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  •  This is our future being shaped. (4+ / 0-)
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    desmoinesdem, ybruti, evora, elsibiades

    I'm so glad that Diary Rescue caught this very good diary.

    The economy is extremely important right now (AIG, not so much), but things will stabilize at some point.  This unglamorous type of government work reflects smart, long-term thinking - something that's too often in short supply.

    My work involves finding ways to get sustainability concepts implemented at the local level.  It's incredibly hard to get people to change the way they do things when the whole system is set up to encourage business as usual.  Today's news is a small step towards shifting the system in a helpful direction.

    •  I agree on all counts (0+ / 0-)

      I am active with 1000 Friends of Iowa, which has been working to promote sustainable development in place of endless sprawl for the last ten years.

      It is so hard when local governments view suburban subdivisions and big-box retail as their salvation. We have way too much retail capacity in Iowa, yet they keep destroying farmland to build more strip malls. We have older malls that are mostly vacant and would be great spots for transit-oriented development, but so far no developer wants to take on that challenge.

      Join the Iowa progressive community at Bleeding Heartland.

      by desmoinesdem on Fri Mar 20, 2009 at 05:46:58 AM PDT

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      •  Our message: sustainable ag = rural development (1+ / 0-)
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        desmoinesdem

        We're gradually getting the leaders of a regional planning effort to shift from "Ag is the old economy; we need new, high-tech industries" to "Sustainable ag can be an engine for rural development."  It certainly can provide jobs for a lot more of the population in this economically disadvantaged rural area than any high-tech firm.  It's not been easy to shift perceptions, but it is happening slowly.  We're working to build a regional food infrastructure - processing and distribution capacity so that small farms to provide high-quality food to local consumers.

        The organization you work with is very good at shifting perceptions.  I'm impressed with what the 1,000 Friends of _ organizations have been able to accomplish in terms of steering decision makers to better long-term policies.  Thanks for your work!

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