Also related to workforce, governors will discuss policy approaches that can support efforts to address the region's diabetes epidemic and ensure the availability of a ready labor force. Panelists will include Audrey Tayse Haynes, Secretary of Health and Family Services, Commonwealth of Kentucky; Marti Macchi, MEd., MPH, Senior Consultant for Diabetes, National Association of Chronic Disease Directors; and Tara Dall, M.D., Chief Medical Officer, Health Diagnostic Laboratory, Inc.
The day's business will conclude with a discussion on maintaining the competitiveness of the region's infrastructure assets. Governors will explore key issues impacting these assets that determine manufacturers' ability to reach both domestic and international markets, including surface transportation, airports and shipping ports, and broadband. Panelists for this session will include Major General Michael J. Walsh, Deputy Commanding General for Civil and Emergency Operations, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers; Sean T. Connaughton, Secretary of Transportation, Commonwealth of Virginia; and Tom Ferree, President and COO, Connected Nation.
On September 9, the meeting will conclude with a session aimed at creating a regional manufacturing action plan, followed by the transfer of leadership from Governor Beshear to Arkansas Governor Mike Beebe, SGA's 2013-2014 Chairman.
Representatives of the region's manufacturing councils will participate with governors in a moderated dialog about the value of a regional approach to supporting the manufacturing renaissance in the American South. During the session, Governor Beshear and MAPI President and CEO Stephen V. Gold will release a report, Advanced Manufacturing in the American South: An Economic Analysis Supporting Regional Development, authored by Cliff Waldman, MAPI Senior Economist and Matthew M. Murray, Ph.D., Director, Howard H. Baker Center for Public Policy at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville.
"This report provides a wide range of assets," said Gold. "From the in-depth research to the insightful analysis to the recommendations we are confident the report offers the Southern Governors Association, and indeed the American South, a vision and roadmap as to the mutual benefits that regional cooperation can bear. The American South has a unique opportunity to be at the forefront of innovative execution for the entire United States."
"For years the states in the American South have competed with each other, but we have moved into a new era where we not only compete with each other and other states in our United States, we're competing with the world," said Beshear. "We can compete better if the region comes together on advanced manufacturing and presents a united front. This report provides us with an important tool to begin the process."
Assuming leadership for the organization, incoming SGA Chairman Arkansas Governor Mike Beebe will introduce his initiative - "Southern R&D: Turning Great Ideas into Great Products." SGA's 2014 meeting will be held August 15 - 17 in Little Rock.
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