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Emerging Issues Forum targets energy

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RALEIGH, N.C. – Leaders from across the U.S. will convene in Raleigh in February to tackle North Carolina’s future in the new energy economy.

The Institute for Emerging Issues will host its annual Emerging Issues Forum Feb. 11-12 at the McKimmon Center at N.C. State University with the theme, “North Carolina’s Energy Futures: Realizing a State of Opportunity.”

Former Gov. Jim Hunt, chair of the institute, will open the event.

Speakers over the two days will include:

* Thomas Friedman, foreign affairs columnist for The New York Times and author of the book “The World is Flat”

* Jeff Immelt, chairman and CEO of General Electric

* Chuck Swoboda, president and CEO of Cree Inc.

* Jim Rogers, chairman, president and CEO of Duke Energy

* Bill Johnson, chairman, president and CEO of Progress Energy

* Rajendra Pachauri, Nobel Prize winner and chairman of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change

Registration for the event is available online.

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