by Bob Geary
Community leaders imagine that the coming, all-out national commitment to "green" energy/environmental policies could kick-start neighborhood-level organizing, job training and economic development. If you're among these imaginers -- and are perhaps thinking (as I am) that every large engineering or construction firm worth its rebar is gearing up right now to intercept said federal $$$$ before any of it reaches an actual community organization -- here's a meeting of "Triangle leaders" that's for you: "Triangle Leaders to Brainstorm How to Create Local Jobs in the New Energy Economy."
It's Thursday, October 23, 10 am-2:30 pm at the RDU Airport Authority's HQ -- go to RDU, follow the signs. Brought to you by the Institute for Emerging Issues at NCSU (check the website for info about IEI's annual confab in February on "good growth") and by the other groups listed in the message below.
Triangle Leaders to Brainstorm how to Create Local Jobs in the New
Energy Economy through Regional Forum
WHAT: The Institute for Emerging Issues (IEI) is engaging Triangle
leaders from business, government, higher education and the nonprofit
sector to brainstorm ideas for creating and expanding local jobs and
businesses in the new energy economy. The event will allow for local
and regional business leaders to talk about their experiences relating
to local assets, opportunities, and work to be done.
In collaboration with the Research Triangle Regional Partnership and
the North Carolina Cooperative Extension, the Regional Forum will allow
participants to identify economic development opportunities unique to
the Triangle and ideas for how local and statewide partners can support
further exploration, refinement and implementation of these
The Regional Forum is free of charge and open to the public. Visit
www.emergingissues.org to register and to review the agenda.
WHEN: Thursday, October 23, 2008, 10:00 a.m. - 2:30 p.m.
WHERE: RDU Airport Authority, 1000 Trade Drive, Raleigh-Durham
Charles Hayes, President and CEO, Research Triangle Regional
Anita Brown-Graham, Director, Institute for Emerging Issues
Mark Conlon, Director of Production, Biofuels Center of NC
Ivan Urlaub, Exec. Director, NC Sustainable Energy Association
The transformation of the global energy economy represents the greatest
economic opportunity for North Carolina since the Industrial Revolution.
The state*s future economic well being, environment and national
security depend on our leaders* ability to drive the necessary change.
IEI is holding Regional Forums to highlight comparative advantages in
regions across the state to encourage leaders to discuss how their
region*s assets can recruit companies in this new industry cluster.
Ultimately, Regional Forums will build statewide support for innovative
policy changes that promote the development of new energy economy jobs
and businesses across North Carolina.
919/513-0379 or firstname.lastname@example.org