Panel Discussions at the Great Green Business Search

With a mission to discover, promote, and champion Arizona innovation in the green and clean tech sectors, the Great Green Business Search is May 10th at ASU SkySong.

The Green Chamber is pleased to announce the esteemed panel discussions focused on Raising Green in the Desert and being Legally Green as part of the event.

Raising Green in the Desert
Moderator Rich Endicott, President of The Biltmore Bank Arizona
Rich EndicottRich Endicott is the Market Manager and President of The Biltmore Bank of Arizona.  Mr. Endicott has been in Commercial Banking providing financial service assistance to small and middle market businesses for 32-Years. Rich assumed the role of President at Biltmore Bank in 2008. Among his other responsibilities Rich developed and leads the Banks energy initiatives:  These include the development of financing and banking programs for energy related Manufactures, Distributors, Developers and Integrators. Biltmore Bank has helped finance or structure solar projects and programs for Arizona’s Public Schools, Airports, and Universities including ASU and U of A and a number of non-profits throughout Maricopa County.  Rich attended KU in Lawrence and later the Duke University Deutsche management program.

Andy Lombard, Venture Ready – MIT Enterprise Form Phoenix
Michael Katz, Greener Capital
Anil Jain, Brightmonk Innovation
Charlie Lewis, Venture Catalyst

Legally Green

George ChenModerator George C. Chen, Partner at Bryan Cave, LLP.
George Chen partners with long-term clients to develop, protect, enforce, defend, license, and commercialize intellectual property and other business assets. His practice includes litigation, licensing, counseling, and prosecution of patent, trademark, copyright, trade secret, unfair competition, Internet, cybersquatting, and other intellectual property matters.

Franc del Fosse, Snell & Wilmer
Kimberly Washawsky, Greenberg Traurig
Eric Menkhus, Sandra Day O’Connor College of Law at ASU

Register to attend the Great Green Business Search and participate in the lively panel discussions in addition to voting for the People’s Choice Award in the fast-pitch business competition.


It’s Our Green. Where is it Going?

Some of our money is suppose to be out there creating opportunities to advance green business and hopefully create new jobs in green technology. I like to know where any kind of green stimulus is going but I am especially interested in any that may be landing in Arizona.

Nearly $200 million in federal stimulus money has found its way to us and to helping Arizona move into a green future.  In my own town, a small Scottsdale company is playing a major role in the biggest-ever U.S. launch of electric car charging stations by using nearly $100 million of the stimulus grants to build charging stations.

Scottsdale’s Ecotality Inc., which owns Electric Transportation and Engineering Corp., will roll out 12,800 charging stations in Arizona, Washington, Oregon, California and Tennessee using a $99.8 million grant . This is the largest electric-vehicle infrastructure program ever undertaken in the United States.  The chargers initially will support the Nissan Leaf electric car when it goes on sale late next year.

The Ecotality/ETEC grant is just a fraction of $2.4 billion in stimulus money.

State, local governments and individual homeowners will be provided with money to find new ways to conserve energy, generate electricity and promote alternate fuels. It is part of a $3.2 billion package to pay for energy efficiency and conservation projects with money from the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA), the $787 billion stimulus package approved by Congress and President Obama in February.

The DOE has divided the general allocation of energy grants into 10 categories:

  1. Energy Efficiency: $5 billion
  2. Greening Federal Bldgs: $4.5 billion
  3. Renewable Energy: $2.5 billion
  4. Smart Grid: $4.5 billion
  5. Clean Coal: $3.4 billion
  6. Next-gen Biofuels: $0.8 billion
  7. Basic Science: $1.6 billion
  8. Batteries: $2 billion
  9. Advanced R & D: $0.4 billion
  10. Nuclear Cleanup: $6 billion

If you want to find out more:  The DOE lists up-to-date information on exactly how much money has been awarded VS allocated.

Author Kelly Sallaway is a writer and producer. Her Scottsdale-based company Kellan Media promotes and produces green programming for video and TV.