STC Webinar on New Plan for Research Triangle Park Is Rescheduled
The STC webinar scheduled for Monday, April 22, at 11:00AM Eastern, has to be rescheduled. We will announce new registration information at a later date.
For questions or comments, contact Scott Doron, director of Southern Technology Council.
Get A Free Listing
in the Research Resources Directory for the
Southern Advanced Materials in Transportation Alliance (SAMTA)
"I didn’t know they were doing that there". This is what we heard when connecting researchers, centers, coalitions, and businesses around the theme of advanced materials in carbon fibers and light-weight metals. There was a lack of information on who is doing what in the area of materials in transportation. So SAMTA decided to do something about it.
We are creating a simple, searchable directory of materials research assets in the South. This includes individual researchers, both public and private, as well as support organizations like consortiums, alliances, and training programs. So if companies need researchers in a niche of carbon fibers, for example, they can visit the SAMTA webpage and search the database. Only entries from the Southern Growth states (12 Southern states) will appear in the directory.
Who should be in the directory?
Academic, governmental and private-sector researchers.
Promotion or support groups such as alliances, consortiums, networks, and clusters.
For additional information or questions, contact Scott Doron, Director of the Southern Technology Council.
Download Full Anniversary Commentary Series
Southern Growth’s full 40th Anniversary Commentary series is now available for you to download onto a CD. The commentaries offer reflections and insights on issues of importance to the South. For example, William Winter, former Governor of Mississippi and Chair of the 1986 Commission on the Future of the South, reflects on the South’s progress, as well as on what he sees as continuing challenges related to education, racial reconciliation and protection of the natural environment; Secretary of the Navy Ray Mabus, a former Southern Growth Chair, emphasizes the critical connection between education and national security; and both Jeffrey Lacker, President of the Federal Reserve Bank of Richmond, and Dennis Lockhart, President of the Federal Reserve Bank of Atlanta, focus on the important role of manufacturing in the South’s economic past and future.
Click here to view individual commentaries or to download the entire series that includes viewpoints from thought leaders throughout the South.
2012 Bioenergy State Fact Sheets
Did you know that Alabama spent 14 percent of its Gross State Product on energy in 2010? That Louisiana ranked sixth in the nation for biomass electricity generation that year? Or, that Missouri consumed 5.5 million barrels of ethanol? Learn more quick bioenergy facts about your state via the 2012 Bioenergy State Fact Sheets, just released by the Southeast Agriculture & Forestry Energy Resources Alliance (SAFER). In addition to facts on biomass resources, land uses, energy expenditures and electricity prices, the fact sheets also include a map highlighting the location and type of biomass facilities in each state.
Innovation is Key to South's Survival in Global Market
“Globalization impacts everything. We are competing with everyone, everywhere, for every job,”emphasized Southern Growth’s executive director, Ted Abernathy, in a November 11th commentary in The Tennessean. He went on to talk about how innovation is key to the South’s survival in a global market. Ted’s commentary complemented his participation in a panel on The Future of American Research at the Global South Summit in Nashville on November 14th.
Each year, Southern Growth Policies Board starts a conversation in the South on a particular issue related to economic development. We do this by holding community forums, or moderated discussions, in communities large and small across the region.
This year, Southern Growth would like your help in discussing what communities can do to build a competitive workforce for the future. Just as important as informing Southern Growth and other Southern leaders, a forum can be a tool for you to galvanize action in your own community. People often tell us that the forums have led to new networks, a better understanding of the issue, and the start of serious thinking about their community’s future.
The Southern Growth Policies Board's 2012 Chairman's Conference: Re-imagining Workforce Development, was hosted by Governor Bill Haslam of Tennessee. The conference examined job and workforce trends, with a view towards reimagining tomorrow's educated worker. The conference explored tough questions, such as: How can we determine the skills needed for future jobs when we're not sure what those jobs will be? How can we raise awareness of potential career paths and opportunities? What are the implications for P-16? What is the business perspective and what role will the business sector play in this preparation? And, perhaps most importantly, how do we connect the dots between different players - from K-12 to community colleges to universities to industry? In addition to exploring these and other important questions, the conference also highlighted new models and ideas in the areas of education and workforce skill development. Check back at a later date for the conference presentations.
Southern Growth Policies Board has long considered workforce issues to be key to regional prosperity. As the Southern Growth Policies Board celebrates its 40th Anniversary, this conference gave us the opportunity to take a look back at what we’ve accomplished in this area of work, what has changed, and how we need to prepare for the future.
For specific questions about how to plan or moderate a community
forum, contact Linda Hoke at firstname.lastname@example.org.
News at Southern Growth
Teaming Up For Success Teaming Up for Success is a Blog written by Carla Ledbetter
for the Washington Times. It features stories about people
collaborating and working together to make good things happen. A
recent entry, Southern Recipe for Community Success,
features Southern Growth Policies Board's Community Forums. Read
the article and learn more about how Southern Growth's forums
help communities communicate and achieve success.
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group. On our Facebook and Twitter pages you’ll find updates on Southern
Growth activities as well as pointers to new economic development
reports, data and ideas. The LinkedIn Group allows our Southern
Growth constituents to communicate with each other by posting
their own events, reports, and ideas to the group profile.
Webinar: Leverage Mapping Technology for Youth Programs
Forum for Youth Investment – April 24, 2013
All communities know where their schools are, but few have thorough information on other resources: libraries, youth centers, out-of-school time sites and religious programs. The Forum's Ready Communities package helps leaders answer these questions with a powerful yet simple mapping technology solution. In this free webinar, scheduled for May 30 at 1:00 pm ET, learn how to leverage this technology to get a clear picture of the places where youth spend their time. Read more...
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