The Metro Outlook 2.0 Model

Putting Regional Goals in Order:

Earlier, we established a parallel relationship between the six regional goals and the Metro Outlook model. Now we can create a logical order in which to place them in relationship to each other. This is the first step in identifying higher and lower leverage opportunities for change.

The numbers in the diagram below correspond to the following ordering of the goals:

  1. Talented people
  2. choose inherently attractive communities
  3. with the social cohesion
  4. to make strategic regional decisions
  5. creating high-performing institutions
  6. that invest in both people and place,
  7. to attract, develop and retain the human capital necessary
  8. for area firms to be sufficiently innovative to compete globally
  9. while using resources efficiently and sustainably
  10. ultimately providing expanding levels of profit and income for further strategic investments that make the region's people, places, economy and natural areas even stronger.

The careful reader will note that, as we placed the goals inside the model, we added one additional regional goal — high-performing institutions (#5 above). This goal is implicitly defined by the others but was not made explicit until this step made it obvious it had been omitted. This is another advantage of a more scientific approach to choosing indicators of regional progress — we can identify hidden variables and implicit assumptions.

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