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Smarter Economy Summit: May 2014

The Commission will host the Smarter Economy conference next month on May 12th, 2014 at the Wequassett Inn in Harwich. The conference grew out of the successful SmarterCape Summits that began in 2011, narrowing its focus this year on improving the Cape’s regional economy in its many forms.

In recent years, the annual SmarterCape conferences focused on how technology and ideas enhance Cape Cod communities, including their environment, economy, governance and education.  This year, in addition to highlighting state-of-the-art regional initiatives, keynote speakers and panels will share their insights on economic development on Cape Cod.

Dr. Mahesh Ramachandran, Environmental Economist for the Cape Cod Commission, explains the shift in emphasis for this conference. “It is time for Cape Cod’s economy to reinvent itself,” he said. “In the face of our aging population, our seasonal economy, and degrading environment, we need innovative solutions. We need to build on our existing strengths, while boldly pursuing new ways to increase the prosperity of our residents.”

The conference takes place at an important time for the Commission, which will update both the Regional Policy Plan and Comprehensive Economic Development Strategy in 2014. These documents play a pivotal role in shaping the future of the Cape, and both rely on stakeholder input.

Registration is now open for the Smarter Economy conference, with 250 participant spots available. Interested parties can register here:

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