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At ‘IceBreaker’ Open House, Hundreds Express Interest in Participating in Supply Chain for LEEDCo’s Lake Erie Offshore Wind Project

Nearly 300 representatives of small, minority, women-owned and veteran-owned businesses, as well as government, nonprofits, unions and larger companies, attended a December 8 event in Cleveland to express interest in being part of the supply chain for the Great Lakes’ first freshwater wind energy project, known as “Icebreaker.”  LEEDCo – the Lake Erie Energy D…

EC Los Angeles Director Honored by Local NAMC Chapter

At its 17th Annual Awards Dinner, the Southern California Chapter of the National Association of Minority Contractors (NAMC) honored EC Los Angeles Director Veronica Soto with its 2016 Minority Business Advocate Award. (As Soto was out of the country and unable to attend the event, her team accepted the award on her behalf; please see photo.) NAMC is an ECC board member. The award goes …

Congratulations, Urban League of Greater Cleveland, on 100 Years of Economic Inclusion – and New Small Business Loan Program!

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ECC and EC Cleveland congratulate the Urban League of Greater Cleveland (ULGC) – a member of the EC Cleveland Local Council – and its President Marsha Mockabee on the organization’s centennial year, as well as on ULGC’s role in advancing a new loan program for African American- and minority-owned small businesses in Cuyahoga County. According to Crain’s Cleve…

E-Contractor Academy Grad Ryan Tittsworth, CEO of RBT Electric, Wins Another LA County Contract

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Congratulations to Ryan Tittsworth, president of RBT Electric, Inc., on his third solar energy contract with Los Angeles County since graduating from ECC’s E-Contractor Academy in LA. The new contract, valued at $742,103, is for installation of a photovoltaic carport system producing solar-powered lighting at the county’s Antelope Valley (Waterworks District) Field Office in L…

YouthBuild LA Grads on the Job at USC Village Construction Project

YouthBuild Los Angeles graduate Marco Sanchez Vasquez, 27, now a second-stage apprentice bricklayer, is one of three recent graduates of YouthBuild Los Angeles who have been placed into good union jobs with the University of Southern California’s $700 million USC Village project. The mixed-use development will provide housing for 2,700 students, as well as retail and academic space. …

ECC Economic Inclusion Director Addresses Urban Sustainability Directors

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ECC Economic Inclusion Director Sarah Robinson described ECC’s work, its role in creating sustainable, just and inclusive economies with the Urban Sustainability Directors Network (USDN) during a fall 2016 Sustainable Economic Development Workshop hosted by USDN and the International Economic Development Council.  USDN formulated an equity agenda and affinity group within the …

‘Solar in Your Community’ Challenge Aims to Bring Affordable Solar Electricity to Low- and Moderate-income Households

The U.S. Department of Energy’s SunShot Initiative has announced the Solar in Your Community Challenge, a new prize competition to improve solar electricity access for underserved communities. Offering $5 million in cash prizes and technical assistance over 18 months, the challenge encourages communities to work together to create replicable, innovative business and financial models …

ECC Joins More Than 450 Organizations, Individuals & Businesses Calling for 100% Renewable Energy in U.S.

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Following participation by ECC Vice President for Policy and Government Affairs Felipe Floresca on a panel, sponsored by Environment America, urging a shift to 100 percent renewable energy, ECC is among hundreds of signatories to a letter to Congress reiterating that call. Environment America works in 29 states to build a cleaner, greener, healthier future. The panel, held at Georgetown Un…

Jeremy Sigmon of USGBC Elected to ECC Board

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At its quarterly meeting in December, the ECC Board of Directors elected Jeremy Sigmon as a new member representing the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC). As USGBC’s Director of Technical Policy, Sigmon oversees grassroots and grasstops advocacy networks across the United States. He focuses particularly on state and local policy initiatives that reference LEED (Leadership in Energy…

Portland Advocates Seek City Commitment to Community Benefits Agreement

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Advocates of equity and inclusion in municipal contracting in Portland, Ore., are cautiously optimistic that the city will follow its 2012 resolution and apply the Community Benefits Agreement (CBA) more widely following a successful pilot program that exceeded goals for diverse hiring and contracting on two Portland Water Bureau construction projects. “The CBA has been …

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