Become a Sponsor
Dear Friends and Colleagues,
It is our pleasure to invite you to participate in the Making a Great Lake Superior 2007 conference, being held in Duluth, Minnesota, from October 29 to 31, 2007. This conference is focused on the most pressing issues facing the Lake Superior ecosystem and incorporates how research, education, and resource management are attempting to address these issues. We look forward to lively dialogue among people of different disciplines, and we will also be holding facilitated workgroups to develop recommendations and priorities for future research, education, outreach, and management.
Protecting and restoring the Great Lakes is of binational importance. Research continues to provide important insights on ecosystem functions, the impacts of human activities, and effective ways to reduce those impacts. Education and outreach provide vital links among basin residents and stakeholders, researchers, and resource managers. The needs of basin communities are evolving as populations change and economic and cultural paradigms shift. Making a Great Lake Superior 2007 will unite people throughout the Lake Superior Watershed in discussions about:
- Transforming research results into effective protection and restoration activities for Lake Superior,
- How management approaches and projects reflect priorities,
- Information needs of land and resource managers, and how this information can best be brought to bear on critical issues,
- The role of educators to help ensure accurate information about Lake Superior is reaching the right audiences in the right way, and
- The role of citizen groups and individuals in protecting Lake Superior.
Be part of Making a Great Lake Superior 2007! In 2.5 days, this conference will offer focused plenary presentations, contributed sessions, exhibits, posters, evening social events, pre-conference community events, and post-conference field trips. This document describes opportunities for sponsoring specific components of the conference in order to achieve a positive outcome for the expected 300-400 attendees. Sponsoring a portion of the conference will also increase our ability to provide scholarships and travel awards to students and teachers, beginning professionals, local government representatives, citizen and volunteer organization members, and other individuals who would otherwise be unable to attend.
Conference venue: Duluth Entertainment and Convention Center, Duluth, Minnesota: http://www.decc.org
An invitation: Companies, agencies and organizations are invited to sponsor the conference, and may target donations toward a variety of opportunities and events. Each opportunity will increase the visibility and impact of your organization. For additional information about the conference, please visit: www.seagrant.umn.edu/superior2007.
We are honored to host this prominent conference and cordially invite you to participate, contribute, and ensure its success.
Liz, John, Jesse and Jan
Elizabeth LaPlante, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency-Great Lakes National Program Office, 77 W. Jackson, Chicago, IL 60604
John Marsden, Environment Canada, 4905 Dufferin Street, Toronto, Ontario, Canada M3H 5T4
Jesse Schomberg, University of Minnesota Sea Grant Program, 2305 E. 5th St, Duluth, MN 55812
Janet Keough, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency National Health and Environmental Effects Research Laboratory, Midcontinent Ecology Division, 6201 Congdon Blvd., Duluth, MN 55804