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Oak Ridge National Laboratory and University of Tennessee have received in excess of $200 million in funding from the State of Tennessee and U.S. Department of Energy to accelerate the commercialization of biofuels and chemicals from cellulosic biomass.

State Implementation Meetings

AgBioworks has successfully implemented launch meetings for the “Regional Strategy for Biobased Products in the Mississippi Delta” at the following locations in the 3rd and 4th quarters of 2009:

August 25, 2009 – Bridges USA, Memphis, Tennessee
September 2, 2009 – Delta Center Field Day, University of Missouri Delta Center, Portageville, Missouri
September 15, 2009 – Murray State University, Murray, Kentucky
September 16, 2009 – Purchase Area Development District Office, Mayfield, Kentucky
September 22, 2009 – Delta Council, Stoneville, Mississippi
September 23, 2009 – Tunica Chamber of Commerce, Tunica, Mississippi
October 1, 2009 – Governor’s Environment and Energy Conference, Lexington, Kentucky
October 15, 2009 – Mississippi Technology Alliance, Jackson, Mississippi
November 16, 2009 –Three Rivers Community College, Poplar Bluff, Missouri
November 16, 2009 – University of Missouri Delta Center, Portageville, Missouri
November 17, 2009 – Cape Girardeau Career & Tech Center, Cape Girardeau, Missouri
November 23, 2009 – Agri-Energy Committee, Kentucky Ag Council, Bowling Green, Kentucky
November 23, 2009 – Tennessee Renewable Energy and Economic Development Council, Memphis, Tennessee
December 3, 2009 – Little Rock Chamber of Commerce, Little Rock, Arkansas
December 10, 2009 – Arkansas Bioscience Institute, Arkansas State University, Jonesboro, Arkansas

Arkansas Launch Events Hosted at Two Locations

Faculty and special guests attended a briefing at Arkansas Biosciences Institute at Arkansas State University in Jonesboro on December 10, 2009 concerning the "Regional Strategy for Biobased Products in the Mississippi Delta". This was one of two events in Arkansas in December 2009. The other event was hosted by the Little Rock Chamber of Commerce on December 3, 2009. Both events were organized by the Arkansas Energy Division of the Arkansas Economic Development Commission.

Over 70 Leaders Attend Southeast Missouri Regional Strategy Launch

Over 70 agriculture, education, business and government leaders attended launch meetings for the "Regional Strategy for Biobased Products in the Mississippi Delta" which took place on November 16-17, 2009 across Southeast Missouri. On the 16th a luncheon meeting was hosted at the Three Rivers Community College in Poplar Bluff, and that evening a dinner meeting at University of Missouri's Delta Center at Portageville. On the 17th a luncheon meeting was conducted at the Cape Girardeau Career and Technology Center.

Buz Sutherland, Executive Director of the Southeast Missouri Economic Development Alliance explains the positive ramifications for the region through implementing a bioeconomy strategy at Three Rivers Community College.

Randy Powell, Ph.D., of Memphis Bioworks Foundation discusses the use of agricultural raw materials in making biobased chemicals.

As part of the dinner meeting at the Delta Center in Portageville, Peter Nelson of Memphis Bioworks Foundation shows the National Renewable Energy Laboratory resource map which pinpoints biomass as the major renewable asset for the region.

From left to right – Rep. Tim Todd, District 163; Peter Nelson and Randy Powell, Ph.D. of Memphis Bioworks Foundation; and Rep. Terry Swinger, District 162 at the University of Missouri’s Delta Center in Portageville.

Peter Nelson discusses the benefits of alternative crops to industrial customers at the Cape Girardeau Career & Technology Center.

Memphis Launch at BRIDGES

August 25, 2009
Keynote Speaker - Aimée Christensen

Attendees networking during the reception.

Dr. Steve Bares introducing the Regional Strategy

Aimée Christensen's Keynote

Sumesh Arora, Bud Hughes, Dr. Elizabeth Hood, Aimée Christensen

Kentucky Launch Events

On September 15-16, 2009 representatives of AgBioworks gave two presentations concerning the "Regional Strategy for Biobased Products in the Mississippi Delta" working in conjunction with Kentucky implementation partners at Murray State University and the Purchase Area Development District. An evening meeting at Murray State University in Murray, KY was followed by breakfast at the PADD headquarters in Mayfield, KY with over a 100 total attendees.

Randy Powell presents findings from the recent Regional Strategy to local farmers and state and local officials at the Regional Special Events Center at Murray State University.

Dr. Tony Brannon, Dean of the School of Agriculture at MSU, welcomes everyone to the meeting at the PADD office in Mayfield, KY.

Loretta Daniel, Director of the Innovation & Commercialization Center at MSU speaks to the group at the breakfast meeting in Mayfield.

(Left to Right) Jennifer Beck-Walker, Dr. Tony Brannon, Hillary Spain, Dr. Randy Powell, Todd Powell, Loretta Daniel, Bob Johnson, Pete Nelson, Christi Marksbury

Mississippi Launch Events

September 22, 2009
Hosted by: The Delta Council
Stoneville, MS

September 23, 2009
Hosted by: Tunica County Chamber of Commerce
Tunica, MS

(Left to Right) Steve Anderson,
Travis Satterfield, Sumesh Arora, Brent Bailey, Randy Powell, Pete Nelson

Welcoming attendees to the meeting.

Randy Powell, Memphis Bioworks Foundation, presenting the eight strategic recommendations from the Regional Strategy.

Sumesh Arora, Mississippi Technology Alliance, providing comments related to the Regional Strategy.