Environmental/economic expo gaining momentum

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Jane Swift, local project manager for water consultants CH2M Hill, offers her company's support for an environmental technology expo in Crestview during Monday's city council meeting.

BRIAN HUGHES / News Bulletin
Published: Wednesday, January 30, 2013 at 03:26 PM.

CRESTVIEW — An environmental exposition in downtown Crestview will emphasize innovative green technologies and their practical — and money-saving — uses in local homes and businesses.

The expo, a project close to Crestview City Council President Ben Iannucci III, also would display the city's resources and quality of life for potential new technology businesses seeking to locate in the city, he said.

"We're talking (about) vendors coming in that have technology that we've never seen before," Iannucci said. "The catalyst here is jobs, new industry (and) lower taxes because of this.

"It's more than just the community. We're talking about the future for the city of Crestview."

Public Works Director Wayne Steele, who has been working with Iannucci on the expo, said the city's water management consultant, CH2M Hill, has offered expertise and sponsorship in planning the event.

"The staff of CH2M Hill has really enlightened us," Steele said. "There's new technologies out there we have never seen before, such as cars that run off water."

"This is a unique opportunity for the city of Crestview," the company's local manager, Jane Swift, said. "This has the potential to really blow up into something really big. What we're trying to do is gear this toward residents, not just businesses: how to get these things in your home. We're trying to facilitate bringing businesses in here as well as the technology."

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