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- The Mayor brings NASA's JPL and the DWP together to create green technologies.
The Clean Tech Corridor is the cornerstone of the Mayor’s vision to put Los Angeles at the forefront of the clean tech revolution and to transform the old, downtown industrial core into an incubator for green jobs, technology and the growth of LA’s economy.
The Clean Tech Corridor will bring together researchers, designers and manufacturers dedicated to the development of clean technology products and solutions to climate change challenges. The Corridor will host the Clean Tech Manufacturing Center, the Clean Innovations Research Center and create the Cornfields Arroyo Seco neighborhood – a LEED community.
One of the cornerstones of Mayor Villaraigosa’s strategy to make Los Angeles a global capital of clean technology is the Clean Tech Corridor, a model for a 21st century community that synthesizes good paying jobs, affordable housing and accessible mass transit systems.
Located in the heart of the City, just east of Downtown along the banks of the LA River, the Corridor will consist of three anchors: The Clean Tech Manufacturing Center, the Cornfields Arroyo Seco Plan and the Clean Tech Research Center.
The Clean Tech Corridor will support the entire value chain of the green economy, including research and development, technology design and prototyping, small business incubation, and full-scale manufacturing and assembly of environmentally friendly technologies.
These physical plants will create direct employment for researchers, designers and workers, while also triggering growth in indirect green jobs like legal services, accounting and environmental consulting.
By investing in innovation, the Technology Advancement Program (TAP) is a fund that supports and creates new green businesses here in Los Angeles. Funded by the Port of Los Angeles and the Port of Long Beach, the program helps develop and test new clean technology that contributes to the reduction of harmful emissions from the port.
The nation’s first heavy-duty, all-electric truck manufacturer, Balqon, was the first TAP-approved project. The prototype model was tested at cargo terminals at the Port of Los Angeles in 2008, and the Port became Balqon’s first customer, ordering 25 production-ready, electric trucks. The City’s initial investment, testing, purchase commitment and aid in finding a manufacturing facility directly resulted in the creation of new technology and job growth in Los Angeles.
As a result of the Port’s efforts, the company moved its manufacturing to Los Angeles and provides a royalty payment of $1,000 to the Port for each vehicle it sells or leases worldwide.
This partnership between LA’s centers of innovation (UCLA, USC, Caltech), proactive government agencies (Department of Water & Power, Community Redevelopment Agency, the Mayor's Office,and the Port of LA) and largest business organizations (LA Business Council, LA Economic Development Corporation, LA Area Chamber of Commerce), is a key part of the City’s strategy to grow LA’s green economy and create new green collar jobs.
Clean Tech LA partners work together to support new technology research, advocacy for federal grants, economic development and outreach to enhance LA’s presence a leader in the clean tech industry.
For more information about Cleantech LA please click here www.cleantechla.org
By building the infrastructure to support research and development through Clean Tech Los Angeles and the Clean Tech Corridor, Mayor Villaraigosa is fostering a business-friendly environment for green entrepreneurs and large companies. As part of its role, the Mayor’s Jobs Team will be dedicated to the attraction, growth and retention of companies that create green jobs in Los Angeles.
Further, the City will leverage its unparalleled resources: the nation’s largest municipal utility, the nation’s largest port complex and one of the nation’s busiest international airports to assist in this effort.
These assets, combined with a regional market of more than 10 million people, make Los Angeles the perfect place to test-drive new green products. Through the Department of Water and Power’s efficiency programs, the Mayor’s office assists local businesses to use more environmentally-friendly manufacturing practices that save money by reducing lighting costs up to 25 percent.