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Appalachian State University and Google Host ‘Green Economy’ Forum

BOONE, NC – A free forum, ‘Re-Powering Our Region: Building Profit by Being Green,’ will be held at the Broyhill Civic Center in Lenoir Friday, Aug. 7, from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.

The event is sponsored by Appalachian State University’s Center for Entrepreneurship, Caldwell Community College and Technical Institute, Caldwell County Chamber of Commerce, Economic Development Commission of Caldwell County and Google. Space is limited. To register, visit www.business.appstate.edu/realworld or call 828-262-7747.

The forum will feature keynote speaker Harry Wingo, policy counsel in Google’s Washington, D.C., office where he focuses on cybersecurity, energy and other issues. Wingo will discuss Google’s clean energy vision with his talk “Smart Grids: Building the Energy Internet.” The information will address how consumers and businesses can benefit from this emerging technology, which will help transform the nation’s energy usage.

The day-long event also will feature expert panelists who will discuss responsible energy use, local and global perspectives on the green economy, the area’s existing green business and various resources for education and economic development.

The event is designed to connect business leaders, entrepreneurs, educators and policymakers to create a more sustainable economic future for the region. Participants will increase their awareness of substantial savings available through new technologies and education in today’s energy market.

“We are pleased to partner with Appalachian and our community in helping lead the way in educating both businesses and consumers in the green industry,” said CCC&TI President Ken Boham. “Through this forum, we hope to increase awareness among local leaders and have further conversations on why it is important for the community to embrace this initiative and how we can work together to help bring more jobs and opportunities to the area.”

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