October 4, 2012 – The Southern Tier Regional Bioenergy Partnership: Developing a Regional Renewable Bioenergy Industry Cluster in the Southern Tier, Erik Miller

Speaker:
Erik Miller, director of the Southern Tier East Regional Planning Development Board

Description:
The Southern Tier Regional Bioenergy Partnership is designed to explore the potential for establishing a viable bioenergy industry cluster in the Southern Tier of New York State. The program brings together planners, community and economic developers, educators, farmers, business representatives and others to analyze the strengths and weaknesses related to bioenergy development. Based on their work, project participants agreed that the bioenergy sector has the potential to support regional development goals and are creating a plan with specific strategies designed to realize that potential.

PowerPoint:
“The Southern Tier Regional Bioenergy Partnership: Developing a Regional Renewable Bioenergy Industry Cluster in the Southern Tier” (N/A)

Location:
Binghamton University

Present:
Speakers - Erik Miller (Southern Tier East Regional Planning Development Board), Dee Gamble (Cooperative Extension of Tompkins Co), Elizabeth Keokosky  (Community Biomass Energy), Heidi Mouillesseaux-Kunzman (Community and Regional Development Institute (CaRDI)
Attendees –  Anli Ataov (Binghamton University), Lisa Altman (Binghamton University),  C Thomas Bailey (Tioga County REAP, LDC), Scott Bowen (Binghamton University), James Baumgartner (Broome County), Peggy Benz, Rainy Collins-Vickers A(NYFB),  David Currie (Binghamton Regional Sustainability Coalition), Stacey Duncan (Greater Binghamton Chamber of Commerce), Andy Fagan (Cornell Cooperative Extension Chemung and Tioga Counties), John  Fillo (Binghamton University), Donna Fish, Lisa Gallagher (BU/Watson School), Joseph  Graney (Binghamton University), Zondra Hart (Otsego County Economic Development), Steve Johnson (Riger, A Marketing Communications Company), Thomas Kowalik (Binghamton University), Rocky Martinez (Johnson City School District), Jeff Martinez (Watson School of Engineering),  Bruce Mattingly (SUNY Cortland),  Kevin Millar (Village of Owego), Debra  Morrello  (Broome Community College),  Roni O’Geen (SUNY Empire State College), Joanne Pfeil (Binghamton University),  Brad Vickers (Chenango County Farm Bureau)

Reports/Discussions

  • T. Kowalik welcomed members, participants and provided a brief overview of SUNY BEST. He reminded everyone that this session was being recorded and a link to the recording would be placed on the SUNY BEST website.
  • Attendees introduced themselves.
  • Erik Miller, director of the Southern Tier East Regional Planning Development Board, Dee Gamble, Energy $mart Communities lead coordinator for the New York State Energy and Research Development Authority’s Southern Tier Region (NYSERDA), Elizabeth Keokosky, a former systems analyst at Cornell University, now working with Community Biomass Energy to develop a bioengineering business, and Heidi Mouillesseaux-Kunzman, an extension associate with the Community and Regional Development Institute (CaRDI) based in Cornell University’s Department of Developmental Sociology appeared as  panelists in a presentation titled, “The Southern Tier Regional Bioenergy Partnership: Developing a Regional Renewable Bioenergy Industry Cluster in the Southern Tier.”
  • These professionals provided information about The Southern Tier Regional Bioenergy Partnership. A partnership designed to explore the potential for establishing a viable bioenergy industry cluster in the Southern Tier of New York State. The program brings together planners, community and economic developers, educators, farmers, business representatives and others to analyze, at the regional level, the strengths and weaknesses related to bioenergy development. Based on their work, project participants agreed that the bioenergy sector has the potential to support regional development goals and are creating a plan with specific strategies designed to realize that potential.
  • In this program, the panelists shared the process they have been involved in, data and other information they have considered, and their ideas for moving forward. The floor was then opened for questions and comments.

Recording:
Developing a Regional Renewable Bio-energy Industry Cluster in the Southern Tier (Run time: 01:47:09)

Next Meeting:
The next meeting is Thursday November 1, 2012 from 10:00am – 12:00pm, at Binghamton University, Continuing Education and Outreach Department, LN 1324C, Binghamton, New York.