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SUBJECT: Memorial University conference to focus on the knowledge-based economy
DATE: July 30, 2003

From October 3-5, 2003, Memorial University of Newfoundland will host a conference on the knowledge-based economy featuring top economists and policy-makers from all over the globe. Dr. Wade Locke, a professor of economics at Memorial, 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 a slate of prominent international conference presenters.

"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 said.

The conference titled The Knowledge-Based Economy and Regional Economic Development: An International Perspective was thought to be particularly timely by its organizers given 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, including those of Newfoundland and Labrador.

"We are bringing these people here to discuss issues that are relevant to the province and to raise the profile of the university", he said. "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 is open to the public and media agencies are encouraged to send representatives. For further information on the conference, see the conference Web site at: www.ce.mun.ca/kbe/conference.

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