A Way Forward

Building a Globally Competitive South

Edited by Daniel P. Gitterman, Peter A. Coclanis

Published by the Global Research Institute, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

220 pp., 8.5 x 11

  • Paperback ISBN: 978-0-8078-7335-9
    Published: December 2011
  • eBook ISBN: 978-0-8078-7289-5
    Published: December 2011

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In the last half century, North Carolina and the South have experienced rapid economic growth. Much of the best analysis of this progress came from two North Carolina-based research organizations: the Southern Growth Policies Board and MDC (originally a project of the North Carolina Fund). Their 1986 reports are two of the best assessments of the achievements and limitations of the so-called Sunbelt boom.

On November 17, 2011, the Global Research Institute at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and the Institute for Emerging Issues at North Carolina State University co-hosted a public discussion to build on these classic reports and to offer fresh analyses of the current challenges facing the region. A Way Forward, which issued from this effort, features more than thirty original essays containing recommendations and strategies for building and sustaining a globally competitive South.

About the Authors

Daniel P. Gitterman is associate professor of public policy and senior fellow at the Global Research Institute at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. He has served as senior policy adviser to North Carolina governor Beverly Perdue and is author of Boosting Paychecks: The Politics of Supporting America's Working Poor.
For more information about Daniel P. Gitterman, visit the Author Page.

Peter A. Coclanis is Albert R. Newsome Distinguished Professor of History and director of the Global Research Institute at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.
For more information about Peter A. Coclanis, visit the Author Page.

Reviews

"What a challenging and informative report! In reading it I am finding out more about the South than I ever thought I would know--especially about what we must do in the future. This is of immense value to all of us who care about the region that our grandchildren are inheriting."

--William F. Winter, former governor of Mississippi