The DOE is hosting a Solid-State Lighting Manufacturing Workshop on April 21 and 22 in Fairfax, Va. The two days will be spent examining how to reduce the cost of LED products to competitive levels, accelerate introduction of organic LED products, and ensure product quality and consistent performance. More information is available online.

While several cities in the United States, such as Ann Arbor, Mich., and Anchorage, already have switched to using LED technology in their streetlights, more cities want to get on board. At least 30 U.S. cities have asked for more than $104 million in federal stimulus funds to help make the change to LEDs for their streetlights, according to a March 2 USA Todayarticle. Converting to LED technology for streetlights can reduce energy use and maintenance upkeep, resulting in fairly significant savings.

Cooper Lighting has released the 2009 class schedule for the Source, which provides lighting workshops and seminars at Cooper's headquarters in Peachtree City, Ga. With the January 2009 opening of the Cooper Technology Center in Houston, the Industrial Lighting Solutions seminars and some others will be held at this location. Also, the Source will host its Healthcare Lighting Solutions and Energy Solutions seminars in Universal City, Calif., in conjunction with tours of the Cooper Lighting facility in Van Nuys, Calif. A complete course schedule is available online.

The National Electrical Manufacturers Association's (NEMA) Lighting Systems Index (LSI) shrunk 4.8 percent from the third to fourth quarters of 2008, the largest quarter-to-quarter drop in the LSI's 11-year history. The index is an 11.2 percent decline from the fourth quarter in 2007. While NEMA's report shows a decline in shipments for every major lighting category, it does single out large lamps and fixtures as the worst hit by the downturn.

Martin Professional promotes Bruno Garros to vice president of distributor sales for Martin Professional A/S. Garros, previously the managing director at Martin Professional France S.A., has been with the company for more than 10 years. He will work with the company's area sales managers to penetrate new markets and develop existing distributor relationships. Also, Frank Hoehn has been named senior vice president of business development and marketing for Martin Professional A/S. Hoehn, who has been with the company since September 2008, will be responsible for the entire Martin marketing department in addition to the after-sales service department.

Leviton has promoted Leonardo Villalobos to technical support engineer for the company's Lighting Management Systems business. In his new role, Villalobos will provide technical and engineering support for the company's line of products.

The Association of Outdoor Lighting Professionals (AOLP) recently announced its 2009 committee members. Each committee chairman will serve throughout 2009. The AOLP has four committees: certification, membership, design certification and awards, and conference and education. A full list of committee members can be found online.