Summit co-conveners issued a press release last week and today (you can download here: Great Lakes Metros Summit Release.5.26.09, and the full text is below) and the Summit has already received some attention: a mention in the Buffalo News and a longer press release passing-on on Buffalo Rising.
Great Lakes Metros and the New Opportunity Summit: Remaking Policy and Practice in a Time of Transformation Announced for June 18-19, 2009, in Buffalo, NY
Buffalo, NY – The American Recovery and Reinvestment Act, “the stimulus,” has generated endless speculation about its ability to stave off economic decline in increasingly uncertain times.
Realizing that the implications of the Obama administration’s first major domestic accomplishment are more significant than short-term economic loss or gain, four organizations with distinct but overlapping missions, the Great Lakes Urban Exchange (GLUE), the Northeast-Midwest Institute, The Buffalo State College Center for Economic and Policy Studies, and Buffalo’s Partnership for Public Good have united to convene “Great Lakes Metros and the New Opportunity, Remaking Policy and Practice in a Time of Transformation,” at Buffalo State College’s Bulger Communications Center on Thursday June 18th and Friday June 19th.
“The ARRA revealed a great deal about the administration’s approach to urban policy,” said Diane Duvaul, Policy Director at the Northeast-Midwest Institute. “The Great Lakes Metros summit will reflect upon ARRA’s successes and opportunities for reform, and explore the interplay between existing local reform efforts and this moment of opportunity.”