The tri-state region is home to a diverse population of 23 million people, a thriving economy, and unique natural resources. Across the New York-New Jersey-Connecticut metropolitan area, residents live in vibrant communities, share a common environment, and seek opportunities to better provide for their families. Yet the region is also fragmented into three states and hundreds of municipalities, which can lead to limited solutions and short-term thinking. As we look ahead to the many challenges of this century, it is time to agree on shared values that transcend political boundaries. To be true stewards of the region’s long-term success, we must define a new path to achieve greater equity and prosperity, improve the health of residents, and secure a more sustainable environment for everyone.
Each of the plan’s recommendations is evaluated for its ability to advance the plan's four core values: High (large improvement), Medium (some improvement), Low (small improvement), No impact (no improvement or regression), and Negative (works against goal if not mitigated).