The 7th Annual Energy & Construction Best Practices Summit: Energizing America’s Workforce for Tomorrow will host a gubernatorial Energy and Construction Forum June 22 at 11 am. The event will be moderated by Commissioner Philip B. Jones, Washington Utilities & Transportation Commission, and will include former Representative Jay Inslee (D), and Todd Myer (Washington Policy Center), a representative for Attorney General Rob McKenna (R).

The forum will focus on their views of energy and construction in Washington state. The event will conclude the summit, which will be held at the Regional Education and Training Center, Satsop Campus, in Elma, Wash.

“It’s important for the people of the state of Washington to understand and know what the policies of the next governor will be – to ensure full recovery of the state’s economy,” Bob Guenther, IBEW77 Governmental Affairs, said.

Guenther is a summit committee member who organized the forum.

The summit’s main day, June 21, will feature Wanda Reder, Chair of Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE*) Smart Grid Taskforce and Vice President of Power Systems Services, S&C Electric Company in Chicago, as the keynote speaker. She is nationally renowned for her smart grid and workforce experience and vision. Reder was recently appointed as the Chairperson of the Smart Grid Sub-Committee of the Energy Secretary Steven Chu’s DOE Electricity Advisory Committee.

Reder will be joined by 200 industry, labor, education, workforce and economic development leaders who will attend to learn, network and share best practices in the energy and construction industries. This year’s summit, Energizing America’s Workforce for Tomorrow, is scheduled for June 21 in Elma, Wash. It will feature an exciting lineup of speakers and panelists. Topics include The Challenges of Educating America’s Workforce, How Consumers will Drive the Workforce, Build it Smart! and Defining the Customer Service Representative in the Utility Industry.

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