Colonel Vincent V. Quarles, Deputy Director, Office of Minority Programs, Office of Economic
Impact and Diversity, U.S. Department of Energy.
Equity, Inclusion & Advancement of Minorities in Agriculture & Energy Sectors
Govt. Agency Agro & Energy STEM/STEAM Programs – DOE ‘Equity in Energy’, DOE-MBDA
MOU, USDA-DOE MOU, Hispanics in Energy, National Black Growers Council, etc.
Additional Agency Programs - DOE/Nat’l Labs, DOC/NIST, SBA, NSF, DOI, USAID, FDA, DoD
Digital Tech in Farming – AI in Agriculture, Blockchain Applications; Satellites & UAVs; Biofuels & Waste-to-Energy
Solar & Wind Powering Agriculture; Electric-driven Farm Machinery; Plant Science, Fertilization, Irrigation
David Byrd, National Director, Minority Business Development Agency (MBDA), U.S. Department of Commerce
Food Security & Safety; Food Conveyance & Delivery; Opportunity Zone Agro-Infrastructure Investment
Agribusiness Manufacturing Opportunities; Data-Driven Outcomes – Agriculture & OZ’s
Whole-of-Community Impact Investment & Capacity-Building I
Community Development Needs & Opportunities – ‘Whole-of-Community’ Approach – Agribusiness, Energy & Transport, Manufacture & Services, Retail, Hospitality, Tourism, Housing, Academia; HBCUs – Historical Achievements – Critical Needs – Future Promise
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Whole-of-Community Impact Investment & Capacity-Building II
Poverty, Prosperity & OZ Job Creation; Corporate Impact Investment in OZ’s & HBCUs
Whole-of-Community Impact Investment & Capacity-Building III
NGO & Foundation Programs/Initiatives; Public-Private Partnerships (P3’s/Funding); Military-Community Partnerships
Impact Investment & Capacity-Building IV
Govt. Research Grants – Proposal Capability, IP Protection; Govt. Contracting Training/Opportunities; Corporate Tech Collaboration, Internships
Technical Assistance – Farm Teaching Model; Entrepreneurship Training for the Minority Business Community; Online Training & Instruction
The Honorable James E. Campos, Director, Office of Economic Impact and Diversity
COVID-19 Impact on Key Economic Sectors; The Factor of Leadership and the OZ Initiative
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