Tulsa Business Staff
The Oklahoma Department of Commerce will hold a Wind Commerce June 23-24, at the Embassy Suites Norman.
The objective of the conference, titled "The Future is Now," is to help Oklahoma companies, small businesses, entrepreneurs, and communities explore business and economic development opportunities involved with Oklahoma's emerging wind industry.
"Considering Oklahoma's tremendous wind resource capacity, the wind industry represents a significant economic development opportunity," said Oklahoma Secretary of Commerce & Tourism Natalie Shirley. "A conference that showcases the business and economic development opportunities for our existing businesses and manufacturers is an important part of ensuring that the wind industry moves forward in Oklahoma."
Shirley said Oklahoma, which could produce almost 10% of the nation's electricity from wind power by 2030, is the ideal location for wind generation, tower and blade production, turbine component manufacturing, repair and maintenance operations, and industry R&D.
Wind Commerce 2009: the Future is Now focuses on the many opportunities to create jobs and generate wealth across the state as Oklahoma fully develops and integrates its wind industry.