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V.I. Summit Begins Thursday in Washington, D.C.

June 25, 2008 — A summit on V.I. issues scheduled for Thursday and Friday in Washington, D.C., will focus on such issues as economic development and education.
The 2008 V.I. Leadership Summit is presented by the V.I. Institute of Development, the only think tank on V.I. issues in North America, according to a news release from the institute.
"The primary impetus is to bring together USVI stakeholders in the diaspora to weigh in on the institute's five cornerstone policy areas — economic development, education and youth, governance, health, and science and technology," said co-organizer Elizabeth Stanley.
The summit will also work on building partnerships, the release said.
"Crucial to the institute's policy agenda is the building of strategic partnerships among all aspects of the Virgin Islands community, local and abroad," said co-organizer Virginia Maldonado. "We on the mainland have a lot to offer."
Speakers include Virgin Islanders from the mainland and the territory, such as Labor Commissioner Albert Bryan and Human Services Commissioner Christopher Finch, as well as Clifford Andrews of Maryland and Jennifer Finch of Washington. Other speakers include Sens. Usie Richards, Shawn-Michael Malone and Basil Ottley, and Delegate Donna M. Christensen.
The summit kicks off at 6:30 p.m. Thursday with a reception at the National Press Club. A full day of sessions is planned for Friday.
The institute, headquartered in Washington, is an independent, non-partisan, non-profit organization dedicated to education, analysis and research on policy issues of concern to the V.I. community, the release said.
On-site registration is available for those interested in attending the summit. To register online or for more information, click here or call 202-541-1286.
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