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Gov. Jim Doyle to Address Third Annual Synergy Conference

RELEASED: Aug. 18, 2005

Gov. Jim DoyleEAU CLAIRE — Gov. Jim Doyle is scheduled to appear Wednesday morning, Sept. 14, at the third annual Synergy Conference. The conference, hosted by the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire, will be held Sept.14-15 at the Plaza Hotel & Suites Conference Center in Eau Claire.

"The Synergy Conference provides a great opportunity for business, community, government, and education leaders in the Chippewa and St. Croix Valleys to come together to focus on issues and find practical solutions to the challenges that accompany economic growth in the region," said Gov. Doyle.

Keynote addresses and presenters are listed below:

  • "Affordable Health Care — Empowering Businesses to Take Action," Patrick Trotter, Health Solutions Ltd., Sheboygan, and Paul Stitt, Natural Ovens Bakery Inc, Manitowoc.
  • "Workforce Challenges and Opportunities— The Talent Zone: What are the jobs? Where are the workers? Who has the skills?" Steve Gunderson, Greystone Group Inc., Washington, D. C.
  • "Quality of Life — Balancing Community Capitals," Dr. Cornelia Butler Flora, Iowa State University.
  • "Communication Services Access for Economic Advancement," Thomas J Asp, Virchow, Krause & Company, LLP, Madison.

Beginning at 8:30 a.m. on Wednesday, Sept. 14, the first day of the conference concludes with a panel of regional business leaders discussing the role existing businesses play in economic development. The "Tastes of the Valleys" reception immediately follows, featuring regional cuisine from a wide variety of vendors. A half-day session dedicated to developing action plans and transferring "Synergy to Energy" will be held from 8:30 a.m. to noon Thursday, Sept. 15. A panel of legislators will provide the session wrap-up, discussing how the state can partner with the region to move forward.

The conference fee is $79 for registrations postmarked or received prior to August 31; $99 after August 31. Exhibit and sponsorship opportunities are available. To register or for more information, visit the Synergy Web site, or call UW-Eau Claire Continuing Education at (715) 836-3636 or toll-free (866) UWEC4CE

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