Bob Stuart from the News Virginian in Waynesboro covered the stop and I think he gave a good overview of what took place during the tour.
The candidate spent the early afternoon touring a variety of research labs at JMU, including an energy and manufacturing lab, a biotech lab, a wind lab and seeing projects such as an electric ATV.Another part of the tour that I enjoyed was that some community members who also own a small business that manufactures technology for solar energy came to go on the tour as well. They came a long to hear about the program at JMU and about Jon's positions on the issues. As the event came to a close, they recorded the following statement about their reaction to the tour.
Bowerbank, the owner of a Southwest Virginia energy and infrastructure company and a member of the Russell County Board of Supervisors, said he thinks there are entrepreneurs and college graduates like those at JMU who can fuel the alternative energy push.
He said the jobs created could include research and development, construction, maintenance, scientific and engineering.The investment can come from both government and the private sector.