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National Center, DOE Partner in Minorities in Energy Initiative

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The National Center for American Indian Enterprise Development (The National Center) entered into a Memorandum of Understanding with the Department of Energy (DOE) to be a partner in its Minorities in Energy (MIE) Initiative. The National Center will now be included in MIE’s Industry Partner Engagement Network, where it will work to strengthen and expand innovation in energy-specific economic development and workforce development/STEM education. The MOU requires both entities to participate in each other’s conferences, workshops, and other events.

“The National Center is very excited to officially partner with the Department of Energy in its groundbreaking Minorities in Energy Initiative,” Gary Davis, president and CEO of the National Center, said in a news release. “Our economic future will be powered by the investments made in the energy sector, and I am very pleased that the Department of Energy recognizes the importance of minorities, and in particular, the Native American community, in creating innovative public and private partnerships. I look forward to a long and mutually-beneficial relationship between the National Center and the DOE.”

The MOU was announced this week while DOE hosted an event entitled “Minorities in Energy - Year One.” The event brought MIE ambassadors and high-ranking representatives from the Administration and the private sector to examine the progress of the first year of the MIE Initiative. National Center Board Chairman Derrick Watchman and National Center Board Member Michelle Holiday, who is a MIE ambassador, are also participating in the event.

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Later this week, Mr. Davis will speak to Comcast employees as a part of its Employee Enrichment Series during Native American Heritage Month. The session will be streamed live to all Comcast and NBCUniversal employees.

Early next year, the National Center Edge will officially launch, which is an online employment and development ecosystem built to give Indian Country an “edge” in all aspects of business. It is scheduled to launch in advance of National RES in Las Vegas, which is taking place from March 9-12.“Big things are happening at the National Center, and it all means business for Indian Country,” Davis said.