The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) Clean Cities Program headquarters staff, coordinators, and interested participants joined together from across the country at the 2009 Clean Cities Coordinator Leadership Retreat in Gatlinburg, TN. The NAFTC Executive Director, Al Ebron, and Assistant Director – Communications, Judy Moore, participated.

“Several project managers who will be implementing new Clean Cities training and other outreach programs formed a panel to discuss the needs of the coalition. It was a great way to discover how we can all work together to coordinate our activities toward a common goal,” said Ebron.

The retreat was held at the Park Vista Hotel and Convention Center and included a variety of speakers from the DOE Clean Cities headquarters and national laboratories, as well as several industry representatives.

Participants discussed strategic planning efforts, learned how to analyze and leverage their resources, and learned how to get their messages about alternative fuels to the public. Attendees also received tips and updates from DOE staff and partners, and had the opportunity to participate in a team building exercise at the Great Smoky Mountains National Park.

Clean Cities is a government-industry partnership sponsored by the U.S. DOE Vehicle Technologies Program. With almost 90 local coalitions and more than 6,500 stakeholders, Clean Cities’ mission is to reduce petroleum consumption in the transportation sector.

CC Retreat 1

NAFTC Executive Director, Al Ebron made a presentation on the Clean Cities Learning Program. NAFTC Photo.

CC Retreat 2

Participants went on a hay ride into the Great Smoky Mountains National Park as part of a team building exercise at the retreat. NAFTC Photo.

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