SOURCE: Vermont Economic

November 20, 2007 07:00 ET

Vermont Tiger Announces Groundbreaking Symposium

Vermont's Newest Media Enterprise Brings World Class Trio to Burlington to Discuss Vermont's Economic Future

DORSET, VT--(Marketwire - November 20, 2007) - Vermont Tiger, a non-partisan, non-profit advocacy and media enterprise that promotes policies and political action aimed at sustained, environmentally sound economic growth and prosperity in the Green Mountain State, announced today it will sponsor a Symposium entitled:

  "Entrepreneurship or Entitlements: the Future of Vermont's Economy."

The event will be November 30 at the South Burlington Sheraton, 870 Williston Road.

According to Geoffrey Norman, Managing Editor of Vermont Tiger, "Vermont is in desperate need of economic policies that drive clean, economic growth and that preserve the Vermont dream. Our first symposium is focused on establishing the dialogue around those policies that embrace the realities of a global economy and deliver to Vermonters a sustainable, economic future." Mr. Norman continues, "The day will offer a wonderful opportunity to hear fresh thinking and spirited debate about issues that are important to all of us who are concerned about our state's prospects and desire opportunities for our children who would like to live and work here."

A trio of internationally prominent authors will present their views on Vermont's economic prospects in Burlington.

--  David Audretsch, a pioneer in the study of entrepreneurship and the
    21st most cited economist over the past decade, is the author of the
    recently published book "The Entrepreneurial Society" (Oxford University
    Press). Dr. Audretsch will speak on "The Entrepreneurial Society."
--  Amity Shlaes, a Bloomberg columnist and Senior Fellow at the Council
    on Foreign relations, is the author of the current best-selling history of
    the Great Depression, "The Forgotten Man." Dr. Shlaes will discuss
    "Entitlements and States: the Great Power Grab."
--  P.J. O'Rourke, the best-selling satirist and Cato Institute Research
    Fellow, whose books include "Parliament of Whores" and "Holidays in Hell"
    as well as a recent appraisal of the work of Adam Smith, "On the Wealth of
    Nations." Mr. O'Rourke's presentation will be called "Adam Smith Does

Panel discussions on the opportunities and impediments faced by Vermont's entrepreneurs will follow the addresses by Audretsch and Shlaes. The panels will be moderated by:

* Emerson Lynn, editor and publisher of the St. Albans Messenger; and
* Mark Johnson, host of the widely followed morning call-show on WDEV.

Panelists include:

* Art Woolf, professor of economics at UVM
* Ann Zuccardy, President and CEO of Vermont Shortbread Company
* Bill Schubart, CEO of Resolution, Inc.
* Cairn Cross, co-founder and managing director of FreshTracks Capital
* Dawn Terrill, the co-owner and President of JaniTech
* Jack Harding, founder of eSilicon and member of the Council on
* Ben Weiss, founder and past president of Ai Squared in Manchester.
* Allan Rodgers, Director of the Workforce & Business Development for the
  Vermont State Colleges.
* Christopher Ellis, partner in Consensus Advisors, a Boston-based
  investment banking firm.
* April Cornell designs clothing, house wares and accessories for her
  retail stores in the United States and Canada.

Early sponsors for the event include EHV Weidman, Pfizer, Entergy, and eSilicon.

The cost of the event is $75 and early registrations can still be made at or tickets may be purchased at the door. Breakfast and lunch will be served. Registration opens at 8:30. A "no host" cocktail hour and book signing with the speakers will follow the event. A portion of the ticket proceeds will be donated to the Boys and Girls Clubs of Greater Burlington.

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