SLU's North Country Symposium to Explore Economy, Education Links

CANTON – North Country community members interested in how changes in education funding and schools are impacting the broader quality of life in the region are invited to a daylong symposium at St. Lawrence University.

The 11th annual North Country Symposium will be held Monday, April 15, from 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. in St. Lawrence’s Eben Holden Conference Center. The event is open to the public, free of charge, but advance registration is requested.

The Symposium convenes stakeholders in northern New York to explore and enhance the region's economic, environmental, and social vitality. This year’s theme, “Education and the North Country’s Future: Our Challenges and Opportunities,” will allow attendees to explore the effects local schools and colleges have on the region’s economy and quality of life, how our schools are central to our communities, their impacts on our workforce and their roles in stabilizing and transforming our economies.

A panel of local experts will provide an overview of current issues schools face in funding shortfalls, curriculum and demographics. A second panel will explore potential opportunities to address these issues ranging from facilities cost reductions to consolidations and collaboration with other schools and community members.

The keynote speaker will be John Sipple, director of the New York State Center for Rural Schools and associate professor in Cornell University’s Department of Development Sociology. His recent research analyzes the implementation of education and social policies on local communities and their public schools.

Updates will also be provided on regional development activities such as the North Country Regional Economic Development Council, the North Country Regional Clean Energy Conference, and the “Homegrown Sustainability Plan” for the region.

Attendees may register online or by sending their name, title, organizational affiliation, address, email and phone number to Coordination Assistant Doug Welch at, Symposium Coordinator Ben Dixon at, or by fax to 315-229-7423.

Parking for the event is available on campus in lots C, J and H.

The North Country Symposium is made possible by St. Lawrence University’s Ellen C. Burt ’42 Endowment for North Country Education.

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