Knight campus subjectof speech

October 26, 2017

Chris Edwards, assistant vice president of strategic initiatives for the University of Oregon’s Knight Center for Accelerated Scientific Impact, on Nov. 2 will give the keynote speech at an Eugene Area Chamber of Commerce event.

Edwards will be one of the speakers at the Chamber’s “2017 Economic Summit” at Hilton Eugene, 66 E. Sixth Avenue.

Construction of the University’s science complex across Franklin Boulevard from the main campus is scheduled to begin next year.

The development, underwritten by a $500 million pledged donation from Nike co-founder Phil Knight and his wife, Penny, must be matched by $500 million in state funding and private donations during the next 10 years.

In his speech, Edwards will “take us on a deep dive into the project and how it will spread innovation throughout our region,” said chamber President Brittany Quick-Warner.

Other scheduled speakers at the morning event are Matt Sayre, director of the Technology Association of Oregon, who will speak on the area’s growing tech sector, and Courtney Griesel, Springfield’s economic development director.

The event will have an “industry leaders panel” consisting of Todd Payne, president and chief executive officer of The Seneca Family of Companies; Avril Watt, human resources manager at Johnson Crushers International; Jennifer Revoal, chief operating officer of Revolution Design; and Alan Turanski, president of GloryBee.

Other scheduled speakers are Kari Westlund, president of Travel Lane County, and Isaac Marquez, Eugene’s public art manager.

Quick-Warner will moderate an economic development panel that is to include city and county officials.

The event will begin at 7 a.m. with registration and light breakfast. The cost of attending ranges from $40 for non-table seats for members, $45 for non-members, and eight-seat tables that vary in cost from $350 to $550.

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