2014 Economic Revitalization Conference

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Registration for the 2014 Economic Revitalization Conference is now open. This year’s theme, Mapping the Future: Technology, People & Rural Prosperity looks at how rural communities can leverage innovation and human capacity to create economic vitality. The 2013 conference saw record attendance and we at The Monieson Centre would like to not only meet but exceed that target this year.

To ensure the success of this year’s event, we would like you, as a partner of the Centre, to reach out to your local networks and invite 3-4 people who you think could benefit from this very important event.

As a project partner, you are invited to attend a free Gala Dinner held immediately following the conference, April 8th from 6-9pm. This is an opportunity to thank you for your many contributions and celebrate the success of the Rural Partnership projects. Please RSVP to Monieson@business.queensu.ca by March 21.

Conference Details:

  • Tuesday April 8, 2014
  • 8:30-4:00pm
  • Holiday Inn Kingston Waterfront Hotel
  • 2 Princess Street, Kingston, ON
  • Partners’ Gala Dinner: 6-9pm

As the final forum for the Centre’s three-year Research Partnerships project, the conference draws together five universities and over 40 rural development partners to discuss priority economic development issues for rural Canada.

Conference Highlights:

  • Our keynote speaker, Bo Beaulieu, will speak on “Stronger Economies Together.” Dr. Beaulieu brings over 35 years’ experience in rural development. As a researcher, he has been a front runner in finding innovative ways to connect communities and universities. He is passionate about human and social capital, the educational success of rural youth, and civic engagement. He will share lessons learned from the Stronger Economies Together initiative, which has engaged universities and colleges in rural development blueprints and strategies.
  • As a special offer to conference participants, the Monieson Centre’s recent book publication – Revitalizing Rural Economies: A Guide for Practitioners – will be available at a conference-discounted advance price of $25 and can be purchased online at the time of registration. We hope you’ll take advantage of this valuable resource.
  • Interactive presentations with researchers and practitioners will explore topics including innovation in the agri-food sector, the impact of broadband on rural development, heritage and culture in rural economies, the emergence of the green economy, and approaches to supporting entrepreneurs.

The conference website contains details including the agenda and registration.