PITTSBURGH, March 18 The Tepper School of Business atCarnegie Mellon University and its Donald H. Jones Center for Entrepreneurshipwill host the 2008 Cornerstones Symposium, titled "Entrepreneurial Pittsburgh:Building Bridges to a City's New Future." The symposium, co-sponsored by theTepper School's Carnegie Bosch Institute for Applied Studies in InternationalManagement, will take place Tuesday, March 25 on the Carnegie Mellon campus.
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There will be a pre-symposium panel and press conference Monday, March 24at the Duquesne Club. State Secretary of Community and Economic DevelopmentDennis Yablonsky and Pittsburgh Mayor Luke Ravenstahl have been invited tospeak at the 4:30 p.m. press conference.
Cornerstones, founded by Carnegie Mellon Emeritus Lifetime Trustee LucianCaste, is an outreach program of the Donald H. Jones Center forEntrepreneurship that highlights the unique power of collaboration andinterdisciplinary culture that Carnegie Mellon brings to both academia andprofessional practice. Broadening the theme of collaboration, Cornerstonesalso underscores the many areas of cooperation between Carnegie Mellon, theUniversity of Pittsburgh and UPMC for research and to help spurentrepreneurial vitality in the Pittsburgh region.
The symposium includes the broad mix of disciplines -- includingarchitects, developers and economists; researchers, entrepreneurs and venturecapitalists; and city planners and government policy makers -- all of whommust work together to strengthen the future of cities and their economies,their social networks and their physical infrastructure. Using Pittsburgh --recently recognized as the leading U.S. city for growth in venture-fundedbusinesses -- as an example, the symposium connects leading authorities fromaround the world to share their knowledge and experiences on issues that canhelp cities realize a sustainable transformation of their economies and theirpeople.
"With experts and decision-makers from around the world presenting theirideas and work at the Cornerstones Symposium, this is an excellent opportunityto learn how other cities are transforming their economies, their physicalstructures and their populations, using principles of sustainable development,knowledge-based innovation and smart urban planning," said Art Boni, directorof the Donald H. Jones Center for Entrepreneurship and the John R. ThorneChair of Entrepreneurship at the Tepper School of Business.
This year's seventh annual symposium focuses on how efficient andaffordable energy, integrated health systems, robotics and electronic artstechnologies are transforming Pittsburgh into a world-class city.
Following the Monday afternoon press conference, Cornerstones will host aV.I.P. reception, also at the Duquesne Club, to connect the business,healthcare, policy and academic fields to leverage action for profitablegrowth in the new global economy.
The one-day symposium will present such eminent speakers as University ofPittsburgh Chancellor Mark A. Nordenberg; Mayor Ravenstahl; Juan Catala,deputy mayor, Zaragoza, Spain; Ric Perez, senior vice president, NuclearServices, Westinghouse Electric Company; Arthur S. Levine, M.D., senior vicechancellor for the Health Sciences and dean, School of Medicine, University ofPittsburgh; and Minoru Asada, professor, Osaka University, Japan. Other topleaders and decision makers will speak and join panel discussions toilluminate how urban centers are leading the agenda for global change. Seethe symposium program below for details.
The symposium will take place in Rangos Hall in the University Center onCarnegie Mellon's campus. Tickets are $175 for a single ticket, $600 for fourtickets (includes 1 V.I.P. ticket) or $1,100 for 8 tickets (includes 2 V.I.P.tickets), $150 for non-profit employees, $75 for