OCTOBER 19, 2017
Bridgeport, W.Va. – Allegheny Science & Technology (AST) CEO and President Arria Hines kicked-off day two of the 2017 West Virginia Governor’s Energy Summit with a talk on how to make West Virginia’s energy-related industries grow and thrive through an entrepreneurial approach that embraces the state’s abundant natural and human resources.
In a presentation entitled “Entrepreneurship and Empowerment in Energy,” Ms. Hines discussed the wealth of both natural resources and workforce talent available to entrepreneurs looking to start energy-focused businesses in West Virginia, in particular, firms embracing an “all of the above” energy policy strategy that includes clean coal, natural gas, renewables, and energy efficiency. She explained that such an approach can help expand and empower the state’s energy-related industries whether in energy production or energy efficiency technologies, allowing them to flourish both in West Virginia and elsewhere in the United States.
Ms. Hines drew upon her own experience as a successful businesswoman running a West Virginia-based company that is involved in a wide range of energy-and-technology issues both inside and outside the state.
AST, the technology and engineering management company she helped co-found in 2009 and today leads, has nearly 240 employees working across seven states and Washington, D.C., in support of 15 federal contracts. Among these is a major contract with the U.S. Department of Energy that provides highly-skilled technical and engineering support across multiple energy-and-technology-related offices including use of renewables and alternative fuels, strengthening and modernizing the electrical grid, more energy efficient buildings, and ever-improving advanced manufacturing methods.
“Energy-related issues are such a critical part of my business, and it is something I am very passionate about, not only as a business owner, but as a resident of this great state,” said Ms. Hines. “Our state is in a very advantageous position, but we need to capitalize on this position.”
Sponsored by the West Virginia Governor’s Office and the West Virginia Department of Commerce, this event brought over 250 attendees together including statewide elected and other senior government officials, energy and technology association executives, college and university administrators, industry leaders, and other influential decision-makers from around the Mountain State. Over two days, participants discussed new and innovative ways to strengthen West Virginia’s energy industry and tackle advancing energy development across the country.
The conference took place on Wednesday, October 18th and Thursday, October 19th at Stonewall Resort and Conference Center in Roanoke, W.Va. For additional information, please click here.
Allegheny Science & Technology Corporation is one of America’s fastest-growing private, government services providers according to the Inc 5000 and Washington Technology Fast 50; and an award winning, 8(a) SBA certified, small economically disadvantaged, women-owned management and technology solutions company offering a broad range of services to customers including program management; systems engineering; data analytics and engineering; applied science and technology; and knowledge management. AST has corporate operations in Tysons, VA and Bridgeport, WV; and offices in Washington, DC, Germantown, MD, Northern Virginia, Idaho Falls, ID, Albuquerque, NM and Golden, CO.