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Memorial Presents: The Regionalization of Public Services and Economic Development in Rural NL

September 26, 2012, 11:45 AM NST
Riverwood Inn, Springdale, NL

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Community leaders, residents and senior government officials alike look to the region as an appropriate scale for organizing public services and local development. For some, this is driven by financial realities or increasing service standards that individual communities are no longer able to meet on their own. For others, regionalization is seen as a way to respond to a current or impending shortage of human resources, or simply as a reflection of the geographic patterns of resident’s lives. Still others recognize the benefits of pooling their assets to attract residents and business investment. Despite all of these potential benefits, working regionally also comes with challenges. Common concerns include equity in decision-making and in sharing both the costs and benefits of regional services. The success of regional approaches to planning and service delivery requires open dialogue about the pros and cons of these efforts, openness to change, learning from others and creative solutions that foster a sustainable future for rural regions and communities. Our presenters explore key questions and lessons for regionalization of public services and economic development:

  • Dr. Kelly Vodden of Memorial University’s Environmental Policy Institute has more than a decade of related research in Newfoundland and Labrador and rural regions across Canada.
  • Churence Rogers is President of Municipalities Newfoundland and Labrador as well as a long-serving councillor and mayor.
  • Stan Reid is Chairperson of the Newfoundland and Labrador Association of Community Business Development Centres as well as a long-serving councillor and mayor.


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