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Media Advisory

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Feb. 23, 2005 -- No. 71

National, state, local policy-makers to convene
at conference on critical issues facing the South

Thursday (Feb. 24), 6:30 p.m. to 9 p.m.
Friday (Feb. 25), 8 a.m. to 7:30 p.m.
Saturday (Feb. 26), 9 a.m.
The Carolina Inn
211 Pittsboro St.

Members of the media are invited to cover a conference, "New Strategies for Southern Progress," which will convene national, state and local policy-makers, advocates, journalists and academics to rethink critical issues facing the South.

Conference partners are the Center for American Progress, the Center for a Better South and the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hillís Program on Southern Politics, Media and Public Life.

N.C. Gov. Mike Easley will give remarks at 10:30 a.m. Friday. Other scheduled speakers include:

A full list of speakers and the agenda of topics Ė addressing tax policy, public attitudes, governance, the faith community, culture, community and politics Ė is available at http://www.newsouthernstrategies.org/

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