NSI Energy & Sustainability Expert to Serve on Clean Tech Panel in Silicon Valley

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Kevin Matthews, who leads NSI’s Energy and Sustainability Practices, address the green business community at a panel discussion in the Silicon Valley, sharing leading practices regarding building government partnerships and securing public funding. The presentation, Public Money: How and Where to Get It, is part of the Funding a Cleantech Company Series sponsored by Environmental Business Cluster and will be held from 3 to 7 p.m. Thursday, April 8 at Fenwick and West LLP, 801 California Street, Mountain View, CA.

Approaching the government as a partner is a completely different approach and a different skill-set than private equity partners

Kevin Matthews, who leads NSI’s Energy and Sustainability Practices, will share his knowledge of the unique skills required to engage federal, state and local government partners in today’s competitive government marketplace during a panel discussion in the Silicon Valley.

The presentation, Public Money: How and Where to Get It, is part of the Funding a Cleantech Company Series sponsored by Environmental Business Cluster and will be held from 3 to 7 p.m. Thursday, April 8 at Fenwick and West LLP, 801 California Street, Mountain View, CA. Mr. Matthews will be among a panel of entrepreneurs and experts who have been successful navigating the public financing process and can provide guidance on how to increase executives’ probability for success in securing a share of billions in grants, loans and tax incentives from the United States government.

“Approaching the government as a partner is a completely different approach and a different skill-set than private equity partners,” says Matthews, who serves as Vice President of NSI’s Energy and Sustainability Practices. “Being prepared and knowing what they are looking for can make the difference in whether you’re tossed out of the running or awarded funding.”

NSI has had success helping companies develop and execute strategies to win federal grants since 1995. Earlier this year, NSI assisted SeaMicro and Power Assure secure funding over $14 million from the Department of Energy to improve energy efficiency IT projects.    

Mr. Matthews leads NSI’s Energy and Sustainability Practices, composed of a distinguished team of senior experts, who share their considerable experience with clients to successfully navigate the complexities of procurement, legislative and regulatory issues in the federal, state and local government markets. Mr. Matthews’ team includes Scott Sklar, President and Founder of the Stella Group, Ltd and Executive Director of the Solar Energy Industries Association, Terry Tamminen, former advisor to Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger and Former Governor Parris Glendening (MD), President of the Smart Growth Leadership Institute. NSI’s Energy and Sustainability Practices have vast experience in both public and private energy and environmental issues, including those that effect energy efficiency, water conservation, air quality and waste reduction.

Mr. Matthews has also held various positions with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency in Washington, D.C., where he worked for Administrator Carol M. Browner and served as both Special Assistant and Senior Congressional Liaison. He holds a B.A. in History from Hendrix College in Conway, Arkansas and an MPA from the Lyndon B. Johnson School of Public Affairs at the University of Texas at Austin. He currently serves on the Editorial Advisory Board of Brownfield News and Sustainability Report and is a certified Environmental Risk Manager from Texas State University.

Thursday’s event will include networking time, a Q&A session and a reception following the panel discussion. The event sponsor, Environmental Business Cluster, was founded in 1994 and assists start-up companies that make environmental products or provide environmental services. It has graduated over 75 companies; 80 percent of the EBC clients are clean and renewable energy companies. For more information or to register for the event, please visit http://www.environmentalcluster.org.

About NSI
NSI is a division of the Interpoint Group, and is a nationally-recognized consulting firm that provides companies with the strategy and insight to navigate complex procurement, public affairs, legislative and regulatory processes of federal, state and local government. NSI’s vast network of expertise and external relationships spans the country, and includes over 2,000 bi-partisan consultants in every state capital, major city and county across the U.S. The leadership team carries unparalleled experience at the intersection of business strategy, market development, policy formation, legislation and regulation. Established in 1995, NSI has generated over $7.3 billion in new revenue and made substantial impact in passing or defeating significant legislative bills on behalf of its clients. NSI is headquartered in Washington, D.C. and has offices in Florida, New York, Georgia, Missouri, California and Brussels. For more information, please visit the company website at http://www.nationalstrategies.com.

About Interpoint Group
Interpoint Group provides the experience to impact clients’ business, brand and overall standing with stakeholders by serving as valued partners and advisors. Launched in January 2010, the firm’s expert counsel and strategic, integrated approach consistently produces extraordinary results across the federal, state and local government landscape. Interpoint Group also provides senior business and government executives with strategic insight and guidance on federal, state and local government. The firm offers an integrated suite of services through three companies that specialize in government market sales, public affairs and regulatory affairs, executing as strategic partners with clients to deliver results. Companies can leverage services across the Interpoint Group platform of companies or work with one group – as each operates independently – to achieve their strategic business objectives. Learn more at http://www.interpointgroup.com.

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