Thursday, January 27, 2011

ATC forum on solar and renewable energy gains a co-sponsor

The Florida Planning and Zoning Association has added its name to the list of those co-sponsoring Solar and Renewable Energy and Careers of the Future, a free forum scheduled for Feb. 28, from 8 a.m. to noon, at Daytona State's Advanced Technology College.

Featuring speakers and panel discussions by and for business leaders, industry experts and educators, the forum will explore the possibilities for growing robust solar and renewable energy industries in Florida. Keynote speakers and panel discussions will focus on these fledgling industries from a variety of perspectives.

“Our intention is to put out in the public eye some of the issues the state faces in growing these industries and to bring to the forefront the idea that we can move forward,” said ATC spokesman Jack Selter.

Along with FPZA and Daytona State’s College of Technological and Occupational Programs, the forum also is being co-sponsored by the Florida Solar Energy Industries Association and the Employ Florida Banner Center for Clean Energy, whose partners will be on hand to display the latest in renewable energy technology. While it is free and open to the public, representatives from area industry and manufacturing are particularly encouraged to attend to learn how new and emerging technologies can help them cut costs and enhance productivity.

The tentative agenda calls for three panel discussions that include the community applications of solar and renewable energy and their economic implications; the industry from the perspective of utilities and higher education; and key questions as the industry moves forward in the state and how colleges can respond with workforce training programs.

The ATC is located at 1770 Technology Blvd., just north of LPGA on Williamson Boulevard.

For more information or to RSVP, please call or email Mr. Selter, (386) 506-4177;, or Bridgette Cherry, (386) 506-4162;

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