Saturday, June 23, 2007

Georgia Governor Pushes European Business Development

During a European economic trade mission, Gov. Sonny Perdue, Lt. Gov. Casey Cagle and a delegation of state officials made a stop at JCB's World Headquarters in Rocester, Staffordshire, U.K. After touring the facility, the group discussed growth plans for JCB The Americas which is headquartered in Savannah.

"Georgia's business climate makes our state the ideal location to succeed and thrive, and we are spreading that message to business and government leaders throughout Europe," Perdue said. "Our international economic development efforts are stronger than ever, and we will continue to build relationships and encourage new investment and job creation in Georgia."

Read more here.

Friday, June 22, 2007

Metro Atlanta Chamber Gets Site Selection Award

Site Selection magazine has picked the Metro Atlanta Chamber of Commerce as one of the top 10 economic development organizations in the United States.

Economic development groups were ranked according to four categories: new jobs, new jobs per 10,000 residents, new investment amount and new investment per 10,000 residents. They were also reviewed on innovation, leadership and customer service, the magazine said.

"The Metro Atlanta Chamber of Commerce is focused on jobs, jobs, jobs," said Kessel Stelling, president and CEO of Bank of North Georgia and chair of the Metro Atlanta Chamber's economic development committee. "For six years in a row, Atlanta has ranked third in the nation among cities with the most Fortune 500 headquarters. Metro Atlanta has what companies want, and the chamber continues to recruit new companies and more jobs to the area, and build on our economic development success."

In 2006, metro Atlanta created more than 60,000 jobs, making the area the No. 2 spot in America for job creation.

Source: Phoenix Business Journal

Thursday, June 21, 2007

Louisville's Abramson Gets IEDC Leadership Award

The International Economic Development Council has given Louisville-Jefferson County Metro Mayor Jerry Abramson its 2007 Leadership Award for Public Service.

The award recognizes an elected official who has served as a committed advocate for economic development for at least 10 years in the public sector.

Past winners include Pennsylvania Gov. Edward Rendell and Riverside, Calif. Mayor Ronald Loveridge, according to a news release.

Abramson will receive the award during the IEDC's annual conference in Phoenix this September.

This is a very well deserved award. Congratulations Mayor Abramson!

Wednesday, June 20, 2007

China Pushes Lifelong Learning

Peng Sen, vice-minister of the National Development and Reform Commission, yesterday called on governments and education authorities across the country to develop a more effective system of lifelong learning.

"Knowledge has made investment in education and training more critical for economic growth and global competitiveness as the world is entering the age of the knowledge economy," Peng said at a seminar on lifelong learning in Beijing.

"The essence of lifelong learning is to provide opportunities for people to learn throughout their lives especially in an age when science and technology are making advances on a daily basis," Peng said.

Organized by the State Information Center and the World Bank, the seminar aimed to disseminate the findings of a World Bank report on lifelong learning in China to policymakers, think tanks and society as a whole.

Read more here.

Tuesday, June 19, 2007

New York State Pushes to Strengthen Its Equine Industry

Empire Racing Associates brought its media campaign to Governor Eliot Spitzer’s doorstep on Tuesday, holding a press conference with agricultural and educational leaders about its plan to boost upstate New York’s economy with equine events and programs.

Empire has touted its equine economic development plan for several months, asserting that the Empire plan can put upstate New York on a par with Kentucky with things such as building a New York Horse Park, hosting the World Equestrian Games, and investing in breeding programs and higher education.

“A revitalized racing industry can and should create jobs for upstate New York as well as generate a better return for taxpayers across the state,” Empire Chief Executive Officer Jeff Perlee said. “This is a golden opportunity for the governor and the legislature to turn a crisis into opportunity, particularly as they look for economic development initiatives that will boost upstate.”

Read more here.

Monday, June 18, 2007

Massachusetts Creates New ED Cabinet

Massachusetts Governor Patrick hopes to promote economic growth and create new jobs in Massachusetts by formally establishing a Development Cabinet that he will chair.

Patrick today signed an executive order to recognize the cabinet, which has been convening since January.

The group will meet twice a month to coordinate projects with state agencies and provide advice to the governor for economic development projects in education, health care, stem cell research and workforce housing.

The governor says he hopes to create over 100,000 new jobs during his 4-year term.

Source: WPRI.com

Sunday, June 17, 2007

ED LEADER NEWSLETTER #16

Seattle-Based Center for Ethical Leadership

Overview

The Center for Ethical Leadership is a non-profit leadership development and training organization. It helps people identify their core values, apply those values to important decisions and live their values at home,at work, and in the community. Its model is used in schools, businesses and nonprofit organizations, and by community leadership development organizations. Its goal is to help promote an inner life of integrity, which shapes individual behavior and enables people to work together for the common good.

Mission

The Center motivates people to practice ethical leadership, inspires institutions to create cultures of integrity and gathers the community to animate cultural change, all for the common good.

The Center is about:

* Inspiring and developing ethical leadership within individuals, organizations and communities to advance the common good. Building on the accountability of inspired individuals, we also address organizational and community cultures to foster positive change.

* Reaching individuals through its youth program, and through seminars and public events.

* Within organizations it provides training and organizational development services for business, government and non-profits of all kinds.

* Within communities it fosters cultural change through programs such the Kellogg Leadership for Community Change initiative. We also convene community change events called Confluences to foster dialogue among diverse interest groups and launch change initiatives to address community issues.

Contact

Center for Ethical Leadership
1401 E Jefferson St, Suite 505
Seattle, WA 98122
(206) 328-3020
Fax 328-4570
center@ethicalleadership.org

Read more here.