Calhoun’s Beck among Presenters for Southern Economic Development Council Annual Conference


Calhoun Community College President Marilyn Beck is among a number of education,  business and economic development professionals invited to present during the 2012 Southern Economic Development Council (SEDC) Annual Conference, scheduled for August 3-5 in Myrtle Beach, SC. 

The SEDC is the oldest and largest regional economic development association in North America, with members in Alabama, Arkansas, Florida, Georgia, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Maryland, Mississippi, Missouri, North Carolina, Oklahoma, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas, Virginia, West Virginia, and the District of Columbia. 

According to the conference website, Beck is the only college president invited to speak at the conference.  She will join a panel of business and education professionals addressing the topic “Talent Development in the South,” looking at the current status of the South’s workforce, with a focus on business needs and available talent, addressing skill gaps, partnerships facilitating ongoing worker development, critical initiatives, and forward-looking assessments.

“Calhoun’s reputation as one of the region's successful economic and workforce development engines often provides us with opportunities to talk about the tremendous impact we continue to make at the local, state, regional and national level,” commented Beck.  “I am very proud to have been asked to represent the college and our area as a presenter during this gathering of some of our region’s most influential economic development leaders,” Beck added.

Other presenters scheduled for the conference include Jane Oates, assistant secretary for  the U.S. Department of Labor; Phillip Singerman, associate director for Innovation and Industry Services, National Institute of Standards and Technology, U.S. Department of Commerce; Martin Briley, president and chief executive officer for the Virginia Economic Development Partnership; and Greg Canfield, Secretary of Commerce for the state of Alabama.


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