2014 Governor’s Energy Summit

Governor Bryant Addresses the Audience at 2014 Energy Summit

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Governor Phil Bryant has proven himself to be diligent in seizing energy-based economic growth opportunities for Mississippi. Because energy powers and propels the entire world, Governor Bryant knows that Mississippi must seek opportunities to attract energy-related investment, not only because the jobs in this industry pay about twice the private sector average, but also because energy supply growth is needed to accommodate a larger economy that employs more people and raises household incomes.

According to the Governor, “Energy is the lifeblood of our country, the soul of our economic development.” See his entire Governor’s Energy Summit welcome address below.

An Address on America’s Energy by Governor Rick Perry

Photo Credit: The Clarion Ledger

Photo Credit: The Clarion Ledger

Governor Rick Perry was the keynote speaker at our 2014 Governor’s Energy Summit and he used his address to highlight America’s wealth of energy resources and urge our nation’s leaders to allow states to capitalize on economic opportunities.

“Many states are blessed,” explained Perry. “They’re blessed to have these natural resources below the soil. But without the leadership, that’s exactly where those resources are going to stay.”

He also went on to explain how energy  can be a weapon in the hand of aggressors. It is Perry’s belief that if energy is going to be used as a weapon, then America needs to have the largest arsenal and it should use that arsenal to set bullied nations free.

See the Governor’s full address below.

Made in America: Educating, Motivating and Empowering Americans to Expand Skills and Entrepreneurship

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John Ratzenberger, famed Cheers actor and host and producer of the Travel Channel’s Made in America series, was a guest speaker at our 2014 Governor’s Energy Summit. Ratzenberger used his address to highlight America’s history of hardworkers.

“We’re a nation of tinkerers,” described Ratzenberger. “That’s what built America, kids that grew up tinkering and then came up with an idea.”

In his address, Ratzenberger aired his concern over today’s lack of work ethic and how good paying, honest careers, like those in energy and manufacturing, are often stigmatized. What was once a well-respected and revered occupation is now commonly seen as a last resort career choice. The video above and this accompanying article by Wisconsin Rapids Tribune makes the case for why manufacturing (and energy) careers should matter to the next generation.

Did You Know?

By 2017, an estimated 2.5 million new, middle-skill jobs are expected to be added to the workforce, accounting for nearly 40% of all job growth, according to a USA TODAY analysis of local data from Economic Modeling Specialists Intl. and CareerBuilder.

There will be a tremendous demand for blue collar jobs when the Baby Boom generation retires. Currently, Boomers make up about 20% of the workforce.

Over 1,000 Attend 2014 Governor’s Energy Summit

Over 1,000 were in attendance to hear Governors Rick Perry and Phil Bryant highlight America’s wealth of energy resources and urge our nation’s leaders to allow states to capitalize on economic opportunities.

John Ratzenberger, Governor Rick Perry and Governor Phil Bryant converse prior to the summit luncheon.

John Ratzenberger, Governor Rick Perry and Governor Phil Bryant converse prior to the summit luncheon.

“Many states are blessed,” explained Perry. “They’re blessed to have these natural resources below the soil. But without the leadership, that’s exactly where those resources are going to stay.”

Earlier in the morning, a 2012 reunion panel of David Holt, Karen Harbert, and Harry Alford discussed opportunities and some new threats to an abundant, affordable energy America.

Following the panel was Dr. Scott W. Tinker, Director of the Bureau of Economic Geology. His lively presentation broke down the growing energy demands of the world and other trends and explained rational solutions to meeting world demands.

On the other side of the energy economy coin, John Ratzenberger of Cheers fame and the Made in America series spoke about the importance of work ethic and how America needs a strong industry for economic recovery.

“We’re a nation of tinkerers,” described Ratzenberger. “That’s what built America, kids that grew up tinkering and then came up with an idea.”

Governor Bryant agrees that building a workforce to handle jobs in the energy and manufacturing sectors is a top priority in Mississippi, and at the Mississippi Energy Institute, we are working on addressing workforce development with a web-based resource to promote technical and engineering careers in energy and manufacturing.

Read more about the summit here.

Notable Quotables from 2014 Energy Summit

  • “Energy is a weapon in the hand of aggressors, so if energy is going to be used as a weapon, America needs to have the largest arsenal… our arsenal will not be used to bully other nations, but to set them free.” – Governor Perry
  • “If America is Popeye, industry is our spinach.” – John Ratzenberger
  • “Energy is the lifeblood of our country, the soul of our economic development.” – Governor Phil Bryant
  • “Energy security – affordable, available, reliable, sustainable – drives the energy mix and should be the goal of energy policy.” – Scott Tinker
  • “Coal is here to stay, oil and gas are here to stay, the new techniques are here to stay, and it’s over my dead body if they want to take it away.”  – Harry Alford
  • “Here are the ‘AEIOU’s and sometimes Y’ of Energy – Access, Exports, Infrastructure, public Opinion, Unfair regulations, Youth – the vowels we need to focus on to capitalize on U.S. energy.”- Karen Harbert
  • “The U.S. is poised to be largest oil producer on earth. We now impact global oil prices more than any other country.” – David Holt
  • “If 111(d) goes forward, we will reduce world emissions by <%1, or just 14 days of emissions produced in China.” – Karen Harbert
  • “If the concern really is emissions, nuclear and natural gas should be looked at. Their net costs are far more enticing than wind and solar.” – Scott Tinker
  • “Why is the conversation about banning? Banning coal? The conversation should be ‘how do we improve it.'” – David Holt
  • “The world is talking about Kemper. Mississippians are leading the way, showing us the future.” – Harry Alford
  • Lucy in the Sky with Diamonds – when I heard that song I asked, “Who built the boat?” We need boat builders in the U.S.” – John Ratzenberger

