TAP Webinar: Spurring Local Economic Development with Clean Energy Programs
This webinar discusses how communities can use energy efficiency and renewable energy programs for local economic development. Efforts to improve energy efficiency and generate renewable energy can benefit a local economy in much the same way as other development activities. In fact, unlike financial incentive programs and speculative infrastructure investments that depend on potential but unclear economic growth impacts, many clean energy investments produce immediate economic returns to localities—and thus can be attractive options for local economic development organizations. This webinar reviews these often overlooked returns on investment and the factors that shape their local economic impacts, as well as features case studies from Babylon, New York and Newton, Iowa. Speakers include: Peter Meyer, E.P. Systems Group; Sammy Chu, Director of Operations, Suffolk County (Former Director, Long Island Green Homes); and Bryan Friedman, Director of Finance and Economic Development, Newton, IA.