Fort Leonard Wood, Missouri – October 10, 2014
– On October 9, the Missouri Department of Economic Development’s Division of Energy hosted their second public meeting as part of the Comprehensive State Energy Plan at the Mahaffey Museum Complex on Fort Leonard Wood. The Sustainable Ozarks Partnership worked with Division of Energy and Fort Leonard Wood officials to schedule and coordinate the meeting.
Several individuals from the Fort Leonard Wood region and about 40 Comprehensive State Energy Plan steering team members attended the meeting to provide input and ideas that will help the state gain a clear vision for what Missouri’s energy future should look like.
The meeting opened with welcoming remarks from Dr. Rebecca Johnson, Fort Leonard Wood Deputy to the Commanding General. Dr. Johnson briefly explained the mission of Fort Leonard Wood and why the installation is crucial to the state and the nation.
Fort Leonard Wood Plans, Analysis, and Integration Office Chief Mark Premont followed Dr. Johnson by providing an overview of the Maneuver Support Center of Excellence Command goals and strategies.
“Fort Leonard Wood’s primary function is to train Soldiers and prepare them for their future in the Army. Not only do we train Soldiers, we also train service members from other branches, including the Navy, Marines, Air Force, and Coast Guard,” said Premont.
Directorate of Public Works, Energy Management Branch Chief Alan Simpson provided a more detailed look at the types of energy Fort Leonard Wood uses and the installation’s goals for using more renewable forms of energy in the future.
After comments were made by steering team members, the public was invited to give their input. The steering committee recorded the public comments and will use them as they create a comprehensive energy plan over the next few months.
Holding the meeting on Fort Leonard Wood gave those around Missouri an opportunity to learn more about the need for and opportunity in the region to develop clean, renewable energy for the region and the state.
Five additional meetings will be held throughout the state during the month of October. Citizens who are not able to attend the meetings may also provide their feedback in an online forum: http://energy.mo.gov/energy/about/state-energy-plan-comment-form.
The Sustainable Ozarks Partnership is a nonprofit organization working to bring all of the region’s stakeholders to the table to drive regional development. To learn more about regional energy and utility infrastructure, go to: www.sustainableozarks.org.