Second Annual Regional Economic Conference

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MCC President Gena Glickman (L) and
keynote speaker Doug Lederman

The Second Annual Regional Economic Summit was presented by Asnuntuck Community College, Capital Community College and Manchester Community College and sponsored by Rockville Bank Foundation. The conference was held on Friday, January 13, 2012 from 7:45 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. in the SBM Charitable Foundation Auditorium on the campus of Manchester Community College.

The goal of the Regional Economic and Community College Summit was to bring business leaders, entrepreneurs, local and state government officials, and community college leaders together to discuss the critical role of community colleges in regional business development and economic growth.

Welcoming remarks were made by the Honorable Dannel Malloy, Governor of the State of Connecticut; Dr. Gena Glickman, President of Manchester Community College; Dr. Robert Kennedy, Interim President, Board of Regents for Higher Education and William Crawford, President, Rockville Bank.

The keynote speakers were Doug Lederman, a founder of Inside Higher Ed and Cecilia Elena Rouse, Professor in the Economics of Education and Professor of Economics and Public Affairs at Princeton University.

The event also featured panel discussions with industry experts in healthcare, manufacturing and business creation and growth.

Doug Lederman is the editor of Inside Higher Ed. With Scott Jaschik, he leads the site’s editorial operations, overseeing news content, opinion pieces, career advice, blogs and other features. Doug speaks widely about higher education, including on C-Span and National Public Radio, and at meetings around the country. His work has appeared in The New York Times, USA Today, The Nieman Foundation Journal, The Christian Science Monitor and The Princeton Alumni Weekly.

Cecilia Elena Rouse is the Katzman-Ernst Professor in the Economics of Education and Professor of Economics and Public Affairs at Princeton University. Her primary research and teaching interests are in labor economics with a focus on the economics of education. She has studied topics such as, the economic benefit of community college attendance, the effects of education inputs on student achievement, and the effect of financial aid on college matriculation and student occupational choice.

The Regional Economic Summit was held in memory of John Tirinzonie, who worked 33 years for the Connecticut Department of Labor and was Director of Job Development and State Labor Economist. In these positions he provided detailed analysis on the current economic situation in Connecticut and was also responsible for developing occupational and industrial forecasting data.

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