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Gov. Tomblin hosts major energy confab

WHITE SULPHUR SPRINGS, W.Va. —Beginning Sunday, West Virginia Governor Earl Ray Tomblin will welcome more than 200 attendees to the 55th annual meeting of the Southern States Energy Board, an organization of southern governors and state legislators from 16 states, Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands.

The theme for this year’s forum is “Producing America’s Energy and Power,” focusing on the role of the southern states in leading the nation toward international energy partnerships and technology deployment. The Board’s mission is to enhance economic development and the quality of life in the South through innovations in energy and environmental policies, programs and technologies.

“I am honored to host the annual meeting of the Southern States Energy Board at The Greenbrier in White Sulphur Springs,” Governor Tomblin said. “For our nation to thrive in the global marketplace, we must recognize how important our energy resources are to growing the economy and creating the jobs that are vital to each of our states.” The three-day conference will highlight energy technology advances as well as opportunities for energy exports and imports to improve international competitiveness. Speakers will include industry thought leaders and high-level government officials.

Southern States Energy Board Executive Director Ken Nemeth commented that, “The members of the Southern States Energy Board are elated to be holding their 55th annual meeting at The Greenbrier under the chairmanship of Governor Tomblin, a governor who is passionate about economic development and energy issues. The Board experienced an excellent year that has featured a diverse portfolio of significant energy projects and industry technologies that are developing throughout the region.”

Who: The Southern States Energy Board Annual Meeting

When: Sunday, September 27– Tuesday, September 29, 2015

Where: The Greenbrier, 300 W. Main Street, White Sulphur Springs, West Virginia 24986

For more information about the Southern States Energy Board, visit

For media credential information, please contact Southern States Energy Board: Heather Moody Breeden at 404.213.6052 or [email protected].

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