Colorado Gov. Bill Ritter & Industry Leaders Announce Formation of the Colorado Cleantech Industry Association

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Thursday, during festivities at the Governor's Mansion, Colorado Governor Bill Ritter announced formation of the Colorado Cleantech Industry Association (CCIA). The CCIA is the only industry-led, industry-focused cleantech group in the state and one of only four cleantech business associations in the country. In the six months that the CCIA has been in existence, it has grown to 85 members, lobbied for innovation language to be included in the 2009 American Clean Energy and Security Act and passed two pieces of legislation that help Cleantech technology businesses grow in Colorado.

Thursday, during launch festivities at the Governor's Mansion, Colorado Governor Bill Ritter announced formation of the Colorado Cleantech Industry Association (CCIA). The announcement was made together with Christine Shapard, founding Executive Director of the CCIA who said "The CCIA is the only industry-led, industry-focused cleantech group in the state created to solidify Colorado's position as the nation's cleantech leader, new energy economy driver and technology innovator and we are one of only four cleantech business associations in the country."

"Over the past few years, Colorado has become a national leader in the New Energy Economy, and one key reason is the thriving community of 300 cleantech companies and 20,000 employees based here," Gov. Ritter said. "Even in this difficult economy, cleantech remains a vital part of our forward-looking economic-development strategy. The Colorado Cleantech Industry Association will help harness the power and the potential of this important economic sector as we lead Colorado forward and establish this state as the cleantech capital of the world."

According to Shapard, the Governor's economic development office and cleantech business community have been very forward thinking in organizing this model of cleantech economic development in the state. The CCIA represents a broad swath of the cleantech industry, including companies developing products and technologies for renewable energy such as wind, solar, biofuels and geothermal; grid infrastructure; green chemistry; low carbon transportation; energy efficiency, water quality and green-building.

Thoughts From Washington

  • "As we work to build a new energy economy, Colorado is leading the way with over 300 cleantech companies - and more launching all the time," Senator Mark Udall (D-CO) said.  "Uniting the cleantech business and investment community is already creating jobs and growing the clean energy industry.  I know that Colorado can lead the world in clean energy production, and I commend all of the partners of the Colorado Cleantech Industry Association for their vision and drive."
  • "With more than 300 cleantech companies harnessing clean sources of energy to create new, good-paying  jobs and reduce our dependence on foreign oil, the power of the new energy economy can't be overlooked," said Senator Michael Bennet (D-CO).  "This new partnership will pool the know-how and expertise of our state's clean energy business and research leaders and help advance Colorado's leadership in the New Energy Economy."
  • "Colorado is experiencing a clean energy renaissance as innovators and entrepreneurs work to build this movement from the ground up," said Congressman Jared Polis (D-CO).  "The Colorado Cleantech Industry Association will be a valuable bridge between what's happening on the ground with what needs to happen at the Capitol in Denver and in Washington, D.C."

Shapard adds, "As the only organization representing many sectors of the cleantech industry, it only makes sense for the CCIA to coordinate with groups where we have common interests including NREL, the Colorado Solar Energy Industries Association, the Interwest Energy Alliance, the CleanLaunch Technology Incubator, the National Venture Capital Association and others."

In the six months that the CCIA has been in existence, the organization has grown to 85 members, lobbied for innovation language to be included in the 2009 American Clean Energy and Security Act and passed two pieces of legislation that help Cleantech technology businesses grow in Colorado. Visit http://www.coloradocleantech.com.

"Colorado's cleantech business community recognized it can become a leader in the global cleantech industry and grow Colorado's New Energy Economy by bringing together the university research community, the business community and the investment community," explains Ron Bernal, CCIA board chair. Board members of the CCIA include:

David Allen        University of Colorado
Mike Bearup        KPMG
Michael Beasley     Xcel Energy
Ron Bernal        Sequel Venture Partners
Jeff Bisberg        Albeo Technologies
Sunil Cherian        Spirae
Matt Cheroutes    Colorado OED
Tim Connor        Sequel Venture Partners
Doug Coors        Coorstek
Drew Crouch    Ball Aerospace
Mike Devery        Silicon Valley Bank
Peter Edwards    Fairfield and Woods
Charles Eggert    OPX Biotechnologies
Bill Farland        Colorado State University
Dick Franklin        EnviroBrand
Dan Friedlander    Private Investor
Scott Green        Google
Wayne Greenberg    Architectural Energy
Steve Hane        Ampulse
Doug Henston    Solix Biofuels
David Hiller        Colorado Renewable Energy Collaboratory
Michelle Kales    Brownstein Hyatt Farber Schreck
Rebecca Kauffman    Southern Ute Renewable Energy
Carl Lawrence    Eetrex
Jim Linfield        Cooley Godward Kronish
Ashu Misra        Ascent Solar
David Moll        Infield Capital
Kimbal Musk        Tesla Motors
Paul Nelson        CU Energy Initiative
Rex O'Neal        Faegre & Benson
Andy Paliszewski    Siemens Wind Energy
John Poate        Colorado School of Mines
Michael Potts        Rocky Mountain Institute
Frank Ramirez    ICE Energy
Doug Schatz        Advanced Energy
Joel Serface        Entrepreneur
AdrianTuck        Tendril Networks

CCIA also is found on these social media sites:

Twitter: http://twitter.com/COCleantech

LinkedIn: http://www.linkedin.com/e/vgh/1882455

Facebook Group: http://www.facebook.com/pages/httpcleantechcoloradocom/72453626524?ref=nf

Facebook Fan Page: http://www.facebook.com/pages/Colorado-Cleantech-Industry-Association/105572113751

News Feed - http://coloradocleantech.blogspot.com

Media Contacts:

Christine Shapard, CCIA Executive Director, 303-623-2690

Maggie Chamberlin Holben, Absolutely Public Relations http://www.absolutelypr.com, 303-984-9801

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