15th Annual North Country Symposium

“Exploring Sectors That Drive the North Country 's Economy: 
Mapping Systems...Identifying Gaps”

Eben Holden Conference Center, St. Lawrence University
Held on May 8th, 2017 | 9:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. (registration begins at 8:30 a.m.)

Supported by St. Lawrence University’s Ellen C. Burt ’42 Endowment
for North Country Education

The 15th annual North Country Symposium will build upon the foundation of the 2016 Symposium by moving from a focus on the entrepreneurial ecosystem to a focus on economic sectors that are strategic to development in the North Country.  At the 2016 Symposium, we explored how entrepreneurial ecosystems can be strengthened across the region and the important role communities play in ecosystem development.  This year's Symposium will build upon that foundation by looking more closely at key sectors in the North Country such as agriculture, energy, arts and tourism.  Using a value chain tool, we will map the system of entrepreneurs and businesses, support organizations and demand partners who work together to create a stronger sector that meets individual interests and drives the broader economy.  We will identify gaps in these systems, including people who are not engaged but should be, and spend time generating ideas about how we can fill those gaps.

Dr. Deborah Markley, Co-Founder and Managing Director of the Center for Rural Entrepreneurship, will return to the Symposium to lead hands-on small group work that will help us better understand these economic opportunities in the North Country.

If you are interested in advancing one of these key sectors of the North Country economy, please mark your calendar and participate in this important convening on May 8th, 2017.

Register here


Press Release:  North Country Symposium to Focus on Economic Drivers

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