On July 19 to July 22 2011, HydroVision International commenced as the year’s largest gathering of hydro professionals worldwide, with more than 2,500 attendees and over 250 exhibiting companies for a week of informative hydropower focused meetings, workshops, tours, an extensive program and an exhibition. Hosted at the Sacramento Convention center, the conference highlights perspectives on the role of hydropower, explores issues that affect hydro resources, and helps participants develop a vision to meet challenges and ensure the future sustainability of hydro.
The Exporting Your Hydropower Technology or Expertise Workshop of HydroVision International, hosted by Director of Sacramento USEAC George Tastard, was held on Tuesday July 19th from 1 to 3 p.m. Mr. Tastard kicked off the workshop and served as the moderator with 4 invited speakers from Manufacturing and Services (MAS), Small Business Administration, Ex-Im Bank, and the U.S. Commercial Service. The panel began with Jen Derstine, Renewable Energy Trade Specialist, who gave an overview of global hydro power. She was followed by Bill Cline, the Director of the U.S. Commercial Service in Reno, Nevada, who introduced the services of the Commercial Service. He was followed by Jerry Avila, the Regional Manager of the Small Business Administration, Office of International Trade, Export Solutions Group, who covered the topic of International Finance solutions offered by SBA. Closing the workshop was Rob Guthrie, Business Development Officer of Ex-Im Bank’s Office of Renewable Energy and Environmental Exports, who concluded with International Finance solutions offered by the Ex-Im Bank.
Overall, the Exporting Your Hydropower Technology or Expertise Workshop was a success. There were 20 industry attendees from across the U.S. and from a few foreign destinations. We received 10 business contacts, and Sacramento USEAC is now following up with them with more information about the U.S. Commercial Service and with introductions to trade specialists in their local communities.