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A good regional dialogue

Two nations, one region

Origins of an Idea

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Talking together

The way forward

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Workshop / discussions

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Brownfield exchange
1999 (364Kb)

Brownfield exchange
2000 (3690Kb)

The rethinking presentation

The rethinking book




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Two nations, one region

If we were to stop thinking about the Niagara River as a boundary that divides two nations and start thinking of it as the center of one bi-national region, what would we think about?And if we were to think about this bi-national region as one of the world’s most attractive places to live, as well as one of its most popular visitor destinations, what would we do?

These were exactly the kind of questions that more than 75 U.S. and Canadian leaders worked hard to answer at Rethinking the Niagara Frontier: a Bi-national Forum, held in Niagara Falls, New York and Niagara Falls, Ontario, on March 30 and 31, 2000.

The forum featured a series of small group discussions focused on several group discussions focused on several key opportunities available to the region. These included heritage and cultural tourism; trade and transportation; brownfields redevelopent; the natural and built environment; and the developement of knowledge-based industries.

The discussions were propelled by expert presentations about what is already happening in the region in regard to parks development and tourism investment - as well as what might be possible in heritage and cultural tourism and the development of "competitive city-regions."

Overall, the event helped to create a broader awareness of the value of thinking in terms of a bi-national region, formed a clearer picture of the challenges and opportunities facing the Niagara city-region, generated increased enthusiasm for working together, and provide a real impetus for further cooperative bi-national work.

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