Youth: The Real Future of the South

On Friday, February 22, 2008, please join Design Alabama, the Alabama State Council on the Arts, and the Caroline Marshall Draughon Center for the Arts & Humanities for a community forum on “Youth: The Real Future of the South.” This Southern Growth Policies Board forum, one of several to be held around the state this spring, will run from 1 PM to 3 PM on the 22nd in the boardroom of the Alabama State Council on the Arts offices in Montgomery. 

Youth development is a key issue for our state, one that impacts every community and citizen. Your perspective is unique and vital. We are most fortunate to have Dr. Joe Sumners, director of the Economic and Community Development Institute at Auburn University, 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. The results of the forum will be used in developing a policy report to be presented at the 2008 Southern Growth Policies Board regional meeting scheduled for June 1-3 in Little Rock.

If you are able to join us for this forum, please reply by phone (334-844-4948) or email (, and we will send you a copy of the discussion guide and directions to the Alabama State Council on the Arts offices. 


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