Regional Government Innovations

A Handbook for Citizens and Public Officials


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About the Book

There are many types and forms of regional government agencies. These include regional planning commissions, council of governments, regional advisory committees, regional allocation agencies, and special purpose regional agencies. Even so innovative approaches to regional government and cooperation among general-purpose local governments are relatively recent phenomena.
The first section of this volume provides the reader with a comprehensive introduction and overview to the field of regional government in general, and of recent regional government innovations throughout the nation in particular. The second section provides 25 case studies that examine outstanding examples of public and nonprofit initiatives and programs that promote regional government throughout America. The final section studies current trends in regional governance, the evolving role of regional councils, and the regional challenges posed by increased global competition. A directory of regional and national resource organizations dealing with regional government as well as a comprehensive annotated bibliography are included at the end of this volume.

About the Author(s)

Roger L. Kemp, Ph.D., has been a city manager on both the East and West coasts for more than 25 years and holds International City/County Management Association credentials. He has taught at the University of California, Rutgers University, the University of New Haven, and the University of Connecticut. He is a distinguished adjunct professor in the Executive MPA Program at Golden Gate University.

Bibliographic Details

Edited by Roger L. Kemp
Format: softcover (7 x 10)
Pages: 357
Bibliographic Info: resources, bibliography, index
Copyright Date: 2007 [2003]
pISBN: 978-0-7864-3155-7
Imprint: McFarland

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments     v

Preface     1


1 The History of Regional Planning    9

2 The Evolution of Regional Governance    23
3 Models of Regional Governance     32

4 Regional Reform without Boundary Changes     47

5 The State of Regional Government     55

6 Regional Governance and the Post-Industrial Economy     61


7 Regional Transportation Planning through Federal Legislation     73

8 Rails-to-Trails Projects in Regions of Georgia, Maryland, and Mississippi     83

9 Economic Development in the Appalachian Region     87

10 Cooperative Transportation Planning in New York and New Jersey     93

11 Corridor Planning in California, Illinois, Massachusetts, Mississippi, and Oregon    98

12 Transportation Planning for Growth Management in California, New Jersey, and Washington  104

13 Watershed Management and Conservation in Georgia     112

14 A State and Its Regions Plan Together in Georgia     116

15 Annexations and Tax Sharing Agreements in Michigan     126

16 Urban Partnerships and Regional Competitiveness in Virginia     131

17 Waterfront Planning along the Hudson River in New Jersey     148

18 Joint Economic Development Planning in Springfield, Ohio     152

19 Conservation Easements along the Mississippi River in Wisconsin     159

20 Metropolitan Government in the Twin-Cities Area of Minnesota     173

21 Regional Planning and Growth Management in Portland, Oregon     179

22 Revenue Sharing and Urban Growth in the Denver, Colorado, Metro Area     192

23 Fiscal Regionalism in Allegheny County, Pennsylvania     198

24 Financing Arts and Cultural Organizations in the Denver, Colorado, Region     204

25 Regional Growth in Management Systems in Seven States     211

26 The City of DeBary Contracts for Services with Volusia County, Florida     227

27 The Cities of Greensboro and High Point Share Services with Guilford

County, North Carolina   230

28 Building Regional Leadership in the Atlanta, Georgia, Area     232

29 Promoting Regional Governance in the Baltimore, Maryland, Area     240

30 Regional Initiatives Among Fragmented Governments in the Dayton-Springfield Metro Area   247

31 Making the Case for Regional Cooperation in the Greater Philadelphia Region    255


32 Trends in Regional Governance     271

33 Regional Governance and Regional Councils     287

34 Global Competition and Urban Reform     294

35 Regional Excellence in the 21st Century     301

36 The Future of Regionalism     306

37 Regional Government Renaissance     320

Regional Resource Directory     329

National Resource Directory     333

Bibliographic Essay     337

About the Contributors     343

Index     345