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Future proofing a small community for success

Making a community a good one in the moment is certainly hard, especially for smaller communities lacking the raw resources of large metropolitan areas. It takes determination, a shared plan, and persistence. However, a good community isn’t a temporary one; rather, good communities can and do last for generations. As such, it is important for…

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A changing environment will change our world

The impact of climate change is being felt all over the world. In the Pacific island region, increases in hurricane intensity is a clear indication of that change. Essentially more powerful hurricanes are occurring more frequently. Increases in severe hurricane events are not only a signal of such change, but represent a significant threat to…

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MANAGEMENT OF WATERSHED TO PROTECT MAGENS BAY AND RELATED ECOSYSTEMS

I.  INTRODUCTION: Purpose and Actions Required to Protect and Manage Magens Bay and its Watersheds and Resources The purpose of this issue paper is to bring attention to the dire need for management and restoration of the Magens Bay watershed. This watershed is degraded from the impacts of: runoff on water quality and coral reef…

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What makes small communities good–and effective?

Humans are inherently social beings. That is part of why communities exist, and it factors into why and how we are drawn to certain communities over others. Social spaces for casual and structured community interaction is a critical element of a good community. Small communities in particular have special challenges in providing these critically needed…

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VI Port Authority; so much potential- so little progress…

The forthcoming change in leadership at the Port Authority opens the door for re-engaging the Authority’s mission of providing gateway access to the Territory and functioning as an important engine of economic development for the Territory. The retiring Executive Director’s tenure is memorable for the turnover in senior staff that has occurred with the knowledge…

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SBA Disaster Lending is not the Disaster Assistance Expected

Following Maria and Irma I submitted economic assistance applications to SBA’s Disaster Assistance Processing and Disbursement Center in Fort Worth. The experience has been frustrating and eleven- months later still ongoing. There has been little effort made by the SBA staff to go beyond voicing their appreciation of the application’s challenges to translating that concern…

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The Good, the Bad and the Ill considered

The past few weeks highlighted the good, bad and ugly of where we are in our effort to get the economy back on track. The good… The opportunity to reopen the St. Croix refinery is clearly the good. If successful the reopening will revitalize St. Croix’s role in the petroleum refining industry and expand the…

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Community Leadership and Making the Most of Changing Times

The more things change, the more they stay the same­—a familiar saying, but it is hard not to feel that small communities today are facing new threats that will fundamentally change their futures due to global economic change. A unique symptom of that change is the movement of industries, jobs, and people away from small…

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