Jim Clinton, Southern Growth Policies Board
Jim Clinton serves as executive director of Southern Growth Policies Board. Jim previously was president of the Louisiana Partnership for Technology and Innovation and president of Gulf South Research Institute.
Clinton also served in a variety of state government positions in Louisiana and was lead author of the plan that reorganized Louisiana’s executive branch from more than 250 governmental units into 20 principal departments. He managed the Louisiana Superdome’s transition from public to private management.
Clinton serves on the boards of directors for the Southern Arts Federation and the National Policy Consensus Initiative. He serves on advisory boards for the Trans-Atlantic Technology and Training Alliance and the Institute for Rural Journalism and Policy Issues. In 2007, Alabama Governor Bob Riley appointed Clinton as a Special Advisor to the Executive Council of the Rural Alabama Action Commission. The commission works with state and local officials to recruit industries, engage local development groups and work with a broad range of citizens on economic development efforts and other activities to improve the quality of life in rural areas.
Federal Communications Chairman Kevin Martin has also appointed Clinton to serve a two-year term as a member of the FCC’s Consumer Advisory Committee. The committee is a federal advisory committee, and is developing recommendations for the digital television transition.
He has been a lead author for a number of Southern Growth Policies Board reports including EnterpriseSouth.biz, The New Architecture of Rural Prosperity, The Mercedes and the Magnolia, The Globally Competitive South (Under Construction), Reinventing the Wheel, The Southern Innovation Index and Invented Here: Transforming the Southern Economy. Clinton has written for regional and national publications, including Southern Cultures, Spoon River Poetry Review, CrossRoads, Chattahoochie Review, WORD, and Coast and Sea. His book of poetry, What is Fair, was published by the Louisiana State University Press.
Clinton is a frequent keynote speaker at the regional and national levels on a wide variety of topics involving economic opportunity. He is also an experienced facilitator on public and institutional issues. At Southern Growth Policies Board, he has led the effort to involve more Southerners in meaningful conversations on the future of the South. Southern Growth’s listening and information gathering process now attracts the participation and feedback of more than 4,000 Southerners annually.