Contact: Shawn Uhlman, 503-823-7994

April 19, 2012

PDC, Columbia River Economic Development Council and Cowlitz Economic Development Council

A workshop to connect buyers and sellers of clean technology services and supplies will take place on Friday, April 27, 8:30 a.m. to 1:00 pm at the Oregon Convention Center, Hall E.

Co-sponsored by the Portland Development Commission, Columbia River Economic Development Council and Cowlitz Economic Development Council, the Clean Energy Industry Buyers and Sellers Forum will feature leaders in the clean energy market offering a discussion of trends and opportunities in the global clean energy industry, and advice to businesses on how to participate in this sector’s growth.

PDC Executive Director Patrick Quinton said, “Our Clean Tech industry cluster is a high priority with significant opportunities for increased manufacturing and exports. We are committed to helping our local businesses find ways to expand into new markets and create more jobs.”

Funding for the event comes in part from the federal Jobs and Innovation Accelerator Challenge Grant (JIAC) that was awarded in October 2011 to the Portland Regional Clean Tech Advance Initiative. A key purpose of the JIAC grant, which is administered by PDC, is to expand the clean tech supply chain. Supply-chain integration efforts by PDC, CREDC and CEDC attempt to confront the decline in traditional manufacturing head-on by providing new market opportunities for traditional manufacturers centered around the Portland region’s advantages in clean technology.

The Buyers & Sellers Forum will follow the Future Energy Conference on April 25-26, also at the Oregon Convention Center. Registration information and Forum agenda are posted at Clean Energy Industry Buyers & Sellers Forum.  CEDC and CREDC will offer complimentary attendance for companies in Cowlitz or Clark County.  To take advantage of this offer, please register with Bonnie Moore by emailing all attendee names, addresses, phone numbers, and emails for the organization to

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Created by Portland voters in 1958, Portland Development Commission plays a major role in making Portland one of America’s most livable cities. As Portland’s urban renewal and economic development agency, PDC is pursuing an aggressive strategy to create one of the world’s most desirable and equitable cities by investing in job creation, innovation and economic opportunity throughout Portland.

Columbia River Economic Development Council (CREDC) is a private-public partnership of 135 investors working together to advance the economic vitality of Clark County through traded sector business growth.  Through strategic collaborations, the CREDC promotes job creation and capital investment while maintaining the county’s exceptional environment and high quality of life. Since 1982, the CREDC has created 28,800 jobs, representing an annual payroll of $1.2 billion year-over-year for Southwest Washington. For more information, visit

The Cowlitz Economic Development Council (CEDC), established in 1979, supports business expansion and retention through strategic alliances and strong community support. The CEDC offers businesses one point of contact for serving their needs in site location and acquisition, business data and demographics, and process facilitation. Through visionary thinking and strategic relationships with over 260 public/private partners, CEDC delivers quick and efficient business relocations and expansions. For more information, visit: