Meeting of the Minds Announces Plans to Hold 2014 Sustainable Leadership Summit in Detroit

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NextEnergy and the University of Michigan’s Sustainable Mobility & Accessibility Research & Transformation (SMART) will act as event partners.

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Detroit presents an opportunity for a new and unique dialogue about urban sustainable development, innovation and the re-imagination of city systems. We are thrilled to work with NextEnergy and SMART as event partners.

Earlier this week at the sixth annual Meeting of the Minds (MOTM) sustainable leadership summit in Toronto, Jessie Feller, Managing Director of MOTM announced plans to hold the 2014 summit in Detroit. Feller also announced that local leaders in sustainable innovation and transportation, NextEnergy and the University of Michigan’s Sustainable Mobility & Accessibility Research & Transformation (SMART), will act as event partners for the 2014 MOTM.

“We are excited to announce Detroit as the location for the 2014 summit,” said Feller. “Detroit presents an opportunity for a new and unique dialogue about urban sustainable development, innovation and the re-imagination of city systems. We are thrilled to work with NextEnergy and SMART as event partners.”

MOTM is an international leadership summit for urban sustainability, innovation and connected technology. The summit brings together leaders from multiple sectors to engage in dialogue for advancing sustainability in cities by using smarter design tools, sounder environmental practices, and cleaner energy systems. Previous MOTM locations include San Francisco, California; Boulder, Colorado; Omaha, Nebraska; New York City, New York; Portland, Oregon and Oakland, California. This year, over 300 people attended.

“We are thrilled to have the opportunity to participate in this year’s Meeting of the Minds and ecstatic that Detroit has been selected as the next summit location,” said NextEnergy President and CEO, Jean Redfield. “We look forward to bringing a group of international leaders in sustainable urban planning and design to the city.”

This year, Redfield engaged in workshops and panel discussions including “Connecting the Dots: Clean Energy Generation – Smart Grid – Electric Vehicle – Efficient Building” and “Detroit’s Road to Revitalization: How Can One City Move Faster and Smarter,” setting the stage for next year’s summit in Detroit.

During the summit, Sue Zielinksi, Managing Director of SMART announced the 2014 SMART Mobility EnterPrize, also known as the Mobi. The Mobi Prize, is an award for entrepreneurial ventures in sustainable transportation that are advancing mobility, improving quality of life and revitalizing the environment and economy of communities and regions. Following the announcement of the 2014 Mobi Prize, Aniela Kuzon, Manager of New Mobility at NextEnergy, announced that NextEnergy will sponsor the Mobi Detroit prize for Michigan-based companies advancing sustainable transportation solutions.

For more information about the 2013 MOTM summit, visit cityminded.org/events/toronto.

About NextEnergy:
Founded in 2002 as a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization, NextEnergy is one of the nation’s leading accelerators of advanced energy technologies, businesses and industries. NextEnergy drives technology demonstration and commercialization; delivers industry and venture development services; and provides an authoritative voice in the public sector. Since its inception, NextEnergy has helped attract more than $1 billion of new investment in the state of Michigan, including programs in excess of $150 million in which NextEnergy has directly participated. For more information, visit nextenergy.org.

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