Building a Future for Indiana
I am Connie Neininger, assistant director of Hoosiers for Renewables, and am very excited to join this growing organization.
Indiana is going through a lifecycle change, just as do people. As I think back over the years of my life, I realize there were times when I thought my path was set. However, as the seasons of my life changed, so did my plans. One of the greatest changes in my life was the birth of my grandchildren – it is amazing how they open our eyes to new possibilities and to some old possibilities that bring us renewed joy.
Diversification in our farmlands and in our energy sources can help our rural communities be more competitive in the economic development arena so we can build stronger, lifelong communities for our children and grandchildren.
My most recent work was with the Indiana State Department of Agriculture, which allowed me to travel this great state of ours and meet with so many wonderful people. Hoosiers care about each other and they care about their communities as is shown by their support of innovative technologies, involvement in stewardship programs, diverse manufacturing, and global outreach programs that support economic development throughout Indiana.
Rural communities are challenged the most to meet the demands of new technology companies who are looking for strong infrastructure and diverse energy sources to be competitive in today’s global marketplace. Farmers, an important sector in Indiana, are also challenged with providing viable businesses that will leave a lasting legacy for their heirs. Diversification in our farmlands and in our energy sources can help our rural communities be more competitive in the economic development arena so we can build stronger, lifelong communities for our children and grandchildren.
Prior to working with the State Department of Agriculture, I was the economic development director for White County during the development of the wind farm everyone gets to experience as they travel along Interstate 65. Part of my work in White County also involved the development of anaerobic digesters and a methane generating plant at the landfill. All of these projects taught me the importance of renewable energy, diversification of our electrical power generation and how such projects can support economic development in our rural communities.
As I spend time every week with my grandchildren, I am amazed at how they just get it. They understand that we only have one planet and that we need to take care of our environment to ensure the health and well-being of its inhabitants long into the future. They understand that it’s our responsibility to ensure our communities have the resources they need to thrive. I recall the first time one of my granddaughters reminded me to turn off the water while brushing my teeth. They also taught me the importance of recycling, which provided my husband a weekly task of taking the recycling into the drop-off point. As I have watched my granddaughters grow, I realized that I needed to do my part in helping to ensure that there will be a Hoosier community for them to raise their kids and grandkids in - just like the one they are growing up in.
So, it is with excitement and joy that I have joined forces with Hoosiers for Renewables as assistant director to promote renewable energy throughout Indiana. I look forward to helping our community leaders better understand the economic benefits of renewable energy in hopes of leaving our great state better than before.
If you have questions about large scale wind, solar or biomass, please reach out to me so we can talk one-on-one or in a group setting. Click here to find out more about renewable energy for Indiana’s strong economic future.