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Agriculture Secretary Vilsack to Visit Chicago and Host Media Roundtable on Future of Biofuels in Aviation Industry with Key Local Business Leaders



Title: Agriculture Secretary Vilsack to Visit Chicago and Host Media Roundtable on Future of Biofuels in Aviation Industry with Key Local Business Leaders

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Media Advisory No. 5007.12

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Agriculture Secretary Vilsack to Visit Chicago and Host Media Roundtable on Future of Biofuels in Aviation Industry with Key Local Business Leaders

 

Boeing, Honeywell and United to Discuss Vital Role Biofuels will Play in Meeting Future Commercial Airline and Military Fuel Demands

 

WASHINGTON, Jan. 13, 2012 – On MONDAY, Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack will host a media roundtable with Chicago business leaders to discuss the important role of American-produced biofuels in the civilian aircraft and airline industry, and in the military.

 

The Obama Administration has made domestic production of renewable energy a national priority because it will create jobs, reduce dependence on foreign oil, combat global warming, and lay a strong foundation for a strong 21st Century rural economy. At Secretary Vilsack's direction, USDA continues working to revitalize the rural economy to create opportunity for future growth and prosperity through a strategic approach to rural revitalization, including biofuels.

 

In January, 2010, Vilsack and Navy Secretary Ray Mabus signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) to encourage development of advanced biofuels to be used in the Great Green Fleet that will demo in 2012. USDA has also signed a Memorandum of Understanding with the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) to help the commercial airline industry utilize biofuels as jet fuel. USDA has also invested significantly in research projects to advance the aviation biofuels industry.

 

Who:               Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack

John Tracy -- Senior Vice President, Engineering, Operations & Technology, CTO, The Boeing Company

Billy Glover -- Vice President, Environment and Aviation Policy, Boeing Commercial Airplanes

Alex Marren, Senior Vice President Network Operations and United Express, United Continental Holdings

Jim Rekoske, Vice President and General Manager of Renewable Energy & Chemicals, Honeywell

 

When:              Monday, January 16, 2012

12:45 – 1:45 P.M. CST 

 

Where:             Boeing Corporate Offices

100 N. Riverside Plaza

Chicago, IL  60606

(The building is on the river between Randolph and Washington; most convenient access for the event is from Washington St)

 

Details/Logistics:     RSVPs are required and should be phoned to Rosalind Cobbs,

        312-544-2002; or via e-mail, rosalind.m.cobbs@xxxxxxxxxx.

        Arrivals no later than 12:30 (12:15 for electronic media) for a 12:45 start.

 

 

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