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The EcoComplex: Barry Edwards at TEDxHickory

Barry Edwards, Director of the Department of Utilities and Engineering for Catawba County, North Carolina, is also the Director of the Catawba County EcoComplex. It is the goal of the Catawba County Regional EcoComplex and Resource Recovery Facility to develop a system that will recover all useable products and by-products from a group of private and public partners located in a close-knit defined area, the EcoComplex. This group of partners will work together to use each other's waste products either as a source of energy (electricity, steam, or heat) or as a raw material for the production of their own product (pallets, lumber, compost, brick shapes/art). These shared relationships bring the old saying of "one man's trash is another man's treasure", into real life. In addition to these shared relationships, the EcoComplex is also focused on making and using "green" energy and on the economic development of Catawba County. In the spirit of ideas worth spreading, TEDx is a program of local, self-organized events that bring people together to share a TED-like experience. At a TEDx event, TEDTalks video and live speakers combine to spark deep discussion and connection in a small group. These local, self-organized events are branded TEDx, where x = independently organized TED event. The TED Conference provides general guidance for the TEDx program, but individual TEDx events are self-organized.* (*Subject to certain rules and regulations)
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