03/18/2010 05:12 am ET Updated May 25, 2011

Why LA is the natural place for North American Cleantech Expansion

Today I met with representatives from various German clean technology and solar firms. We had very productive conversations about their practices and experiences in Germany and why I believe Los Angeles is the best place to base their North American expansions.

In addition to the obvious benefits of bringing their businesses to Los Angeles, LA also offers an extremely talented pool of engineers, a cluster of private investors, and a public sector that is committed to making LA a global capital of the new green economy.

I told them about the billions of dollars in government purchasing from the City, DWP and Port of LA, as well as the expanding private sector for cleantech goods and services and how these two things will undoubtedly guarantee a sizable and stable market for their goods.

I also had the opportunity to tour Berlin's state-of-the-art Adlershof Technology Park. Wow, it was quite impressive and a fantastic example for LA to follow as we build our Clean Tech Corridor. What Berlin has been able to do by clustering clean technology businesses together is nothing short of remarkable and I look forward to working with Adlershof and sharing best practices in the future.

LA is truly poised to be the clean tech capital of the United States and cleantech companies know that LA is committed to leveraging its geographic location and infrastructure advantages along with the nation's largest port complex and one of the world's busiest airports, to make this a reality.

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