Newspaper article THE JOURNAL RECORD

Study Results Highlight of Academy Conference / on Global Economy

Newspaper article THE JOURNAL RECORD

Study Results Highlight of Academy Conference / on Global Economy

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The results of astudy conducted by the Hudson Institute to see how Oklahoma will fit into the global economy in 2005 will highlight the third annual conference of the Oklahoma Academy for State Goals scheduled Friday and Saturday at the University of Oklahoma in Norman.

The study, which was sponsored by the academy and the state, was announced in June. Thomas Bell, president of The Hudson Institute - an Indiana-based "think tank" political research organization - said the study would expand upon a similar report commissioned by the Oklahoma Legislature entitled "Oklahoma: Tools for a Global Competitor."

That report, conducted by analyst Belden Daniels of Cambridge, Mass., and released earlier this year, was the basis for the Oklahoma Economic Recovery Act of 1987, which was signed into law in July by Gov. Henry Bellmon.

Bell explained the Hudson Institute study will include such items not addressed in the Daniels report such as cultural and social changes in the state by the early 21st Century.

Basically, the report will show what is expected to happen in Oklahoma by the year 2005 based on three different scenarios - one in which trends in Oklahoma continue as they have over the past few years, a second in which anticipated trends would occur and third a scenario based on a boom in technology that would boost the state's economic activity.

An executive summary of the study will be presented during Friday's session of the conference. Following the presentation, a panel consisting of state leaders and other officials will have a chance to give their reactions.

G. Douglas Fox, president of the Oklahoma Academy for State Goals and president and chief executive officer of the Tulsa Tribune/Swab-Fox Companies Inc. …

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