Spend Thursday (Feb. 19) at the state Capitol and discover how West Virginia businesses are saving energy and becoming more competitive.

I ndustries of the Future-West Virginia Day will be from 8 a.m.-3:30 p.m. in the Capitol Rotunda. Some 24 manufacturing and technology companies, academia, government agencies and other organizations will have exhibits. The event provides participants excellent networking opportunities with legislators, government agency personnel and the public.

The IOF -WV Day at the state Capitol allows businesses to learn about the services and support available to help them save energy and money,said Carl Irwin, co-director of IOF -WVa joint program of the West Virginia Division of Energy , the West Virginia Development Office and the West Virginia University National Research Center for Coal and Energy .

Also, continuing a tradition over the past few years, we have been invited by the Senate Economic Development Committee to have companies make presentations about their role in the states economy, products and concerns,Irwin added.QuadGraphics of Martinsburg and Mountain View Solar and Wind of Berkeley Springs will be among this years presenters.

QuadGraphics will also accept the Governors Award for Excellence in Industrial Energy Efficiency at an 11:45 a.m. luncheon at the Governors Mansion. Kelly Goes, secretary of the West Virginia Department of Commerce , and Jeff Herholdt, director of the West Virginia Division of Energy, will present the award.

The event is free and open to the public with a registration fee of $10 only for the luncheon. To register, contact Kathleen Cullen at 304-293-2867 ext. 5426 or ” Kathleen.Cullen@mail.wvu.edu rel=nofollow> Kathleen.Cullen@mail.wvu.edu .

IOF -WV Day at the Capitol was originally conceived as a way to bring legislatorsattention to the diversity of products made in the state. IOF -WV works with West Virginia industries to increase energy efficiency, reduce waste and improve competitiveness.