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Two years ago The Georgetown Conference was the catalyst for many Atlantic Canadian communities to jumpstart grassroot efforts at tackling the demographic and economic challenges impacting rural sustainability.

Now it’s time to do it again.

Georgetown, Prince Edward Island will again play host to more than 250 Atlantic Canadian leaders when Georgetown 2.0, Solutions is held June 2-4, 2016 at the Kings Playhouse.

“This is a very exciting opportunity,” says Derek Key, Prince Edward Island co-chair for the conference. “Georgetown 1 showed the overwhelming desire of communities to take the lead in deciding their own future. We’ve seen the results in communities in all four Atlantic Provinces. We are going to build on that.”

Indeed Georgetown 2.0 promises to be a conference unlike any other. Tim Merry of Mahone Bay brings his unique ability to focus participants on the opportunity change can bring as Nova Scotia co-chair.

“We want Georgetown 2.0 to be about solutions. We want to empower the participants to leave with a plan for wherever they call home.”

To achieve this delegates will be challenged to identify the issues and potential solutions for their communities. Delegates will dictate the majority of the conference agenda.

Georgetown 2.0 is benefitting from the wisdom of a dynamic group of co-chairs.

Zita Cobb is remaking Fogo Island, Newfoundland and Labrador into a cultural and architectural destination that has garnered national and international attention.

Nadine Dugay of New Brunswick has the pulse of Atlantic Canada’s most dynamic young entrepreneurs as the former CEO of 21 Inc. She is now Regional Marketing Manager for National Bank.

Derek Key is a life long community volunteer from Summerside, Prince Edward Island recently appointed to a second term as Lead Director for the Bank of Canada.

Tim Merry is an internationally recognized Change Leader who has helped both local non-profits and Fortune 500 corporations navigate the often-intimidating waters of change.

Myrtle Jenkins-Smith will harness the enthusiasm of Georgetown residents as co-chair of logistics.

To ensure Georgetown 2.0 is accessible to as many potential delegates as possible, the conference will once again feature a subsidized registration fee. In addition Newfoundland and Labrador delegates will have access to Georgetown Air, a unique charter flight direct to Prince Edward Island that is aimed at ensuring full regional participation.

For more information contact georgetown@newspapersatlantic.ca