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Cutting Edge Communities Symposium

Riverhouse Conference Center
Bend, Oregon
Tuesday, January 22

This one-day event was hosted by the Governor’s Office and brought together representatives from local governments across the state to exchange information and ideas on what Cutting Edge Communities throughout Oregon are already doing to invest in energy-saving measures to lower costs for projects ranging from public buildings to transportation infrastructure

8:30AM          Welcome and introduction
Lynn Peterson, Governor’s Sustainable Communities and Transportation
8:40AM           Kickoff Keynote:  Margi Hoffmann, Governor's Energy Policy Advisor
9:00AM           Panel 1 - Oregon communities capitalizing on clean economy opportunities
Speaker contact information

Click here for a list of presenters at this symposium and their contact information.

Moderator: Deschutes County Commissioner Tammy Baney


Jim Walls, Executive Director Lake County Resources Initiative


Cindy Dolezel, City of Beaverton Sustainability Manager

Sherman County

Judge Gary Thompson

Panel 2 – Overview of clean economy state programs
Moderator: Eugene City Manager Jon Ruiz
Oregon Department of Energy, Anthony Buckley
Oregon Department of Transportation, Ashley Horvat
Department of Land Conservation and Development, Carrie Maclaren
Business Oregon, Gary Van Huffel
West Coast Infrastructure Exchange, Karen Williams
Panel 3 – Clean economy public-private partnerships 
Moderator Introduction: Lynn Peterson, Governor’s Sustainable Communities and Transportation
Moderator: Executive Director of the National Policy Consensus Center -  Greg Wolf
Regional Solution Centers, Annette Liebe 
Drive Oregon, Jeff Allen
Clean Energy Works, Derek Smith
Panel 3 Questions & Answers
Noon                Keynote Speaker
Dr. Rebecca Johnson, Vice President for OSU-Cascades
Dr. Johnson will discuss sustainability at OSU-Cascades, the energy engineering program, and how OSU-Cascades is working to meet the workforce needs of 21 st Century Oregon.
12:15                Keynote speaker
Eileen Quigley, Program Director, New Energy Cities, Climate Solutions
Ms. Quigley will discuss Climate Solutions’ New Energy Cities program which works with Northwest communities to accelerate the transition to a clean energy system
1-2:00               Technical Breakout Sessions
These break-out sessions will connect local community staff to state program and private industry contacts on alternative fuel vehicles, building energy efficiency, economic development, land use and financing opportunities.
Energy Efficiency & Financing – Anthony Buckley, Oregon Department of Energy; Derek Smith, Clean Energy Works
Transportation  – Ashley Horvat, Oregon Department of Transportation; Jeff Allen, Drive Oregon
Economic Development – Gary Van Huffel, Business Oregon; Karen Williams, West Coast Infrastructure Exchange
Land Use – Carrie Maclaren, Department of Land Conservation and Development