WASHINGTON (Aug. 8, 2012) — While the nation’s economy continues its slow recovery, governors in the American South are stepping up their economic development efforts to increase trade, attract business and investments, improve infrastructure and support increased activity in advanced manufacturing.
State chief executives from the world’s fifth largest economy will join Puerto Rico Governor Luis Fortuño for the 2012 annual meeting of the Southern Governors Association (SGA) in Rio Grande, Puerto Rico, Aug. 10-12, for discussions focused on creating jobs through expanded trade with Latin America and growing the advanced manufacturing sector.
Kentucky Gov. Steve Beshear will assume SGA chairmanship at the conclusion of the meeting.
A variety of business leaders and experts will join southern governors during the weekend’s meeting. Following that discussion, governors will talk about maximizing the American south’s logistical advantage.
The governors also will learn about ways to meet infrastructure challenges through innovative financing.
Noted business consultant Harold (Hal) Sirkin of the Boston Consulting Group and Southern governors will explore what needs to be done to support the continued return and resurgence of advanced manufacturing throughout the region. Sirkin often writes about trends in innovation and global business competition.
The meeting will conclude with a discussion on energy in the American South, focusing on trends, predictions and policy.