Denver, July 24, 2009 – Colorado Gov. Bill Ritter announced the formation of the Colorado Cleantech Industry Association (CCIA). Christine Shapard, founding executive director of the CCIA said the association 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.
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.
In the six months 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 clean technology businesses grow in Colorado. The CCIA coordinates with groups of common interest including NREL, Colorado Solar Energy Industries Association, Interwest Energy Alliance, CleanLaunch Technology Incubator, National Venture Capital Association and others.