Summit to focus on revitalization of small communities

9/24/2012


TUSKEGEE, Ala. (September 24, 2012) Tuskegee University Cooperative Extension Program will host its 17th Annual Booker T. Washington Summit Wednesday to Friday at the Kellogg Hotel and Conference Center at Tuskegee University. The theme of this year’s conference is “Revitalizing Entrepreneurship and Procurement Opportunities in Small Towns and Rural Communities” 

The summit will include workshops on topics including: the proper way to develop a municipally and community driven broadband project, business procurement opportunities and micro-business enterprises.

The summit will kick off Wednesday with presentations and features such as business pitch contest. Also, there will be several speakers featured Thursday. Mark Peterson, founder of PrideRock, author and business strategist, will be the breakfast speaker. Julianne Malveaux, former president of Bennett College for Women and noted labor economist, will be the luncheon speaker. Author and educator, Dennis Kimbro, will be the banquet speaker. 

Also, there will be two roundtable discussions. “Made in Macon,” a session highlighting economic development activities in Macon County, Alabama will be held Thursday afternoon. The second roundtable, which will be held Friday morning, will discuss farmers market cooperatives and the economic opportunities that they offer to rural communities.

17th Annual Booker T. Washington Summit

Date: Wednesday-Friday, September 26-28, 2012 

Theme: “Revitalizing Entrepreneurship and Procurement Opportunities in Small Towns and Rural Communities”

Location: Kellogg Hotel and Conference Center at Tuskegee University

Registration: $50

For more information, go to: www.tuskegee.edu/btwsummit or call 334-724-4441

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