Wednesday, March 16, 2011
SC State University was awarded one of 10 Noble State Document Awards today, at the State Library in Columbia, S.C. for the 2010 research study, “Creating Greater Opportunity in South Carolina’s I-95 Corridor: A Human Needs Assessment.”
In April 2008, SC State University and Francis Marion University collaborated on the I-95 Corridor initiative, seeking to correct the underdevelopment of struggling schools, cyclical poverty, lagging health and social well-being indicators.
“We realized how important it was to develop a comprehensive study that would not only identify problem-solving measures but create sustainability within the I-95 Corridor,” said Dr. Robert Barrett, dean of the College of Business and Applied Professional Sciences, who accepted the award on behalf of SC State University, along with Attorney Edwin Givens, chief of staff and general counsel at SC State. “We are glad that this viable document has been made accessible to the public through our State Library.”
The award-winning document 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. The report identified six fundamental needs that address the challenges of the I-95 Corridor which include: leadership and local capacity, regional economic development, education, infrastructure, tax and finance and healthcare and social service.
The I-95 Corridor study, along with the nine other award-winning documents, were selected by a group of state documents depository librarians from across the state and by staff at the South Carolina State Library.
“As the governor emphasizes transparency in South Carolina state government, we commend these agencies for their commitment to providing access to their information either digitally or in print through these quality publications,” said Chris Yates, collection development manager at the State Library.
The most notable South Carolina state government documents selection is announced annually on or near Freedom of Information Day, March 16, the birthday of President James Madison, an early proponent of citizen access to government information.