Writer: Rhiannon Eades
Georgia city and county government officials who would like to learn more about how their communities can prepare for and benefit from e-mobility technologies can register for a free webinar presented by the University of Georgia Carl Vinson Institute of Government on Wednesday, Nov. 29.
“Plug Into Georgia: E-Mobility Success for Local Governments" will feature local leaders and industry experts as they discuss Georgia’s e-mobility transition, focusing on charging infrastructure and the elements of successful public and private partnerships.
“We are hearing from communities across Georgia that they want to learn more about what the state is doing, what utilities are doing, what their peers are doing, and how to transition and bring charging to their constituents,” explained UGA Institute of Government Assistant Director Shana Jones.
Georgia is experiencing significant growth in e-mobility. The state is among the top three in the nation for electric vehicle manufacturing job growth and continues to rank high in EV registrations and charging infrastructure. The growth in e-mobility presents unique challenges and opportunities for Georgia communities. Local concerns include access to charging stations, workforce challenges, industry partnerships, and more.
Representatives from Georgia Department of Transportation (GDOT), Georgia Power, GreenPower EMC, Envirospark and the Georgia Automotive Dealers Association will offer an overview of public and private developments, including updates on Georgia’s National Electric Vehicle Infrastructure five-year plan, perspectives from utilities on providing power for electric vehicles, and auto dealerships’ market projections.
The webinar will conclude with a panel discussion featuring officials from the Atlanta Regional Commission, City of Savannah, Bulloch County, Bryan County and Effingham County who will share local government perspectives on e-mobility issues.
“The game is changing and changing fast. Everything is very dynamic,” Bulloch County Manager Tom Couch, one of the panelists, said. “I think we all have to learn about the change, and we’ve got to embrace it whether we’re local government, community or business leaders.”
For more information and free registration, visit the Institute’s website.