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The Earth is Flat by Thomas Friedman
A timely and essential report on globalization, its successes and discontents, powerfully illuminated by one of our most respected journalists.  The award-winning New York Times columnist Thomas Friedman demystifies the brave new world for readers, allowing them to make sense of the often bewildering global scene unfolding before their eyes. With his inimitable ability to translate complex foreign policy and economic issues, Friedman explains how the flattening of the world happened at the dawn of the twenty-first century; what it means to countries, companies, communities, and individuals; and how governments and societies can, and must, adapt.

The Stowers Institute
The Stowers Institute for Medical Research aspires to be one of the most innovative biomedical research organizations in the world. The Institute conducts basic research on genes and proteins that control fundamental processes in living cells to unlock the mysteries of disease and find the keys to their causes, treatment, and prevention.

WV Vision Shared
West Virginia has developed a strategy for economic success. It's a blueprint for the state's leaders to follow in building a stronger economy. "West Virginia: A Vision Shared" lives and breathes through the input of thousands of West Virginians who have contributed their ideas and their time to deciding on a direction for the state. The West Virginia Council for Community and Economic Development, focuses its work - legislatively and financially - on the following issue areas:

  • Intellectual Infrastructure in the 21st Century. Focuses on worker training, education and R&D.
  • New Economy: New Challenges and New Solutions. Focuses on diversifying the economy, capital formation and entrepreneurship.
  • Results-Based Government: Planning for the Future. Focuses on government reform, infrastructure and health.
  • Building Bridges and Empowering Citizens. Focuses on regional cooperation and image improvement.
  • Leadership within the four issue areas develops policy and makes recommendations for achieving stated goals. Benchmarks and performance measures keep the groups on task.

Accountability for Better Results: A National Imperative for Higher Education
Citing increasing global competition, low rates of college completion, and a college access and success gap for minority students, a national commission of political, business, and higher education leaders called for a “fresh approach” to accountability designed to increase access and lift graduation rates for all students. Toward these ends, the National Commission on Accountability in Higher Education recommended an ongoing and vigorous dialogue targeted on meeting the educational needs of the American people, issuing a series of recommendations designed to improve student preparation, public investment in educational priorities, teaching and research, cost-effectiveness, and the availability of key data.

Education: The State We’re In
An Education Report Card for the State of West Virginia Education: The State We’re In provides a comprehensive, state-by-state snapshot of education today in America. It brings together publicly available data on a number of topics and offers some indication of comparative performance by ranking states from best (1st) to worst (51st or the
highest number) across a range of education issues.

Preparing for Innovation-Led Growth in West Virginia: Options and Choices
A study commissioned by the West Virginia Development Office and the West Virginia
Council on Community and Economic Development - Richard K. Lester  - November 2004
This report examines the outlook for innovation-led economic growth in West
Virginia, and recommends actions for strengthening the state’s systems of