For the first time, the event will be stretched across two days, Oct. 13-14, with a keynote speaker each day.
Diane Lewis, Lewis Chemical Co. of Rome said that the symposium is all about creating jobs. “Not just any jobs, but really great-high paying jobs,” Lewis said.
Dr. Dominic Mack, Morehouse School of Medicine, will be the keynote speaker at the opening session while David Dodd, president/founder of VaxyGen Holdings, will be the keynote speaker on the second day.
“We want to provide a forum to put more momentum behind innovation in our community,” Lewis said. “We want to cultivate new entrepreneurs.
All of the activity will take place at The Forum.
Lunch at noon on Oct. 13 will herald Mack’s appearance at the symposium beginning at 1 p.m. A health care innovation panel discussion is set for 3:35 p.m., followed by a closing reception.
The event on Oct. 14 will begin with a light breakfast at 7:30 a.m., followed by Dodd’s presentation at 8 a.m. Special breakout sessions focusing on emerging digital communications technology and engineering technologies will follow Dodd before the closing session at 11:30 a.m.
Special highlights of the program both days will include “innovation presentations” with local entrepreneurs including Berry Genetic Enterprises, 7hills Marketspace, Green Carbon and Jim Davis, who has developed a concept for a new electric vehicle.
Registration for the event is available through the Chamber’s website at www.romega.com. Admission is $100 for Chamber members and $200 for non-members.