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July 24, 2003

International conference
to be hosted by MUN

The latest buzz-phrase politicians and policymakers love to tout is the “knowledge-based economy.” The reason for the usage seems to be that governments, industry and researchers recognize the shift of much of the world’s economy to a knowledge-based economy and its particular importance to the development of the economies of rural, dispersed populations. The Newfoundland and Labrador economy is currently experiencing a transformation, from a resource-dependent region to a knowledge-based economy.

The varieties of ways a knowledge-based economy is defined is certainly open to interpretation as you take a look at the conference program of the upcoming The Knowledge-Based Economy and Regional Economic Development: An International Perspective, being hosted by Memorial this fall. The titles of some of the papers to be presented at the conference include: Plotting New Trails: Local Exploration and the Internet, People Create - Technologies Work: The Importance of Place, Knowledge as a Major Tourist Attraction and Smart Successful Scotland? to name a few.

Turning to the list of presenters and sponsors of the conference, it quickly becomes apparent how much effort went into the planning of this conference. Dr. Wade Locke is the lead organizer of the event. Dr. Locke and his team have been developing the concept and organizing the conference for the past two years. Their efforts have paid off with prominent presenters from all parts of the globe.

“The conference will give researchers and policy-makers an opportunity to meet and debate the issues pertaining to regional economic development as areas are exposed to the forces of the new economy.”

Dr. Locke, a professor of economics, has been involved in several projects on knowledge-based economy and rural development, including a survey on the state of innovation in Newfoundland and Labrador and a case study on academic research and private sector and a local benefit capture in the oil and gas industry.

“We are bringing these people here to discuss issues that are relevant to the province and to raise the profile of the university. For those who wish there is an opportunity to network and collaborate with others who are the top of their fields and move their research agenda and research networks forward.”

The conference will be held Oct. 3-5 and is open to the public. For further information on the conference, contact Dr. Locke at or by visiting the conference Web site at:




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