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October 6, 2006

United Way and Community Leaders to Host Conference on Economy and Education


Media Contact: Michelle Wade
203.772.2010, Ext.202

“World is Flat” Author, Thomas L. Friedman Featured as Keynote Speaker

On Oct. 6, United Way of Greater New Haven, along with other community leaders, is holding a conference to discuss the economy and educational well-being of our area entitled What Will It Take? Creating a Competitive, Economically Vibrant Region. The event will take place from 11 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. in the Michael J. Adanti Student Center at Southern Connecticut State University. The registration fee is $25 per person. Lunch will be provided.

Thomas L. Friedman, the event’s keynote speaker, is a Pulitzer Prize-winning foreign affairs columnist for the New York Times and renowned author of the best-selling novel “The World Is Flat,” winner of the Financial Times and Goldman Sachs Business Book of the Year Award. In 2005, he was honored as one of America’s Best Leaders by US News & World Report. Friedman’s featured address will discuss how the world has “flattened” due to technological and communication advances and how these changes will affect our economy and our communities.

The conference will examine the latest data on the economic and educational disparities in our region and will explain how community members can get involved to ensure an economically successful and competitive future for Greater New Haven.

In partnership with United Way of Greater New Haven, the conference is being organized by local organizations including ACES, Bayer Corporation, Carmody & Torrance, Casey Family Services, The Community Foundation for Greater New Haven, CT Voices for Children, Empower New Haven, Gateway Community College, Greater New Haven Chamber of Commerce, International Festival of Arts & Ideas, New Haven Business and Professional Association, New Haven Family Alliance, NewAlliance Foundation, New Channel 8 & My TV 9, Regional Growth Partnership, South Central Regional Council of Governments, Southern Connecticut State University, United Illuminating Company, Workforce Alliance, Yale University, Yale University-School of Management and Yale-New Haven Hospital.

Those interested in attending can register at http://www.uwgnh.org or contact Kathleen Norwood for more information at (203) 772-2010 ext. 213.


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