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Data Profiles to Better Understand Your Community

Apr 17, 2017
Issue 77/April 2017
by Jan Vink and Robin Blakely-Armitage, Cornell University
Data can help us better understand the past, current and future trends facing our communities. This information is vital for community leaders interested in responding to challenges, building capacity, and maximizing opportunities. Sharing community-level data can help foster discussions about these trends, shape a community’s goals and priorities, and determine how to best measure progress. Creating a community profile to initiate such discussions is a good first step, but with the wealth of data now available on-line, the task can be overwhelming and even intimidating. Fortunately, new data tools, interfaces, and programs exist that simplify the process for many new users. Read more

Local Government Capacity to Respond to Environmental Change: Insights from Towns in New York State

Apr 14, 2017
By Lincoln R. Larson ● T. Bruce Lauber ● David L. Kay ● Bethany B. Cutts, Environmental Management, 12 April 2017
Local governments attempting to respond to environmental change face an array of challenges. To better understand policy responses and factors influencing local government capacity to respond to environmental change, we studied three environmental issues affecting rural or peri-urban towns in different regions of New York State: climate change in the Adirondacks (n = 63 towns), loss of open space due to residential/commercial development in the Hudson Valley (n = 50), and natural gas development in the Southern Tier (n = 62).  Read more

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