ERIC Number: ED435516
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1999
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Southern Connections: Connecting with Each Other, Connecting with the Future. The Final Report of the 1998 Commission on the Future of the South.
Supported by the state governments of the South, the Southern Growth Policies Board creates strategies for regional economic development. Every 6 years, the Board's chairman (a state governor) appoints a blue-ribbon commission to analyze the condition of the South, develop regional objectives, and recommend approaches to regional problems. This report of the 1998 commission begins with an overview of the ways in which regional cooperation is working for economic development, as well as areas of concern: pockets of poverty in rural counties and inner cities and the need to improve the knowledge and skills of the work force. The next four chapters outline four interrelated goals and the strategies to address them: (1) building vibrant, secure communities; (2) building healthy environments for children (investing in early childhood education, comprehensive prenatal care, and high-quality child care); (3) building quality education and world-class work skills (combining high standards with strong incentives for experimentation and high-quality teaching, implementing a continuous improvement program for elementary and secondary education); and (4) building broader economic partnerships focused on infrastructure, university research, the needs of inner cities and rural areas, entrepreneurship, international markets, and tourism. For each goal, recommendations outline what regional, state, and community partnerships can do. (Contains commissioner biographies, a list of institutional members, and an index.) (SV)
Descriptors: Blue Ribbon Commissions, Child Welfare, Economic Development, Education Work Relationship, Educational Needs, Elementary Secondary Education, Higher Education, Labor Force Development, Policy Formation, Preschool Education, Public Policy, Regional Cooperation
Southern Growth Policies Board, P.O. Box 12293, Research Triangle Park, NC 27709 ($10). Tel: 919-941-5145; e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org; for full text:
Publication Type: Opinion Papers
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Authoring Institution: Southern Growth Policies Board, Research Triangle Park, NC.