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2016 State of the Green Economy

2016 State of the Green Economy

Date: Wednesday Sep 14, 2016

Time: 3:30 PM to 6:30 PM

Location: Davenport Grand Hotel 333 W Spokane Falls Blvd Spokane, WA 99201 Get Directions

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State of the Green Economy

Doors open: 3:00 p.m. | Program: 3:30-5:30 p.m. | Reception: 5:30-6:30p.m.

Greater Spokane Incorporated is pleased to partner with Washington's Clean Tech Alliance to bring you the State of the Green Economy.

Come hear about local and state initiatives related to Governor Inslee’s Cap and Trade Initiative, the University District’s Smart District project, and the I-732 Carbon Tax initiative that will be on the ballot this November. Learn how these may impact our businesses, our community and our state.

The event's keynote speaker, Itron’s Vice President, Global Marketing and Public Affairs, Sharelynn Moore, will deliver an update on Spokane's Smart District initiative. This initiative would benefit the community by transforming the University District into a living laboratory to drive urban innovation and economic opportunity to benefit the community.

You will also receive a briefing on the status of Governor Jay Inslee’s proposed Cap and Trade program and CleanTech initiatives by Brian Young, Lead for Washington State's Department of Commerce Clean Energy Sector.

Additionally, a panel discussion will take a look at the merits and consequences of Initiative I-732 - the Washington State Carbon Tax initiative.

Meet our Keynote Speaker:

Sharelynn Moore, Vice President, Global Marketing and Public Affairs, Itron

Sharelynn Moore has more than 20 years of experience in the energy and technology sectors, holding a variety of product - and marketing - related roles. In 2013, she was named vice president of Global Marketing and Public Affairs. In this role, Moore is responsible for all global marketing and public affairs activities for Itron, including development of strategic marketing objectives, oversight of internal and external communications and management of external affairs including community investment and government relations.

Our Distinguished Panelists include:

Senator Michael Baumgartner, of Spokane’s 6th Legislative District

Currently in his second term in the Washington State Senate, Sen. Michael Baumgartner represents the District in Spokane, providing a voice for business and jobs, higher education and smarter, more effective government. He is chairman of the Senate Commerce and Labor Committee, in addition to serving on the Higher Education, Health Care, and Transportation committees.

Yoram Bauman, economist, stand-up economist, and founder and co-chair of Carbon Washington

Yoram Bauman is an environmental economist and self-described "stand-up economist". His book "Tax Shift" that inspired the revenue-neutral carbon tax in British Columbia. He is also the co-author of the Cartoon Introduction to Climate Change and the two-volume Cartoon Introduction to Economies.

Hal Calbom, Founder, Sustainable Media Group

Hal began his career in television broadcast news and public affairs, working for King Television, the Seattle NBC affiliate, as a reporter, producer, writer, news anchor and program host. He has produced and successfully brought to market more than 70 media-based programs, is a recognized interviewer, keynote speaker, program host, and communications consultant.

Bruce Howard, Avista Utilities

Bruce Howard, Director of Environmental Affairs for Avista Utilities, is responsible for environmental compliance, the Spokane and Clark Fork river licenses and real estate. Bruce joined Avista in 2000 to lead the Spokane river relicensing process, managing this collaborative effort that lasted nine years with a positive outcome of a 50-year license.

Bruce is a graduate of Cornell University and the University of Texas, and has lived in Spokane since 1985.

Brian Young, Washington State Department of Commerce Clean Energy Sector Lead

As Lead for Washington State’s Department of Commerce Clean Energy Sector, Brian Young serves as the point of contact for clean technology companies seeking to navigate Washington State’s political and economic landscape. A U.S. Navy veteran, Young recently served as business development manager for a Tri-Cities engineering firm, working on nuclear remediation efforts at Hanford and other points within the Department of Energy complex.

Each panelist will speak separately, followed with time for questions from the audience. A reception with hors d’oeuvres and a no host bar will follow. We are pleased to announce that attendees from Triangle Venture Expo will be joining the reception, providing an opportunity for additional discussions.

You may reserve a hotel room here at one of the participating properties:

The Historic Davenport, Autograph Collection

The Davenport Grand, Autograph Collection

The Davenport Tower, Autograph Collection

Please note that room rates are based on the best deal of the day.

Please contact Events Manger, Carsen Quinnett, to register with the student discount of $15 per student. Please note that student registration excludes the post reception.

You must be 21 or older to attend the reception.

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**Our final guarantee is due to the venue 3 business days prior to the event. Refunds will only be given for cancelations received 3 or more business days prior to the event. Thank you!
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