October 06, 2010 08:02 ET

Ed Begley, Jr. to Speak at Union City, IN-OH Renewable Energy Celebration

UNION CITY, IN and UNION CITY, OH--(Marketwire - October 6, 2010) -  The Union City Community Economic Development Committee (UCCEDC) of Indiana and Ohio is gearing up for the 2nd Annual Boomtown Celebration on October 23, 2010 by focusing on its renewable and sustainable energy businesses and initiatives. In addition to a regional clean technology exposition, Ed Begley, Jr. of the TV shows "Living with Ed" and "St. Elsewhere" will be the guest speaker. Begley is known for ingenious and sometimes humorous efforts to minimize his carbon footprint. Evening activities will take place at Historic Farmland's future Eco Farm with special guest, Tom Lester, from "Green Acres."

The day's events will take place at Hoosier Place, 310 North Walnut Street, Union City, Indiana. The Regional Green Technology Exposition will run from 10 AM to 12 PM and 2 PM to 4 PM with Ed Begley, Jr. speaking at 1 PM. A brief summary of the region's renewable energy accomplishments since the last Boomtown event will also be given.

Tickets to hear Begley speak are $10. Entry to the exposition is free to the public. Booth space rental for exhibitors is $200 for non-profit organizations and $250 for for-profit companies. Companies and organizations involved in renewable energies or sustainable technologies are encouraged to take advantage of this affordable opportunity to display their products and initiatives.

At 7 PM Historic Farmland, USA will start its fundraising dinner for its future Eco Farm located at 9364 West County Road 100 North, Farmland. Tom Lester was a guest at last year's event and has since become a great supporter of Farmland's efforts. He will speak at 8 PM and will be available for autographs and one-on-one conversation all evening. Tickets are $25. They are $20 for those purchasing tickets to hear Ed Begley, Jr. 

The first Boomtown Celebration took place in 2009 with a wind turbine groundbreaking at Union City Community High School (UCCHS). Union City was the first community in the nation to have wind turbines producing energy for both a school and a city. UCCHS has been hailed as a leader in offering green technology curriculum and hands-on experience for its students. In addition to data collection from solar panels and wind turbines, the school was the first to have a school bus converted to hybrid technology by the Union City company, Productive Concepts, Inc. Other activities at the 2009 event included the Union City Gateway Trail Dedication connecting Indiana and Ohio by a bike and pedestrian trail. Jack Shultz, the author of Boomtown, USA, spoke later that evening. 

The UCCEDC is a volunteer group comprised of business leaders, elected officials, citizens, religious leaders, and other dedicated community advocates from Randolph County, Indiana and Darke County, Ohio working together to create an environment for economic growth and community pride in the Union City region. The community's location on the Indiana-Ohio border gives it the unique ability to leverage business incentives from either state and to draw from the labor pool and quality of life opportunities from both. The group is also building funds to offer scholarships to local youth seeking a future in green technologies.

Sponsors of the event include Indiana-Michigan Power, Applegate Livestock Equipment, Cardinal Ethanol, City of Union City, IN, Village of Union City, OH, Darke County Community Improvement Corporation, Horizon Wind Energy, Ohio Valley Gas, Old National Bank, Pacesetter Bank, Productive Concepts, Inc., Randolph County Convention and Visitors Bureau, Randolph Economic Development Corporation, Solar AG Systems, St. Vincent Hospital, and Wessler Engineering. 

Contact Information

  • Contacts for events and initiatives:
    Boomtown Celebration, Expo, & Ed Begley, Jr. Tickets

    Historic Farmland, USA's Eco Farm & Greener Acres Event
    Darrin Murrell

    Union City Community Economic Development Committee
    Rob Lykins