Promoting clean technology was the topic of the day at USM, where a special group of visitors from Europe shared their green knowledge.
The Mississippi Polymer Institute is known for supporting the growth of high-tech businesses in the state. MPI hosted a group from the Wiintech World Wide Intercluster Initiative for New materials and processes focused on clean TECHnologies.
There are representatives from seven European counties participating in the clean technology project.
"The businesses are talking about a variety of technologies that include clean technology, sustainability and advance materials." -Bryan Brister
"The purpose of all this is to find good partners four our cluster." -Serge Hanoca
Serge Hanoca represents Ubifrance. He says a cluster is an organization that represents thousands of businesses, universities, and research institutions under one umbrella.
"We are here see what kinds of technology could be a good fit for the economy here." -Serge Hanoca
"This is actually a business to business initiative." -Bryan Brister
Caroline Pin represents the cluster Plastipolis from France. She says this project has been helpful.
"We've learned what are the clean technologies focuses of Mississippi." -Caroline Pin
"What we are looking for is opportunities to build partnerships and drive business activity between the two continents." -Bryan Brister
Brister says twelve companies in Mississippi already integrate sustainable technology into their businesses.