Lt. Governor Daniel Mongiardo's Communications Office
Lieutenant Governor Mongiardo speaks at Southern Growth Policy Board Meeting

Press Release Date:  Monday, June 02, 2008  
Contact Information:  Sarah Baird
(502) 564-2611

Yesterday in Little Rock, Arkansas at the annual Southern Growth Policy Board Meeting, Lieutenant Governor Daniel Mongiardo was among several leaders given the opportunity to respond to the Policy Board’s recently released study: Report on the Future of the South.

The Southern Growth Policy Board is a non-partisan think tank that joins leaders from both the public and private sectors representing the 13 contiguous Southern States and Puerto Rico. Together, these leaders share and incorporate their unique vantage points in order to come up with ideas for enhancing economic development across the South.

This year’s study focused on the power youth hold as the “Next Generation” of Southern leaders. After discussions with hundreds of Southerners—youth and adults alike—over the last calendar year, the board was able to develop a report that presented ways to more effectively engage Southern youth in their communities. Among the recommendations in the report are increasing dialogue between youth and adults, harnessing the power of mentoring and providing youth with multiple ways to become involved in their hometowns.

“Young people truly hold the key to our future all across the South,” said Lieutenant Governor Daniel Mongiardo. “In turn, we must find ways to make sure they are getting the support they need in order to lay the proper foundation towards becoming regional leaders.”

The event—which lasts until Tuesday—features many of the nation’s leading experts in youth engagement, as well as young people who have already found ways to make a difference. Keynote speakers include Michael Franzini, author of One Hundred Young Americans, Adrian Talbott, Executive Director of Generation Engage and Arkansas Governor Mike Beebe.