POTSDAM -- Clarkson University is taking registrations now at www.clarkson.edu/adk for the second annual Forever Wired Conference on Tuesday, Sept. 7, on campus.
Conference organizers intend to grow telework and economic opportunities in the greater Adirondack Park and demonstrate how technology and services can help local businesses and individuals in predominantly rural regions.
Sessions include a panel of independent broadband technology experts who will answer questions about existing and emerging broadband alternatives; representatives from brick and mortar businesses adopting new Internet-based business strategies, artisans using emerging online business strategies to expand their outreach; and independent entrepreneurs adopting broadband as their primary interface point with customers.
"The Forever Wired schedule is designed to bring a wide cross section of interested regional stakeholders together," said Conference Chair Kelly O. Chezum, vice president for external relations at Clarkson. "We will deliver professional development, networking and information sessions for working-wired entrepreneurs, mobile workers, corporate telecommuters and people interested in green tech commerce."
Last year's conference drew more than 260 participants from across New York State and included many seasonal residents of the Park as well.
The conference is a central component of the Adirondack Initiative for Wired Work, which is championed by a team of regional leaders and energized professionals dedicated toward creation of a sustainable economy in the greater Adirondacks. Through their activities, the Adirondack Initiative encourages telework, green-tech commerce and entrepreneurship from home offices and businesses with minimal impact on the natural environment.
"It is imperative that we advance economic opportunities that attract and retain our young talent and bring meaningful employment back to the region," said Clarkson President Tony Collins. "This effort balances the vital environmental needs of the region, and seeks to preserve the unique character of the communities that share the Adirondack and North Country region with the recreational enthusiasts, tourists and wildlife alike."
Clarkson University is expanding support services for teleworkers and entrepreneurs in the area. Renovations are underway now for the Adirondack Business Center hosted by the Clarkson Entrepreneurship Center in Saranac Lake, N.Y. The center will be equipped with wireless Internet, a conference room, quiet workspace, and will provide other amenities to the public. The built-in classroom will hold sessions such as "My Small Business 101" to advance practical business skills of local entrepreneurs.
Additionally, there will be a reception for teleworkers and individuals interested in growing broadband adoption in the area on Thursday, August 5, in North Creek, N.Y., at the Copperfield Inn.