Southern Growth Policy

On Monday, March 22, 2010, the Caroline Marshall Draughon Center for the Arts & Humanities will join Design Alabama, the Alabama State Council on the Arts, and the David Mathews Center for Civic Life to sponsor a community forum on “The Road to Recovery: Making Choices for Your Community.” The forum, one of several to be held around the state this spring, will run from 10 a.m. until noon in the boardroom of the Alabama State Council on the Arts offices in Montgomery (201 Monroe Street).
We invite you to join us in an open discussion on how to respond to current economic challenges in our community, while trying to position ourselves for economic success in the future. As a forum participant, you will be joining thousands of other Southerners, who are holding similar conversations across the region, to develop strategies for economic recovery. As an educator, arts programmer, museum director, librarian, or community activist, your perspective is unique and vital. Dr. Joe Sumners, director of the Economic Development Institute at Auburn University, will serve as moderator for the forum.

The Southern Growth Policies Board is a non-partisan public policy think tank based in Research Triangle Park, North Carolina. Formed by the region’s governors in 1971, SGPB develops and advances visionary economic development policies by providing a forum for collaboration among a diverse cross-section of the region’s governors, legislators, business and academic leaders, and the economic and community development sectors. SGPB’s research encompasses the major drivers for economic development in the South – innovation and technology, globalization, the changing nature of the workforce, and the vital role of the community. If you are interested in learning more about SGPB, its website,, offers a wealth of information.

Feedback from this and other Alabama forums will contribute to Southern Growth’s 2010 Report on the Future of the South, a high profile policy report that is shared with Southern governors and regional leaders in business and education.

Please let us know by March 18th whether you will be able to join us for the forum. Feel free to share this with your staff and other colleagues who might like to attend. Do not hesitate to call if you have questions or need more information: 334-844-4946 or

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