Tuesday, December 4, 2007

Northwest Kentucky: A Center of "Green" Innovation

The Greater Owensboro Economic Development Corporation (GO-EDC) and Northwest Kentucky Forward, the regional economic development organization based in Henderson, will announce a new partnership aiming to brand Northwest Kentucky as a center of “green” innovation.

Entrepreneurs, scientists, and investors are finding the area around the Green River including Greater Owensboro, Henderson, and the entire Northwest Kentucky region ripe with assets for innovation in “green” technologies such as plant biotechnology and alternative energy.

The Northwest Kentucky region is poised to lead state and national efforts in “green” innovation. Owensboro is becoming a world center of plant-made pharmaceutical and plant biotechnology through its unique collaborations in bioprocessing, cancer research, and agricultural production. Kentucky is uniquely situated to lead the nation’s synthetic fuels industry. Northwest Kentucky, with its abundance of coal, rich agriculture, and significant infrastructure assets, is positioned to spearhead the Commonwealth’s alternative energy efforts.

The partnership between Northwest Kentucky Forward and the GO-EDC will create the Green Region Innovation Network bringing together higher education, research and development entities, and workforce training facilities to ensure that conditions are right for growth in “green” technologies in Northwest Kentucky. The work of the Network will help diversify the regional economy through support of innovative developments in alternative energy and plant biotechnology.

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