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Green Tech, Green Jobs: The New Face Of Cleveland

Tuesday, March 02, 2010
Forbes

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Written by Carl Lavin


While Bloom Energy (fuel cells), GM (Chevy Volt) and other large, well-financed efforts attract attention for alternative energy work, smaller businesses are also accelerating innovative approaches...

...I met later Friday in downtown Cleveland with some of the people responsible for the seed money that has helped all three of these projects and many more. The Third Frontier program and Jumpstart are two public-private incubator projects that have put hundreds of millions of dollars in taxpayer money to work through direct assistance to promising small companies.

Ohio voters will have a chance to decide if they want to renew this investment for four more years when they go to the polls on May 4 and find a $700 million bond proposal on the ballot. The next group of tech entrepreneurs is counting on voters to say “yes.”

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