Ramsey tells area leaders that education is key for region to prosper

Ramsey tells area leaders that education is key for region to prosper

June 2nd, 2009

Higher education is the key ingredient for Kentucky and southern Indiana to prosper in the 21st century. That’s what University of Louisville President James Ramsey told more than 200 business and community leaders at a conference June 2.

Along with Indiana University Southeast President Sandra Patterson-Randles, Ramsey was co-host to the WIRED65 and HIRED Education Forum at UofL.

The WIRED65 Initiative’s goal is to bring together leaders from 26 Kentucky and Indiana counties near Louisville and Interstate 65 to plot a regional strategy for economic development and growth.

Focusing on the theme of interstate, regional cooperation, Kentucky Gov. Steve Beshear told the conference participants to “ignore government boundaries and concentrate on your common interests.”

Ramsey used his time at the microphone to hammer home the idea that the jobs of tomorrow will be tied to the education students receive today.

“If we’re going to advance as a region, it’s most important that we invest in education,” he said. “We at UofL are ready to work with you to move forward. It’s part of our mandate. It’s important to our region.”

Ramsey, Beshear and other WIRED65 participants also got their first look at The Tip Report: WIRED65 Regional Competitiveness Strategy. The report outlined five priorities for building the region’s competitiveness in a 21st century global economy:

  • Fix the pipeline, the preschool through college education system
  • Prepare for 21st century jobs, including the expansion of UofL’s Metropolitan College
  • Create a talent magnet by promoting the region’s higher education assets, including UofL
  • Invest in priority sectors such as energy and human resources
  • Focus on quality of place to recruit and keep talent

WIRED65 is funded by a $5 million grant from the U.S. Department of Labor. The group is co-chaired by Kim Maffet, UofL’s vice president for human resources.

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