Southern Growth Policies Board provides policy
guidance to member states by identifying goals and objectives that
will create a higher quality of life in the region. These goals and
objectives are collectively adopted by Southern Growth's trustees
and are published as their strategic plan for the region. The plan
is refreshed annually through deliberation among members of Southern
Growth's four advisory councils, and Southern Growth tracks indicators
that measure individual state progress in achieving the objectives.
All citizens of the South will experience an exemplary quality
of life made possible by a dynamic, diversified, growing, sustainable,
and competitive Southern economy (Adopted June 25, 2000).
Create a culture of learning throughout the South, in which the acquisition,
creation, and application of knowledge is viewed as central to our
health, happiness and prosperity (Adopted June 24, 2001).
- Objective 1.1—Make P-12 education efficient
and effective in educating our children.
- Objective 2.1—Make post-secondary education
effective in continually raising the level of education achievement
in the South.
- Objective 1.3—Elevate the value placed on education and significantly increase the percentage of Southerners actively engaged in the process of lifelong learning.
- Objective 1.4—Overcome the skill shortages
in the following fields: science, engineering, information technology
(IT) and math.
- Objective 1.5—Educate those left behind in
the knowledge economy, targeting minorities, immigrants and their
- Objective 1.6—Ensure basic competency in the
tools of the Information Age.
Encourage and support innovation and entrepreneurship (Adopted June 24, 2001).
Objective 2.1-Infuse an entrepreneurial culture throughout the South
- Objective 2.2—Increase significantly public
and private R&D in the South
Objective 2.3—Ensure access to capital and technical and management assistance at all stages of business development, paying particular attention to underserved groups.
Objective 2.4—Take advantage of the growing
commercial and intellectual potential in the global community.
Create and sustain a quality of life that is attractive
to globally competitive businesses and employees (Adopted June 24, 2001).
Objective 3.1—Use Wise Growth principles to
ensure that a high quality of life accompanies economic progress.
- Objective 3.2—Build on the potential strengths
inherent in our cultural diversity by overcoming our historic racial
and cultural divisions.
- Objective 3.3—Increase the South's levels
of civic engagement.
Create the talent pool needed to meet the ongoing market needs and
opportunities of the emerging, knowledge-based economy (Adopted June
- Objective 4.1—Create seamless workforce systems
that maximize client control over the outcomes.
- Objective 4.2—Identify and develop underutilized
sources of workers and talent.
- Objective 4.3—Create a self-directed
workforce with the attitudes, learning habits and decision tools
necessary for making wise career choices throughout life.
Build the civic capacity of Southern communities
to respond to emerging opportunities and challenges with new models
of leadership, engagement and social capital (Adopted June 1, 2003).
- Objective 5.1—Build a broader base of people
willing and prepared to assume leadership roles in Southern communities,
including those from traditionally underrepresented populations.
- Objective 5.2—Develop courageous, accountable
leaders who are guided by ethics, informed by knowledge of economic
and cultural change and insistent upon inclusive approaches to community
businesses, institutions and residents will pursue global opportunities
and relationships with an entrepreneurial spirit (Adopted June 13, 2004).
- Objective 6.1—Eliminate the gap between
the export performance of Southern businesses and the national average.
- Objective 6.2—Internationalize P-16 and
adult education to respond to evolving business and community challenges.
- Objective 6.3—Achieve a shared sense of
community by drawing upon the strengths, talents and interests of
Encourage and support the practice of economic development
activities that are strategic, innovative, comprehensive, responsive
to citizens and organized regionally (Adopted June 12, 2005).
- Objective 7.1—Manage economic development as
a set of interrelated activities designed to create new enterprises,
support the success and expansion of existing enterprises, and encourage
other enterprises to locate within the South.
- Objective 7.2—Support the creation of Regional
Prosperity Alliances (RPAs) within areas defined by regional economies,
as outlined in the 2005 Report on the Future of the South. RPAs would
include all organizations and individuals engaged in economic development
as well as the business community, the educational community, and
other public entities providing support and infrastructure. RPAs would
provide a forum for the participation of all communities within the
region in the creation of a vision for the region’s future and
an active, dynamic strategic plan to fulfill that vision.
Because an innovation-driven economy
requires a singular commitment to building and maximizing the flow of
knowledge to and among the citizens, businesses and institutions of
the South, states and regions should organize to achieve the following
objectives (Adopted June 4, 2006).
- Objective 8.1—Increase the creation of knowledge
in the South.
- Objective 8.2—Increase the accumulation of knowledge
in the South.
- Objective 8.3—Increase the application of knowledge
in the South.
Increase the amount of knowledge
that is created, accumulated or applied in an economy that increasingly
values knowledge (Adopted June 3, 2007).
- Objective 9.1—Governors and other Southern leaders from
the business, government, non-profit and education communities
will CONVENE a series of conversations with all those with a
stake in the future of the Southern workforce.
- Objective 9.2—Those involved in the conversations will
create strategies to CONNECT the disparate elements of existing
education and workforce training systems (including K-12 and
post-secondary) to maximize effectiveness, minimize overlaps
and conflicts, and reward behavior that is visionary, entrepreneurial
- Objective 9.3—Parties to the conversations will COMMIT
to the creation and success of EnterpriseSouth.biz, a non-partisan
compact to build a Southern workforce that is knowledgeable,
entrepreneurial and innovative.
To ensure the participation of future
generations of Southerners in promoting the long-term vitality of
the region, communities and states should work to achieve the following
objectives (Adopted June 1, 2008).
- Objective 10.1—ENGAGE young people in community life.
- Objective 10.2—LISTEN to young people, value them as
a resource, and act on their ideas.
- Objective 10.3—SUPPORT young people in developing and
using their passions, talents and skills to better themselves
and their communities.