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Warrensburg, MO 64093
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NERI Seminar to Offer Information About Energy Retrofit Opportunities

Contact: Jeff Murphy
WARRENSBURG, MO (July 20, 2011) -- Construction, building trades personnel, realtors, mortgage lenders, and other housing industry stakeholders are invited to attend a free seminar and lunch Thursday, July 28 to learn more about a pilot project designed to match businesses with a skilled workforce and create demand for energy efficiency upgrades in the Greater Kansas City residential and light commercial market.

Pre-registration is requested for the session, which is set for 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the University of Central Missouri Summit Center, 850 NW Chipman Road, in Lee’s Summit.

 This special event takes place as the National Energy Retrofit Institute, which is part of UCM, prepares to officially launch a new consortium in Kansas City in August to formalize a viable and effective residential energy retrofit industry. The public-private pilot program will bring together key stakeholders in housing, construction, trades, real estate, lending and education to create new opportunities that can help homeowners lower their energy costs, while also creating related opportunities for businesses.

Participants in the free informational session will learn the scope of Kansas City regional business opportunities in the home energy retrofit sector, how to qualify for scholarships for training programs, and learn how to become a part of the NERI consortium. Additionally, participants will be able to ask questions of an expert panel comprised of builders, remodelers, weatherization contractors, building science professionals, realtors, mortgage lenders and education leaders. Individuals who want to sign up to attend the information session can do so at

“Further engaging private industry in the movement to save property owners money, increase their equity, reduce energy waste and, at the same time, create new jobs is critical to the region’s economic recovery.

This industry must be structured to live beyond the federal government’s subsidization. Now is the time to move forward,” said Scott Boyce, NERI’s director of business and economic development.

Established during the spring of 2011 in cooperation with area businesses and organizations, NERI is a national workforce development program and consortium formed to promote an energy retrofit model that can be duplicated nationwide to create more “green” jobs for United States citizens and stronger local economies. To accomplish this mission, NERI is establishing a collaborative retrofit community (consortium), coupled with industry-specific training and supportive services.

Individuals who have questions about the free seminar or pilot project should call 660-543-4672 or 877-669-6374.