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Financing Green Urban Infrastructure

Cities play a critical role in planning and investing in urban infrastructure. In many cases, local governments have authority over the selection of infrastructure projects made at the municipal level. Therefore, they exercise influence over the nature of infrastructure renewal and expansion, and have the ability to promote greener and more sustainable urban centres.

Their leadership role extends to the kinds of investment mechanism selected to finance, for example, improvements in the transportation, building, waste and water and, to a lesser extent, energy sector. Because cities have revenue sources that are tied to many aspects of these sectors, their design can stimulate or dissuade the development of greener and more sustainable cities.

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The greening of municipal financial instruments, such as congestion charges, variable parking fees, toll lanes and split-rate property taxes, is an important first step toward achieving greener urban infras…

Cities and Climate Change Contacts

La Federación Latinoamericana de Ciudades, Municipios y Asociaciones de Gobiernos Locales, FLACMA es la representación regional de la organización mundial  de Ciudades  y Gobiernos Locales Unidos, CGLU.

Cumbre sobre Liderazgo de los Gobiernos Locales en el Cambio Climático
Hosted by the  Local Government Denmark (LGDK) which is the interest group and member authority of Danish municipalities.

Local Government Climate Change Leadership Summit
Copenhagen, Denmark.
The Summit sent a united message on the role of municipalities and regions throughout the world in combating climate change. The organizer – Local Government Denmark – would like to thank co-organisers, speakers, exhibitors and not least the more than 700 participants for all the contributions that resulted in a successful Summit.

The Local Governments for Sustainability
Climate Roadmap

Economic Development

Economic development is an elusive topic because it embodies various aspects of life. This essay will try to define the term, distinguish it from economic growth, and describe related theories and tools. Finally this essay will provide policy suggestions for specific target business and certain beneficiaries of South Florida’s low-income areas. Economic growth is centered on the short-term expansion of the local economy by creating jobs, adding additional business, and increasing the household median income (or GNP at the country level). In general, growth models are concerned with stimulating business cycles, attracting new business and creating employment. Tools used evaluate the industrial mix, the export industries and the rate of growth in a particular locality (Malizia & Feser, 2000, pg. 244). “Growth typically leads to more employment and aggregate income, a larger tax base, and higher property values,” (Malizia & Feser, 2000, pg. 248). Therefore, the role of instituti…

Miami-Dade County Government

Briefing Paper describing the basic structure of Miami-Dade County Gov.

On January 26, 2007, Miami-Dade County implemented the Home Rule Amendment and Charter, allowing the County to be managed by a Strong Mayor.This amendment, voted by the people of the County, radically revolutionized the potential for the Mayor’s role in advocating public policies for the regional area. This amendment passed changed 50 years of Council dominated management.This essay will attempt to explain how the mayor, commissioners, and the county manager are chosen and what powers and responsibilities they have in the new form of government. It is first noteworthy to mention, cities are not mentioned in the US Constitution. (Revell’s notes) Rather their autonomy and management is appropriated at the State level. Thus fulfilling the constitutional dreams of our Federalist fathers like Alexander Hamilton, James Madison and John Jay. The United States is just that, a unification of autonomist states that share th…