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For Immediate Release


Innovation 2010 Nov. 10 Seminar



How can innovation and creativity revive the region’s ailing economy? And how are the region’s community colleges and universities involved?

Partnership for Innovation in Education (PIE) is sponsoring a showcase of business innovation and creativity on Wed., Nov. 10, called “Innovation 2010: Business Resources for Success.” The half-day seminar is from 7:30 a.m. until 2:30 p.m. at Catawba Valley Community College’s Multipurpose Complex. CVCC is a member of the PIE partnership.

“For CEOs, creativity is one of the most important leadership qualities for success in business, outweighing even integrity and global thinking, according to a new study by IBM,” said Danny Hearn, President/CEO of the Catawba County Chamber of Commerce. “This first ever regional conference on innovation is a ‘must see’ event that ties in higher education as a catalyst for creativity and innovation. Business owners, managers and their employees cannot afford to miss this event.”  

Highlighted during the program will be more than two dozen regional businesses that partnered with education to increase sales, develop new products and services, break into international markets, reduce costs, establish new markets, reduce production time and win national awards.

Noted innovation expert Dr. Andrew Hargadon is the keynote speaker. Hargadon believes that innovation comes not from individual genius, but through groups of people working in concert, employees who build networks who talk to their peers, share ideas and collaborate. His research in effective management of innovation and entrepreneurship has been used to develop or guide new innovation programs in Hewlett-Packard, Avery Dennison, Clorox,, Mars, Canadian Health Services, and Silicon Valley start-ups.

Hargadon is the Charles J. Soderquist Chair in Entrepreneurship and Professor of Technology Management at the Graduate School of Management at University of California, Davis. He is a senior fellow at the Kauffman Foundation and author of “How Breakthroughs Happen: The Surprising Truth About How Companies Innovate.” 

Leslie Boney, associate vice president for Economic Development Research, Policy and Planning for the University of North Carolian system will speak about the role of community college and universities in entrepreneurial and economic development in western North Carolina.

After the formal session, attendees will have the opportunity to tour CVCC’s Regional Simulated Hospital in pre-operation stage.

Registration, including breakfast, lunch and the expo, is $25 through October 25. Late registration is $45.  Registration is limited to the first 400. To register, visit

About PIE:
Established in 2010, PIE is a consortium of North Carolina community colleges and University of North Carolina campuses, business and industry leaders, non-profit organizations, and K-12 educators that united to address education, business and industrial outreach, and economic development issues in the greater Hickory region.

•    Appalachian State University
•    Caldwell Community College & Technical Institute
•    Catawba Valley Community College
•    Lenoir-Rhyne University
•    North Carolina State University
•    N.C. Small Business & Technology Development Center
•    University of North Carolina Chapel Hill
•    Northwest AHEC of WFU School of Medicine
•    Western Carolina University
•    Western Piedmont Community College
•    University of North Carolina at Charlotte
•    University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

Additional Event Sponsor:
•    Western Piedmont Workforce Development Board

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For information, contact:
Jane Everson, PhD
Director, Appalachian State University Greater Hickory Partnership
2760 Hwy. 70 SE
Hickory, NC  28602
Office: (828) 324-6966 ext 2004
Cell: (828) 238-5460

2550 US HIGHWAY 70 SE • HICKORY, NC • 28602-8302 • 828.327.7000
Updated 10.30.2008: Administrator