Nearly 300 people from communities throughout the Columbia Basin attended the 2010 Columbia Basin Symposium. The 2013 symposium will be held in Creston next month.

Nearly 300 people from communities throughout the Columbia Basin attended the 2010 Columbia Basin Symposium. The 2013 symposium will be held in Creston next month.

Columbia Basin Symposium running Oct. 18-20 in Creston

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Register now to connect with fellow Columbia Basin residents at the 2013 Columbia Basin Symposium, to be held Oct. 18-20 in Creston. This free event will have the theme “Community Change through Collaborative Action” and is hosted by Columbia Basin Trust (CBT).

The event, which occurs once every three years, promises a great lineup of sessions and other activities, and features keynote speaker Paul Born, president and co-founder of Tamarack: An Institute for Community Engagement. Session topics include those focused on broadband, the Columbia River Treaty and building effective collaboration. During sessions at the symposium, participants will also have the opportunity to provide CBT with input both to its sector strategic planning sessions as well as to longer-term issues and opportunities for the organization.

“CBT is committed to bringing Basin residents together, whether locally in small-group meetings, or regionally at large events like the symposium,” said board chair Greg Deck. “We encourage people to take advantage of this event to see things from a perspective they may not normally get to see and to create connections with people they may not usually interact with.”

Symposium participants and the general public are also welcome to attend an evening of basin culture and entertainment at Wynndel Hall at 8 p.m. Oct. 19.

Anyone not able to attend in person can register to attend virtually. Virtual attendees can use live stream technology that will allow them to see PowerPoint presentations while listening to audio in real time from their personal computer. Live stream participants can also ask questions and chat through their personal computers via an online facilitator.

To register for the 2013 Columbia Basin Symposium, or for more information, visit www.cbt.org/2013symposium.

CBT supports efforts to deliver social, economic and environmental benefits to the residents of the Columbia Basin. To learn more about CBT programs and initiatives, visit www.cbt.org or call 1-800-505-8998.

—COLUMBIA BASIN TRUST