CANTON, OH (January 20, 2009) - Renewable energy is an idea everybody is talking about. But does it make good business sense for your company? Can you get help in making the investment?


Find the answers to these questions and more at an upcoming program in downtown Canton.


Incentives for investment in renewable energy will be one of the topics when the Stark County Community Improvement Corp., the Canton Regional Chamber of Commerce and the Stark Development Board sponsor an Alternative Energy Economic Development Symposium on Thursday, Feb. 12, at the Metropolitan Centre in Canton.


Presenters will be Sherry Hubbard, chief of the Ohio Energy Office in the Ohio Department of Development,, and Athan Barkoukis, Northeast Ohio program manager for Green Energy Ohio,


Barkoukis will discuss the basic principles and applications of renewable energy technologies (solar electric, solar thermal and wind). He will cite examples of how these technologies are becoming a part of the emerging green energy economy in Ohio.


Hubbard will follow with a discussion of the link between development and deployment of those technologies, and outline the state incentives available for businesses. She also will review federal tax incentives.


Cost of the luncheon is $20. Tickets can be purchased on-line at the Canton Regional Chamber of Commerce's website:, or by calling Monique Thompson at the Chamber, (330) 458-2070. Reservation deadline is Thursday, Feb. 5.


The program will begin with lunch at noon at the Metropolitan Centre, 601 Cleveland Ave. NW, Canton. Doors will open at 11:30 a.m. The program will follow lunch and will conclude by about 2 p.m.