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Morrison Institute hosts annual State of Our State Conference

November 25, 2012

The annual State of Our State Conference will be hosted Nov. 29 by Morrison Institute for Public Policy, with a focus on key factors serving as “A Wake-up Call for Arizona,” the event’s theme.

“Our agenda was built with three of the state's critical issues in mind: fiscal stability, economic development and education. The three are inextricably linked,” said Sue Clark-Johnson, executive director of Morrison Institute.

The conference is set to take place from 7:30 to 11:30 a.m., at the Phoenix Airport Marriott, 1101 N. 44th St., in Phoenix.

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Tony Wagner, author of “Creating Innovators: The Making of Young People Who Will Change The World” and the best seller “The Global Achievement Gap,” will be the keynote speaker, discussing how Arizona can ensure its educational system creates innovators for a new economy.

Also, a panel of business and education leaders will discuss career and technical education (CTE) and its vital role in preparing Arizona's future workforce to attract major companies and high-wage jobs.

Another conference highlight will be key findings from the Morrison Institute’s new report, “Arizona’s Economic Development Landscape: Charting a Unified Course.” The publication, which will be released at the event, examines economic development plans from around the state and identifies possible opportunities for regional and statewide collaboration.

Conference registration fees are $65 for the general public and $25 for academic and nonprofits. Elected officials are invited to register online as guests of Morrison Institute.

State of Our State Conference is sponsored by the Rodel Foundation and Greater Phoenix Leadership.

Established in 1982, Morrison Institute for Public Policy is a leader in examining critical Arizona and regional issues, and is a catalyst for public dialogue. An Arizona State University resource, Morrison Institute uses nonpartisan research and communication outreach