A talented, committed, and diverse team guided the work of the Sustainable Communities Task Force from its inception to the final drafts of this report. Through countless meetings and seemingly unending discussions, this team crafted the agreements that laid the foundation for the process of the task force' s work, the content of the policy recommendations and assertions represented in this final document, and the task force inputs into the council' s consensus document, "Sustainable America." The achievements of the task force were borne, in large part, through the labors of Geoffrey Anderson, John Bullard, Rob Coppock, Mencer Donahue Edwards, Carl Elefante, Christine Eustis, Lori Fenimore, Jacqueline Hamilton, Jeffrey Hunker, Nancie Johnson, Keith Laughlin, J. Gary Lawrence, Michael McCloskey, Jerry McNeil, John Mincy, Rebecca Moser, Robert Olson, Rudy Oswald, and Harriet Tregoning.
The task force thanks Robert Olson for his work in drafting the original text of the vision statement, and the participants not listed above who chaired the task force working groups: Sheila Kelly, Pamela Lawrence, Florine Raitano, Larry Root, Margaret Thomas, and Amie Weinberg.
We are grateful for the contributions of Ann James, who served as the task force' s first coordinator from fall 1993 to spring 1994, and Corinne McLaughlin, who coordinated the task force during the spring of 1994. Without the talent and hard work of Noah Maffitt, Liza Poinier, and Alissa Schmeltz, the completion of this report would not have been possible. We greatly appreciate their outstanding work on the report' s layout, copyediting, and factchecking, respectively. We also thank Melissa Edeburn, Monica Gonzales, Ylang Nguyen, and Amy Todd who provided valuable staff assistance to the task force in its early phases.
The case studies presented in this report were pulled together by task force participants and colleagues in the communities the task force selected. We thank Paul Alsenas, Geoffrey Anderson, Bill Becker, Rita Collins, Beth Conover, Eleanor Cooper, William Edgerton, Mencer Donahue Edwards, Christine Eustis, Tom Harris, Timothy Hayes, Sheila Kelly, Christopher Kelsey, William Kennedy, John Lambie, Jackie Lockett, Rick Luna, Nancy Skinner, and David Warford for bringing us the stories of these communities.
We are most appreciative of the generosity of Patricia Scruggs and Walter Corson who allowed us to reprint their research on sustainable development activities at the state level and community indicators projects, respectively. Similar thanks to Susan Boyd, Benjamin Goldman, and Susanna Mackenzie Euston for their work to develop the community profiles in the states and to Harriet Tregoning and Geoffrey Anderson who administered the contract for their work.
To reflect the expansive scope of the sustainable communities field, the task force invited participation from hundreds of experts, citizens, and business representatives from an incredibly diverse array of fields and communities. Many of these individuals volunteered significant time and energy to contribute to task force working groups, case studies, and special events; we are indebted to them for their contributions and list them below. We apologize, in advance, for any oversights made in this very long list of task force participants.
Finally, we acknowledge Angela Park who, as its coordinator, managed the task force' s work and the writing, editing, and production of this report. We thank her for the skill, energy, and dedication she brought to this ambitious endeavor.
John A. Clark
Jon E. Clark
Rebecca Bennett Crow
M. Donahue Edwards
Joseph Feaster, Jr.
Melvin "Kip" Holden
J. Gary Lawrence
Terry Le Bar
C. Peter Magrath
Frank Folsom Smith
Nick Soto, Jr.
Beatrice Olvera Stotzer