Department of Energy Development and Independence
Kentucky Department of Energy Development and Independence symposium series “Economic Development through BioEnergy” kicks off in Morehead

Press Release Date:  Thursday, August 05, 2010  
Contact Information:  Dick Brown, 502-564-5525  

The Kentucky Department of Energy Development and Independence is kicking off its 2010 symposium series “Economic Development through BioEnergy” in Morehead on Thursday, Aug. 12, 2010.


The free conference, to be held from 9 a.m. – 2 p.m. at the Morehead Conference Center, will provide an opportunity for business owners and entrepreneurs to learn about potential development through BioEnergy, mandates that are driving BioEnergy markets, and federal and state resource organizations that provide financing and marketing support.


“Entrepreneurs, local leaders, service providers, and vendors allied with the biomass and biofuels business community shouldn’t miss this chance to learn about Kentucky’s BioEnergy potential and resources available to them,” said Gov. Steve Beshear. “This conference will focus on how Kentuckians can take advantage of the many resources that are available to those who look to lead an exciting and dynamic industry.”


The agenda includes:


  • presentations on Gov. Beshear’s Executive Task Force on Biomass and Biofuels Development;
  • the impact of federal mandates on Kentucky’s biomass potential;
  • the integration of energy and agriculture;
  • the Cabinet for Economic Development’s business development programs;
  • the Kentucky Science & Technology Corp.’s New Energy Ventures funding program;
  • the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Rural Development funding opportunities; and,
  • the Kentucky Pollution Prevention Center’s  commercial and industrial energy efficiency programs.


Morehead Mayor David Perkins and Rowan County Judge Executive Jim Nickell have been confirmed to provide a welcome to the area and opening remarks for the event. State Rep. Rocky Adkins and Rep. John Will Stacy have been invited to address attendees as well.


Lunch is provided and pre-registration is required. Attendees can pre-register by e-mail to or by calling 606-784-5874.


The Morehead conference is co-hosted by MMRC Regional Industrial Development Authority, Inc., Morehead Tourism Commission and Conference Center, and the Morehead-Rowan County Economic Development Council, Inc.


Additional forums will be held throughout the fall with confirmed events in the following areas: Bowling Green, Sept. 8; Springfield, Sept. 22; Prestonsburg, Sept. 23; Maysville Oct. 13; Henderson, Oct. 10; and Corbin, Oct. 27.