USDA-RD Staff Speak at MI Clean Energy Conference & Fair

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Valarie Handy
(231) 486-2510
The USDA-RD booth featured all program areas relevant to clean energy generation and energy efficiency upgrades.

USDA Rural Development was prominently featured during the recent MI Clean Energy Conference & Fair held in Traverse City, MI. Two staff members presented programs and services during the conference panels and all programs were featured at the conference booth.

The Rural Energy for America Program (REAP) was specifically featured during an educational panel highlighting it as a resource for small businesses and agricultural producers to improve energy efficiency or use towards renewable energy generation systems.

The Frankfort PRIME project, which was a direct result of the region’s participation in the Stronger Economies Together (SET) technical assistance program, was also featured during a conference panel.

This presentation resulted in many questions about Frankfort PRIME’s replicability in other communities and generated significant excitement from the session participants. Funding for the project was provided in the form of a seed grant at the conclusion of the SET regional planning process. SET participants chose to fund the Frankfort PRIME project in an effort to build upon the existing energy industry cluster assets that were identified in the regional implementation plan. Once the plan received a “High Quality” designation Frankfort PRIME was launched.  The project is expected to be completed this month and will culminate in a presentation to the Frankfort City Council that will include implementable recommendations regarding energy efficiency and renewable energy generation in the City of Frankfort, MI.

Fast Facts

Obligation Amount$5,000
Date of ObligationJune 2017
Congressional District01
Senator's Last NamesStabenow; Peters