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T A S K F O R C E
The concerns of sustainable development--land use, ecosystems,
transportation, public safety, affordable housing--spread beyond the
arbitrary lines of political jurisdiction. The mission of the
Metropolitan and Rural Strategies Task Force was to encourage and support
local and regional collaboration among Federal, State, and local
government agencies; public interest and community groups; and businesses
to advance sustainable development in metropolitan and rural communities.
Scott Bernstein, President of the Center for Neighborhood Technology in
Andrew Cuomo, Secretary of the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban
Susan Savage, Mayor of Tulsa, Oklahoma;
The task force includes Federal and local government, businesses, community and environmental
groups, as well as individuals representing grassroots community interests.
TASK FORCE COORDINATOR:
- promote supportive policies that provide incentives and dismantle
disincentives and barriers to institutional cooperation on sustainable
community development in metropolitan and rural areas;
- advance a holistic vision of sustainable community development
- develop national and community frameworks of indicators and metrics to
evaluate progress on sustainable community development.
The task force had four working groups:
- Economic Opportunities Working Group;
- Working Group on Multi-jurisdictional and Regional Collaboration;
- Rural Strategies Working Group; and
- Benchmarking and Evaluating Progress Working Group.
In addition, the task force collaborated on projects with the three other PCSD
task forces on climate change, environmental management, and
The task force built on PCSD's history of substantive work on
sustainable communities, reflected in Chapter 4 of Sustainable
America (March 1996), Building on Consensus:
A Progress Report on Sustainable America (January 1997), and the
Sustainable Communities Task Force Report (December 1997).
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