The Arkansas Advanced Energy Association is holding its annual conference and policy meeting on Oct. 1, and it’ll include former Colorado Gov. Bill Ritter, an advanced energy proponent.
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Former Colorado Governor Bill Ritter to attend ‘emPOWERing Arkansas’Ritter to focus on job growth and positive economic impact of Advanced Energy during keynote address
Little Rock, AR - Bill Ritter, Jr., a strong advocate for achieving energy independence through increased reliance on natural gas, energy efficiency and renewable energy, will be the featured speaker when the Arkansas Advanced Energy Associations (AAEA) gathers on October 1 in North Little Rock for “emPOWERing Arkansas”, the group’s second annual meeting and policy conference.
First elected in 2006, and serving as Colorado’s 41st Governor (2007-2011), Ritter founded and now directs the Center for a New Energy Economy (CNEE) at Colorado State University. He has demonstrated that the states are where viable solutions are being adopted to achieve energy independence, comply with federal air quality standards and create jobs.
His address to AAEA members and guests on October 1 will come during the lunch program that begins at 11:30 a.m. at the Wyndham Riverfront Hotel in North Little Rock.
During his four years as Governor of Colorado, Ritter signed 57 pieces of legislation related to clean energy, including tax credits that sparked a transformation in the state’s natural gas and renewable energy industries. Along with wind, solar, biofuels, nuclear, energy efficiency measures, and other technologies, Ritter believes that natural gas development is a part of the transition to a clean energy economy for the 21st century.
“The AAEA advanced energy policy agenda is ambitious and ongoing, and Gov. Ritter’s work at the Center for the New Energy Economy, as well as his tenure as Governor, are important examples for our work here in Arkansas.” said Steve Patterson, AAEA Executive Director. ”Natural gas and renewable energy sources are abundant in Arkansas, and he can demonstrate how our state’s natural assets have the potential to provide many economic opportunities and create jobs.”
“emPOWERing Arkansas” is the AAEA’s second annual meeting and policy conference and is presented this year by Viridian USA in partnership with the University of Arkansas College of Engineering. The conference begins with registration at 9:00 a.m. and continues with programs on public policy strategies for Arkansas; access to capital for advanced energy companies; economic impact of the state Guaranteed Energy Cost Savings Program and social media strategies to help advanced energy companies.
The day is capped off with a Research & Innovation Expo Reception, beginning at 4:00 pm dedicated to exploring the many ways that advanced energy is ‘emPOWERing Arkansas’. Much of Arkansas’s advanced energy economy has its roots in the research, innovation and training that is ongoing at the state’s universities and two-year colleges. AAEA’s university and two-year college members will exhibit and present the latest advanced energy research and development that shows potential for business investment and growth, along with the innovative job training that keeps these investments here at home. AAEA’s college/institution members are nationally-recognized leaders in sustainability and advanced energy, and they are preparing the next generation of advanced energy business leaders to build strength and longevity for the industry in Arkansas. The Expo & Networking Reception is an opportunity for participants to relax, mingle and enjoy hors d’oeuvres and beverages while browsing the exhibits to learn more about these great innovations.
HOW TO PARTICIPATE:
AAEA Members and Guests: For event information, registration, and sponsorship opportunities, please visit: http://arkansasadvancedenergy.com/files/dmfile/eventannouncement.pdf
Members of the media: Please contact Shelly Baron at (501) 537-0190 or email@example.com for information on media credentials.
Arkansas Advanced Energy Association is a business group dedicated to growing Arkansas’s economy by expanding our energy workforce and manufacturing base through the increased development, manufacture, and utilization of advanced energy technologies.