Economic developers stress need for partnerships

By: From Wire Reports, Tulsa World
By: From Wire Reports, Tulsa World

TULSA, Okla. (AP) - Participants in an economic development conference in Tulsa are stressing the need for partnerships between the public and private sectors.

Officials at the conference that ran through Tuesday said improving education is a key to building any economy.

Marilyn Feaver, executive director of Southwest Oklahoma Impact Coalition, says one in four ninth-graders in Oklahoma won't finish high school. And only 17 out of 100 who do finish high school will complete a college degree.

The Tulsa World reports one of the conclusions from the Southern Economic Development Council Annual Conference is that schools and workforce training entities should work more closely with employers to groom students for jobs that will be available.

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