Texas Governor Rick Perry to Deliver Keynote Address at Governor’s Energy Summit in Jackson

Rick Perry, Governor of Texas and 2012 Presidential Candidate, will deliver the keynote address at the 2014 Governor’s Energy Summit October 8th at the Jackson Convention Complex.

In its third year, the summit’s goal is to highlight the inextricable relationship between energy and the economy. Energy development has been a major area of focus for Governor Bryant’s Administration.

“Mississippi continues to strengthen its position as an energy state, and this summit is an opportunity for business professionals, students, and government representatives to be informed on the latest developments and challenges in the energy economy,” Gov. Phil Bryant said.
The summit is presented by the Mississippi Energy Institute, a non-profit policy group that seeks to diversify and expand Mississippi’s economic energy base.

“Governor Rick Perry, like Governor Bryant, understands what a strategic energy policy can achieve in terms of serving as an economic development catalyst and providing well-paying jobs and an abundant energy supply,” said Patrick Sullivan, President of the Mississippi Energy Institute. “Virtually every study points to energy as the foundation of Texas’ economic base. It has attracted a wide-range of manufacturing companies and served as the springboard for growth and prosperity. ”

This will mark the third Governor’s Energy Summit, with past keynotes featuring New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani and the Newt Gingrich, former Speaker of the United States House of Representatives.

In addition to a keynote by Perry, there will be presentations or panels discussions including:

• A special address regarding workforce development by John Ratzenberger, the actor from the television series Made in America, which celebrated the USA’s manufacturing industry. Ratzenberger is also well known for his role in the iconic TV show Cheers as well as lending his voice to several blockbuster Pixar motion pictures.
• Dr. Scott Tinker, Director of the Bureau of Economic Geology (BEG) and the Director of the Advanced Energy Consortium, who has developed a vision for America’s energy future.
• A reunion of the popular panel discussion from the 2012 summit that included Harry Alford of the National Black Chamber of Commerce, Karen Halbert from the U.S. Chamber of Commerce’s Institute for 21st Century Energy, and Consumer Energy Alliance’s David Holt.
• Remarks from Mississippi Governor Phil Bryant

The summit’s program will start at 9 a.m. on October 8th and will conclude with Perry’s luncheon remarks.

There is no cost to attend the event, but space is limited. Registration deadline is September 22. To register for this year’s summit, CLICK HERE

2014 Governor’s Energy Summit

Governor Rick Perry

Governor Rick Perry

Rick Perry, Governor of Texas and 2012 Presidential Candidate, will deliver the keynote address at the 2014 Governor’s Energy Summit October 8th at the Jackson Convention Complex. In its third year, the summit’s goal is to highlight the inextricable relationship between energy and the economy. Energy development has been a major area of focus for Governor Bryant’s Administration. “Mississippi continues to strengthen its position as an energy state, and this summit is an opportunity for business professionals, students, and government representatives to be informed on the latest developments and challenges in the energy economy,” Gov. Phil Bryant said. The summit is presented by the Mississippi Energy Institute, a non-profit policy group that seeks to diversify and expand Mississippi’s economic energy base. “Governor Rick Perry, like Governor Bryant, understands what a strategic energy policy can achieve in terms of serving as an economic development catalyst and providing well-paying jobs and an abundant energy supply,” said Patrick Sullivan, President of the Mississippi Energy Institute. “Virtually every study points to energy as the foundation of Texas’ economic base. It has attracted a wide-range of manufacturing companies and served as the springboard for growth and prosperity. ” This will mark the third Governor’s Energy Summit, with past keynotes featuring New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani and the Newt Gingrich, former Speaker of the United States House of Representatives. In addition to a keynote by Perry, there will be presentations or panels discussions including:

  • A special address regarding workforce development by John Ratzenberger, the actor from the television series Made in America, which celebrated the USA’s manufacturing industry.  Ratzenberger is also well known for his role in the iconic TV show Cheers as well as lending his voice to several blockbuster Pixar motion pictures.
  • Dr. Scott Tinker, Director of the Bureau of Economic Geology (BEG) and the Director of the Advanced Energy Consortium, who has developed a vision for America’s energy future.
  •  A reunion of the popular panel discussion from the 2012 summit that included Harry Alford of the National Black Chamber of Commerce, Karen Halbert from the U.S. Chamber of Commerce’s Institute for 21st Century Energy, and Consumer Energy Alliance’s David Holt.
  • Remarks from Mississippi Governor Phil Bryant

The summit’s program will start at 9 a.m. on October 8th and will conclude with Perry’s luncheon remarks. There is no cost to attend the event, but space is limited.  Registration is now closed. AGENDA (2014) PDF FINAL