BOX 4-1
State and Regional Reactions to
Rising Above the Gathering Storm

Although the original Gathering Storm report focused on recommendations for federal policy, the report’s message about the importance of education and research to building a strong 21st-century economy resonated with state and regional leaders. Examples of activities focused on state and regional responses to the report include:

•  The National Academies organized the Convocation on “Rising Above the Gathering Storm: Energizing and Employing Regions, States, and Cities for a Brighter Economic Future,” which was held on September 28, 2006, in Washington, DC. The convocation featured participants from all fifty states.

•  At the request of Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger, the California Council on Science and Technology prepared the report Shaping the Future: California’s Response to “Rising Above the Gathering Storm,” which contained recommendations to the governor and was released in January 2007 (report available at

•  The Arkansas Science and Technology Authority and the Arkansas STEM Coalition co-sponsored the Conference on Rising Above the Gathering Storm: Energizing and Employing Arkansans for a Brighter Economic Future, held September 5, 2007, in Little Rock.

•  The Role of Engaged Universities in Economic Transformation: A Regional Conference inspired by the National Academies Study, “Rising Above the Gathering Storm” was held October 15-16, 2007, in Ann Arbor, Michigan.

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