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    Greetings from Massachusetts

    Hi all

    I'm a planner from way back and have been pretty savvy w/ the computer but never had the time to get into this until now. Love to hear from people interested in permaculture, relocalization, green economic development, and creative public participation.

    Best,

    Chris

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    Hello, from Dallas, TX!
    "We do not need any other Tutankhamun's tomb with all its treasures. We need context. We need understanding. We need knowledge of historical events to tie them together. We don't know much. Of course we know a lot, but it is context that's missing, not treasures." - Werner Herzog, in Archaeology, March/April 2011

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    Welcome from the Hoosier State along the Ohio Rive.
    Oddball
    Why don't you knock it off with them negative waves?
    Why don't you dig how beautiful it is out here?
    Why don't you say something righteous and hopeful for a change?
    From Kelly's Heroes (1970)


    Are you sure you're not hurt ?
    No. Just some parts wake up faster than others.
    Broke parts take a little longer, though.
    From Electric Horseman (1979)

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    Greetings from the Florida panhandle.

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    Welcome from the state to the west of you.

    I am interested to see what you have to say about green economic development.

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    Green Economic Development

    Hi Mud Princess (great handle BTW)

    Too many economic development efforts are not anchored by policy and this tends to result in a "see what sticks to the wall" form of economic development activity. I guess that many communities don't want to offend existing or potential new business activity by crafting a policy that is exclusive (e.g. polluters, call centers, industrial farms, hazardous waste transfer stations, prisons, etc.) but I think the community would benefit in the long run with a policy that specifies the type of development, economic activities, and businesses desired. While most master plans do some measure of this, what I think can be useful is a specific set of policy measures that apply to the economic development office or development authority.

    Right now we are beginning to develop specific policies related to green businesses and it seems to be working. This community is pretty conservative but often green initiatives can also dovetail with energy conservation and tax reductions. That seems to work to bring in the broadest cohort. We also just developed a new green business/alternative energy loan fund.

    If you want to discuss in more depth. Perhaps we can arrange a call.---CJR

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    welcome from downeast Maine -

    I lived in Concord from 1987 to 1990 - great town!!

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    Are you working in Ayer? That's an interesting community. It's one (maybe the only?) community in that area with a semblance of ethnic diversity, due to the proximity of what used to be Fort Devens. Devens itself represents a huge development opportunity, given its size and relative proximity to Boston.

    I used to live in Bedford and always drove through downtown Ayer on my way to Shirley for band practices. Welcome.

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    Howdy.....

    Greetings from Western Arizona......
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