We are pleased to announce the BlueTechValley Water Conference in Fresno, California, May 1 and 2, 2013. As it did in its inaugural event in 2011, the BlueTechValley Water Conference will bring together industry, technology and thought-leaders in exploring real solutions to real problems.
This year, leading water technology companies, entrepreneurs, industrial water users, researchers and professionals will be on hand to fill an outstanding program for the 2-day conference. The theme for 2013 is “How Water Efficient Technologies Will Secure Future Food Supply” and will include sessions with leading fresh produce processors and retailers, water suppliers and end-users, and dairies, as well as feature case studies and innovative companies and technologies.
The conference provides an excellent venue for networking and engaging with industry, innovators and end-users and will provide many connection points, including booth space for exhibiting and networking.
The purpose of the BlueTechValley Water Conference is to provide water constituents within the private, public and academic arenas the opportunity to collectively explore and discuss new innovations, developments and trends relating to current water issues in the food industry, with a special focus on fresh produce.
The BlueTechValley is geographically defined by the boundaries of the San Joaquin Valley. It is an agricultural powerhouse in the international arena, producing more than 50% of the total California farmgate, valued at 20 billion dollars. Furthermore, the valley is an exclusive exporter of a variety of crops, from almonds, to garlic and raisins.
As the largest city in the BlueTechValley, Fresno offers “big city” conveniences and services while maintaining a healthy respect for its agricultural foundation. Fresno County, one of the world’s leading agricultural producing counties, supports hundreds of water tech businesses. The fertile lands of the entire region make this area a living laboratory where technology can be developed, tested and commercialized.
The BlueTechValley Committee is providing oversight and direction for the 2013 BlueTechValley Water Conference. The BlueTechValley Initiative supports the development of water/energy technology-focused businesses here in the BlueTechValley, one of the world’s leading environments for the development of technologies that support solutions to world-water issues.
The Water, Energy and Technology Center (WET Center) provides an entryway for entrepreneurs, innovators and established and start-up business to accelerate commercialization, product and business launch and development, as well as the application of new technologies focused on water, energy and ag-technology.
The Central Valley Business Incubator (www.cvbi.org) ,is a non-profit business development organization that manages multiple programs which drive economic development through entrepreneurship and innovation.
• Henrik Skov Laursen- Director, Grundfos Silicon Valley Grundfos Pump Company – Chair, BlueTechValley Committee
• Helle Petersen- General Manager, Water, Energy and Technology Center
• Aric Olson- President, Jain Irrigation
• Bill Covino- Provost, California State University, Fresno
• Claude Laval- Chairman of the Board, Claude Laval Company
• David Zoldoske- Executive Director, Water Resources and Water Initiatives, California State University, Fresno
• Kirk Nagamine- President/CEO CVBI-SBDC
• Lance Donny- CEO/Founder, OnFarm
• Bill Smittcamp- President /CEO – Wawona Frozen Food
• Antonio Oliveira- Economist/ Research and Public Policy Consultant
• Scott Jackson- CEO/Owner – Jackson Consulting
• Vaugn Koligian- Director Coporate Sustainability – Sun-Maid Growers
• Stuart Woolf- President, Woolf Farming Co.
• Alice Saviez- Saviez Farms, Central Valley Business Incubator Board Member
• Barbara Rodiek- Chief Operating Officer, Central Valley Business Incubator
• Karl Longley- Professor Emeritus, Lyles College of Engineering