New West to host "The Rise of the Rockies" Festival in May

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New West, a next generation digital media guide to news, analysis and culture for the Rocky Mountain region, announced today a diverse lineup of speakers and events for a May Festival in Missoula, Montana, called "The Rise of the Rockies." Just as NewWest.Net chronicles and analyzes the news and culture of the region, the Festival features a variety of speakers and topics (climate change, entrepreneurism, farming and food, economic development, art and architecture, digital branding) that provide a deeper look at what makes living in the Mountain West so appealing.

"We are delighted to present such a talented, experienced group of speakers and panelists who deeply appreciate the issues and opportunities for the region," said Lynn Ingham, CEO of New West.

The event begins Thursday evening, May 5th, with a rich artistic experience at the celebrated Missoula Museum of Art. The opening cocktail reception (with catered local foods) features current contemporary museum artists and the Alpine Artisans, as well as a short talk by one of the lead architects for the award-winning museum itself. The rennovated building seamlessly fuses the 100-year-old Carnegie Library building with a beautiful contemporary addition, creating the ideal environment for exhibiting, celebrating and preserving MAM's growing contemporary art collection.

A partial list of topics and speakers in the Friday sessions:

Climate Change - Alison Gannett is a world champion extreme big mountain skier and ski film star who has dedicated the majority of hte last 20 years to saving our snow, water and ecosystems from the devastating effects of global warming.

Entrepreneurism and Venture Investing - Trevor Loy is a general partner at Flywheel Ventures with more than 15 years of venture investing, entrepreneurial and operating experience in technology ventures. He focuses on investments in semiconductors, software-as-a-service, and digital services, and he participated in the creation of the Rocky Mountain Venture Capital Association.

Farming and Food - Ken Meter is one of the most experienced food system analysts in the United States, integrating market analysis, business development, systems thinking and social concerns.

Digital Branding - Jim Nichols is the chief strategist and senior partner at Catalyst S+F, and he has 20 years of experience leading the strategic development efforts of blue chip companies and 13 years developing digital strategies for companies looking to grow their brands and drive sales online.

"We are delighted to present such a talented, experienced group of speakers and panelists who deeply appreciate the issues and opportunities for the region," said Lynn Ingham, CEO of New West.

The Festival is designed to travel to other states in the region in upcoming years. Based in Boulder, Colorado, and Missoula, Montana, the company's network of writers and editors cover Montana, Idaho, Colorado, Wyoming, Utah and New Mexico.

The award-winning site specializes in stories and ideas about the evolving Rocky Mountain West. Its focus areas include energy, politics, development, natural resources, agriculture, as well as the diverse colleges and universities that make the Rockies an incubator for technology and innovation. New West also documents the literature, photography, film and plentiful year-round outdoor recreation that define the region's vibrant culture in the 21st Century.

For more information on the conference, visit http://www.newwest.net.

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