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Archive: David Warm

Federal Leadership in Sustainable Development — It Is Important!

David Warm / Dec 04 2011

For Release Sunday, December 4, 2011

David WarmAcross America, regional communities are actively envisioning and investing in new patterns of sustainable growth and development that aim to promote economic competitiveness, environmental integrity and social opportunity. For the most part, these efforts are homegrown, prompted by a host of new market forces, social realities and environmental constraints.

In recent years, the federal government has stepped up its role in this process, bringing engaged leadership, yet also prompting questions about whether it should be involved in this arena. From my perspective, the answer is clear: federal leadership in fostering sustainable development is important to both the interests of the federal government and to the health of the nation.

There is a clear and compelling federal interest in promoting sustainable development as a proactive strategy to target and leverage federal investments in infrastructure, innovation and human capacity, as a protective strategy to guard the efficacy of federal assets and investments, and as a preemptive strategy to minimize the need to expend federal resources to mitigate the environmental, social and economic consequences of inefficient and unsustainable development practices.
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“Planning for Sustainable Regions: What Would Ike Say?”

David Warm / May 19 2011

For Release Friday, May 20, 2011

David WarmFor the first time, the federal government is investing in efforts to comprehensively plan for the development of regions. HUD’s Sustainable Communities Initiative, a partnership with EPA and DOT, supports metropolitan and multi-jurisdictional plans to integrate housing, land use, economic and workforce development, transportation, and infrastructure investments. Greater Kansas City is one of 45 regions participating in this new experiment to advance the health of America’s regions.

Planning has always been integral to American success. Great national plans, from canals to westward expansion to national parks, set the milestones of our shared history. So what would Dwight Eisenhower, the father of America’ most well-known and well-implemented plan–the interstate highway system–say about HUD’s effort to help America’s regions plan for sustainable growth and development? It’s hard to know for sure, but his rich repository of Presidential quotes sheds light on what makes this federal effort so promising.
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Great Regions, Great Neighborhoods: Two Sides of the Same Coin?

David Warm / Nov 13 2009

For Release Friday, November 13, 2009

David WarmRegional and neighborhood efforts are typically viewed as opposite challenges. Regional initiatives focus on large-scale systems, while local initiatives are targeted, place-based and personal. Are these two distinct realities? Or two sides of the same coin?

After the federal recovery act passed, Kansas City-area Congressman Emanuel Cleaver II proposed creating a Green Impact Zone to intensify the impact of federal funds. The idea was quickly embraced, and efforts are now underway to bring a highly coordinated set of investments to a single, low-income neighborhood of 150 blocks and 8,500 people in the heart of Kansas City. It’s an area that has endured decades of disinvestment but it has assets including well-organized neighborhood organizations and proximity to universities and tourist districts.

Unexpectedly, Rep. Cleaver asked the Mid-America Regional Council--the metropolitan planning organization–to take the lead in coordinating dozens of neighborhood, city and community agencies to implement the Green Impact Zone. He turned to MARC because of our experience in supporting collaborative efforts, our work in relevant areas such as energy and transportation, and our ability to mobilize quickly and manage federal grants effectively. Read More »