HEATING THE MIDWEST WRAPS UP ANOTHER SUCCESSFUL ANNUAL CONFERENCE AND EXPO!
More than 80 people and 14 exhibitors participated in the 2016 Heating the Midwest (HTM) Conference & Expo held October 11-13, 2016 at the Island Resort & Casino in Escanaba, Michigan. This year’s theme was “Adopting Renewable Biomass Heat: Investing in Tomorrow’s Sustainable Communities.” During the event, experts and advocates came together to share ideas about biomass for thermal heating (and cooling).
The event kicked off with an informative pre-conference tour of local biomass installations and businesses, followed by a full day-and-a-half of presentations, dialogue, networking and exhibiting. Although smaller than past HTM Conference & Expos, the program content generated thoughtful consideration and delivered valuable information to the attendees. HTM will post the conference presentations soon at HeatingtheMidwest.org, as well as related media coverage.
Among the diverse group of local, regional and national speakers was Maura Adams of the Northern Forest Center in Concord, New Hampshire. She delivered the keynote on day one of the conference focused on regional impacts of advanced wood heat in New England. She also stressed the importance of creating a reference population for making the case that biomass thermal projects/installations are real as one means for breaking through market barriers. As part of the “Defeating the Biomass Blues” plenary on day two of the conference, Charlie Niebling of Innovative Natural Resource Solutions LLC in Boscawen, New Hampshire, delivered the keynote. It included an invitation to attendees to share what keeps them up at night, and what gives them hope for the future with respect to a sustainable advanced biomass thermal industry.
From topics on media and messaging to seizing opportunities and overcoming barriers, speakers challenged attendees to take a different approach. The full conference program is available here.
As conference champions who were instrumental in bringing the HTM Conference & Expo to Michigan, Raymond Miller (Michigan State University) and Bill Cook (Michigan State University Extension) successfully fulfilled their desire to bring attention to biomass heating in the Upper Peninsula. The conference delivered practical, usable information for attendees and the public who stopped by to take in the vendor expo.
Thank you again to the event sponsors, speakers, co-hosts, supporters and the conference planning committee members. It’s because of you and your steadfast commitment that HTM’s conference continues to thrive and grow its advocacy efforts for the biomass thermal industry!
“Adopting Renewable Biomass Heat: Investing in Tomorrow’s Sustainable Communities”
October 11 – 13, 2016: 5th Annual Heating the Midwest Conference
This year’s event will be held at the Island Resort & Casino in Harris, Michigan (near Escanaba). As an added bonus, the conference will feature a Biomass Heating Expo.
Accommodations at the Island Resort & Casino are available for a special conference rate of $75/night (double queen and king) until September 26, 2016. To reserve your room please call the hotel direct at 1-877-475-7375 and mention “Heating the Midwest Group Block #12C4NW”
Conference and Expo Highlights:
- Pre-conference tour of biomass heating facilities (October 11)
- Keynote presentations
- Biomass Heating Expo (indoor and outdoor booths)
- Breakout sessions
- Real Project Presentations
2016 Conference Program Agenda
2016 Conference Sponsor and Exhibitor Opportunities Available!
Primary Sponsorship Levels:
- Platinum (3) $ 7,500
- Gold (4) $3,500
- Silver (6) $1,500
- Bronze $500
- Booth Exhibitor $750
- Vendor Reception Sponsor (3) $1,500
- Lunch Sponsor (1) $1,500
- Breakfast Sponsor (2) $750
- Refreshment Break Sponsor (1) $750
- Industry Tour Sponsor (4) $500
- Biomass Heating Workshops (2) $1,000
*Forward completed Sponsor/Vendor agreements and Attendee Registration forms to firstname.lastname@example.org.*
PLEASE NOTE: TIMES ARE EASTERN STANDARD TIME