The 16th Annual North Country Symposium


**Note the new date for this year's event**

April 16th, 2018; 8:30 am - 3:00 pm (registration to begin at 8:00 am)
Eben Holden Conference Center, St. Lawrence University

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

Mr. Doug O’Brien, president and CEO of the National Cooperative Business Association and formerly Senior Policy Advisor for Rural Affairs to the White House Domestic Policy Council, will keynote the 16th annual North Country Symposium, at St. Lawrence University’s Eben Holden Conference Center on April 16th, 2018, including through agricultural and rural electric cooperatives, as well as credit unions. Cooperatives and employee-owned companies remain promising models to confront the challenges faced today by rural areas like the North Country.  Such models can help address issues of scale, limited capital, production gaps, and excessive costs, while providing the benefits of local business ownership. 

This year’s Symposium will include the following:

·         Mr. O’Brien will share his insights on implementation of economic development strategies in the North Country, discuss the role of cooperatives in rural development, and share case studies. 

·         Representatives of existing North Country cooperatives will share their lessons learned. 

·         A number of emerging development initiatives in the region will be presented.

·         Together, we will explore how we can create an ecosystem in the North Country that helps cooperatives and employee-owned businesses become established and successful.

This event is free and open to all people who have an interest in enhancing the vitality of the North Country Region.  Lunch and refreshments will be available.


Directions and parking information can be found here.