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Community Breakfast to Focus on Chippewa Valley's
Role in Developing the I-Q Corridor

RELEASED: Feb. 29, 2008

EAU CLAIRE — The Annual Community Breakfast will run from 7-8:30 a.m. March 5 in the Spruce-Tamarack Room of Davies Center at the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire. This year's theme is "The I-Q Corridor: Economic Opportunity for the Chippewa Valley."

Dr. David J. Ward
Dr. David J. Ward

Dr. David J. Ward, head of a Madison economic development consulting and research firm, will deliver the keynote presentation at this year's breakfast, sponsored by the UW-Eau Claire College of Business, Eau Claire Area Chamber of Commerce and UW-Eau Claire Foundation.

The I-Q Corridor, an area of innovation, entrepreneurship and technology stretching from the Twin Cities to Chicago, offers the potential for economic growth to communities located along this axis. Ward will examine the key role the Chippewa Valley could play in this region. He also will discuss how the region may be positioned to capitalize on the growth of biofuels, such as cellulosic ethanol.

Ward, a Wisconsin native, is the president and founder of NorthStar Economics. Ward and his associates have served a variety of clients in the public and private sectors. Their areas of expertise include economic impact studies, strategic economic development, angel investing, workforce development, rural economic development, feasibility studies and forensic economics. Prior to founding NorthStar Economics, Ward held various academic and administrative positions at UW-Green Bay, UW-Oshkosh and UW System, where he was the senior vice president for academic affairs. He has a Ph.D. in finance from UW-Madison.

For more information, contact Gretchen Hutterli, assistant dean for the UW-Eau Claire College of Business, at 715-836-5930 or hutterga@uwec.edu.

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JB

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