USDA Under Secretary
United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) Under Secretary for Rural Development Dallas Tonsager will deliver the keynote address at the Community Wind across America conference in the Rocky Mountain Region on the opening morning of October 26, 2010. Tonsager has more than 35 years of dedicated work as a farmer, businessman, and community, state and national leader. He has been a vocal advocate for USDA Rural Development's continued investment in renewable-energy options, which he sees as "absolutely critical" to our future and the "greatest opportunity for economic growth in rural America today."
Other conference highlights include Colorado's Governor Bill Ritter, Jr., as keynote speaker on Wednesday October 27; along with speakers John Stulp, Colorado Commissioner of Agriculture; Bill Midcap, Director of Renewable Energy Development, Rocky Mountain Farmers Union; Larry Flowers, Principal Project Leader, National Wind Technology Center, National Renewable Energy Laboratory; and Dan Juhl, Chairman and CEO, Juhl Wind Inc.
Windustry is pleased and excited to have these visionary leaders for renewable energy join us along with many more leaders in Community and Small Wind. Community Wind across America offers a robust program that will make it easy to get involved with community wind networks and get good solid wind energy information.
Attendees include rural landowners, community leaders, elected officials, clean energy advocates, state and federal agencies, zoning and permitting officials, wind developers, educators and academics and economic development professionals. Focus will be on public policy and project development specifics for Community and Small Wind, with an overall goal to grow this market nationally.
Rocky Mountain Region, October 26-27, 2010, Renaissance Denver Hotel, Denver, CO.
Midwest Region, November 15-16 2010, Crowne Plaza Hotel, St. Paul, MN
Mid Atlantic Region November 30 – December 1, 2010, Penn Stater Conference Center Hotel, State College, PA
REGISTER online or phone Catherine O' Neill at 612-870-3477.
Community Wind across America conferences are presented by Windustry, a national leader in helping communities develop and own wind energy. With support from U.S. Department of Energy funding and national sponsor, Nordic WindPower.