Services: Awareness Seminars: Public Policy Forums

ViTAL Economy has been engaged by a number of governments and organizations to design and facilitate public policy forums that focus on the need to think and act differently about how economies function and grow in the 21st century. Listed below are some examples of public policy forums conducted by ViTAL Economy since 1992. If you are interested in exploring how ViTAL Economy can help you design and implement a customized public policy forum for your regional leaders, please contact us.

Building Sustainable and Collaborative CED Funding Strategies

photo_forumThe majority of CED initiatives are grant funded. This can create a challenge when the grant source changes its funding purpose or funding cycle, causing the CED strategy to change if it wishes to retain the grant funds. ViTAL Economy has developed a collaborative funding model that diversifies and expands CED funding sources, with a focus on the private sector. This forum outlines how to build, implement, manage and sustain collaborative funding strategies that ensure sustainable, skin-in-the-game commitment to successful regional CED strategies. Contact us to schedule.

Revitalizing Rural Economies with Cluster-Based Strategies

This forum highlights a number of best-practice regional economies and facilitates a discussion with regional leaders and advisors who have implemented rural industry cluster strategies. The forum was originally developed in response to a request from The National Governors Association Center for Best Practices. Contact us to schedule.

Building Frameworks for Regional Stewardship

This forum looks at the evolving role of community colleges, colleges and universities in response to the forces driving change in their economic regions. A 2006 report, Making Place Matter –Tools and Insights, identified the need to transform higher education’s role from research, teaching and service to that of innovation, learning and shared leadership. This session explores how this new model was implemented in a remote regional economy, leading to greater growth and prosperity. Contact us to schedule.

Regulation and Municipal Ownership – A Brief Historical Perspective

This public policy forum offers a historical perspective on the evolution of public utility regulation, as well as the role of municipal ownership of their resources. Attendees explore how regulation and municipal ownership has been used in both positive and negative ways to advance or hold back economic growth. In the age of a knowledge economy, when regional economies must have access to robust and affordable broadband, energy and water resources to grow, leaders must separate fact from fiction when assessing the appropriate regulatory environment for advancing infrastructure investment and access. Contact us to schedule.

The Wired City

This forum discusses the role of municipalities in developing a “wired” or “smart” city. We explore the role of municipalities as facilitators versus owners of infrastructure, including constitutional and economic implications. This forum goes beyond the issue of infrastructure to explore how a “wired” or “smart” city must transform the way it provides services, develops and implements budget policy and organizes to serve 21st century businesses and citizens. Contact us to schedule.

Regional Economies – What Does the Future Look Like

A forum focused on what constitutes a viable, globally-competitive regional economy as perceived by companies and workers. We consider the importance of effective and efficient services in creating sustainable economic growth and prosperity as well as the development of a livable community. Contact us to schedule.

Interdependence: Breaking Down Barriers and Building Bridges

Participants are exposed to examples of global communities that have recognized the limitations of continuing to function in a world filled with “silo-vision.” The strengths and weaknesses of interdependence and independence are discussed. The politics of place and the limitations of time are reviewed in the context of ViTAL Economy realities. Participants describe the barriers that prevent their economies from collaborating and connecting. They outline the bridges that still need to be built to enable their communities to retain their relevance in a 21st century knowledge economy. Contact us to schedule.

The Next Generation of Teaching and Learning

This forum is designed as an opportunity for educators to discuss the role of education in the 21st century. We explore the requirements for a world of life-long learning in a society that has organized and bounded educational resources into separate fiefdoms. Educators at all levels discuss the role of collaboration across jurisdictions and educational levels in supporting a ViTAL Economy. Contact us to schedule.

Getting Wired

This forum discusses what it really means to “get wired,” addressing the conventional wisdom from infrastructure advocates that “getting wired” will make us competitive in the 21st century. Participants explore the fundamental implications of “getting wired.” We reveal that before we can “get wired” we need to develop our “people networks,” not just our technology networks, so that we can put our broadband connectivity investments to good use. Contact us to schedule.

ViTAL Economy Challenges for State and Local Government

The reduced relevance of government in the eyes of constituents has become an increasing problem for governments at all levels. This forum enables participants to understand the speed at which fundamental change is taking place in the overall economy, and how it far exceeds the traditional pace of governmental change. Coming out of this session, participants should have a firmer grasp on how governments need to transform the way they respond to changes in a ViTAL Economy, or risk becoming irrelevant to the constituents they serve. Contact us to schedule.

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