For our upcoming Growing Green track at the Texas Economic Development Council’s spring conference, we are pleased to be offering seven breakout sessions. Our second session will address the idea of sustainability and competitiveness for local communities. In order to succeed and be accepted, any efforts in sustainability must be profitable. This session will explore the return on investments of incorporating “green” technologies or methods in local communities and businesses.
Growing Green Communities is proud to have three outstanding speakers for our sustainability and competitiveness session:
- Steve Gilbert, Executive Director for the Paris Economic Development Corporation, will be discussing his communities efforts in this area. With over 25 years of experience, Mr. Gilbert has overseen numerous successful local and regional economic development initiatives throughout the country.
- John Adams, Program Director for the Texas Engineering Extension Service, holds Certified Economic Developer (CED) credentials and was previously the President and CEO of Enterprise Florida Inc. Mr. Adams has also served as a delegate to the General Agreement on Tariffs and Trade negotiations in Geneva, Chairman of the Industry Sector Advisory council for trade policy review at the U.S. Department of Commerce, and has extensive experience on U.S.-Mexico border infrastructure issues.
- Jason Ortgies, General Manager of Rockwall Toyota, has a background in sales and marketing and is knowledgeable on how to keep your business competitive.
We hope you will take advantage of these and our other great speakers in Rockwall on April 19th!
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