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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.

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Last updated: 6/13/2017

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