(Rome, NY – Dec. 2012) The City of Rome and the City of Utica will host a free “Lunch and Learn” Energy Workshop for business and not-for-profit organizations on Dec. 5 from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Daniele’s at Valley View Conference Center in Utica to help businesses learn about incentives to save money on their energy bills and improve their facilities.

The lunch will feature opening remarks from Utica Mayor Robert Palmieri and Rome Mayor Joseph R. Fusco, Jr.

According to Mayor Fusco, “Working together with Utica, we have a responsibility to take the necessary steps toward creating and retaining jobs while still preserving our environment.  Energy efficiency factors into everyone’s bottom line.  This workshop is one way help our business community – not just in Rome, but across the Mohawk Valley – to access the incentives available to improve efficiency and save on energy bills.”

Expert presentations will be made by Central NY Energy $mart Communities Program, an Independent Contractor to New York State Energy Research & Development Authority to perform customer outreach; and National Grid’s Small Business Program. These and other businesses and organizations will be on-hand to network, answer questions, and to assist in the first step for a free or cost-shared energy audits.

The meeting will also focus on available cash incentives and low-interest loans from NYSERDA, as well as other opportunities available from National Grid.

“Economic development transcends municipal boundaries, so it is intuitive that our cities partner on this,” says Christian Mercurio, Interim Director of Rome Community & Economic Development.  The City of Rome obtained this grant from NYSERDA on behalf of the Mohawk Valley, and has been a regional stronghold of sustainable development.  “Taking advantage of these incentives is one way to accomplish our region’s goal for smart growth.”

These investments, he argues, are available today and will continue to pay dividends for decades to come via reduced operating costs.  The region benefits as well through a sustained reduction in carbon emissions, energy-sector job growth, and environmental quality.

Shared promotion for this meeting is being handled by Rome Clean and Green, Central New York’s local Keep America Beautiful Affiliate.

Tanya Davis, Project Coordinator for the organization says, “This partnership just makes sense.  Clean and Green is preparing to expand its reach throughout the Mohawk Valley, and collaborating with our municipalities to help reduce energy consumption and increase small business efficiency is a common goal that can be achieved through events of this nature.”

All Utica, Rome, and Oneida County small business owners and not-for-profit organizations are encouraged to attend the workshop.  Pre-register for the workshop at www.RenewOneidaCounty.org  or call toll free at 1-866-495-2959.


By martha

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