Eco-Friendly Conference To Be Held In Jamestown Next Week

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JAMESTOWN, NY (WNY News Now) – An eco-friendly climate tech conference for manufacturers will be held in the City of Jamestown next week. Showcasing many green energy options for those in the area. 

Hosted by Jamestown’s Board of Public Utilities, the two and a half day conference will show to investors, entrepreneurs, and manufacturers from across the nation, the benefits and opportunities that come with green technology.

We spoke with Ellen Ditonto, Business Development Coordinator of the BPU on what to expect to come out of the conference.

“We’re bringing in around 200 people,“ explained Ditonto. “Both from our region and outside of our region to help us talk about how we can transform our area manufacturing to move into the climate tech and cleantech sector.” 

Ditonto goes on to say that the timing of the expo couldn’t be better.

“I can’t think of a better way to get this conference underway than the recent announcement that Electrovaya, which is a lithium ion battery producer is going to be located right here in the greater Jamestown area,“ stated Ditonto. “That is a cleantech, climate tech, business. So we think that is a great way to kick it off and to say yes, we can in fact become part of that sector.”    

If all goes well, Chautauqua County could become a real gem within New York State.

“One of the things we’ve been concerned about for a long time is that we’ve been called part of the rust belt,“ explained Ditonto. “And that’s been for a number of years, manufacturers have moved.”

Starting on Monday the 17th, the first two days will allow those who signed up to attend multiple discussions and classes on the impacts of this new technology.

The final day, Wednesday the 19th from 1p.m. to 4p.m. event organizers will showcase many new green technologies to the public.

“We are going to have a number of commercial and consumer automobiles, and the other item which is really going to be exciting is we have an electric bus,“ stated Ditonto. “A 40 foot electric bus that has been purchased by the NFTA from New Flyer, and New Flyer has a local manufacturing facility and they make parts for that.”

Funds for manufacturers looking to get involved with Climate Tech are readily available. From federal, state, and local monies available.


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