Monday, May 18, 2009
By Ryann Petit-Frere
ATLANTA - Members of the Wisconsin delegation pressed the flesh with representatives from Minnesota; Manitoba, Canada; and Queensland, Australia on the eve of the 2009 BIO International Convention in Atlanta last night.
Members from the four contingents discussed mutual interests, joint strengths and explored opportunities for partnership and collaboration. With complimentary stakes in the industry, biofuels was a strong area of discussion between the delegation members, as Minnesota, Manitoba, Queensland and Wisconsin each are well-positioned to be leaders in the biofuels field.
The events, a joint reception hosted by Minnesota and Manitoba in the grand Oceans Ballroom at the Georgia Aquatic Center followed by a reception hosted by Queensland on the rooftop of the Georgia Chamber of Commerce, attracted a couple hundred members of the four delegations.
Public officials hosting the events encouraged their constituents to network and to find common opportunities. The dialog, information exchange and networking will continue at the Wisconsin reception on Wednesday, May 19 at the Hilton Atlanta and throughout the course of the four-day conference.