Grant aims to take region’s clean technology global

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The Portland-Vancouver region has been awarded a $2.2 million federal grant to help connect the region’s clean technology innovations to manufacturing, with the goal of making the region’s products more competitive in the international marketplace, federal officials said Thursday.

Money will be used to help bring new clean technology products to global markets; to connect the clean technology industry with local suppliers; and to prepare workers for jobs in the clean technology sector, according to a news release.

Participants in the project are the Oregon Microenterprise Network, the nonprofit business support group Worksystems, Inc., and the Portland Development Commission. The regional economic development group Greater Portland Inc. coordinated the work of more than 20 organizations and universities from Oregon and Southwest Washington to design this program.

The grant is one of 20 awarded nationwide through the Jobs and Innovation Acceleration Challenge, a competition launched in May by several government agencies to support high-growth regional industry clusters.