thinkers, leaders to meet this week in Little Rock
Navy's Oppel to give keynote address Friday
9, 2010 -- More
than two dozen Southern leaders and thinkers will meet this weekend
in Little Rock for policy discussions that will include listening
to a Friday keynote address by the federal coordinator of the Obama
Administration's plan to restore the Gulf of Mexico.
excited to meet over the weekend in Little Rock to talk about pragmatic
tax reform, environmental and energy issues following the Gulf disaster
and strategies to reduce violence across the South," said Andy
Brack, president of the Center for a Better South. "We're extra
excited to kick off our annual conference with Tom Oppel addressing
more than 70 leaders and thinkers from across Arkansas and the South
on Friday night at the Clinton Presidential Library."
event is co-hosted by the University of Arkansas Clinton School
of Public Service.
privileged to partner with the Center for a Better South in bringing
Tom Oppel to Arkansas," said Skip Rutherford, Dean of the University
of Arkansas Clinton School of Public Service. "Some of our
students will also be participating in the conference where they
will be discussing their public service field work at the Clinton
P. Oppel, special assistant to U.S. Secretary of Navy Ray Mabus,
served as chief of staff to the federal effort for developing the
Gulf restoration plan following the April oil disaster. Mabus, a
former Mississippi governor, was put in charge of developing the
plan by President Obama in June. Oppel's remarks will focus on the
plan and its impact on the South. His remarks will come during a
dinner in the Great Hall of the William J. Clinton Presidential
NOTE: The media is welcome to attend and cover Oppel's remarks
Friday night, but are encouraged to reserve a space for the 7:30
p.m. dinner at: firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Saturday invitation-only conference is not open to the media,
although a media availability can be scheduled if desired.
Saturday during panels at the ThinkSouth
2010 conference, conferees will spend the day talking about
tax reform, environmental and energy ideas, and ways to reduce violence
across the South.
The Center for a Better South is a pragmatic, nonpartisan
think tank dedicated to developing progressive ideas, policies and
information for thinking leaders who want to make a difference in
the American South.
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