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Hannibal Courier - Post - Hannibal, MO
  • Summit registration deadline extended

  • Participation in this week’s Tri-State Development Summit is still possible. Organizers of the event, scheduled Wednesday, May 7, at Hannibal-LaGrange University, have announced that the registration deadline has been extended until 5 p.m. today (Tuesday).
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  • Participation in this week’s Tri-State Development Summit is still possible. Organizers of the event, scheduled Wednesday, May 7, at Hannibal-LaGrange University, have announced that the registration deadline has been extended until 5 p.m. today (Tuesday).
    Registrations may be made by calling (217) 223-4313. Registration can also be done online at www.tristateofmind.org. The cost to attend the event is $40, which includes lunch.
    Thus far over 300 individuals from the tri-state area have registered to attend.
    The theme of this year’s Summit is WATER: Waterways, Transportation & Regionalism.
    Among those scheduled to address the importance of the inland waterways system is Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon and Iowa Gov. Terry Branstad.
    Shawn Rana, president of the Iowa Fertilizer Company, a subsidiary of Egypt-based Orascom Construction Industries, will offer an inside view of the Iowa Fertilizer Company plant located in Wever, Iowa, including a construction and hiring update.
    The plant will be one of the top five nitrogen-based fertilizer plants in the world when it begins production in the fourth quarter of 2015. The Wever area was selected because of easy access to a plentiful supply of natural gas and water, as well as proximity to the river, rail and highway transportation. Distribution of product from the Wever plant will cover five continents. The Lee County plant is one of the largest capital projects in the state of Iowa’s history. 
    As president and CEO of the International Economic Development Council (IEDC), Jeffrey Finkle is a recognized leader and authority on economic development. The IEDC is the world’s largest economic development membership organization and is renowned for its leadership in professionalizing and diversifying the field of economic development. Finkle will give a presentation entitled: “The Three R’s: Resiliency, Recovery & Regionalism.”
    The mission of the Tri-State Summit is to bring together leaders in Southeast Iowa, Northeast Missouri and Western Illinois to define common issues; to develop an on-going dialogue to effectively address those issues; and to improve the quality of life of the entire tri-state region through economic development activities.
    The location for the bi-annual Summit rotates among all three states. The Summit consists of a four-hour agenda from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
    This year’s Summit at HLGU will take place in the Roland Fine Arts Center.
    In addition to Govs. Nixon and Branstad, plus Rana, Col. Mark Deschenes, commander and district engineer of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Rock Island District, will address the morning session that runs from 10 a.m. to noon.
     
    Along with remarks by Finkle, the afternoon session that begins at 1 p.m. will feature a Transportation Panel on waterways and highways.
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