What qualifies as the Capital Region?

What or where is the Capital Region? Should be a few core counties? The entire "commuting shed" for people who work here? A broad economic area? The Center for Economic Growth lays some of what it considers pros and cons for drawing the circle for the "Capital Region" to include a range of counties. It ultimately argues for an 8- or 11-county region.

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I favor the 11 County Greater Capital Region (GCR) for several reasons, chief of which is that all of the "disadvantages" are human and economic development needs. so we have a choice, include them in the GCR and have the opportunity to address those deficits with federal and state money or economic development, or allow those counties and their rust belt problems to fester and fizzle---knowing they lack the financial and political clout to attract economic or government solutions. The second reason is that it most accurately reflects the reality of the region, the residents of the GCR live, work and play in an interactive way in those 11 counties.

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