by: Chris Shapard, Executive Director

Don’t you just love the start of summer? Now things will start slowing down and you can take it easy.

Who am I kidding….. Even with the Colorado General Assembly adjourning in early May, it seems like we’re busier

shapard-hs-8.06.13-sq than ever at CCIA! Keeping you informed and engaged helps you, and it helps us, so let me fill you in on what’s keeping us busy this summer.As membership continues to grow at a rapid pace, our staff is committed to visitingas many of our companies as possible this summer to help get your stories told, to understand your issues so that we may advocate on your behalf, and to make connections to investors, supply chain and talent. Please reach out to us, as we are doing the same, to let us know what you need, what’s new and how we can help support your success.Now that the state legislature is out of session, it’s the “silly season”. Yes, this is an election year and we are ramping up the Colorado Cleantech PAC to support legislative candidates that have a track record of supporting clean technology issues. This is an important effort that ensures we have a voice and helps to counteract those that would see cleantech die on the vine. So please donate to the PAC if you are asked!

We’re also happy to announce that we will be a co-sponsor of an energy debate between U.S. Senator Mark Udall and U.S. Rep. Cory Gardner in August so keep an eye out for the save the date.

Connecting our C-level executives to other C-levels is part of CCIA’s networking component and along with sponsors EKS&H and Faegre Baker Daniels, we’re planning two invitation-only CEO Dinners to be held in Boulder and Denver in June and July. Invitations will be sent shortly and we’re looking forward to seeing our member CEOs at these two intimate, confidential, peer-to-peer dinners.

If you enjoy beer tasting in a beautiful outdoor venue, then you won’t want to miss our annual Oktoberfest being held on September 25 at the Governor’s Mansion. Held in conjunction with the Colorado Bioscience Association (CBSA), this networking-only event attracts 300-400 technology professionals so it’s the place to be to make connections and taste numerous micro-brews.

As you know, one of our goals is to help our companies access markets, and this year finds us partnering with Norton Rose Fulbright and a handful of global oil and gas companies to host the inaugural Oil & Gas Cleantech Challenge, a Product Innovation Showcase, on October 2 in Denver. If your technology can provide a solution to the oil and gas industry as it looks for ways to make exploration, production and distribution cleaner and decrease environmental impact, then you should apply for this showcase. More information will be forthcoming but needless to say, we think this is a great opportunity to showcase Colorado’s clean technology companies.

The 2014 edition of the Innovative Energy Review publication is taking shape and we will be reaching out to many of you as our theme is “Cleantech Crossroads”.  We know there is substantial overlap between cleantech and many of Colorado’s other key industries such as aerospace, traditional energy, agriculture and IT and we want to bring attention to the companies, initiatives and partnerships that provide these opportunities. This publication will be distributed statewide, but also nationwide to 15,000 key decision makers, in November of this year and I would encourage everyone to take a hard look at advertising in the state’s only energy publication.In connection with the magazine sponsorship, please hold Monday, October 27 for CCIA’s Annual Awards Celebration which celebrates the companies, people and programs that make Colorado’s cleantech sectors so special and it kicks off the NREL Industry Growth Forum the following day. We’re within weeks of announcing our keynote speaker, so please make sure you reserve your seat or table for a very fun evening.

So, no rest for CCIA this summer but we do hope we have an opportunity to engage with you over the next few months.