LOS ANGELES RIPE TO BECOME NEXT SILICON VALLEY FOR CLEANTECH – MAYOR VILLARAIGOS LAUNCHES WEBSITE

LOS ANGELES – Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa this week announced the launch of a new website to serve as the online hub for the green economy in Los Angeles – CleanTechLosAngeles.org.

The site, previewed at the Los Angeles Business Council’s Sustainability Summit, is dedicated to establishing Los Angeles as the global leader in research, commercialization and deployment of clean technologies.

“Cleantech is the biggest opportunity of the 21st century, and I am committed to making Los Angeles a global cleantech capital,” Mayor Villaraigosa said.

“Our long-term future depends on our ability to capitalize on the growing opportunities of the new green economy, and this site will bring together our partners under one virtual roof.”

“In the race to become the nation’s central hub for the clean tech revolution, Los Angeles maintains a distinct advantage,” said Mary Leslie, President of the Los Angeles Business Council.

“From world-class research universities and a large high-tech work force to a government that is incentivizing investment in sustainable energy, Los Angeles is ripe to become the next Silicon Valley for cleantech.”

“This is a great model of a partnership between the private, public, academic, and non-profit sectors and it is critical to the advancement of the green economy in Los Angeles,” said Roberto Peccei, UCLA Vice Chancellor for Research.

“CleanTech LA will leverage the assets of the academic community and we are excited to be a part of it.”

The City and its partners will use the site as a catalyst for the development of a green, cleantech economy in Los Angeles, which includes:

Creating jobs: Attracting and retaining clean technology firms that will create job opportunities at all levels, including those with career ladders.

Stimulating demand: Facilitating the continued growth of a large marketplace for clean technology goods and services.

Facilitating environmental solutions: Deploying clean technologies to clean up the environment, create a better quality of life and exceed our regulatory responsibilities.

CleanTechLosAngeles.org provides a simple and clear understanding of the cleantech ecosystem in Los Angeles for any business or investor, including local resources in cleantech, available properties, university research, events, news and cleantech projects and policies in the City of Los Angeles.

The website is a partnership between the Mayor’s Office, CRA/LA, Caltech, DWP, JPL, Port of Los Angeles, UCLA and USC to provide more up-to-date information on the cleantech industry in Los Angeles.

CleanTech LA also lays the foundation for an organization which will affect public policy and support the development of the cleantech economy in Los Angeles.

The website launch is the latest step in Mayor Villaraigosa’s effort to make Los Angeles a global cleantech capital. City staff and partners are working on a number of efforts to implement the Mayor’s cleantech initiatives, including recruiting tenants for the CleanTech Manufacturing Center and establishing corporate and institutional partners in cleantech research and development.

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