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Georgetown Conference 2.0 focuses on success in rural economies

There will be less listening and more leading by example at this year's Georgetown Conference, an Atlantic Canadian rural economic development conference in eastern P.E.I.

The 250 delegates at the conference will be the main attraction, says co-chair

Delegates at Georgetown Conference 2.0 will be looking for ways to get rural economies in Atlantic Canada moving. (Submitted by Edwin Jewell/Jewell's Country Market)

There will be less listening and more leading by example at this year's Georgetown Conference, an Atlantic Canadian rural economic development conference in eastern P.E.I.

The 2014 Georgetown Conference featured experts from across the country who discussed the problems facing rural areas. This week Georgetown 2.0 will look at solutions.

Tim Merry is more excited about meeting other delegates than hearing the speakers. (Submitted)

Conference co-chair Tim Merry, representing Nova Scotia, said the 250 delegates will themselves be the main event.

"The exciting piece for me is the people just getting stuff done within their communities, who are starting interesting businesses, who are stepping up and responding to the kind of circumstance they find their community or their school or their church or their business or their economy in," said Merry.

"I'm more excited about the 150 change makers that are turning up, than I am honestly excited about any of the individual speakers."

Hearing from new business leaders

Some of the participants who attended the first Georgetown Conference were so enthused that they went home and started new businesses, said Merry. Those people will share their ideas with others during Georgetown 2.0.

The event runs for three days, starting Thursday morning at the King's Playhouse in Georgetown.

With files from Pat Martel

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