The one-day summit, sponsored by the Southwestern Virginia Technology Council, will be a gathering of one hundred and fifty thought leaders in business, government, energy and the environment to develop strategies for making southwestern Virginia an international leader in the development of advanced energy technologies in the coming decade. A number of energy technology business announcements are planned.
The luncheon and outdoor picnic on the college campus will feature a display of hybrid electric cars to demonstrate the latest in electric and natural gas conversion technologies lead by the Advanced Vehicle Research Center located at the North Carolina Research Triangle. The summit lunch is expected to draw hundreds from the student and faculty campus population, the local community, and the summit delegates.
An afternoon gubernatorial energy policy forum will include two of the four major candidates for Virginia governor in a discussion exclusively devoted to energy and energy technology policies. Democrats Terry McAuliffe and Creigh Deeds have committed to attend and address the policy issues. Energy has been a major policy issue in the 2009 statewide gubernatorial campaigns.
Prior to the late afternoon adjournment, technology attorney Jeff Mitchell of Blacksburg will conduct a continuing legal education seminar on the federal economic stimulus package energy funding programs. An estimated $9-billion in federal dollars are targeted for small energy firms. Attorneys and accountants will receive professional education credits.
The 2009 Energy Technology Summit is an outgrowth of efforts within the regional technology community to assist in the development and growth of the regional energy technology economy. Contact Esther Bolling at 679-7800 for specific registration details.
General admission tickets are $50 per person.