Kansas City, Missouri worked with its regional neighbors to direct its federal stimulus money towards a troubled 150-block area officials are calling the "Green Impact Zone". Cities and counties in the San Francisco Bay Area teamed up to organize how money from the various stakeholders could be bundled to achieve regional goals.
"The Kansas City and Bay Area regions aren't alone. The Brookings Institution's Metropolitan Policy Program has been able to identify several others–among them Memphis, Chicago, even smaller areas like Cape Cod in Massachusetts and Flagstaff, Ariz.–where regions have "gotten their act together" to connect dots and make ARRA funds serve cohesive areawide agendas.
Normally regions wouldn't have the funds for such far-reaching–and one could argue historically long-delayed–initiatives. Which is why the Recovery Act offered such a rare opportunity. Understandably, people are judging the stimulus legislation–celebrating its six-month anniversary this month–on jobs it's created. Estimates are running as high as 1 million, a serious anti-recession move."