North Country Symposium to Take Place Nov. 18 | St. Lawrence University

North Country Symposium to Take Place Nov. 18

St. Lawrence University will host the 17th-annual North Country Symposium from 8:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Monday, Nov. 18, in Eben Holden Conference Center. Free registration is required in advance.

With the region seeking to recruit residents as entrepreneurs, workforce, and civic leaders, the North Country Symposium will look at national rural migration patterns and the elements of community development that must be addressed to successfully recruit residents to our North Country communities: place-making, downtown redevelopment, housing, recreation, arts and culture, and more. Attendees will also hear from the leaders of emerging initiatives that have our region “on the move.”

The Symposium will feature a keynote address by Ben Winchester, researcher and educator of community economics at the University of Minnesota Extension, on “Rewriting the Rural Narrative.”

Presentations on emerging initiatives, with roots in the North Country Symposium, that provide hope for the sustainability of our rural communities will include the North Country Center for Businesses in Transition from Dani Delaini, business transition program coordinator at the Adirondack North Country Association; the St. Lawrence County Center for Entrepreneurial Leadership CORE program from Lenore Vanderzee, executive director for university relations at SUNY Canton; and, the launch of a resident recruitment program in St. Lawrence County with Patrick Kelly, CEO of the St. Lawrence County Industrial Development Agency.

Workshops and exercises will be led by Ben Winchester to help participants understand the “resource watersheds” of the region, and the assets and opportunities that can be built upon to make our region the most desirable place to live, work, and play. Lunch will be served, and there will be plenty of networking and discussion time.

For more information and online registration, visit or contact the North Country Symposium Coordinator Ben Dixon at 315-229-5664 or email