Today & Tomorrow Conference rolls to ‘Innovation” theme

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Sussex County Administrator Todd Lawson, left, Dr. Andi Richter of Savannah Animal Hospital and Dr. David Ring of Delmar School District participate in a panel discussion at the 2014 Sussex County Today & Tomorrow Conference.

GEORGETOWN – Community leaders, educators, business-people and elected officials will join together to raise public awareness regarding current economic issues at the 22nd Annual Sussex County Today & Tomorrow Conference.

The event will be held Wednesday, Oct. 28, from 7:15 a.m. to 1 p.m. in the Carter Partnership Center at Delaware Technical Community College in Georgetown.

Following welcoming remarks by Sussex County Council President Michael Vincent, Delaware Tech President Mark T. Brainard and Vice President/Campus Director Ileana Smith, the morning will include a wealth of information important to Sussex County employers.

The conference will include a statistical update by Ed Simon, Workforce Analyst with the Delaware Economic Development Office, and a keynote address by Sam Calagione, founder of Dogfish Head Brewery.

There will also be an hour reserved for Delaware Tech’s 1 Million Cups initiative, a partnership effort with the Kauffman Foundation to support entrepreneurship nationwide. The two presenters will be Rob Rider of Body & Soul Fitness, and Katey Evans of The Frozen Farmer.

There will also be a panel discussion entitled “Innovation” that will include Eric Christianson of Perdue, Marnie Oursler of Marnie Custom Homes, Dr. Jeffrey Cooper of Enhanced Dental Care, Lisa St. Clair of Tailbangers, Bryne McDowell of DENTSPLY International and Stephen Holmes of Discover Bank.

Attendees will also have the opportunity to choose two of three breakout sessions, which will be led by Valery Cordrey of East Coast Garden Center, Wrede Petersmeyer of Airbnb, and Jack Berberian of Delmarva VOIP.

Tickets for the conference are $30 for the general public and $25 for members of the sponsoring chambers.

The fee for late registration after Oct. 25 is $40.

Seating is limited, and the conference is expected to sell out.

A continental breakfast and networking lunch are included.

For more information or to purchase tickets, visit the website at or contact Jackie Berger at (302) 259-6090 or

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