Industry News

Cascadia CleanTech Accelerator Applications Now Open.

[3/27/17] Cascadia CleanTech Accelerator opened applications for its 2017 cohort. The business accelerator is seeking clean technology entrepreneurs and early-stage startups that want to speed their path to market with curriculum, mentorship and business connections powered by CleanTech Alliance and Oregon BEST. The Cascadia CleanTech Accelerator program focuses on business modeling, customer discovery, product development, go-to-market strategy, financial planning, funding pathways and creating the industry connections needed to succeed. Participating startups benefit from assigned business mentors and access to a deep bench of cleantech business leaders and subject matter experts from across the region. Applications close May 1, 2017.  more

Richard Whitman appointed Oregon DEQ director.

[2/16/17] Richard Whitman is the new director of the Oregon Department of Environmental Quality. Whitman has been serving as acting director since Oct. 15, 2016. The Oregon Environmental Quality Commission picked Whitman Tuesday following a nationwide search. Whitman was director of Oregon’s Department of Land Conservation and Development from 2008 to 2011.  more

DEQ awards Portland Parks & Recreation $55,199 in Columbia Slough Habitat Improvement Funds.

[2/06/17] The Oregon Department of Environmental Quality awarded Portland Parks & Recreation $55,199 for habitat improvements in the Columbia Slough Watershed in North Portland. Portland Parks & Recreation will perform a comprehensive restoration at Whitaker Ponds Nature Park. Whitaker Ponds Nature Park extends over approximately 24 acres near NE 47th Ave., encompassing West and East Whitaker Ponds and the southern bank of the Whitaker Slough, a tributary of the Columbia Slough. The ponds provide important native turtle habitat along with excellent turtle viewing opportunities. DEQ funds will be used to remove invasive terrestrial and aquatic plants, diversify understory vegetation, stabilize Slough banks and convert a small grass field to a native cottonwood/ash forest. The work includes two years of active invasive treatment and planting of approximately 4,000 trees and shrubs, followed by three years of vegetation maintenance.   more