More than 300 business professionals, government officials and private investors gathered Monday at the Hyatt Regency Irvine for the CleanTech O.C. Conference and Expo, which yielded, among other things, an alliance aimed at boosting the industry throughout Southern California.
The Southern California Clean Tech Alliance is made up of CleanTech O.C., CleanTech Los Angeles and CleanTECH San Diego. The groups will come together for joint events, grant initiatives and advocacy measures in an effort to bring industry projects to the region, create jobs and stimulate the economy.
“The path to economic recovery starts here,” said Greg Trimarche, co-chairman of CleanTech O.C., a nonprofit organization dedicated to serving the needs of existing and future companies in the sector in the region. “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."
The clean-tech industry is expected to be among the most significant sectors for job growth in the next decade – and Southern California's more than 1,000 green businesses outpace other regions in the U.S.
"Southern California is at the forefront of the clean-tech revolution and the creation of the alliance presents a tremendous opportunity,” said Trimarche.
Meanwhile, a number of Orange County's own 275 clean-tech companies were on hand for Monday's conference, including Irvine-based Microsemi and Quantum Fuel Systems Technologies Worldwide. The event, which was aimed at promoting growth in the region's green sector, also featured seminars and forums where industry leaders exchanged ideas, information and business opportunities.
Among the day's speakers: former California State Controller Steve Westly, who currently serves as managing partner of the Westly Group; Santa Ana Mayor Miguel Pulido; and Irvine-based Quantum Technologies CEO Brian Olson.
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