Governor's Summit Examines Education, Economic Development

by Arkansas Business Staff  on Wednesday, Oct. 8, 2008 10:42 am  

Arkansas Works 2008: The Governor's Summit on Education and Economic Development is taking place Thursday at the Statehouse Convention Center in Little Rock.

The Governor's Summit seeks to unite Arkansas business, education, community and government leaders in a common vision for continued education improvement and greater economic prosperity. is covering the event and will update this story.

At the summit, Gov. Mike Beebe will issue a call to every county and community to implement a local community assessment and create a plan of action for education and economic progress.

Speakers at the event include Thomas F. McLarty, president of the international advisory firm, McLarty Associates, and chairman of the McLarty Companies; and former Colorado Gov. Roy Romer, who was formerly Superintendent of Schools for the Los Angeles Unified School District.

Other speakers Thursday include:

  • Claiborne Deming, President and CEO, Murphy Oil Corporation
  • Senator-Elect Joyce Elliott, State & Legislative Outreach Director, College Board
  • Dr. Les Wyatt, President, Arkansas State University System
  • Richard Bell, Secretary, Arkansas Department of Agriculture
  • Dr. Ken James, Commissioner, Arkansas Department of Education
  • Dr. Jim Purcell, Director, Arkansas Department of Higher Education
  • Richard Davies, Director, Arkansas Department of Parks & Tourism
  • William L. “Bill” Walker, Jr., Director, Arkansas Department of Workforce Education
  • Artee Williams, Director, Arkansas Department of Workforce Services
  • Maria Haley, Director, Arkansas Economic Development Commission
  • Dr. John Ahlen, President, Arkansas Science & Technology Authority

 The governor expects the summit to accomplish the creation of a community development team in all 75 counties impediments to economic progress and that require change and develop a plan needed to create positive economic change.

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