Breakout Session – “Sustainability and Competitiveness”

For our upcoming Growing Green track at the Texas Economic Development Council’s spring conference, we areTEDC Spring Conference Banner April 18-20, 2012 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!

For more information on how rural Texas can save money, make money and create jobs, visit GrowingGreenCommunities.com or call or email Ann Lauter at 979-458-6723 or Ann.Lauter@teexmail.tamu.edu.

Register for the the Green Track at the TEDC Spring Conference, April 19, 2012 at theHilton Bella Harbor Hotel in Rockwall, TX.

Colby Humphrey is a graduate student the Bush School of Government and Public Service, and works for the Texas Engineering Extension Service as a graduate assistant.

Comments and suggestions are welcome on the blog or you may e-mail me at colby.humphrey@teexmail.tamu.edu.


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