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North Country Symposium


The 17th Annual North Country Symposium "Movement in the North Country"

Eben Holden Conference Center, St. Lawrence University
November 18th 2019; 8:30 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. (registration to begin at 8:00 a.m.)

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

REGISTER NOW and join us at this year’s North Country Symposium!!

The mission of the North Country Symposium is to convene stakeholders in northern New York to explore and ultimately enhance the region's economic, environmental, and educational vitality.  Through this forum, we share important concepts, trends, and key information and bring together a diverse participation of community leaders and stakeholders to catalyze new approaches to North Country development.

This year’s event will feature a keynote address on “Rewriting the Rural Narrative” by Ben Winchester, Researcher and Educator of Community Economics at the University of Minnesota.  Mr. Winchester has performed research into the “Brain Gain” migration patterns of 30-49 year old people to rural areas, and he will help us understand the community economic dynamics involved in recruiting residents to our rural communities.

The program will also feature:

  • Updates on Emerging Regional Initiatives:
    • The North Country Center for Businesses in Transition
      Danielle Delaini, Business Transition Program Coordinator, ANCA
    • The St. Lawrence County Center for Entrepreneurial Leadership CORE program
      Lenore Vanderzee, Executive Director for University Relations, SUNY Canton
    • And a “Come Here / Come Back Here” residential recruitment program!
      St. Lawrence County Industrial Development Agency representatives
  • A Panel of Returnees and Newcomers speaking to their experiences in moving to the region
  • Workshops on Residential Recruitment Strategies led by Winchester

These are a few of the initiatives and strategies that will be featured at this year’s Symposium.  They are obviously connected and we will use them to show how we can achieve cohesiveness in economic development efforts in the North Country to create a strong image of the region and better advocate for resources with state and federal leadership.  We also seek to build awareness of these critical efforts and explore how we can all – together – contribute to endeavors that will transform the rural communities we call home.

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.

Register here

Directions and parking information can be found here.

Additional information is available by contacting SLU Coordinator of Regional Development, Ben Dixon, at