State Planning: A Review of Activities and Progress

State Planning: A Review of Activities and Progress

State Planning: A Review of Activities and Progress

State Planning: A Review of Activities and Progress


In the development of our American national resources there have long been many planning agencies at work, some of them are public, some private, and some semipublic. Of the public planning agencies, some are National, some State, and some local in nature. In a comprehensive program of planning for the wise use and development of our national resources it is indispensable that these various groups be brought into the best working relations with each other to avoid duplication, waste, incompetence, and futility. The new State planning boards fill a gap in the organization of planning endeavor and provide a new tool for effective coordination and instigation of planning efforts.The development of State planning boards is a striking evidence of the trend toward an over-all view of the resources and possibilities of the several States of the American Union. These 46* boards represent the desire of the people of the several States, expressed through their legislatures or their Governors, to inventory the natural and human resources of the commonwealths and to plan for their better and more effective use.There has been planning of many kinds in many States for many years, as is seen in boards and commissions dealing with mineral resources, with land use, water forestry, agriculture, industrial development, the protection of workers, the organization of public- welfare services, the organization of education, and with many other subjects related to the needs of the particular State. The conservation movement and the public-welfare movements are striking illustrations of State activity directed toward better utilization of human and natural resources. The personnel, techniques, and achievements of a number of agencies concerned in these developments have attracted wide-spread attention, and have added to the health, safety, comfort, and welfare of their citizens. The State universities, land-grant colleges, and other aducational and research institutions in the States eave, of course, contributed greatly to the development hnd planning of great areas of State resources, natural and human alike.The meaning of the State planning boards which have recently sprung into life is the expression of a desire to-- . . .



Foreword v

Frontispiece viii

Findings xii

Recommendations xiii

Part I. Development of State Planning 1

Part II. Progress by States 13

(Status of 45 State Planning Organizations)

Part III. Activities of State Planning Boards

Introduction 113

1. Basic Data 115

2 Land Planning 137

3. Water 185

4. Power 195

5. Minerals 209

6. Transport 213

7. Public Improvement Programs and Public Buildings 241

8. Social and Economic Trends 253

9. Governmental Relationships 268


Directory 291

Bibliography of State Planning Board Reports 294

Circulars Issued by the National Resources Board 306


By States 307

By Subjects 308


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