Portland gets $2.1M for cleantech


The Portland region landed $2.1 million of the $37 million in federal money from the Jobs and Innovation Accelerator Challenge.

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The Portland region landed $2.1 million of the $37 million in federal money from the Jobs and Innovation Accelerator Challenge.

The city of Portland’s Portland Development Commission, Worksystems Inc. and the Oregon Microenterprise Network will share the money and cooperate on what’s being called the Portland Regional Clean Tech Advance Initiative.

The program will focus on job training and facilitating access to capital for startups developing promising clean technologies. It will also seek to connect the region’s manufacturing capacity with its growing cleantech cluster.

“It’s a complicated grant,” said Sean Robbins, CEO of the economic development group Greater Portland Inc., which helped bring together more than 20 organizations from Oregon and southwest Washington to design the program. “It’s focused on the commercialization of new cleantech technologies and how to move them from design to market. And, when we do that, on how to connect existing businesses with the supply chain and how we align the workforce to support it.”

Read more at Sustainable Business Oregon.

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