Sponsorship Prospectus

Introduction to the Conference

Official Name: Making a Great Lake Superior 2007
Date and Location: October 29-31, 2007, Duluth, Minnesota
Site: Duluth Entertainment and Convention Center
Major Collaborators: U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, Environment Canada, Lake Superior Binational Program, MN, WI, and MI Sea Grant programs
Theme: Linking research, education, and management to protect Lake Superior
Contact: Jesse Schomberg, Minnesota Sea Grant: jschombe@d.umn.edu, 218-726-6182

Plenary Sessions:

Topical Concurrent Sessions:

  • Water levels and withdrawals
  • Climate change
  • Invasive species
  • Toxic pollutants
  • Habitat conservation and species management
  • Human health and safety
  • Areas of Concern
  • Non-point source pollution/stormwater runoff
  • Sustainability
  • Watershed stewardship
  • GIS, Great Lakes Observing System, and information management

Attendance goals: 300-400 participants, 110 oral presentations, 150 poster presentations

Who will participate: Restoring and protecting Lake Superior requires broad efforts and knowledge. The conference is open for all to attend. Making a Great Lake Superior 2007 will be attended by individuals and groups involved in research, educational activities, or resource management in the Lake Superior Watershed, including, but not limited to:

  • Researchers
  • Educators
  • Government agencies
  • Tribes and First Nations
  • Communities
  • Citizen groups
  • Business and industry
  • Students
  • Local governments

Click here to view our Environmental Statement...


The Making a Great Lake Superior 2007 organizers are currently seeking sponsors and encourage your organization's financial support. Facilitated by generous financial support from private, governmental, and academic organizations, this international conference will be a premier venue for exchanging information on the Lake Superior ecosystem. Conference organizers are working to increase conference attendance by groups that are often under-represented Ė students, teachers, emerging professionals, and representatives of local governments (counties, cities, and townships).

Three levels of sponsorship are available, as indicated below. Amounts are denoted in U.S. dollars. Exhibition booths and display tables are provided for all conference sponsors.

Superior Sponsor - $5,000 or greater

Contributing Sponsor - $1,000 to $4,999

Supporting Sponsor - $500 to $999

Sponsors may choose to have their monetary contributions designated to support a specific conference activity, item, or event. Examples include travel support for members of under-represented groups, poster reception, banquet, and coffee breaks. Questions regarding sponsorship and payment options should be directed to Jesse Schomberg (jschombe@d.umn.edu; 218-726-6182).

Sponsors as of July 3rd:
U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, Ontario Ministry of the Environment, Ontario Ministry of Natural Resources, Great Lakes Sea Grant Network, Minnesota's Lake Superior Coastal Program, Great Lakes Regional Research and Information Network, the Natural Resources Research Institute, Western Lake Superior Sanitary District, University of Minnesota Duluth Center for Freshwater Research and Policy.

Targeted Sponsorship

Specify where your dollars go! Consider supporting one or more of the opportunities listed below. Your organization's contribution(s) will be highlighted appropriately. Many customized sponsorships are available for the events listed below. Weíd be glad to discuss the possibilities with you!

Travel Scholarships

Even though their contributions to conferences such as Making a Great Lake Superior 2007 could be significant, students and teachers, local government officials, municipal employees, citizen or volunteer organization members, and emerging professionals are often unable to afford to attend. By sponsoring travel scholarships, you will help individuals in these under-represented groups participate in Making a Great Lake Superior 2007. You may contribute any amount to travel scholarships.

Social Event Sponsor

Sponsoring a social event entitles an organization to the following benefits:

Pre-Conference Event: Sunday, October 28th
Best of Big Top Chautauqua! Help us bring the Big Top to Duluth to kick off the conference and involve the wider community in celebrating Lake Superior. Sponsorship cost is $7,000. Sponsoring this event guarantees minimal admission fees for conference attendees and the general public.

Morning Refreshments (3 opportunities)
Attendees will be offered a selection of muffins, bagels, coffee, and juices during the three mornings of the conference. Sponsoring cost is $1,800 per day.

Coffee break (5 opportunities)
There will be one 20-30 minute break each morning, and one 20-30 minute break each afternoon. Coffee break sponsorships are $1,200 per break.

Lunch (2 opportunities)
Sit-down networking lunches will be provided on Monday and Tuesday. Sponsorship of this event is $3,800 per lunch.

Evening Poster Session and Reception
A Monday evening poster session will follow the day's concurrent sessions. This event will be designed to maximize networking opportunities and will be held in the exhibition hall. The art room will also be open to allow participants to enjoy artworks and screenings of Lake Superior-related videos. The cost for sponsoring this reception is $5,500.

Lake Superior Banquet
The Tuesday evening banquet will be a highlight of the conference, with events including a keynote speaker and an awards ceremony. Full sponsorship of this event is $10,000. You may co-sponsor this event for $5,000.

Field Trip and Volunteer Opportunity Sponsorship

The conference will be organizing several community volunteer opportunities prior to the conference on Sunday, and several local field trips, both before the conference on Sunday afternoon and after the conference concludes on Wednesday afternoon. Volunteer opportunities will include events such as hiking trail clearing and buckthorn removal. Field trips will include visits to local sites of interest, such as a boat tour of the St. Louis River Area of Concern and a tour of innovative stormwater practices in the Twin Ports. Sponsorship opportunities include travel costs, rental fees, and refreshments for participants. Please contact us to discuss the possibilities.

Sponsorship Contact

Jesse Schomberg
Conference Co-Chair
University of Minnesota Sea Grant Program
2305 E. 5th St, Duluth, MN 55812
phone: 218-726-6182
fax: 218-726-6556
e-mail: jschombe@d.umn.edu

Targeted sponsorship is on a first-come, first-served basis. Please contact us early to assure your spot on the conference program. We encourage discussion of sponsorship opportunities!


Payment for any opportunity in this prospectus must be received by August 31, 2007, to ensure that your company or organization name and logo appear on printed materials. Sponsorships will be accepted up to October 29, but printed acknowledgements cannot be guaranteed after August 31, 2007.

All payments should be made in US Dollars by:

Sponsorship Submission Form

Please select either the [PDF] or [DOC] version of the Sponsorship Submission Form below.

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