North Country Symposium to Focus on Region’s Future
St. Lawrence University will host the 16th-Annual North Country Symposium from 8:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Monday, April 16, in the Eben Holden Conference Center. Registration will begin at 8 a.m.
This year’s theme, “Owning our Future in the North Country,” will feature keynote speaker 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.
Cooperatives and other businesses jointly owned by farmers, employees or customers have a long history in strengthening rural communities, through agricultural and rural electric cooperatives, credit unions, and more. Such companies remain promising models to confront the challenges faced by rural areas like the North Country while providing the benefits of local business ownership. Mr. O’Brien will discuss the role of cooperatives in rural development and share case studies. Representatives of existing cooperatives, such as Once Again Nut Butter, will share their lessons learned. A panel of representatives from organizations that support the development of joint ownership enterprises – including the Cooperative Development Institute and the Democracy at Work Institute – will discuss their work.
The North Country Symposium is supported by St. Lawrence University’s Ellen C. Burt ’42 Endowment for North Country Education. The Symposium is free to attend, however registration is required. Parking will be available in Lot J off of Park Street. To view a map of the campus, visit www.stlawu.edu/campus-map.