Technology and Innovation: the Future Engines of Economic Growth

Technology and Innovation: the Future Engines of Economic Growth

International Economic Development Council

2009 World Conference on Science and Technology Parks
Presented with IASP & The Research Triangle Park
Serving as IEDC's 2009 Technology-Led Economic Development Conference

June 1-4 ? Raleigh, NC

Through our partnership with the Research Triangle Park, in Raleigh, NC, IEDC is bringing a unique conference opportunity to all economic development professionals. Beyond the day-to-day challenges of business retention attraction, and expansion, every economic developer now needs to have innovation, technology and competitiveness on his or her radar screen. Attend the 2009 World Conference on Science and Technology Parks, and take back to your community a greater understanding of the how technology and innovation will serve as the future engine of economic growth.

Global best practices and topics of specific interest to economic developers will include:
• How to foster and then commercialize innovation
• What types of partnerships best support innovation development and commercialization
• Methods for attracting and retaining a talented workforce
• Making the connection to entrepreneurs, university and r&d operations
• Stimulating entrepreneurship and breaking down the barriers
• How changing land use patterns are affecting innovation development
• The growing importance of green and sustainable practices to technology-led development, companies and competitive places
• Regional competitiveness and characteristics of competitive places
• What IASP's futures map reveals – what to anticipate and how to prepare for the evolution of technology and innovation

This year's conference is expected to draw over 1,100 participants from over 70 countries, including economic developers, science park managers and other practitioners involved in technology-based economic development. Take advantage of this opportunity to build your international network – a critical element to your ability to support your community in a global economy.

The headquarters and hotel for the conference will be:

Raleigh Marriott City Center
Single/Double Rooms available from June 1-5, 2009
Room rate: Starts at $124 per night
Special rate ends May 2, 2009

Register today:

Posted January 23, 2009

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