Initiative to focus on helping regional economies boost innovation

Penn State Outreach's Craig Weidemann joins national effort

In an effort to empower regional leaders to encourage innovation, the Washington, D.C.-based nonprofit Council on Competitiveness has launched a 21st Century Regional Leadership Initiative. Penn State Vice President for Outreach Craig D. Weidemann will be a member of the steering committee.

Chaired by John Hillerich, chief executive officer of Hillerich and Bradsby; Luis Proenza, president of the University of Akron; and Ed McElroy, president of the American Federation of Teachers, the committee will "define regional leadership, identify how it arises and how and how it differs from individual leadership, and explain how regional leaders gain legitimacy," according to the council. The work will lay the foundation for a National Center for Regional Leadership, which will make regional leadership strategies, best practices and tools available to leaders who are working to make their regions prosperous.

Penn State is involved in helping regions in Pennsylvania to develop public innovation infrastructure and programs, through Penn State Outreach's Office of Economic and Workforce Development.

The Council on Competitiveness is the only group of corporate CEOs, university presidents and labor leaders committed to ensuring the future prosperity of all Americans through enhanced competitiveness in the global economy and the creation of high-value economic activity in the United States. Penn State President Graham Spanier is a member of the council.

Penn State's Office of Economic and Workforce Development (OEWD) serves as a leader, catalyst, facilitator and partner in using the resources, expertise and intellectual assets of Penn State to advance economic prosperity in Pennsylvania through sustainable economic and workforce development. For more information, visit online. The OEWD is part of Penn State Outreach, the largest unified outreach organization in American higher education. Penn State Outreach serves more than 5 million people each year, delivering more than 2,000 programs to people in all 67 Pennsylvania counties, all 50 states and 80 countries worldwide.


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Last Updated March 19, 2009