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Midwest Energy Policy Forum to be held June 19

Public invited to share thoughts on energy use and supply

The City of Kansas City, Mo., will co-sponsor a forum about energy efficiency, energy conservation, environmental concerns and social responsibility June 19 from 3:30-5:30 p.m. at the Gem Theater, 1601 E. 18th St.

"As energy prices continue to escalate, the ability of families to maintain their homes is jeopardized, which ultimately has an impact on their neighborhoods, thus affecting the community as a whole," said Bob Jackson, manager of the City's Property Preservation Division of the Neighborhood and Community Services Department. Jackson also will be a panelist at the forum. "The energy situation dovetails into the City's increasing sustainability initiatives."

The Property Preservation Division administers the Home Weatherization Program, Municipal Court Fund Program, Paint Program and the Minor Home Repair Program, which is expected to be re-introduced as a new and improved program this summer. These social service programs help residents with the upkeep and of their homes, and their ability to assist could be strained greatly if energy costs continue to rise; as energy costs rise, people are often forced to seek increased assistance.

The other sponsors of this forum are the American Association of Blacks in Energy, General Electric, Kansas City Power & Light and Aquila. Kansas City Power & Light and Aquila are primary funders of the Home Weatherization Program.

"This forum is an opportunity for Kansas City residents to discuss affordability, sustainability and global warming with officials from the energy industry. It also is an opportunity to get insight about national initiatives," Jackson said.

For more information or to register, call Mechele Beloney, American Association of Blacks in Energy, (913) 894-3071.

Media inquiries about the Neighborhood and Community Services Department should be directed to Teresa L. Clark, public information officer, (816) 513-3247.

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