WASHINGTON, DC — This year, Growth Energy will hold its fifth annual executive leadership conference at the JW Marriott Desert Ridge in Phoenix, Arizona, from Feb. 27 through March 2. This year’s conference is expected to be the most widely attended that Growth Energy has ever held.

The conference will open on Thursday at 7 a.m. and will showcase a number of exciting speakers, including Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack. Furthermore, during the opening day of the conference, there will be key addresses, including a “Chairman’s Report” from Growth Energy Board of Directors Co-Chair and Executive Chairman of POET, Jeff Broin and a “State of the Industry” address from Growth Energy CEO, Tom Buis.

The theme of this year’s conference is “Taking it to the Streets,” and a major focus will be on building out the necessary infrastructure so higher blends of renewables, such as E15, will be available to retailers and consumers alike. Another prominent topic will be the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS), its future and how this policy has successfully helped drive innovation, investment and growth within the biofuels industry.

Finally, guests will also hear unique global perspectives on the future of agriculture, the future of energy, NASCAR and the political landscape from speakers including:  Harry Stine of the Stine Seed Company, Richard Childress and Austin Dillon from Richard Childress Racing, noted political analyst, Charlie Cook as well as several others.

To cap off the conference, all attendees are invited to join Growth Energy at the Phoenix International Raceway during the Sprint Cup race on Sunday to cheer on American Ethanol, one of NASCAR’s official sponsors.

This year’s conference will be open to the media and Growth Energy will be live streaming much of the conference at http://conference.GrowthEnergy.org/live for those unable to attend. For media interested in attending, registration is complementary and may be completed by visiting conference.growthenergy.org.

If you have any questions regarding the conference agenda, registering or joining the Growth Energy conference, please contact Michael Frohlich, Growth Energy’s Director of Communications.

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