Groups Partner to Bring in National Speaker on Economic Change


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Ron Crouch, director of the Kentucky Data Center at the University of Louisville, will discuss how this region can prepare for economic changes.

CAPE GIRARDEAU, Mo., Aug. 27, 2008 — The Missouri Research Corporation and the Center for Economic and Business Research, in cooperation with many partners, are hosting “Retooling for Economic Change” on Friday, Oct. 3, at Southeast Missouri State University-Sikeston.   

This special one-day seminar, scheduled for 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., will feature national speaker Ron Crouch, director of the Kentucky Data Center at the University of Louisville.  Also speaking will be regional economists, Dr. Bruce Domazlicky and Dr. Diane Primont, along with Dennis Roedemeier, the chief executive officer of Missouri Research.  The speakers will address how this region can prepare for economic changes on the horizon.

Crouch will analyze population trends in southeast Missouri and how they impact the future.

“Telling people what they want to hear is easy enough,” a Kentucky writer said about Ron Crouch. “Telling them what they need to hear is something else entirely. Yet that’s what Ron does up to 200 times a year in talks that he gives. … Crouch calls himself a storyteller with numbers. But the picture that he paints with statistics isn’t always a pretty one. The Louisville native is quick to issue words of warning on such topics as the aging population and the future shortage of qualified workers, the ramifications of the rising number of out-of-wedlock births and the under-education of the workforce in the new, high-tech economy.”

Domazlicky and Primont will discuss an exciting concept on which they have been working on regional clustering as an economic development tool.  Roedemeier will address how communities can use the power of a university to jump-start economic growth and will share a sneak preview into a book on the topic he will soon release. Missy Marshall, Sikeston Area Chamber executive director, will emcee the event. 

Partners for the event include the Southeast Missouri Economic Development Alliance, the Sikeston Area Chamber of Commerce, the Delta Regional Authority, the U.S. Economic Development Administration, both the Bootheel and Southeast Missouri Regional Planning and Economic Development Commissions, and the local Workforce Innovations in Regional Economic Development (WIRED) Initiative. 

Lunch will be provided as part of the $10 fee for “Retooling for Economic Change” program. Seating is limited, and tickets will sell out quickly. Registration by Sept. 25 is mandatory. The Sikeston campus is located at the intersection of U.S. Highway 61 and Route HH north of Sikeston and can be accessed by taking Exit 69 off I-55 and traveling west four miles.

The event is ideal for community leaders, economic developers, planning personnel, educators, workforce developers, business owners, health care and social service providers, and concerned citizens looking for tools to understand economic challenges.  For more information or to register, please call Glenna or Christy at (573) 651-2286.