The San Diego North Chamber of Commerce said on March 2 that Paul Hendershot will serve as the chamber’s staff economist. In that capacity, he will help develop the chamber’s clean-tech initiative.

The chamber is working to promote the region flanking Interstate 15 and state Route 78 as an ideal place for clean-technology businesses to manufacture their products. The chamber said in a news release that it hoped to hold venture capital workshops, gather additional data and work to build awareness of the region.

Hendershot recently completed an economic report for Biocom, the biotechnology industry association, which showed that San Diego County had 1,705 life science establishments.

“Clean-tech is still one of the most misunderstood industry clusters,” Hendershot said, in a prepared statement, adding that the cluster is built on biological principles and business practices encompassing a wide range of industries.

In addition to running Hendershot Economics, Hendershot is an adjunct professor of applied economics at the University of North Texas, in the Dallas-Fort Worth area.

— Brad Graves