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Washington, DC – On Tuesday, August 22, 2011, U.S. Energy Secretary Steven Chu will visit South Carolina to participate in a series of events with Congressman James Clyburn highlighting the role of small business in a clean energy economy.

On Tuesday morning, Secretary Chu will join Congressman Clyburn; Marie Johns, Deputy Administrator of the U.S. Small Business Administration; Jon Carson, Director of Office of Public Engagement at the White House; and Marc Morial, President of the National Urban League for a summit with small business owners. In the afternoon, Secretary Chu will attend a ribbon cutting ceremony for a wind turbine and an event with the SC Hydrogen & Fuel Cell Alliance at the University of South Carolina with Congressman Clyburn.

11:00 am-12:30 pm Federal Outreach to Small Business Summit
Discussion of federal contracting followed by a Q&A with small business owners
  Who: Secretary Chu
Congressman Clyburn
Marie Johns, Deputy Administrator, U.S. Small Business Administration
Jon Carson, Director, Office of Public Engagement, White House
Marc Morial, President, National Urban League
  Where: Orangeburg-Calhoun Technical College
Roquemore Auditorium
3250 St. Matthews Road
Orangeburg, SC 29118
  Details: Mult box available; no media avail with speakers
2:00-2:30 pm Wind Turbine Tilt-Up and Ribbon Cutting Ceremony
  Who: Secretary Chu
Congressman Clyburn
Dr. Walter Tobin, Jr., President, Orangeburg-Calhoun Technical College
Ashlie Lancaster, Director, South Carolina Energy Office
Dr. Wanda Staggers, O-C Tech, Dean of Career and Technology
  Where: Orangeburg-Calhoun Technical College
Renewable Energy Park
3250 St. Matthews Road
Orangeburg, SC 29118
  Details: Podium only (no mult box); short media avail following with all participants
4:00-4:30 pm SC Hydrogen & Fuel Cell Alliance/University of South Carolina Tour
  Who: Secretary Chu
Congressman Clyburn
Dr. Shannon Baxter-Clemmons, Executive Director, SC Hydrogen & Fuel Cell Alliance
Dr. Harris Pastides
Sam Logan, CEO, LOGANEnergy
Ron Seftick, CEO, Trulite
Fred Humes, Director, Applied Research Center
Dr. Joette Sonnenberg, Savannah River National Lab
  Where: Horizon Center
1100 Blossom Street
Columbia, SC 29201
Details: Photo-op only on the tour; media avail following the event with participants other than Secretary Chu & Congressman Clyburn  
CONTACT: Congressman Clyburn’s office, Hope Derrick, 803-974-9506
Secretary Chu’s press office, 202-586-4940
Orangeburg-Calhoun Technical College
SC Hydrogen & Fuel Cell Alliance, Anna Newell, 803-545-0187