Thursday, October 18, 2012
12:00 pm – 5:00 pm
Greater Macon Chamber of Commerce
305 Coliseum Drive
Macon, GA 31201
Event Highlights: Middle Georgia Clean Cities hosted their Odyssey event at the Macon chamber of Commerce. Several alternative fuel and advanced technology vehicles, including a city bus, were on display for attendees to view. City and county officials, fleet personal and alternative fuel vehicle owners were on hand to answer questions and provide information on various types of alternative fuels. Several informational booths were set up in the area to pass out information on Odyssey and vehicles.
Sponsors/Partners: Central Georgia Technical College, Middle Georgia Clean Air Coalition
Attendance: 57,500 consumers, elected officials, students, fleet managers
Event Highlights: Middle Georgia Clean Cities Coalition (MGCCC) hosted two Odyssey events. The first was held at City Hall in Macon, Georgia, where seven AFVs were on display. Dave Bury from Robins Air Force Base gave a presentation about the base’s current alternative fuel projects, working in partnership with MGCCC and why AFV Day Odyssey is important to the local community. MGCCC chair Tim Stewart spoke about the coalition and the history of AFV Day Odyssey, while Becky Lee from Central Georgia Technical College talked about how the college, being the only NAFTC training center in Georgia, is committed to providing AFV-related training to the local work force. Additionally, Theresa Robinson from Georgia Power explained how private industry partners are bringing in cleaner fleets to the Middle Georgia area. The event also included a round table discussion concerning the area’s green procurement policy.
The second Odyssey event was held in conjunction with Road Atlanta’s Green Expo in Braselton, Georgia, where MGCCC distributed Odyssey information and giveaways to the public.
Central Georgia Technical College
3300 Macon Tech Drive
Macon, Georgia 31206
Contact: Charise Stephens, Executive Director
Host Site Coordinator: Middle Georgia Clean Cities Coalition, Macon, GA
Event Type: Luncheon, Ride and Drive, Training Class, Vehicle Expo, Informational Exhibits
Attendees: 275 Students, Government Officials, OEMs, Environmental Organizations
Participating Sponsors / Partners: Middle Georgia Clean Air Coalition, DaimlerChrysler Motors Company LLC, General Motors, Riverside Ford, City of Macon, U.S. Department of Energy, Georgia Power, Flint Energies, Davis Oil Company, Walthall Oil Company, The Telegraph, Georgia Environmental Facilities Authority, Alternative Fuel Solutions, Middle Georgia Regional Development Center, Blue Bird, Georgia Department of Agriculture, Robins Air Force Base, National Biodiesel Board, National Ethanol Vehicle Coalition, U.S. EPA School Bus Program, Southeast Alternative Fuel Taskforce, Southeast Diesel Collaborative, Georgia Agri-Fuel Committee, Dixie Chopper, Georgia Soybean Association, It All Adds Up To Cleaner Air, Clean Fuel USA, P2AD Partnership, and Georgia Gas Distributors, Best Workplace for Commuters
Event Highlights: Middle Georgia’s Odyssey event celebrated innovative programs to energy independence. This event was a one-stop shop for transportation professionals to find out additional ways to incorporate smarter choices in their planning and procurement practices. Attendees then viewed an array of informational exhibits and visited the AFV Expo in the CGTC parking lot, where AFVs and hybrid-electric vehicles were displayed.
Success stories throughout the state were highlighted and toolkits for all participants were provided. Charise Stephens (MGCCC Director and MGCAC Mobile Source Coordinator) was the moderator and assisted in questions during the event. A special thanks to Dr. Linda Smyth and the MGCCC Board, Mayor Larry Collins and the MGCAC Board, Senator Ross Tolleson and his staff, Congressman Jim Marshall and his staff, and Commissioner Tommy Irvin and his staff for their support.
Site: Middle Georgia Clean Cities Coalition/Central Georgia Technical College/City of Macon Public Works
Format: Choice of Workshops/Media Event
Audience: General Public, Government Officials, and Environmental Organization Representatives
Highlights: Vehicle emissions testing, alternative fuel vehicle information, and presentations.
Site: Middle Georgia Clean Cities Coalition, Macon
Format: Fair/Ride and Drive
Audience: General Public, Politicians
Highlights: AFV display involving local leadership.