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Energy Efficiency in the Border Region: A Market Approach

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border-rpt-cvrThe U.S.–Mexico Border Region is experiencing rapid economic and population growth. Corresponding to this growth is a projected annual increase in energy demand.

This 2004 study assesses the potential for energy savings through the implementation of industrial and commercial energy efficiency projects in the border region. Because extensive energy efficiency studies focusing on the U.S. side of the border have been conducted, and in order to allow a comprehensive view of the market opportunities in the border region as a whole, this market assessment focuses on opportunities on the Mexican side of the border. 

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Wireless Communications Interoperability Status

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After the WGA expressed concern about aspects of “Interstate Interoperability,” the Western Information Technology Council published a study in 2003 to collect information related to Federal Wireless Interoperability activities, assess the trends in the field, and make recommendations to the WGA relative to potential activities to reduce their interoperability concerns. 

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Prairie States Center for Entrepreneurial Leadership: A National Model for Rural Economic Recovery

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eda-rptThree regional organizations – the Comanche Pool Prairie Resource Foundation in Kansas, the High Plains Resource Conservation and Development District in Oklahoma, and the Texas Prairie Rivers Region – developed a successful track record for bringing together partners from multiple counties and states to solve common problems.

It was a natural extension of this informal alliance, bound by similar geographic and cultural traits, to band together as the Prairie States Coalition to address their mutual economic crisis. This 2003 report highlights their cooperative development efforts. 

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The Health Passport Project: Assessment and Recommendations

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passportThe Health Passport Project was a WGA-sponsored initiative that was conducted in North Dakota, Wyoming and Nevada.

This 2002 Executive Summary examines if the Passport accomplished its goals, which were to streamline access to and delivery of services and benefits while improving the health of individuals and their families.

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Purchase of Development Rights: Conserving Lands, Preserving Western Livelihoods

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pdr rptA unique partnership of cattlemen, conservationists and Western Governors developed this 2002 report supporting the creation and use of publicly funded Purchase of Development Rights (PDR).

The idea behind the PDR is to protect rapidly disappearing farm and ranch land and to conserve agricultural lands and wildlife habitat in the West. Authored jointly by the Western Governors’ Association, the National Cattlemen’s Beef Association, and the Trust for Public Land.

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A Collaborative Approach for Reducing Wildland Fire Risks to Communities and the Environment

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implemThis 2002 Implementation Plan establishes a collaborative, performance-based framework for achieving the goals and actions of the 10-Year Plan with performance measures and tasks to identify key benchmarks and track progress over time.

The plan also provides tools to deliver national goals at the local level in an ecologically, socially and economically appropriate manner. 

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Financing Electricity Transmission Expansion in the West

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financeThe Transmission Finance Committee (TFC) prepared this 2002 report exploring transmission financing issues raised in the earlier "Conceptual Plans for Electricity Transmission in the West" report.

It recommends to the Governors several specific steps to help ensure that justifiable expansion of the Western grid can be financed. In its consideration of transmission financing and cost recovery alternatives, there has emerged among the TFC members a broad consensus documented in this report.

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A Collaborative Approach for Reducing Wildland Fire Risks to Communities and the Environment

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fireriskThis 10-year comprehensive strategy published in 2001 outlines a comprehensive approach to the management of wildland fire, hazardous fuels, and ecosystem restoration and rehabilitation on Federal and adjacent State, tribal, and private forest and range lands in the United States.

This strategy emphasizes measures to reduce the risk to communities and the environment and provides an effective framework for collaboration to accomplish this.

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