Columbia State Partners With City of Franklin & TREEDC

Columbia State Community College, the City of Franklin and the University of Tennessee Municipal Technical Advisory Service (MTAS) have partnered with the Tennessee Renewable Energy and Economic Development Council (TREEDC) to organize the second annual Franklin/Williamson County TREEDC community wide forum on Friday, June 24, 2011 at the Franklin Police Conference Center.

Columbia State Community College President Dr. Janet F. Smith and the University of Tennessee President Emeritus Dr. Joe Johnson will both address issues in green jobs development for Tennesseans.  MTAS Management Consultant Warren Nevad and Franklin Mayor Ken Moore have developed a comprehensive renewable energy educational agenda for area businesses and local governments. Please refer to the attached agenda and membership information for additional information.

Attendees will hear from Kerry Perkinson who will address oil supply and price environmental issues that impact local governmental costs in fleet operations. 49 Green, a Danish firm will give an update about their proprietary process to convert agricultural wastes into a synthetic green diesel. Pathway Lending will discuss details regarding their low-interest loans through the Energy Efficiency Program that was launched last August through an alliance with the Tennessee Valley Authority (TVA), The U.S. Department of Energy, Pinnacle Financial Partners and the State of Tennessee.  Stephanie Cox with ECOtality will give everyone an update about the electric vehicle project.  We will also learn about energy efficiency lighting and propane opportunities for interested stakeholders. The forum will conclude with a panel discussion involving the TVA Generation Partners program and solar industry issues.

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