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The concept consists of three major elements:
A PowerPoint presentation describing the Distributed City Model.
The Inspiration for the
Distributed City Model
The Distributed City Model (DCM) has been developed by Tele-Commuter Resources (TCR) to take advantage of Information Age opportunities in addressing community challenges. Since "Community" by definition includes education, government, economics, housing, etc., the DCM adopts community viability as its unabashed goal. It demonstrates how a comprehensive and integrated solution can address urban transportation issues and rural development concerns while making this economic region more globally competitive. By applying the right technology, at the right scale, economies are captured which are not possible with a more segmented approach.
The Distributed City Model was developed based upon the following principles:
- Global Competition- The strength of the economic region as a whole must become the primary focus. The DCM leverages technology to relieve the pressure for costly urban systems while reducing the need for rural subsidies resulting in reduced government programs, a more competitive private sector and a technologically involved community sector.
- Regional Integration- Programs must foster institutional and sector collaboration, with managerial and operational levels representing the public, private and community sectors. The DCM equalizes economic opportunities across all community types within the region while creating the opportunity for in-migration of information workers and professionals who seek state of the art technology and the ability to choose from a variety of living environments.
- Economic Diversification- Global forces are beyond regional control. As the competitiveness of various industries change, the region must understand the trends and anticipate the impacts so that it can adjust it's strategies to maintain the viability of the affected community type and by marketing the quality of life that is offered. The DCM working with the private sector creates a comprehensive environment for telecommuting that allows individuals and organizations to operate from anywhere in the region.
- Infrastructure Investments- Basic infrastructure is critical to regional performance. New investments must carefully assess the impact that the "anywhere-anytime-anything" technology will have on these specific investments over their useful life. Historic extrapolations may no longer be valid. The DCM consolidates the number of technologies required to comprehensively and affordably serve the region while meeting the needs of retreating infrastructures.
- Community Impacts- Not every community can be preserved, however the unique quality of life offered by the various types of communities represents a way of life that once lost can not be re-created. The DCM creates an environment in which the small community is able to participate as a full partner with its trade center.
- Leadership- leaders in all three sectors must pursue logical innovation; if you want to be a leader it is axiomatic that you must have the courage to stop being a follower. Community leadership must define what is good for the region and shift the resources to achieve it. The DCM creates the tools through which the public, private and community sectors can equally participate in the development of that policy.
With the economic analysis indicating the potential for this entire investment to be self-funding and self-sustaining, the challenge is clear- Will communities work together to solve their collective problems?
- The Community Alliance- drives "content" into the community so that the community has a reason to "plug in". Addressing policy issues based upon the TCR's Community Typology, the Alliance has the ability to enhance the quality of life for everyone in the region regardless of where they choose to live.
- Community TeleCenter Network- strategically deploys technology as a horizontal infrastructure, not as a group of disconnected vertical markets. By extending capabilities throughout the community, the community is able to embrace the technology. Although many variations of this concept are now beginning to appear, most must be subsidized because they have not captured local "critical mass". The CTN for Minnesota illustrates how a region can impact rural communities by strategically identifying trade centers most in need of support.
- Personal Rapid Transit- is not a commuter service but rather a true transit concept that links the entire economic region. It is fast, affordable and flexible. Offering non-stop, automated service, it eliminates windshield time and saves society millions of dollars in secondary benefits.
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