For Immediate Release, Monday, June 2
Contact: Abby Wilson, Great Lakes Urban Exchange, 412.551.4609, firstname.lastname@example.org
Amy Biber, Buffalo Museum of Science, (716) 896-5200, ext 312, email@example.com
Rustbelt Revitalization Effort Founded and Driven by Young People Launches at
‘A Regional Renaissance is Within Our Grasp’
Members of the Great Lakes Urban Exchange (GLUE) and their friends in
Civically engaged post-boomers in cities like
They know cock-eyed optimism and glossy boosterism aren’t enough. These cityphiles are painfully aware of the problems their homes face: population decline, an underdeveloped workforce, urban segregation, and crumbling infrastructure, to name a few. Their cities need new solutions.
GLUE’s answer: build a diverse network of younger people devoted to equitable, sustainable cities. Put them in touch with each other. Give them an opportunity to exchange ideas and hold multi-sector, multi-city conversations. Empower them to tell stories about their cities using new media in order to get the world’s attention and to bring new people into conversations about public policy’s links to everyday life. Elevate and replicate ideas that work. Rinse and repeat.
After several months in development at
- Environmental justice and sustainability
- Responsible economic development
- Empowerment of communities and individuals
- Quality of place
- Civic participation and government transparency
To commemorate the launch of GLUEspace, the Great Lakes Urban Exchange is holding a celebration of the industrial “rustbelt” and its future potential. The celebration’s theme, “Community Transformation, Reinvesting in the Urban Core,” is being interpreted by a team of local community members ranging from artists and science buffs to active bloggers and students and alumni from the
Attendees will contribute stories about
GLUE was developed by
GLUE was sponsored in its infancy by the Brookings Institution’s Metropolitan Policy Program through its Great Lakes Economic Initiative (GLEI), building upon the analytic foundation laid by Brookings’ “Restoring Prosperity” and “The Vital Center,” seminal reports about the immediate needs and shared challenges of cities at the core of GLUE’s mission. For more information, visit http://www.brookings.edu/metro.
GLUE has also been made possible by the generous support of the John R. Oishei Foundation and the Regional Institute at
When: June 21st, 2008, 7-10 PM
Who: Open to the public