On Thursday, April 8, 2010 the GACC South hosted a business luncheon on bioenergy. The luncheon was sponsored by the German Federal Ministry of Economics and Technology (BMWi) as part of the Renewable Energies Export Initiative. We hosted the event at Downtown’s own W Hotel, which coincidentally carries the theme called “urban forest”. The hotel’s central location made it easy for everyone to get to the luncheon, which was our main concern.
The event itself was comprised of networking, a delicious menu – a variation of the regular surf’n’turf – and a 30…err… 45-minute long presentation from Jörg Mayer, the managing director of the Renewable Energies Agency. He covered the state of the German bioenergy industry in a very broad but informative outlook. Mr. Mayer talked about major technologies, public policies and trends regarding the industry’s development.
What I liked best about this luncheon, was that even before the main reason for coming to the W hotel – the presentation that is – our guests engaged in lively discussions during the networking opportunity and even during the lunch. I guess this has to be mostly credited to our guests themselves, who were from all aspects of the Georgian bioenergy industry: We had investors, manufacturers of industrial machinery, lawyers & accountants representing companies in the renewable energies sector, consultants, experts from the energy sector (i.e. Southern Company) and representatives of Georgia’s state administration attend the event. Also in attendance was Mr. George Novak, the Honorary Consul General of the Czech Republic. Apart from industry experts and other guests, a warm welcome was given by Dr. Lutz H. Görgens, the Consul General of the Federal Republic of Germany.
We would be happy to repeat the great turnout with our next event. So please make sure to follow us. If you couldn’t make it last Thursday or if you are looking for some of the details that Mr. Mayer mentioned, you can download the presentation here [PDF].
Update: Please find an article featuring our event at http://www.globalatlanta.com/article/23897/ (including video interview w/ Jörg Mayer)