GOLDEN, CO -- (Marketwire) -- 05/02/11 -- Clean Energy Alliance, Inc. (CEA), the national association of clean energy business incubators, and the National Business Incubation Association (NBIA) have teamed to present an exciting conference on clean energy incubation and financing. The Clean Energy/Clean Technology Incubation Workshop and Meeting the Funding Challenge Seminar will take place on May 24-25 in Baton Rouge, LA.
U.S. Sen. Mary Landrieu, D-La., will address participants during the first day of the program. Sen. Landrieu is the chairwoman of the Senate Small Business Committee, and a member of the Senate Appropriations and Energy and Natural Resources committees. She has been the leading voice in Washington for the Gulf Coast recovery effort, and she co-authored the landmark Domenici-Landrieu Gulf of Mexico Energy Security Act, which was signed into law in 2006.
Jay Dardenne, who was elected lieutenant governor of Louisiana in November 2010, will make a keynote presentation during lunch on the second day of the program. Mr. Dardenne previously served four years as secretary of state and 15 years in the Louisiana State Senate. During his legislative service, he chaired the Senate Finance Committee and the Senate and Governmental Affairs Committee.
Additional participants from the US Department of Energy and the National Renewable Energy Laboratory, along with panels comprising clean energy incubator managers and experienced investment bankers, will provide conference attendees with valuable first-hand insights into issues related to developing and financing such incubation programs as well as the emerging clean tech companies.
Anyone involved in clean energy technology and business development will find this conference invaluable -- not just for the interesting presentations but also for the extensive networking opportunities. If you're thinking about starting a clean-tech incubation program or want to explore funding opportunities for a new or existing clean-tech program or company, NBIA/CEA's Clean Energy/Clean Technology Incubation Workshop and Meeting the Funding Challenge Seminar is the place to be.
This event will be held at the Crowne Plaza Baton Rouge. It will be hosted by Louisiana State University Innovation Park/Louisiana Business and Technology Center and includes a tour of LBTC and a reception featuring Cajun music and food. Register now for the workshop/seminar or just the funding seminar at www.nbia.org/CECT.
If you plan to spend the night, a special group rate of $109 per night is available at the Crowne Plaza Baton Rouge. Reservations may be made through the Crowne Plaza Baton Rouge's website at www.crowneplaza.com/execcenterbtr or by calling the hotel directly at (800) 678-4065. Use the promotion code CEA. The deadline for reservations is May 7.
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