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Forum: When the 'green' money flows, who'll benefit?



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 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

International Airport


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.


Shellie Edge

919/513-0379 or

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