SAN BERNARDINO – The e4 Advanced Transportation Center of Southern California (ATC), with physical locations in Los Angeles and San Diego Counties, announced today that the Inland Empire Economic Partnership (IEEP), an ATC partner, will now serve San Bernardino and Riverside County stakeholders and businesses as a physical center. The ATC is funded by a California Energy Commission grant and private matching funds.
“The Inland Empire is strategically important to Southern California’s Advanced Transportation industry sector because it is part of the region’s logistics industry sector, has emerging electric bus companies, a highly skilled and educated workforce, with access to 27 colleges and universities, seven of which have research facilities, and has a strong emerging technological economy,” commented e4 Advanced Transportation Center Executive Director Michael Boehm, “We are pleased to directly support advanced transportation and alternative fuel efforts in the Inland Empire, especially since employment in the region’s green job sector is nearly triple the state average and will continue to expand.”
The ATC, launched in June 2014, to serve as the hub of all things advanced transportation in the Southern California region. The new ATC center location will offer direct access to resources, information, and workshops focused on advanced transportation and alternative fuels whether one is looking for information about which vehicle will best suit their needs, or a fleet manager needing help in calculating cost benefits.
“The Inland Empire Economic Partnership is looking forward to working with the LA CleanTech Incubator, Center for Sustainable Energy, and LAEDC along with representatives of the public, private and academic sectors, on ways to develop clean sustainable technologies. Alternative fuels are important developments in California and we hope our center can become an important location to leverage these new ideas.” commented IEEP President and CEO, Paul Granillo, “Along with the environmental advantages in advancing these projects, we are also excited about the prospect of helping companies cultivate new ideas in advanced vehicle technology. The Inland Empire Economic Partnership wants to foster the kind of innovation that leads to new levels of learning in Riverside and San Bernardino counties, and we welcome the prospect of new high-level jobs as a result of a thriving advanced transportation center.”
Center partners include the Los Angeles County Economic Development Corporation, Center for Sustainable Energy, UCLA Smart Grid Energy Research Center (SMERC) and the UCLA Luskin Center for Innovation, Advanced Sustainability Institute, California State University-Los Angeles and the Los Angeles Cleantech Incubator (LACI).
For more information about the Center, visit www.AdvancedTransportationCenter.org.
ABOUT THE Inland Empire Economic Partnership (IEEP):
The IEEP was founded more than 30 years ago as a means to enhance the economic climate of the Inland Empire and grow job creation in Riverside and San Bernardino counties. While this is still their ultimate goal, the IEEP now focuses on improving the overall quality of life in the inland Empire. By raising the standard of living, by improving education, transportation, health care, and communication in the area, and by giving the region a unified voice, the IEEP wants to alleviate poverty, improve the everyday lives of our 4.3 million citizens and make the area more attractive for business interests.