Expanding opportunities presented in the cleantech arena
1242_ 7/86/12 - Formed back in 2009, the Colorado Cleantech Industry Association has been extremely busy. Last week we told you about the CCIA Fellows Institute focused on bringing in seasoned executives to be trained in the expanding opportunities presented in the cleantech arena. Completing this 17 week program, it is hoped that these seasoned executives will come out running a new company spun out of the university systems here in Colorado. But, Chris Shapard, executive director for the CCIA tells us there is much more going on. The last time we spoke with Chris is when CCIA introduced the CCIA Action Plan to the state and they've been furiously working to attain the goals and objectives from that plan. They've worked on getting the Fellows Institute up and running and worked on legislation that supports the industry. In addition to the Fellows Institute, the second initiative for the year is to raise funds for commercialization activities within the universities. CCIA in conjunction with CU, CSU and Mines are out and approaching foundations and they're going after an I-6 federal grant to bring money into that commercialization side. To grow the industry we really need resources put to creating companies and giving them a leg-up. CCIA had a very successful legislative session. They were one of the only organizations that got cleantech legislation passed. The CCIA piece, signed by the governor, is making it easier for third parties to put charging infrastructure for electric vehicles in Colorado, so they're not treated like utilities and not regulated. CCIA works with all kinds of businesses, there are about eight different sectors that are considered clean technology. Chris gets into more detail ...listen now...
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LISTEN TO: Chris Shapard, Executive Director, Colorado Cleantech Industry Association
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