"Energizing Kentucky" conference begins next week
RELEASED: May 29, 2008
DANVILLE, KY—Recognizing the increasingly important role of energy in Kentucky, four colleges and universities have joined forces in an innovative partnership between the public and private institutions to stimulate the efforts of government, business and education leaders in creating a far-reaching and collaborative statewide energy policy. This comprehensive effort is entitled "Energizing Kentucky."
"Energizing Kentucky," the brainchild of Berea College President Larry D. Shinn, Centre College President John A. Roush, University of Kentucky President Lee T. Todd Jr. and University of Louisville President James Ramsey, encourages Kentucky to focus on a coherent and integrated energy policy and will assist this policy formation by bringing together state and national energy experts to discuss the economic, educational and environmental opportunities and challenges presented by the world's current energy situation.
The first "Energizing Kentucky" conference will be held June 3 and 4, 2008, at the recently renovated Henry Clay building in Louisville, and will feature keynote remarks by Sandra Meyer, president of the Kentucky and Ohio units of Duke Power, one of the nation's largest and most innovative energy companies. In addition, the three leadoff speakers include Paul Thomson, Senior Vice President, Energy Services, of E.ON U.S.; Pearse Lyons, CEO of Alltech; and James Cantrell, Manager of Marathon Petroleum Company’s Catlettsburg Refining Division.
This conference's focus will be on the role of Kentucky's business community in advancing sound policies governing the production, use and conservation of energy and on finding ways to have economic and educational interests help form effective public policy.
Centre College President John A. Roush said, "The public and private institutions in most states are strangers who live in different universes. I am really pleased that our four Kentucky institutions have found it so easy to work together for the long-term good of the Commonwealth. It will likewise take collaboration and cooperation among the businesses, public policy leaders and educators of our state to develop a powerful and effective energy policy that will serve all Kentuckians."
To read more about Energizing Kentucky, its initiatives and upcoming conference information, and to watch a video of the press conference in April announcing the series, click here.
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