SC State and Francis Marion Universities Win Award for I-95 Corridor Research

Wednesday, March 9, 2011

SC State University and Francis Marion University will receive one of 10 Notable State Document Awards for the 2010 research study, “Creating Greater Opportunity in South Carolina’s I-95 Corridor: A Human Needs Assessment.”

Conferred by the South Carolina State Library, the annual awards recognize state governmental publications of outstanding merit and usefulness to the citizens of South Carolina.  During the awards ceremony, which will be held on Wednesday, March 16, 2011 at 10 a.m. at the South Carolina State Library in Columbia, S.C., both universities will be recognized for their continuous study of the 1-95 Corridor, a diverse and expansive region of 17 counties and nearly a million people, stretching from North Carolina to Georgia.

“This award further solidifies our determination in addressing and meeting the fundamental needs of the I-95 Corridor, which has been long underdeveloped with struggling schools, cyclical poverty and lagging health and social well-being indicators,” says SC State University president, Dr. George E. Cooper.   “We understand the great need to find resolutions to these issues that have now been prevalent for more than four decades.”

In November 2010, SC State University hosted a fundamental needs forum which brought local, state and regional community leaders together to discuss the disparities within the I-95 Corridor. The results of the research study, “Creating Greater Opportunity in South Carolina’s I-95 Corridor: A Human Needs Assessment,” was discussed.The report is very important because it identifies six fundamental needs within the Corridor,” says Robert T. Barrett, dean of the College of Business and Applied Professional Sciences, who presented the findings to the group. “The needs include leadership and local capacity, regional economic development, education, infrastructure, tax and finance and healthcare and social service.”

The report was developed and released in December 2009 by Research Triangle Institute (RTI) International, a leading non-profit research organization in Research Triangle Park, N.C.

“We hope to continue to identify major challenges and opportunities, in addition to finding ways to work together to make a difference in the region,” added Cooper.