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   Contributing Editor

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Lee Underwood
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Myriam Quispe-Agnoli
   Contributing Writers

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   Vice President
   Research Department
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ISSN 0899-6571

Photographs on the cover, this page, and the cover story courtesy of Georgia Ports Authority

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Volume 3, Number 3, Third Quarter 2001

   Worker Skills Must Expand to
   Meet Long-Term Demands

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   Southeast Ports Jostle for Region’s
   Import/Export Business

Increased global trade over the past decade has led to vigorous growth for Southeastern ports — and vigorous competition. In this demanding environment, even well-established ports are looking for ways to stay on top. In Alabama, Florida, Georgia and Louisiana, ports are carving out specialized trade niches, diversifying cargoes, cementing long-term relationships with distributors and introducing innovative technology.

Regional Focus

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   Developing a Workforce to Meet
   Today’s Business Needs

Policymakers today realize that economic growth and skills growth are inextricably connected. Workforce development is essential for communities to remain competitive in a high-tech, information-based economy. A general strategic realignment is taking place among economic development agencies as a result, and states are beginning to implement the 1998 Workforce Investment Act.
International Focus vertical line    Banking On It: Increased Foreign
   Bank Entry into Brazil
During the 1990s, the number of foreign banks in Brazil grew significantly, but the rate of entry was slower than in neighboring countries. Today, however, following inflation reduction programs and banking reforms, Brazilian banks are healthier and more diversified, and foreign banks are rapidly integrating into the local environment.

   Research Notes & News
      Dollar Index

   The State of the States

   Southeastern Economic Indicators

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