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Federal Energy Regulatory Commissioner to Speak in Iowa

Press release - April 13, 2011

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Kathy Showalter, Enerjyn, 641-357-6344

Kay Snyder, IDED, 515-725-3150


Federal Energy Regulatory Commissioner to speak in Iowa

John Norris to join Iowa business and community leaders at Cleantech Network and
Innovation Event on Wednesday, April 27, 2011.


April 18, 2011 (Des Moines, Iowa) A group of Iowa companies and resource providers will host a collaboration event to help grow Iowa’s emerging Cleantech industry. The Iowa Cleantech Network and Innovation Event, a public-private partnership, will be held at Des Moines Area Community College’s FFA Enrichment Center in Ankeny from 4:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m., April 27, 2011.


This event is geared at fostering collaboration and networking among key stakeholders in Iowa who are focused on Cleantech and early stage innovation. The first hour will allow for casual networking with a sandwich supper buffet and be followed by a short program featuring John Norris, Federal Energy Regulatory Commissioner (FERC), who will provide an update on energy happenings in the nation’s capitol. An overview of the North Central Cleantech Open will also be provided.  


Following the program, resource providers will host round table discussions to answer questions about available assistance. Organizations represented will include Iowa State University’s offices for SBIR/STTR  &  Intellectual Properties/ Tech Transfer; UNI’s Waste Reduction Center & NABL; TechWorks: DMACC’s Business Resources; Iowa Biotech Association: Iowa Lakes Corridor; Iowa Corn Promotion Board and more.  


The timing of the late afternoon event is geared to coincide with the end of the 2011 Annual IWEA Wind Conference in Des Moines. Event sponsors are the Iowa Department of Economic Development, North Central Cleantech Open, Des Moines Area Community College, the law firm of Faegre & Benson LLP, and a Clear Lake, Iowa renewable and alternative energy consulting firm, Enerjyn. Other members on the public-private planning committee represent Iowa State University Extension - Community & Economic Development, Entrepreneurial Development Center, Lee County Economic Development, UNI’s NABL, Cedar Valley TechWorks, Iowa Central Community College, Iowa Western Community College, Hellman Associates, Iowa Lakes Corridor and the Greater Cedar Valley Alliance.  


Pre-registration is encouraged. Registration can be completed by logging on to:


About Clean Technologies

Clean technologies hold great promise for the nation and the state of Iowa as an economic growth creation engine. Clean technology encompasses some of the world's fastest-growing and highest profile industrial sectors, such as renewable and alternative energy generation and next-generation transportation. Also included are air, water and waste, energy efficiency and green building technologies.


About the Cleantech Open

The mission of the Cleantech Open is to find, fund and foster the big ideas and innovative companies that address today’s most urgent energy, environmental and economic challenges. The Cleantech Open is one of the four clean energy-focused private business accelerators singled for funding out as part of President Obama's recently established Startup America program to grow businesses and create jobs. The Cleantech open is designed to work with and augment the accelerator programs that currently exist in parts of Iowa. The North Central Cleantech Open is driven by the energy and know-how of more than one hundred dedicated Midwest volunteers and sponsors and includes a larger nationwide network. Iowa is one of the eight states in the North Central regional effort that unites the public and private sectors in a shared vision for making America’s Cleantech sector a thriving economic engine.


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