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The Center for a Better South is a nonpartisan think tank under section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue code.
The Center for a Better South has a mission to develop ideas, strategies and tactics so reduce poverty, increase economic opportunities and work with thinking leaders who want to make a difference in the American South.
While the center has worked throughout the South, it currently is focusing efforts to help the long underserved, impoverished areas of South Carolina through the federally-designated S.C. Promise Zone, for which the center was instrumental in starting.
the center provides capacity-building training programs throughout the
six-county Promise Zone to help build entrepreneurialism and grow the
The Center for a Better South provides visionary leadership and hands-on, pragmatic approaches to state and regional problems. Recent successes include:
S.C. Promise Zone: The Center for a Better South provided early
and critical leadership and strategic vision to work with leaders in
six counties of the southern part of South Carolina to win a federal
Promise Zone designation. In 2017, the Center provided training to almost
200 people who live and work in the region.
Measuring the South: In 2009, 2011 and 2013 the Center published
a "Briefing Book" on the South that provided a collection
of more than 70 data points about Southern states. The books were sent
to policymakers, opinion-leaders and others to give a broad picture
of the South based on statistical data.
2010-11, Helping the Gulf: At the request of then-U.S. Secretary of Navy Ray Mabus, the Center developed ideas and published "Ideas for a Better Gulf," which, in part, called for a $10 billion development and recovery trust fund to help people along the Gulf coast leapfrog forward educationally and economically.
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