Leonardtown, MD – The St. Mary’s County Department of Economic Development is partnering with the Southern Maryland Minority Chamber of Commerce, Inc. (SMMCOC), and a number of other State and regional partners, to present “The Southern Maryland Energy and Procurement Expo: Exploring the Future of the Energy Sector”. The event will take place on Wednesday, April 20, 2016, from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Center for Business and Industry (BI), located on the campus of the College of Southern Maryland, 8730 Mitchell Road, La Plata, Maryland.

Maryland Lt. Governor Boyd K. Rutherford is scheduled to speak along with Delegate Sally Jamerson, District 28, Charles County and Michael Leslie, Director of Energy & Sustainability, Maryland Department of Commerce.

The program kicks off with speakers who will address current energy trends, utility infrastructure improvements underway in Southern Maryland and workforce needs. Throughout the day, participants can enjoy the Procurement Expo, featuring leaders of local utilities, suppliers and government officials discussing emerging energy sector opportunities.  Lt. Governor Rutherford will provide the keynote address during lunch. The cost to attend the Southern Maryland Energy and Procurement Expo is $30 and registration is required.

The Southern Maryland Minority Chamber of Commerce, formally named the Southern Maryland Black Chamber of Commerce, exists to make the community a better place for all. SMMCOC advocates for business growth, economic development and local empowerment in Calvert, Charles, St. Mary’s and southern Prince George’s Counties. The organization is managed by a volunteer board of directors, headed by Doris J. Cammack-Spencer, President/CEO.

For more information about the Southern Maryland Energy and Procurement Expo and to register, go to www.smbcc.org.