“We’re anticipating a spirited conversation about clean energy opportunities and challenges with federal officials and our chamber colleagues from around the country,” said Clapper. “I look forward to sharing the business case for investing in energy efficiency and renewables that will allow us to grow Virginia’s and the nation’s clean energy economy.”
Chambers for Innovation and Clean Energy (CICE), a 370-member national network that includes local chambers from 48 states, organized the trip.
“Local chambers understand the strategic role that innovation and clean energy play in local economic development,” said Diane Doucette, CICE Executive Director. “Local chambers have an unmatched ability to bring together regional business with elected officials and policy makers. We’re delighted to help bring their voices to Washington.”
The Prince William Chamber is focused on efforts to attract more investment and business growth to its region. “We’ve learned that private-public partnerships can make a huge difference for regional economies,” Clapper said. “We’re very curious to see what other chambers are doing and how the federal government can support local initiatives.”
Clapper will be joined at the roundtable by chamber colleagues from Ohio, North Carolina, Illinois, Michigan, Massachusetts, Virginia, South Carolina, Missouri, Utah,Indiana, Tennessee, California and Texas. The meeting will also be attended by corporate representatives from around the country, including Residence Inn by Marriott and Clean Energy Fuels from Virginia.
The White House Office of Public Engagement is organizing the roundtable. Senior officials from the Department of Energy, the Small Business Administration, the Office of Management and Budget, the White House Business Council, the White House Council on Environmental Quality, and the White House Advisor for Energy and Climate Change are expected to participate in the event, which is being held in the Indian Treaty Room at the White House.
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