Via the Mississippi Business Journal Business Blog published November 12, 2013

JACKSON, Mississippi — Newt Gingrich, former Speaker of the United States House of Representatives and 2012 presidential candidate, will deliver the keynote address at the Gov. Phil Bryant’s Energy Summit Dec. 5 at the Jackson Convention Center.

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. Gingrich, now a co-host of the CNN Crossfire television program, will deliver his keynote address during the luncheon and speak on “Smart Energy Today for Strength, Security and Sustainability Tomorrow.”

“Newt Gingrich is one of the premier thought leaders concerning energy development in our country, and we are honored that he would address our summit,” said Patrick Sullivan, president of the Mississippi Energy Institute. “His $2.50 a gallon energy plan during the 2012 Presidential campaign set off a nationwide discussion about the use of America’s energy resources, and that conversation continues today.”

The Mississippi Energy Institute last year hosted the inaugural Governor’s Energy Summit, with former New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani headlining the event.

Seating will be limited and the registration deadline is November 22nd.

The summit’s program will start at 9 a.m. on Dec. 5th and will conclude with Gingrich’s luncheon remarks. Scheduled speakers include:

» Gov. Phil Bryant: Energy – The Road Ahead for Mississippi

» Dr. David Dismukes, Acadian Consulting Group: Leveraging Energy for Industrial Development

» Dr. Frank Clemente, Penn State University: Coal’s Role in Meeting Global Energy Needs

» Dan DiMicco, Executive Chairman, Nucor Corp: Energy’s Role in U.S. Manufacturing

A panel discussion with the leaders of the state’s four research universities: Dr. Rodney Bennett (USM), Dr. Dan Jones (Ole Miss), Dr. Mark Keenum (MSU) and Dr. Carolyn Meyers (JSU). The topic: Energy as Fuel for University Growth. Dr. Hank Bounds, Mississippi Commissioner of Higher Education, will moderate.

“Mississippi Energy Institute received great response to our speakers and panelists at our summit last year, and we believe this year’s agenda will produce diverse, entertaining and thought provoking dialogue,” said Sullivan. “The discussion will cover a wide range of topics, all extremely important to our state’s future.”

To register for this year’s summit, please visit the MEI website. There is no cost to attend the event, but space is limited.