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2012 Economic Summit will be streamed online this year

Madison Mathews • Oct 29, 2012 at 12:05 PM

If you’re not able to attend the 2012 Economic Summit on Tuesday, those interested in this year’s theme of “Accelerating and Celebrating Entrepreneurship” will have a chance to watch several of the event’s key sessions online.

Keynote speeches delivered by East Tennessee State University President Brian Noland and Nashville Entrepreneur Center Director Michael Burcham, and the Business Development Focus Group breakout session will each be streamed online during the summit.

Washington County Economic Development Council Director of Marketing and Community Relations Jeff Keeling said he hopes this year’s streaming component of the summit will allow it to be more accessible for those who are unable to attend.

“With the emphasis on entrepreneurship and the recognition that not everybody can come to the summit, we hope that a number of people might be interested in tuning in to at least the keynote speeches or maybe some of the Business Development breakout session,” he said.

Local video production company Digital Fridge will be streaming the live feed from the Millennium Centre using a service called Live Stream.

Digital Fridge owner Kyle Long said there will be three different streams available online: a high definition stream, a low quality stream and a stream intended for mobile devices.

“Basically, it’s a low-cost way to have your own TV channel, in very simplistic terms. The nice thing is you’re able to use social media to get the word out,” he said.

One of the new features of this year’s live summit streaming is the ability to pull in feedback from both Twitter and Facebook, creating an online forum of sorts for those watching the feed online.

The live stream can be accessed at http://new.livestream.com/accounts/1700641/events/1610909.

The summit is free to the public, but registration is required. The event will kick off with a continental breakfast from 7:30 to 8.

Burcham will deliver his address at 8:30 a.m., and Noland is scheduled to deliver his speech between noon and 1:15 p.m.

The Business Development session is scheduled from 9:45 to 11:45 a.m.

For more information, including how to register, visit www.economicsummit.org.

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