Regional Workshops offer the opportunity for Memorial University faculty, staff and students to meet with regional stakeholders, in order to discuss topics of mutual interest. The purpose of a Regional Workshop is to explore ways of creating sustainable social and economic regions, and to identify possible future opportunities for research, teaching and outreach.
This workshop had two goals: promote Memorial University as a resource for regional policy and development throughout the province; and stimulate discussion to generate future opportunities for collaboration in the areas of research, teaching and outreach within the region, between Memorial University and community stakeholders.
The Harris Centre Memorial Presents/Regional Workshop was held September 26, 2012. The planning partner was the Emerald Zone Corporation.
The Memorial Presents consisted of a two hour public form on the topic of regionalizing public services and economic development in rural Newfoundland and Labrador. Dr. Kelly Vodden, Environmental Policy Institute, Grenfell Campus, Memorial University was the presenter. Her presentation focused on the widely held agreement that the region is an appropriate scale for organizing public services and local development with many potential benefits and a number of challenges. The success of regional approaches to planning and service delivery requires open dialogue about these efforts, openness to change, learning from others and creative solutions that foster a sustainable future for rural regions and communities. Panelists for the Memorial Presents forum were Stan Reid, Chairperson of the Newfoundland and Labrador Association of Community Business Development Centres (CBDC) and Churence Rogers, President of Municipalities Newfoundland and Labrador.
Sixty-one people attended the Regional Workshop on September 26, 2012. The morning session provided an introduction to Memorial services and departments. Presentations were given by Dr. Rob Greenwood, Executive Director of the Harris Centre and Office of Public Engagement; Dr Grant Gardner, Associate Vice-President (Academic) and Bojan Fürst, Manager of Knowledge Mobilization with the Harris Centre. Glenda Tulk, Emerald Zone Corporation made a presentation about Zone 11.
The morning and afternoon breakout sessions were divided thematically into three groups: Health in a Rural Setting, Land Use Planning, and Business Development. A total of 17 follow-up opportunities were identified at the workshop. These will be developed into one-page opportunities which will be available through Yaffle at [url]www.Yaffle.ca[/url].
A report on this workshop is available at:
RBC Blue Water Project