September 2007

Economic Development Partnership receives award at economic development conference
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Citizens fuel cell school starts Monday
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September 16, 2007

Economic Development Partnership receives award at economic development conference

Aiken, South Carolina, Organization Recognized for Technology-Based Endeavor

Acknowledging the Economic Development Partnership (EDP) for its technology-based program, the International Economic Development Council (IEDC) recognized the Aiken, South Carolina-based entity with an Honorable Mention at IEDC's Annual Conference, which took place in Phoenix, Arizona, September 16-19. EDP was recognized for this achievement during an awards ceremony on Tuesday, September 18th.

"Economic development efforts have always played a vital role in shoring up the nation's economy, one locality at a time," said Ronnie L. Bryant, IEDC chairman. "As our population grows exponentially and as we continue to overcome challenges, both new and longstanding, these efforts have taken on an even greater importance. The award serves as a salute to pacesetting organizations like the Economic Development Partnership for leading the charge."

Competing in the category of Technology-Based Economic Development by organizations serving areas with populations between 50,000 and 200,000, EDP was a clear standout. EDP promotes economic development within Aiken and Edgefield counties, both for existing businesses and for new members of the business community. The Center for Hydrogen Research (CHR) is helping to transform hydrogen from a promising but mostly experimental energy source into a practical, inexpensive, and clean fuel. EDP established the CHR in Aiken County as a non-profit subsidiary to leverage the significant hydrogen technology generated by neighboring Savannah River National Laboratory. EDP’s goal is to create a technology-transfer facility to speed development of National Lab research into cost-effective, consumer-accepted products, making the Aiken-Edgefield area more attractive to hydrogen-related businesses and more likely to experience the growth of spin-off companies based on National Lab technology. CHR is a successful high-tech initiative using the potential of National Lab research as the foundation for a burgeoning hydrogen cluster in the Aiken-Edgefield area.

Mr. Ernie Chaput, who was instrumental in the establishment of the Center for Hydrogen Research, received the award on behalf of the Economic Development Partnership.

The International Economic Development Council (IEDC) is headquartered in Washington, DC. Its mission is to provide leadership and excellence in economic development for communities, members and partners. IEDC's professional economic development awards annually recognize excellence in the economic development profession.

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September 17, 2007
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Citizens fuel cell school starts Monday

USC will launch the fall 2007 round of the Citizens’ School of Fuel Cell & Hydrogen Technology on Monday.

Sessions will meet for seven consecutive Monday evenings through Oct. 29. All sessions will meet from 6:30 to 8 p.m. in the Swearingen Engineering Center (Room 2A31), Main and Catawba streets. Cost is $30 for the entire seven-week program.

Fuel cells are devices that use a chemical reaction to derive electricity from hydrogen. USC is a national leader in fuel cell and hydrogen technology.

To enroll, or for more information, call Chris Toumey at (803) 777-2221 or e-mail

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