The Michigan Economic Development Corporation (MEDC) has signed a cooperative agreement with Germany’s Stuttgart Regional Economic Development Corporation solidifying a partnership to help accelerate the development of alternative energy technologies…Lansing, Michigan – October 18, 2002 [SolarAccess.com] The Michigan Economic Development Corporation (MEDC) has signed a cooperative agreement with Germany’s Stuttgart Regional Economic Development Corporation solidifying a partnership to help accelerate the development of alternative energy technologies. This new partnership will primarily focus on joint efforts to develop alternative energy education programs. The programs developed by each corporation will likely be available through the Internet. “The signing of this agreement demonstrates NextEnergy’s international scope and influence,” said Doug Rothwell, president & CEO of the Michigan Economic Development Corporation. “By working together with partners like the Stuttgart EDC, we can launch a global effort to help make the commercialization of alternative energy products a reality.” As part of the agreement, the corporations will develop online educational and training programs that will allow students, organizations and business leaders from both regions to participate. The groups also will create a Web-based marketplace exchange service. The exchange would include a list of companies within each of their respective domains that have an interest in establishing joint ventures, direct sales, and/or networking partnerships in alternative energy. Moreover, the groups will explore the feasibility of jointly hosting an annual conference inviting business, industry, education, and/or government leaders from their respective domains to discuss alternative energy issues facing both regions. This is the second international agreement the MEDC, on behalf of the NextEnergy initiative, has inked. In September the corporation established a similar cooperative agreement with the North of England Inward Investment Agency in the United Kingdom.