary of key strategies and actions will be presented as an outline for a path forward.