google-site-verification: googlea38086388a27c2d9.html LEAD Series Conference #2 | VA-REA

The Virginia Renewable Energy Alliance Presents:

2019 LEAD

Conference #2

Virginia Higher Education Powering the Renewable Energy Workforce

June 28th, 2019

Old Dominion University


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Registration, Refreshments, and Networking


Welcome: Old Dominion University and VA-REA


Renewable Energy Data Review

Historic data and projections regarding installations, industry trends, employment numbers, and training needs


Virginia Higher Education Resources Survey

Overviews of schools’ resources and programs that support graduate and undergraduate degree programs, workforce technical training, professional certification,research deployment, and jobs in wind, solar, and renewable bio-fuels


Lunchtime Keynote Speaker, Philip Jordan

Connecting Supply and Demand to Maximize Opportunity for Virginia’s Renewable Energy Workforce 


Industry and Educational Institutions Matching Challenges to Opportunities

Small group workshops and plenary discussion to understand Virginia firms’ hiring and technology needs, to increase business collaboration with Virginia’s educators, and to articulate the path forward for a growing industry

Closing Remarks and Adjourn

 This interactive event is designed to foster awareness and collaboration among Virginia’s higher education institutions with renewable energy programming and to increase those schools’ engagement with industry. Our goal is to help Virginia companies and Virginia schools benefit from the many educational resources and growing renewable energy activity in the Commonwealth. 

Higher Education Speakers

Keynote Speaker:

Philip Jordan

Principal and Vice President, BW Research Partnership
Executive Director, Economic Advancement Research Institute

Connecting Supply and Demand to Maximize Opportunity for Virginia’s Renewable Energy Workforce 

Small group workshop facilitators

Tyson Utt

Apex Clean Energy

Rick Thomas

Timmons Group

Nicole Steele

Mid-Atlantic GRID Alternatives

Preston Bryant

McGuireWoods Consulting

Matt Kellam

Virginia Energy Workforce Consortium

Francis Hodsoll


Seth Herman

Sun Tribe Solar


Thank you to our  Sponsors:

Partner Sponsors


Sustaining Sponsors

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Alliance Sponsor

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Promotional Partner


The LEAD Conference will be hosted at ODU's Webb University Center in the "North Cafe" (room 1402).  


Parking will be available across the street in the 49th Street Stadium Parking Garage (Garage E). 

Please use non-reserved spaces on floors 3-5 only.


The address of the garage is 4904 Bluestone Ave. Norfolk, VA 23508.

Location & Parking



SpringHill Suites by Marriott Norfolk ODU

.3 miles away
4500 Hampton Blvd, Norfolk, VA 23508

Courtyard by Marriott Norfolk Downtown

4 miles away
520 E Plume St, Norfolk, VA 23510

Residence Inn by Marriott Norfolk Downtown

3 miles away
227 W Brambleton Ave, Norfolk, VA 23510

Hampton Inn Norfolk-Naval Base

4 miles away
8501 Hampton Blvd, Norfolk, VA 23505

Navy Lodge Norfolk

3 miles away
SDA-313, 7811 Hampton Blvd, Norfolk, VA 23505

Quality Inn Norfolk Naval Base

4 miles away
8051 Hampton Blvd, Norfolk, VA 23505