SOURCE: CleanTech OC

CleanTech OC

September 27, 2010 17:59 ET

Southern California Clean Tech Alliance: The Path to Economic Recovery Starts Here

IRVINE, CA--(Marketwire - September 27, 2010) -  Leaders from the southland's three largest clean tech associations today announced the creation of the Southern California Clean Tech Alliance at the CleanTech OC 2010 Conference and Expo in Irvine. CleanTech OC, Clean Tech Los Angeles and CleanTECH San Diego will now work together on joint events, grant opportunities and advocacy all to help bring clean tech projects to southern California, to create jobs and stimulate the economy in the fastest growing industry in the state. More than 300 business leaders, local government officials and private investors were on hand at the CleanTech OC Conference and announcement ceremony.

Conference speakers included former California State Controller Steve Westly, Managing Partner, the Westly Group, Denise Tyrrell, Southern California Representative, California Public Utilities Commission, Miguel Pulido, Mayor, City of Santa Ana, Co-Chair CleanTech OC, David Jones, Managing Partner, SAIL Venture Partners, Greg Trimarche, Partner, Bryan Cave LLP, Co-Chair CleanTech OC, and Brian Olson, CFO, Quantum Technologies. 

"The path to economic recovery starts here," said Greg Trimarche, Co-Chair, CleanTech OC. "Green jobs are being created at a rate that far outpaces the rest of the economy and private capital is pouring into the clean tech sector at levels exceeding all others. Southern California is at the forefront of the clean tech revolution and the creation of the Alliance presents a tremendous opportunity."

The three regions within the Southern California Alliance account for over 16 million people, with nearly one in 20 United States residents living in Los Angeles, Orange County or San Diego. Clean technology is likely to be one of the most significant engines for job growth over the next decade. Clean tech companies include alternative energy producers, alternative fuel vehicles, green building companies, non-polluting product manufacturers and the banks, venture capitalists and other firms that support them. 

"As the most established clean tech cluster in the region, San Diego is delighted to join forces with our colleagues in Los Angeles and Orange County on matters of regional significance," said Lisa Bicker, President of CleanTECH San Diego. "We congratulate CleanTECH OC on this outstanding event."

The Alliance will now be poised to leverage this tremendous opportunity to attract larger projects that will benefit the entire region. It will bring together specialized resources, expertise and information that can be shared within the Alliance. The collaboration within the Alliance will also expand access to financing and new sources to create partnership opportunities. 

About Clean Tech Los Angeles

Clean Tech Los Angeles is an innovative collaboration between Los Angeles' premier academic institutions, the business community and City government to make Los Angeles a global capital of clean technology. Clean Tech Los Angeles partners work together to support new technology research, advocacy for federal grants, economic development, communication and networking to enhance Los Angeles' presence as leader in the clean tech industry. Clean Tech LA members include: Caltech, UCLA, USC, Los Angeles Department of Water and Power (LADWP), Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa, the Community Redevelopment Agency of Los Angeles, LA Area Chamber of Commerce, LA Business Council, LA County Economic Development Corporation and the Central City Association.

About CleanTech OC

CleanTech OC is a non-profit trade association that seeks to promote economic growth in the Orange County clean technology industry, which is likely to be one of the most significant engines for job growth in Southern California over the next decade. CleanTech OC consists of private companies, academic institutions, and local government entities that are engaged or interested in clean tech. CleanTech OC members include: Fisker Automotive, FlexEnergy, Quantum Technologies, Bluefire Renewables and Environ.

About CleanTECH San Diego

CleanTECH San Diego is a non-profit membership organization formed in 2007 to accelerate San Diego as a world leader in the clean technology economy. Over 750 clean tech companies reside in San Diego. CleanTECH San Diego was recently named the 7th best clean tech cluster organization in the world by Better World Capital with only two other regions in the US making the list. CleanTECH San Diego advocates for new sources of investment capital, workforce development, international trade, federal and state research funding, targeted regulation, and sustainable land-use planning and development. CleanTECH San Diego members include: SDG&E, Kyocera Solar, General Atomics, Synthetic Genomics and Greener Dawn.

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