Sep 20, 2010 6:04 PM by Zach Thaxton
The Broadmoor in Colorado Springs will host the third annual Global New Energy Summit in April 2011. In a press conference at The Broadmoor on Monday, it was announced the summit will be held April 17-19 of next year. Colorado Springs Mayor Lionel Rivera says Interior Secretary Ken Salazar has tentatively agreed to be keynote speaker at the summit.
Colorado Springs was selected to host the summit because of its central location amid the participating states of Wyoming, Colorado, and New Mexico, and also because Colorado and Colorado Springs have been active in promoting new energy alternatives, according to David Blivin, Executive Director of the Global New Energy Summit. The GNES was held in Santa Fe, New Mexico in 2009 and 2010.
"We could not be more excited to be moving the GNES to Colorado Springs and The Broadmoor," Blivin said in a press release. "Colorado has taken the lead in the region in renewable standards, so it is appropriate that we move the Summit to Colorado in 2011."
The Pikes Peak region stands to benefit financially from the summit. More than 300 people attended the 2010 summit in Santa Fe, spending money in local hotels and restaurants. "I can already tell, in terms of initial momentum and the reaction and support for this event in Colorado, that it's going to be much bigger than it's been in the past," Blivin told News First 5, "so I would say at least 500 (attendees), probably more than that."