OIT Times: Three More Governors Sign-up to Partner with DOE/OIT
June 23, 2001
Within the space of a week, OIT States Team recently signed separate Memoranda of Understanding with the Governors of Iowa, New Hampshire, and Maine. Iowa Governor Tom Vilsack formally acknowledged start-up of an Iowa IOF program with a ceremony in his office on April 19. The Iowa program will accelerate R&D partnerships in the State, particularly in Iowa Agriculture and Metal Casting industries. On the 23rd, Maine Governor Angus King signed on behalf of his state, with Governor Jeanne Shaheen of New Hampshire pledging support for the program in her state the next day. think it very meaningful that we brought three new states on board ang, bang, bangand that we received commitment at the highest level of State government in all three cases,said Team Leader Sandy Glatt (202-586-3897). t shows that there growing awareness of the States IOF Program and a broader recognition of the value of the program to a state economy. Wee very pleased.br>
Glatt notes that the program is continuing to grow, and she expects at least 6 or 7 new states to begin or accelerate States IOF efforts over the next 12 months.
West Virginiahe first state to sign a States IOF agreement and an ongoing model for States IOF successs planning its MOU signing in December. To date, local efforts have secured more than $13 million in R&D funding to help West Virginia industries cut energy use and increase productivity.