Clean Energy as an Economic Development Tool
Chambers across the nation are already using clean energy to diversify their local economies, help their businesses find new entry points into supply chains, and attract new investors and entrepreneurs to their regions. With a record $48.1 billion
invested in U.S. clean energy industries in 2011, clean energy is an important, growing tool for chambers looking to engage in economic development.
The geographic centers for new services and technologies—like energy efficiency, energy storage, electric vehicles, LED lighting, and renewable energy manufacturing-have yet to be identified. With close ties to business leaders and policymakers, chambers are uniquely positioned to help their regions become hotbeds of innovation for these new technologies and services.
Clean Energy in Your Region
- Chambers of Commerce Gain Cost Savings with Solar Installs - EnergySage, Inc., and Chambers for Innovation and Clean Energy, have launched a partnership to help local chambers of commerce and their member businesses take advantage of cost savings from installing solar energy. The Metro South Chamber of Commerce in Massachusetts is the first local chamber to take advantage of the new partnership in Summer 2014.
- Local Chambers as Change Agents: Creating Economic Vitality through Clean Energy and Innovation provides the first comprehensive look into how local chambers are attracting investment, supporting business growth, and diversifying their local economies around clean energy and energy efficiency.
- Austin Chamber (TX) works with university, municipal, and utility partners to attract new clean energy entrepreneurs and capital to the region.
- Caro Chamber of Commerce (MI) hosts wind farm tours, contributing to the public's understanding of wind energy, and garnering exposure and recognition for the small, rural chamber.
- The Energy Alliance of Greater Pittsburgh, a program of the Allegheny Conference - an affiliate of the Greater Pittsburgh Chamber - and Innovation Works. The Alliance is an economic development initiative and a collaboration of more than 100 businesses, universities, and other organizations with the purpose of facilitating the innovation, education, and coordination needed to enhance the region's energy economy and advance its global leadership in improving the environment.
- Greater Lehigh Valley Chamber hosts a very successful Energy & Environment Outlook and Expo, awards a member business with the best energy practices each year, and for eight years has run an in-demand Energy & Environment Committee.
- Greater Raleigh Chamber, Cary Chamber, and Chapel Hill-Carrboro Chamber sponsored a roundtable discussing how the Department of Defense’s increased demand for renewable energy and energy efficiency for military bases presents new opportunities for businesses in North Carolina and nationwide.
- Hibbing Area Chamber (MN) launched a "Business Energy Retrofit" program to help member companies stay in business.
- Kansas City Chamber of Commerce launches Kansas City Energy Initiative - Bringing together the Kansas City government, the real estate sector and the area’s leading utility, the Kansas City Chamber has launched the Kansas City Energy Initiative to boost the region’s economic competitiveness through smart energy practices.
- Chambers for Innovation and Clean Energy Video Series - Cathy Bennett, Vice President of Public Policy and Programming at the Greater Kansas City Chamber of Commerce, discusses how clean energy and energy efficiency have helped drive economic development in her community.
- City of Kansas City Press Release - The mayor, chamber, and a local utility demonstrate commitment to help the city reduce energy consumption to save money, increase competitiveness, and improve the environment.
- The North Myrtle Beach Chamber has led the state in efforts to promote wind as an alternative source of energy and in particular off shore wind farms off the SC coast.
- Orlando Inc. (the Orlando Regional Chamber) won an Energy Star Rating and collaborates with the city government and business community on the City Energy Project, an energy efficiency initiative.
- St. Louis Regional Chamber and Growth Association helps grow regional economies through energy efficiency, cleaner vehicles, and other clean energy initiatives.
- Salt Lake Chamber hosts an annual Clean Air Summit to the make the business case for clean air, and encourages companies to become Chamber Clean Air Champions.
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| Clean Energy as an Economic Development ToolLast updated: 6/13/2017