Ritter, now Director of the Center for the New Energy Economy, will headline business group’s day of advanced energy events called ‘emPOWERing Arkansas’

Little Rock, AR – The Arkansas Advanced Energy Association (AAEA) today announced plans for its 2nd annual meeting and policy conference, “emPOWERing Arkansas”, to be held on October 1, 2013 at the Wyndham Hotel in North Little Rock, featuring former Colorado Governor Bill Ritter as the keynote luncheon speaker. 

“We are honored to have Governor Ritter join us in October to engage with our members about the possibilities for job growth and the positive economic impact that a thriving, advanced energy economy can bring,” said Steve Patterson, AAEA Executive Director.  “During his term as Governor of Colorado, Bill Ritter helped establish his state as a national leader on renewable energy policy and considering AAEA’s ambitious policy agenda, we anticipate a highly motivating message from Gov. Ritter.” 

AAEA is currently planning a full day of events as part of “emPOWERing Arkansas”.  In addition to the luncheon, events will include programs on how state policies are driving the Advanced Energy industry, access to capital for advanced energy start-ups and entrepreneurs, how Arkansas utilities are achieving energy efficiency goals, university research and innovation focused on advanced energy, and how to enhance advanced energy businesses through social media.

The 2013 “emPOWERing Arkansas” Conference will offer unprecedented access to the latest information, solutions and technologies fueling the success of Arkansas’s advanced energy—bioenergy, renewable energy, and energy efficiency—businesses.  The conference is open to members and guests. For event information, registration, and sponsorship opportunities, please visit: http://arkansasadvancedenergy.com/files/dmfile/eventannouncement.pdf 

Governor Ritter served as Colorado governor from 2007-2011.  During his tenure, he established Colorado as a national and international leader in clean energy by building a new energy economy. As a result of that work, Colorado created thousands of new jobs and established hundreds of new companies. The Governor enacted an aggressive business-development and job-creation agenda, focused on knowledge-based industries of the future.  After leaving office, he became the founding director of the Center for the New Energy Economy.  The Center is a privately-funded initiative to support the growth of a clean energy economy across the United States.  They work directly with governors, legislators, regulators, planners, policy makers, and other decision makers, providing technical assistance to help them create the policies and practices that will facilitate America’s transition to a clean energy economy. 

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. www.arkansasadvancedenergy.com.

The Arkansas Advanced Energy Foundation is the educational affiliate of the AAEA.  The Foundation promotes greater public understanding of advanced energy in Arkansas through research, public education programs and economic and workforce development. The Foundation is dedicated to informing the energy policy debate with well-researched, fact-based data on the advanced energy economy in Arkansas and by providing a public forum where state leaders can address Arkansas’s energy challenges for the future. www.arkansasadvancedenergyfoundation.org

Report Shows Global Economic Impacts of Advanced Energy

A report released in January 2013 by Advanced Energy Economy (AEE) shows that advanced energy was a $1.1 trillion global market in 2011, larger than pharmaceutical manufacturing worldwide. Read the full report here: http://arkansasadvancedenergyfoundation.org/files/dmfile/AEEIEconomicImpactofAdvancedEnergy-Final.pdf 

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