It’s Good to Have Friends

Taking to the streets. EPA Administrator Lisa Jackson and entourage walk from the La Kretz Innovation Campus to LACI's current office in the Cleantech Corridor.

Taking to the streets. EPA Administrator Lisa Jackson and entourage walk from the La Kretz Innovation Campus to LACI's current office in the Cleantech Corridor.

This Spring has been busy for LACI as we’ve had visits from lots of new and old friends, conducted seminars and roundtables, and held the occasional mixer in our spare time. Being equally inconvenient for one and all, LACI is becoming a popular place to visit or just hang out. Good things usually happen at these events: how often do you get to meet the CEO of a utility, or listen to the EPA Administrator’s take on the regulatory environment in DC, or listen to an LA labor leader’s enthusiasm for building a green economy, or connect with another CEO to partner with?

In the last couple of months, we’ve had visits from…

  • US Secretary of Labor Solis
  • US EPA Administrator Jackson
  • LA City Council Member Eric Garcetti
  • Our friends from the US DOE, including Richard Kauffman, Special Advisor to Secretary Chu
  • The team from AQMD
  • Our friends from the US SBA, locally and from DC
  • Delegations from Germany, UK, Finland, US/Arab Chamber of Commerce, South Korea, Canada, and China

Here’s what the events looked like:

US EPA Administrator Lisa Jackson and Roundtable participants

Richard Kauffman, Senior Advisor to US DOE Secretary Chu, led a very interesting discussion on financing models for technology innovation.

Phil Roberts (California Lithium Battery CEO), Mariana Gerzanych (350Green CEO), and Robert Rutherford (Hive Lighting CEO), lead a panel discussion at the Los Angeles Chamber of Commerce's inaugural Emerging Commerce Council meeting, which drew one of the Chamber's largest audiences.

Mariana and Robert accepting congratulations for a presentation well-given

Neal Roche, CEO of Gridtest, demonstrates their first EV charging station test and measurement product. Gridtest started shipping product in April.

The La Kretz Innovation Campus was the scene for the German American Business Association's reception and round table discussion on the evening of EVS26.

Michael Boehm led the panel discussion at the reception

Brad Weirick, partner at Gibson Dunn, gives one of his four-part seminar series on Venture Financing. Each of these seminars, held during lunch time, has been extremely informative for LACI entrepreneurs.

Lisa Jackson along with Romel Pascual, Jim McDaniels and Ron Nichols see LACI's future home at the La Kretz Innovation Campus.

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