The Bioeconomy in Virginia

On September 13, 2011, the Southeast Agriculture & Forestry Energy Resources Alliance (SAFER), Southern Growth Policies Board, the Institute for Advanced Learning & Research, and the Center for Rural Virginia hosted the Virginia State Policy Dialogue on the Bioeconomy. This meeting held in conjunction with the Center for Rural Virginia’s annual conference brought together over 45 people to talk about how the state of Virginia can take advantage of the economic development opportunities of the bioeconomy. The white paper, “The Opportunities & Challenges of Virginia’s Bioeconomy,” is the result of that meeting.

Below are the powerpoints of the day’s presentations:

Overview of the Bioeconomy in Virginia by Liam Leightley

Biomass Energy Use at Longwood University by Richard Bratcher

Producing Steam from Native Warm Season Grass (NWSG) at Piedmont Geriatric Hospital by Larry Wilson

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