This event serves to highlight Minnesota’s priority to grow jobs and engage business owners and policymakers across the clean energy and economic development community, and hear directly from clean energy value chains so that the strategic action plan developed has broad industry support.


7:30 - 8:00       Registration opens

8:00 - 8:05    Welcome: University of Minnesota President Eric Kaler

8:05 - 8:15     The Energy Economy: DEED Commissioner, Katie Clark Sieben

8:15 - 8:25     Governor Mark Dayton 

8:25-9:30     Executive Panel Discussion - Global Trends: How does climate change and energy diversification create opportunities for Minnesota's companies? What trends are driving innovation? What are Minnesota's competitive advantages in the clean energy industry? How strong is the value chain in Minnesota? 

Executive Panelists:
  • Paul Douglas, Meteorologist [Moderator]
  • David Mortenson, President, Mortenson Construction
  • Dr. Gayle Schueller, Vice President of Global Sustainability, 3M
  • Ken Smith, President and CEO, District Energy
  • Kirk Thorne, Executive Vice President, Sales, Marketing & Aftermarket, Daikin Applied

9:30-10:45     Industry Sector Reports: Industry representatives present sector strengths, challenges and opportunities identified at roundtables. Collaborative Economics presents the methodology for the development of state clean energy economic indicators. 

           Sector Presenters:

  • David Kolsrud, President, The Funding Farm
  • Shanelle Evens Montana, Associate, Legislative and Regulatory Affairs, EDF Renewables
  • Dr. Raj Rajan, RD&E Vice President, Global Sustainability Technical Leader, Ecolab
  • Craig Tarr, President, Energy Concepts
  • Girija Parthasarthy, Energy Research Leader, Honeywell
    Presenters are representing the consensus opinions from the roundtables and not those of the individual organizations they work for.

    Collaborative Economics:
  • John Melville, President
  • Renae Steichen, Project Manager

10:45-11:00    Break

11:00-12:30    Industry Breakout/Working Session: Industry representatives, state leaders and experts will convene in smaller facilitated target groups by industry sector/area of opportunity to build upon opportunities and challenges presented by sector panelists. 

12:30 - 12:35   Lunch is served and introduction of Keynote Speaker

12:50 - 1:25     Keynote Speech: Captain Goudreau, Deputy Assistant Secretary of the Navy (Energy, Installations and Environment)

1:25 - 1:30       Closing Remarks: Commissioner Mike Rothman 

This event is brought to you by: 

The Department of Employment and Economic Development

Department of Agriculture

Department of Commerce

Environmental Quality Board

Platinum Sponsor - National Governor's Association 

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Gold - $2,000

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