PDC hopes to spread gospel of green cities, cleantech
By Andy Giegerich
Sustainable Business Oregon editor
(From left) Metro's Tom Hughes, PDC's Mitsu Yamazaki, CH2M Hill's Dick Sheehy, Scott Murase of Murase Associates, ZGF's Charles Kelly and Glumac's Kirk Davis were among those who embarked on last month's mission to Japan.
Portland's commitment to espousing green development services locally and abroad will be on display during tonight's International Business Awards.
While the awards will honor five companies for their product and knowledge exporting expertise, the Portland Development Commission will also detail work by the We Build Green Cities initiative. The team hit Japan for a trade mission in mid-April to tout Portland's sustainable business advances and make contacts for future partnerships.
Mitsu Yamazaki, a PDC business and industry manager who specializes in corporate recruitment and exports, said the agency is in talks to development partnerships with six Japanese businesses. He declined to name the businesses while the negotiations are ongoing.Representatives from ZGF Architects LLP, CH2MHill, Glumac and Murase Associates also participated in the trade mission.
Business representatives specifically told their Japanese counterparts about ways to develop a burgeoning cleantech industry.
"It's more than formulating the design and engineering of products," said Amy Nagy, a PDC business development coordinator who works on the We Build Green Cities program. "It's about the building, the infrastructure, everything under the cleantech umbrella."
We Build Green Cities launched last year as a branding campaign and to augment the Greater Portland Export Plan. As a part of it, leaders will push cleantech companies and products as "an emerging source of export growth."
The Japan trip cost PDC about $15,000 for Yamazaki's travel and on-site meeting logistics needs.
The International Business Awards will bestow honors on:
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