San Diego Business Journal

North County Clean-Tech Conference Slated for Sept. 16

Friday, September 9, 2011

The San Diego North Chamber of Commerce is holding a half-day legislative conference on Sept. 16 to get elected officials on board with its plan to draw more clean technology manufacturing firms to the region.

“Research has shown that San Diego North County Inland is a prime place for this industry,” said Angelo Damante, chairman of the chamber’s board. He said the area’s constant sun, easy access to the coast and high standard of living “gives companies every reason to develop their clean-tech manufacturing in North County.”

To better market North County to manufacturers, the chamber is branding the area along Interstate 15 and state Route 78 as the “San Diego Clean-Tech Corridor.” The name is meant to reflect the collaborative efforts of local municipalities — including Escondido, Poway, San Diego, San Marcos and Vista — to support businesses in the region.

The conference, to be hosted at the Rancho Bernardo offices of Sony Electronics Inc., will serve as the official launch of the corridor branding. Debra Rosen, the chamber’s president and CEO, said the overall goal of the event is to demonstrate the economic importance of expanding the clean-tech manufacturing scene.

Mayor Jerry Sanders will be speaking, along with a handful of local clean-tech executives, including Joe Budano, president and CEO of Poway-based Energy Innovations Inc., and Clark Crawford, vice president of business development and sales for Soitec Solar Inc., which has been scouting sites in North County for a 200,000-square-foot solar factory.

— Kelly Quigley