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ARC Conference to Focus on Incubation, Innovation and Entrepreneurship

June 13, 2005

As rural America undergoes economic restructuring and communities strive to make the transition from traditional to knowledge-based economies, nurturing innovation is an important strategy that is helping rural areas create an environment for business growth and job creation. On July 17–19, 2005, the Appalachian Regional Commission will hold Incubating Innovation and Entrepreneurship: Supporting Business Incubation and Knowledge-Based Enterprise in Appalachia to help tech-based economic development professionals in the region to better address the issue.

The conference will provide an in-depth look at business incubation, best-practice technology commercialization efforts, and entrepreneurial support initiatives that have proven effective in rural communities.

Cosponsored by the Charleston Area Alliance and the West Virginia Experimental Program to Stimulate Competitive Research (WV-EPSCoR), the event will be held at the Embassy Suites Hotel in Charleston, W.Va. Conference agenda and registration information is available on the conference website: www.wvincubation.org/Welcome.aspx

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