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February 12, 2008

N.C. to host national technology conference in April

North Carolina Cooperative Extension is hosting the 2008 National Extension Technology Conference (NETC) on April 27 - May 1 at the Raleigh-Durham/Research Triangle Embassy Suites in Cary.

For over 20 years, decision makers and information technology professionals from the nation's land-grant university system have held a national conference for the directors, managers, staff and users of rIT within the Cooperative Extension system. NETC is an opportunity for sharing and learning about innovative types and uses of information technology. NETC welcomes anyone with an interest in information technology and its use in extension programming, higher and continuing education and organization management.

We'll be meeting "In the Pines" just minutes from two very different kinds of parks. One is the famous Research Triangle Park (RTP), the largest research park in the world and home to over 130 research and development-related organizations and companies. The other, Umstead State Park, is nestled between the conference site, RTP, Raleigh and Durham. This peaceful haven offers more than 20 miles of hiking trails and other activities.

Past attendees will tell you that learning and networking with their land-grant peers is the highlight of any NETC. We're going the extra mile at NETC08 to enhance that experience. Our schedule and proposal descriptions are posted on the eXtension Collaborate Wiki to promote interaction between presenters and attendees before, during and after the conference. Open space sessions, last-minute "lightening talks" for those topics that didn't exist when proposals were due, and corporate exhibitors will provide additional opportunities for onsite interaction. We've also engaged compelling keynote speakers and we have a line up of exciting technology tours planned.

Visit the conference Web site, http://netc08.ces.ncsu.edu, for registration, schedule, program and hotel details. If you're planning to attend, we want to encourage you to book your hotel room promptly, as the hotel typically sells out.

Posted by Natalie at February 12, 2008 09:25 AM