On October 26th, 2010 the Sacramento Area Regional Technology Alliance (SARTA) and its CleanStart program held its fourth annual Sacramento Clean Tech Showcase at Sacramento State University. Clean Tech Showcase 2010 was a one-day conference highlighting the area's rapidly growing clean energy and clean technology sectors. Senior International Trade Specialist Tony Hill represented the U.S. Commercial Service, Sacramento US Export Assistance Center at this event.
CleanStart is an initiative of SARTA that began in 2005 and is designed to accelerate the development of clean energy technology ventures within the Greater Sacramento Region. CleanStart helps entrepreneurs assemble solid management teams, secure adequate funding and accelerate the commercialization of sound product ideas.
Partners for this year's Clean Tech Showcase included Greenwise Sacramento, the Sacramento Metro Chamber, Golden Capital Network, and Green Capital Alliance. The conference began with a number of featured speakers. The opening remarks were given by Meg Arnold, the CEO of SARTA. Ms. Arnold was followed by Genevieve Shiroma, President of the Board of Sacramento Metropolitan Utility District (SMUD), U.S. Congresswoman Doris Matsui from California's Fifth District and then Kevin Johnson, Mayor of the City of Sacramento.
Following the remarks of the aforementioned speakers, Sacramento State University performed a ribbon cutting ceremony announcing the official opening of its Smart Grid Center to study and develop smart grid technology. Next, there was a panel discussion moderated by Gary Simon, Chairman of CleanStart, which included Karen Douglas, Chairman of the California Energy Commission, Dr. Alexander Gonzalez, President of Sacramento State University, and John Meyer, Vice Chancellor for Administrative and Resource Management at the University of California, Davis.
After the opening session, there were a number of seminars on many subjects of interest to clean tech businesses. The two seminars before lunch were on "Advanced Energy Efficiency Building Systems" and "Public and Private Successes: How Companies and Public Agencies Are Achieving the Clean Tech Vision. Following these, the exhibit hall opened which featured more than 80 exhibitors from a variety of companies and agencies related to clean tech.
After lunch there were more seminar sessions on topics such as "Building a Regional Clean Tech Cluster", "The New Landscape of Green Jobs and the Green Economy", "Financing Energy Projects, Alternative Sources of Capital", and "The Push for Green Buildings: The Outlook for the Demand of Premium Green Buildings and the Regulations that will Shape Them".
Senior ITS Hill of the Sacramento Export Assistance Center is happy to report that he was able to counsel three current Commercial Service clients at the event and was able to connect with at least three new clients.