BSW 2019 Program of Work
Our Vision: To be a thriving region for future generations.
Our Mission: To join communities under shared economic growth objectives, uplifting the region together.
Our Board of Directors and the Exec. Committee oversee the BSWP Organization.
“Committees recommend, and Boards approve”.
EDUCATION – Sherese Lightfoot, Co-Chair, Tierney Tinnin, Co-Chair
Administer the Member City Scholarships program – currently 12
- Project - Plan Luncheon including identifying speaker (May 25 HGI)
- Explore how BSW can support College to Career opportunities within the region
- Identify ways to better align capacity with needs of the community
- Opportunity for BSW Partnership to Use its Bully Pulpit to
- Promote and communicate existing opportunities that may not be known
- Educate the community on the value of vocational and technical education
- Assist in the recruitment of mentors for students
WORKFORCE AND ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT – Dr. Joe Seabrooks, Co-Chair, Patricia Davis, Co-Chair
TRANSPORTATION – Mayor Marcus Knight and Opal Robinson (Co-Chairs)
- Bullet train – assessment of positive/negative effects of region and how to increase positive opportunities
- Provide updates and possible action items on pending and in-process transportation projects that directly or indirectly affect the region
- DART/STAR Discussions – continue information gathering/initial feasibility and hold meeting with Mayors
- Assist in planning of luncheon including Identifying a speaker for Transportation Luncheon
HEALTHCARE - Dr. Brenda R. Rowe, Chair
- Revisit BSW cities healthcare data in order to identify commonalities in healthcare needs
- Identify and communicate possible existing resources and shared partnerships for addressing the healthcare needs
- Begin meaningful mental health discussion for BSW region
- Plan for an annual event, may or may not coincide with luncheon
Marketing & Branding - Patricia Coleman, Chair
Research which industries match up well with the strengths and capabilities of each member city
- What types of businesses would be attractive to each city and that would fit that city well?
- What industries are common between two or more cities
- What companies make up these “sweet spot” industries?
- Are these companies expanding or relocating?
- Where are these companies to be found, and approached?
- Trade magazines
- Trade shows and conferences
- By the internet
- Government resources
- Create a targeted promotional program to pursue “sweet spot” industries/companies and go where they might be found (on-going)
- Broaden visibility of the BSW Partnership by joining local, state and national organizations
- Help to promote all key BSW programs and events (RED Luncheon, Legislative Series, etc.) as needed
Governmental/Legislative Affairs – Kenneth Govan, Chair
- Plan and communicate the August Legislative Series
- Update BSW on pertinent legislative activity that affects the region; especially those related to our Core Initiatives