Tri-Regional JETS + Power Up

Join us for two great events; Tri-Regional JETS and Power Up Energy Expo. This year we return to the beautiful white-sand beaches of Panama City Beach.


Join us October 10-12 for the premier annual regional networking event of the year that combines the core expertise of the Society of American Military Engineers and the Gulf Coast Energy Network! An Industry-Government engagement event with featured speakers, technical sessions, federal agency briefings, exhibit hall and networking activities. Topics will include energy, coastal resiliency, Government contracting opportunities, and opportunity to tour the progress of the Tyndall Air Force Base rebuild.

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Edgewater Beach and Golf Resort, Panama City Beach

Edgewater Beach & Golf Resort
11212 Front Beach Road
Panama City Beach, FL 32407

Thursday, October 20, 2022
Defense Innovation Forum - Day 2

  • Registration Opens, Networking Breakfast 7:00 AM
  • Introductions 8:00 AM

    Mr. Dave Robau, Gulf Coast Energy Network

  • Morning Keynote Address 8:00 AM

    Commissioner Tim Echols, Georgia Public Service Commission
    Mr. Robert Hughes, Executive Director, Office of Energy Initiatives, U.S. Army

    Climate Security Across the Defense Enterprise: Challenges and Opportunities
    Ms. Jessica Olcott Yllemo, Director, Climate Security Program, American Security Project

  • Plenary Session 1: Partnerships to Support Defense Communities 9:00 AM

    Moderator: Mr. Dave Robau, Gulf Coast Energy Network
    Mr. Brad Chedister, Chief Technology & Innovation Officer, DEFENSEWERX
    Mr. David Leinberger, Army Partnerships Program Manager, US Army
    Commissioner Tim Echols, Georgia Public Service Commission

  • Plenary Session 2: Energy & Climate Security 10:00 AM

    Moderator: Mr. Dave Robau, Gulf Coast Energy Network
    Ms. Meredith Pringle, Principal, Converge Strategies
    Dr. Bret Strogen, PE, Director, Strategic Marketing Innovations
    Ms. Nina Khan, Energy Portfolio Program Manager, Defense Innovation Unit

  • Plenary Session 3: Installations of the Future 11:00 AM

    Moderator: Mr. Dave Robau, Gulf Coast Energy Network
    Mr. Lowell Usrey, Integration Branch Chief, Natural Disaster Recovery Division, Air Force Civil Engineer Center, Tyndall Air Force Base, U.S. Air Force Army Future’s Command Representative
    Other Speakers TBD

  • Closing Remarks 11:50 AM

    Mr. Dave Robau, Gulf Coast Energy Network


Sheraton Panama City Beach Golf & Spa Resort.

Government and standard room block rates are available. Click the links below to visit the Bluegreen’s Bayside Resort & Spa registration page.

Bluegreen’s Bayside Resort & Spa
4114 Jan Cooley Drive
Panama City Beach, FL  32408

Power Up Energy Expo is the largest industry training event for design, construction, and sustainable energy professionals along the Gulf Coast.

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Power Up is the largest business event for energy and sustainability professionals along the Gulf Coast. This event will consist of presentations from state, city, county officials, federal and military contracting officials, architectural, engineering, and construction firms, energy services companies and many more. Join us and connect with new clients and other industry professionals, and meet with exhibitors in the Technology Demonstration Area to learn about new business opportunities for large and small businesses.