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Green Coast Alliance Creates The Green Coast Innovation Zone for Ventura, Santa Barbara and San Luis Obispo Counties

Communities build communities and opportunity for vital growth. The Green Coast Alliance is taking the challenge of greener business and more sustainable communities to heart, and into action.

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Henry Dubroff, editor of Pacific Coast Business Times has been instrumental in leading the discussion about green economic development in the three-county area along Southern, coastal California. The Green Coast Alliance has been formed to design and implement a green economic development initiative for this region.

The Green Coast Innovation Zone (GCiZ)

The Green Coast Innovation Zone (GCiZ) will facilitate the coastal region's transformation to a more sustainable economy and environment through targeted economic and workforce development opportunities in Ventura, Santa Barbara and San Luis Obispo counties.

The three Southern California counties are contiguous and have common geographic, demographic and economic profiles including similar industry sectors.

The GCiZ is a regional strategy to leverage public and private assets and natural resources to stimulate innovation and entrepreneurship through

  • research
  • business incubation
  • focused workforce development
  • targeted economic development
  • policy development

Green Economy

The GCiZ will focus on the emerging green economy including, renewable energy, and other technologies that promote sustainability as well as public engagement in the process of "going green."

Though currently concentrated in manufacturing and construction, green products and services present opportunities across numerous industry sectors and occupations of interest to GCiZ:

  • Solar technologies
  • Wind technologies
  • Energy efficient vehicles & transportation
  • Fuel cells & batteries
  • Energy storage & distribution, smart grid
  • Energy technologies for disaster preparedness
  • Nano technology related to energy efficiency
  • Bio-fuels technologies
  • Energy efficient logistics & goods movement
  • Technologies in energy efficient chip design
  • Green building & construction
  • Recycling & waste management
  • Advanced manufacturing & materials development
  • Green technologies for military applications
  • Agriculture technologies & efficiencies
  • Water & wastewater management
  • Desalinization
  • "Green" policy development

Learn more about the Green Coast Alliance and the green economic development initiative at the White Paper: The Green Coast Innovation Zone.

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