|From:||Arlene Wong <email@example.com>|
|Date:||Thu, 09 Apr 1998 14:08:11 -0700 (PDT)|
The current discussion of community involvement in brownfields provides an opportunity to share a project we are conducting that speaks to a number of the issues raised. This project is just underway, so we don't have findings yet, but I thought it would be useful to inform you about issues we hope to address--many of the issues that have been raised in this recent discussion. Specifically, we are in the process of: 1. Examining models of effective community participation and its common principles (including discussion of "who is the community"); 2. Identifying and describing points for community involvement in the redevelopment process; 3. Assessing the current requirements and procedures for community participation in regulatory and other brownfield institutions (in California); and 4. Providing analysis and examples of effective community-government-private partnerships (i.e. look at the quality of community participation and its impact in various projects). Our primary focus is brownfields redevelopment in California, but we anticipate that the findings will have national relevance. To fully explore the issue and capture its complexity, we would welcome your suggestions of model projects (primarily, but not exclusively, in California) that we should examine. To maximize what we can learn from these cases, we are interested in examining cases at various stages of redevelopment. Also, if you have ideas and suggestions about issues we should explore, projects we should consider, people we should to contact, or if you want to find out more about this project, please feel free to contact Santos Gomez or Arlene Wong directly at: Pacific Institute 654 13th Street Oakland, CA 94612 Ph. 510-251-1600 Fax 510-251-2203 E-mail: Arlene Wong at firstname.lastname@example.org Santos Gomez at email@example.com ABOUT THE PACIFIC INSTITUTE FOR STUDIES IN DEVELOPMENT, ENVIRONMENT, AND SECURITY The Pacific Institute is an independent, non-profit center created in 1987 to do applied policy research to assist policymakers, communities, and activists with finding sustainable solutions to natural resource and community development problems. By design, our work draws links among a broad range of environmental, social, economic, and political problems. Through our work, we contribute to equitable and sound development, the reversal of environmental degradation, and empowerment of people and communities. Fundamental in our search for sustainable solutions is the need for democratic, participatory decision-making. ******************************** Arlene K. Wong Pacific Institute for Studies in Development, Environment, and Security 654 13th Street Oakland, CA 94612 Voice: 510-251-1600 Fax: 510-251-2203 Website: www.pacinst.org/pacinst
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