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Thursday, October 21, 2010


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Richard -

I am glad you liked "nested natural economies". When I have presented on regionalism, some react with a strong sense of loss - I will lose my identity to some ill-defined mass.

The phrase "nested natural economies" was used to quickly convey that we all are participating in fluid and flexible economies that are more or less nested together.

If you are correct that a globally meaningful region is 20 million people, it has to be comprised of neighborhoods of thousands, micro economies of tens of thousands, regional trade areas of hundreds of thousand to several million and major cities of many millions.

I am glad you are seeing movement in this direction. Your comments for our region can be found at www.corridor2020.com.


I was unable to participate in the Cleveland conference, but I wanted to update you on the evens here in NW Ohio...well, at least the counties that make up what is known as the Ohio Department of Development Region 3.

We have taken a hard look at what's happening, and we've just applied for a grant to create a regional collaborative, using the new Allen County re-branding initiative as a battle cry (http://www.realamericanstrength.com/). This is a direct result of recognizing we can not do this alone as one county or community...and that we can not look toward Columbus to do it for us.

An interesting thing happens when you simply listen. People suddenly feel valued and will jump in with ideas, suggestions and (we eventually) support in terms of financial resources once we can make some solid ground.

Stay tuned...


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