University of South Carolina

Energy executive to discuss economic investment, growing jobs Nov. 8


Contact: Peggy Binette 803-777-5400

Every day Clark Gillespy works to answer this question: How do we strengthen our communities and grow the economies within our region?

Gillespy, vice president of economic development at Duke Energy, will give a public talk Tuesday, Nov. 8, at the University of South Carolina about the importance of a sustainable energy future in recruiting new investment and increase job growth.

His talk, “Economics of a Sustainable Energy Future: Encouraging Investment and Creating Jobs,” will be at 3:30 p.m. in Lumpkin Auditorium on the eighth floor of the Darla Moore School of Business. It is free and open to the public.

Gillespy also will discuss the leadership needed from businesses and students to create a more robust and prosperous global economy.

His visit is part of the University of South Carolina and Duke Energy’s Executive-in-Residence Program, which is bringing to campus some of Duke Energy’s top executives from the fields of energy and environmental policy, economic development, power distribution and delivery, communications and government and regulatory affairs.

USC Provost Michael Amiridis said the partnership with Duke Energy is an outstanding example of a public-private partnership to foster leadership and energy sustainability.

“As one of the largest power companies in the United States, Duke Energy has consistently demonstrated leadership in the area of sustainability,” Amiridis said. “By inviting their executives to spend time on campus to interact with students and faculty, we expect to help our students and faculty expand their understanding of these complex themes and, hopefully, come away with an enhanced appreciation of the critical importance of leadership and sustainability for success in the global marketplace.”

Gillespy said he is pleased to collaborate with USC on developing leaders for the energy sector.

“Duke Energy is investing billions to modernize its electric system to ensure that the communities we serve remain competitive for decades to come,” Gillespy said. “Even in 2010, as the economy showed signs of a possible double-dip recession, Duke Energy’s economic development efforts contributed $1.6 billion in new capital investment and more than 5,000 jobs in South Carolina alone.

“Our challenge, our goal is to ensure similar success in the future. Duke Energy must deliver reliable electricity at prices our customers can afford and do it in a sustainable way.”

The Leadership in Sustainability Program is the first of its kind at USC.

The program continues through February with executives scheduled to visit the campus, speak to undergraduate and graduate students, tour research facilities, talk with faculty and administrators and deliver a public lecture. Each executive will be hosted by a college whose academic offerings match the visiting executive’s background and experience.

Gillespy joined Duke Energy in 2004, bringing with him more than 20 years of economic development experience.

He earned a bachelor’s degree in business administration from the University of Alabama and an MBA from European University in Brussels, Belgium, a juris doctorate from the Cumberland School of Law and a degree in advanced international legal studies from the McGeorge School of Law in Salzburg, Austria. In addition to serving on numerous economic development organizations, he is a member of state bar associations in three states.

Gillespy is being hosted by the Darla Moore School of Business.


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Posted: 10/25/11 @ 11:30 AM | Updated: 11/03/11 @ 11:04 AM | Permalink