Groups' collaboration focuses on green efforts

July 11, 2008|By Larry Carson | Larry Carson,Sun reporter

Attracted by the business potential of the growing interest in green technology, Howard County is starting a coalition of business leaders involved in the field to capitalize on the trend.

Dubbed the "Green Business Council," the nine-member group represents a collaboration of Ken Ulman, Howard County executive, the county's Economic Development Authority, and the county's Office of Environmental Sustainability, according to an announcement by Ulman.

"We know that green-collar jobs are growing nationwide, and one U.S. study predicts that the 8.5 million current jobs in renewable energy and energy efficiency industries could grow to as many as 40 million by 2030," Ulman said. "We want to make sure Howard County is in the forefront of that effort and a location where businesses in emerging green technologies can thrive."

Richard Story, CEO of the county's Economic Development Authority, said, " Our primary goal is to provide a network for all the businesses in Howard County that are involved in the world of green technology." The business council can serve as a clearinghouse and connection point for existing and new businesses, he said.

The first nine members are Brandon Bloodworth, Clean Energy Fuels; Ken Boras, BCS. Inc.; Randy Clayton, Autani Corp.; Richard Deutschmann, Chesapeake Solar; Gary Groll, Architectural Support Group; Del Karfonta, Green Connected; Julie and Mike Keough, E-structors; David Pratt, Lorax Partnerships and Rich Thometz, Efficient Home LLC.

Anyone interested in joining the group should submit a resume to Joshua Feldmark, director of the county's Office of Environmental Sustainability, before Aug. 1.

larrry.carson@baltsun.com

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