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Accelerate 2008 to Showcase Innovations in Technology, Manufacturing, and Sustainability

The Accelerate 2008 conference will take place at Syracuse's Convention Center at Oncenter on April 30, beginning at 8 am. This year's keynote speakers are Jeremy Gutsche of trendhunter.com and Charles Fishman of Fast Company magazine and author of "The Wal-Mart Effect." The MCs are George Kilpatrick of WCNY (breakfast) and Carrie Lazarus of NewsChannel 9's Family Healthcast (luncheon).

Furthering Central Upstate New York's reputation for sustainability, excellence, and innovation, Accelerate 2008 will gather leaders in technology and manufacturing to promote new ideas in economic vitality, social equity, and environmental stewardship.

This year, five educational tracks--Business Growth, Manufacturing Excellence, Energy Autonomy, Environmental Stewardship, and Technology Innovation--will develop the conference's sustainability themes. Speakers for the educational track seminars include Kevin Jost, President of Honeywell Imaging and Mobility, formerly Handheld Products; Paul Linzmeyer, Partner, Innovative Strategies for Organizations; and John Spoonhower, Director of Kodak External Alliances.

In conjunction with the workshop tracks, attendees will discover new products and exciting projects in the exhibit hall and student gallery. This year's conference also will incorporate the Sustainability Learning Center," an initiative to integrate youth with members of the business, manufacturing, technology, and environmental communities. More than 175 students, teachers, and chaperones from 12 area schools have registered. Students will conduct mini-workshops, mount exhibits, interview speakers, job shadow, and attend workshops. Accelerate 2008's program will close with the MACNY Annual Dinner and Wall of Fame Induction, beginning at 6:30 p.m.

Accelerate 2008 offers an environment for effective networking with leaders, innovators, and forward-thinking professionals and an opportunity to educate consumers, promote exciting products and technologies, and foster innovative solutions that impact economic vitality, social equity, and environmental stewardship in our region and beyond. Accelerate 2008 is a collaboration of the Case Center at Syracuse University, the Syracuse Center of Excellence in Environmental and Energy Systems, F.O.C.U.S. Greater Syracuse, The Manufacturer's Association of Central New York, the Syracuse Chamber of Commerce, and the Central New York Technology Development Organization. For more information, visit accelerate2008.com.

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