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  June 18th, 2008 : IALR
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The Southern Virginia Bioenergy Symposium

Bioenergy is gaining increased attention, funding, and momentum across the United States. Bio-energy provides a multitude of national, regional, and local benefits. Benefits include a reduced reliance on foreign energy sources, a decrease in landfill waste, support for rural development efforts. Southern Virginia is well poised to take advantage of perspective bioenergy initiatives.

The Purpose of the Southern Virginia Bioenergy Symposium

The purpose of the Southern Virginia Bioenergy Symposium is to provide participants with an introductory knowledge about the growing bioenergy industry, an overview of current land use datasets available for counties in South Central Virginia that can be employed to attract bioenergy facilities, and analysis methodologies that can support the efforts of Southside Virginia's localities to attract a bioenergy plant to the region. For additional information, please refer to the symposium program.

Who Should Attend?

This educational opportunity is appropriate for local / regional / state government officials and related staff (economic development officials, planners, GIS coordinators, and other local government stakeholders, Planning District Commissioner staff, state agency personnel, and non-profit administrators). This symposium should be of interest to anyone concerned with rural economic development opportunities and sustainable energy, particularly as they relate to Southern Virginia.  

When and Where?

Location: The symposium will be held at the Institute for Advanced Learning and Research (IALR), which is located in Danville, Virgina. Directions to the IALR can be found here.
Date & TIme: June 18th, 2008 from 10:00 am - 4:00 pm
Registration: Registration is free. However, participants must pre-register for the symposium here by June 12th.
Lunch: A boxed lunch will be provided to registered symposium participants thanks to the sponsorship of Virginia Cooperative Extension and the Virginia Geospatial Extension Program.

For additional information, contact: 
John McGee
(540) 231-2428

Support for this program has also been provided by the:
VT College of Agriculture and Life Sciences and the VT College of Natural Resources.