Brain Drain Author to Speak in Door County

Patrick Carr, co-author of Hollowing Out the Middle: The Rural Brain Drain and What it Means for America, will be the keynote speaker at the Door County Economic Development Corporation’s annual luncheon.

Carr, whose book spurred the ongoing series about Door County’s Brain Drain in the Peninsula Pulse, will address, “Confronting Rural Brain Drain: Strategies and Best Practices.” The luncheon is at Stone Harbor Resort in Sturgeon Bay at noon April 28.

“Professor Carr’s book addresses issues of critical importance to Door County,” said DCEDC Executive Director Bill Chaudoir. “Keeping young people in our community is vital if we are going to maintain and continue to grow our local economy. We are extremely fortunate to have a speaker of his caliber come to Door County.”

Carr has lectured to audiences all over the world about community policing and crime control, and he and his research have been featured in numerous media outlets, including National Public Radio. Professor Carr is an Associate Member of the MacArthur Foundation’s Network on Transitions to Adulthood and he is an Associate Professor in the Department of Sociology at Rutgers University-New Brunswick.

The meeting will also include the presentation of the Door County Industry of the Year and Entrepreneur of the Year Awards. The Industry of the Year Award recognizes a construction, service or manufacturing business that has made a substantial impact on the community and enjoyed significant accomplishments during the past year. The Entrepreneur of the Year Award celebrates those individuals who have taken the initiative to start and grow a successful small business in Door County. The luncheon meeting will also include the annual report to the community about the accomplishments of DCEDC during 2009.

Professor Carr’s appearance in Door County has been generously sponsored by: Associated Bank, Baylake Bank, Bay Pharmacy, Charter Communications, the Door County Manufacturer’s Association, Northeast Wisconsin Technical College, Nsight/Cellcom, Sturgeon Bay Utilities, Therma-Tron-X, the Village of Sister Bay and Wisconsin Public Service.

A pre-luncheon networking session with Professor Carr will take place from 11:15 – 11:45 am. Tickets for the April 28 luncheon are $30 per person or $280 for a table of ten.

Tickets are available from the DCEDC office. For more information, contact DCEDC at 920.743.3113 x200 or [email protected].