Promoting regional change: The role of a congressman

Monday, April 09, 2007

Cynics say that the role of Congress in economic development is to bring back pork. True enough, perhaps. But members of Congress can play an even more important role.

When fully engaged, members of Congress can redefine the economic challenges faced by regions. They can accelerate the alignments needed to accelerate productive investment.

Christopher Shays has been shaping the collaborations in Connecticut. Tim Ryan occupies a leading role in the Mahoning Valley in Ohio. Zack Wamp has been actively involved in changing the economic landscape of Eastern Tennessee. Silvestre Reyes has been guiding discussions of a regional border authority in El Paso.

Here's another example. As I noted in an earlier post, Collin Peterson has been promoting the role of local foods in the Minnesota economy. Read more.

posted by Ed Morrison |

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