Shakertown Roundtable 2007

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The 2007 Shakertown Roundtable, held September 28 and 29 at Kentucky’s Shaker Village of Pleasant Hill, focused on ideas for improving early childhood education and how those improvements could boost economic development in the state. Business, education, and community leaders from around the state discussed the relationship between the state of early education and Kentucky’s economic health and how the public and private sectors can work together to improve both.

KET produced a one-hour documentary with excerpts from the discussion sessions and reflections by the participants, which is available for online viewing in Windows Media® and RealVideo® formats. Our video coverage of full sessions from the conference is also available online. Click on a title below to see that session.

Roundtable Sessions

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Sessions from the 2001 Shakertown Roundtable, on the topic of smart growth, are also available for online viewing.

  • Welcome/Introduction
    Roundtable chairman Robert Clay welcomes participants to the event and introduces the topic for discussion: Rethinking Kentucky’s economic development incentives: What could investments in early childhood education mean for the state’s economic growth?
  • How Civic Organizations Can Influence Public Policy
    Phillip K. Howard, founder and chair of Common Good, talks about the role of civic organizations in shaping policy initiatives and reforming government to be more responsive to the needs of the people. The author of The Death of Common Sense: How Law Is Suffocating America and The Collapse of the Common Good: How America’s Lawsuit Culture Undermines Our Freedom, Howard has been an adviser to several state and federal bureaucratic-reform initiatives.
  • Roundtable Presentations I
    Presentations on early childhood education and economic development incentives in Kentucky by Dr. Kenneth Troske, director of the Center for Business and Economics Research at the University of Kentucky, and Dr. Robert F. Sexton, executive director of the Prichard Committee for Academic Excellence.
  • Roundtable Discussion I
    Participants in the 2007 Shakertown Roundtable discuss economic development incentives in Kentucky and how investments in early childhood education could boost the state’s economy.
  • Keynote Address: Sen. Bill Bradley
    Former U.S. Sen. and professional basketball player Bill Bradley, now a managing director of Allen & Company LLC, addresses participants in the 2007 Shakertown Roundtable on the state of American politics and what it will take to reawaken idealism and activism.
  • Roundtable Presentations II
    Presentations on early childhood education and economic development incentives by Dr. Marijata Daniel-Echols, research chair for the High/Scope Educational Research Foundation, and Rob Grunewald, an associate economist with the Federal Reserve Bank of Minneapolis.
  • Roundtable Discussion II
    Participants in the 2007 Shakertown Roundtable discuss economic development incentives in Kentucky and how investments in early childhood education could boost the state’s economy.

This video coverage was provided by KET by arrangement with the Shakertown Roundtable. Opinions expressed by conference speakers are their own.