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Where to Start? Webinar for Energy Communities Starting a Transformation

November 3, 2021 from 1:00 pm2:30 pm EDT

Communities are often surprised when a power plant or mine announces it will close. Starting to plan as early as possible for the impacts of such a closure is critical to achieving more successful outcomes. This webinar will provide guidance on getting started, including a discussion with community leaders who have been there and can offer their perspective on what works.

This virtual event will provide information and best practices for addressing fundamental industrial change in a community. The program will offer a step-by-step guide to engaging on the topic in a community, a checklist of necessary activities, discussion of common experiences, case studies, resources, and a task list for developing a plan that addresses financial, employment, and social disruptions.


TopicSpeakersEastern Time
Welcome & Opening RemarksEnergy Communities Interagency Working Group
Brian Anderson, Executive Director

1:00 p.m.

Where to Start

Environmental Protection Agency
Jon Grosshans, Senior Advisor

Expert advice on a range of relevant and related issues, including:

  • Guiding principles and challenges addressing change
  • How to get started
  • Leaders and partnerships
  • Issues and questions to consider
  • Scenario planning for community change
  • Measuring success
  • Lessons learned
  • Where to find capacity assistance, locally, state level, federally

1:10 p.m.

Lessons Learned & Best Practices

A panel of community leaders who will share their perspectives and real-world experiences navigating the loss of traditional energy jobs.

Spoon River College in Canton, Illinois
Curt Oldfield, President
Local training and educational opportunities for coal plant and mine workers

Foundation for Appalachian Kentucky
Gerry Roll, Chief Executive Officer
Downtown revitalization in coal communities

1:40 p.m.

Q&AResponding live to questions submitted by participants during the webinar directed to the presenters and community representatives.

2:10 p.m.

Event ConcludesAdjourn

2:30 p.m.



November 3, 2021
1:00 pm – 2:30 pm EDT
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