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47th Annual Conference | April 19 – 22, 2017 | Minneapolis, MN USA | Hyatt Regency Minneapolis Hotel | #UAA2017 | urbanaffairsassociation.org | urbanaffairsassociation.org/conference/

Paper Presenters - Submit your paper to your panel’s moderator by April 3, 2017

Thursday, April 20 • 3:00pm - 4:25pm
TH3.00.10 The Ubiquitous Regional Governing Organizations (RGOs) of America

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We have been developing an institutional framework for the study of governmental cross-boundary activities in America’s metropolitan and “not so much” metropolitan regions. Building off the introduction of Regional Governing Organizations (RGOs), Governing the Metropolitan Region: America’s New Frontier (Miller and Cox, 2014), we have developed a dataset of 475 RGOs that cover 83% of the US population. Our research includes detailed data for each RGO on their vision, mission, history, staff, activities, bylaws, membership rules and governing (voting rules). In addition, GIS maps of RGOs, MSAs, and Metropolitan Planning Organizations (MPOs) have been developed for each state as well as the United States. We have been particularly focused on both the connections and disconnections of federal policy as it relates to the presence of MSAs, MPOs and Economic Development Districts (EDDs). As such, the number of research questions is quite large and our intent is to make this dataset (and maps) available (and constantly refined) to the academic community.

The Historical Development of Regional Governing Organizations (RGOs)
David Miller, University of Pittsburgh

Managing the Metropolis: Unpacking Regional Governance Organizations, Metropolitan Planning Organizations, and Metropolitan Statistical Areas
Jenn Nelles, Hunter College

The Regional Power Diffusion Index (RPDI): Within Region Dynamics
George Dougherty, University of Pittsburgh

Understanding the Governance of Regional Governing Organizations (RGOs)
Jay Rickabaugh, University of Pittsburgh

Speakers
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George Dougherty

Assistant Professor, Graduate School of Public & International Affairs, University of Pittsburgh
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Mr. David Miller, University of Pittsburgh

Professor, Graduate School of Public and International Affairs, University of Pittsburgh
Regional Intergovernmental Organizations (RIGOs)

Moderators
MD

Mr. David Miller, University of Pittsburgh

Professor, Graduate School of Public and International Affairs, University of Pittsburgh
Regional Intergovernmental Organizations (RIGOs)

Thursday April 20, 2017 3:00pm - 4:25pm
Nicollet Ballroom D-2 (1st Floor)