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Third Annual Synergy Conference to be Hosted by UW-Eau Claire

RELEASED: June 27, 2005

EAU CLAIRE — The University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire will host the third annual Synergy Conference Sept.14-15 at the Plaza Hotel & Suites Conference Center in Eau Claire. The conference, moderated by former U. S. Congressman Steve Gunderson, provides a unique opportunity for business, community, workforce development, government and education leaders in the Chippewa and St. Croix Valleys to come together, focus on issues, and find practical solutions to the challenges that accompany economic growth in the region.

Keynote addresses and presenters are listed below:

  • "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
  • "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.

"The Synergy Conference is part of a University of Wisconsin System and PK-16 Consortium initiative focused on enhancing the economic, social, professional, and cultural development of our nine county region in West Central Wisconsin," said Douglas Pearson Jr., Interim Director of UW-Eau Claire Continuing Education. "As the host for this year’s event, UW-Eau Claire has built on insights gained from previous years and assembled compelling speakers who will share practical and positive approaches for addressing issues critical to sustainable economic growth and development."

Beginning at 8:30 a.m. Wednesday, Sept. 14, the day-long conference will be immediately followed by the "Tastes of the Valleys" reception featuring regional cuisine. 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.

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/ toll-free (866) UWEC4CE.

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