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It is impossible to have a truly Atlantic Canadian conference without significant input from Newfoundland and Labrador. This is why organizers of The Georgetown Conference 2.0 Solutions will once again launch Air Georgetown to ensure the province is fully represented in this effort to revitalize rural communities.

Air Georgetown is a 37 seat Dash 8 charter from Provincial Airlines. On June 2 it will take off in St. John’s with stops in both Gander and Deer Lake, then direct to Charlottetown where delegates will be bussed to the conference site. At the end of the conference, June 4, delegates will board Air Georgetown for the return flight.

“This is what makes the Georgetown Conference absolutely unique,” says event co-chair Zita Cobb of the Shorefast Foundation on Fogo Island. “We know it is very expensive for many qualified delegates to travel from Newfoundland and Labrador. For many the cost is simply too high. So we are doing everything in our power to remove that barrier.”

A seat on Air Georgetown will cost delegates $300 return, including all taxes and fees.

“We can do this because we are blessed with many wonderful sponsors who understand the importance of rural communities and the need to meet head on the challenges we all face. And it’s important to note that not one cent of government money will go into funding the Georgetown Conference,” says Prince Edward Island co-chair Derek Key.

The Georgetown Conference 2.0 will be held June 2-4 in Georgetown, Prince Edward Island. It will focus on ideas and success, not failures of the past. The goal is to attract business leaders, community leaders, small business owners, employees, artists and ordinary citizens from all walks of life. These delegates will identify success stories and transfer that knowledge across Atlantic shores.

In 2013 the first Georgetown Conference was held and is widely considered a seminal moment in the fight for rural sustainability. The event is the brainchild of Newspapers Atlantic, an industry association representing 70 community newspapers throughout the region.

For more information or to apply to attend visit www.thegeorgetownconference.ca