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United Streetcar, a subsidiary of Oregon Iron Works - courtesy of Steve Morgan

What’s the Oregon Advantage?

A guest blog from our friends at OregonBEST

Two Days. 300 People. Countless Big Ideas at OregonBEST FEST - September 15-16

Oregon is attracting attention as a generator of new clean technology solutions to some of the world’s most pressing challenges. At Oregon BEST, we’re working to help the state seize this opportunity and advance its leadership position.

Now in its sixth year, Oregon BEST FEST convenes university researchers, entrepreneurs, industry leaders, and others to envision, build, and accelerate solutions to environmental challenges and deliver prosperity to all corners of Oregon. The two-day, hands-on gathering in Portland features a diverse program and dozens of speakers focused on collaborative research, development, and commercialization of clean technologies.

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Chandra Brown

In past years, Oregon BEST FEST has addressed themes such as impact across new horizons, collaboration, informed innovation, and rising to the challenge. The progression of these themes reflects the momentum this conference has helped build toward our region’s strengthening clean technology economy.

The natural next step is to explore Oregon’s strategic cleantech opportunity and in-house capacity — the Oregon Advantage. What does Oregon bring to the table that differentiates us on the national or global stage? What are the natural, intellectual, and business resources we can leverage? Should we be more focused on certain areas because of where we come from as a state and region? How can we scale up our efforts — the Oregon way? We envision Oregon BEST FEST 2014 to be a rallying point to pursue this opportunity together.

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Cheryl Martin

This year's event features three broad tracks on Oregon Assets, Technology, and a Commercialization Toolkit. The opening keynote speaker on September 15 will be Chandra Brown, Deputy Assistant Secretary for Manufacturing at the U.S. Department of Commerce's International Trade Administration. Ms. Brown previously served as a member of the Oregon Innovation Council and as Vice President and CEO of United Streetcar. The breakfast keynote on September 16 will be delivered by Cheryl Martin, acting director of the Advanced Research Projects Agency–Energy (ARPA-E) at the U.S. Department of Energy.

We hope you can join us on September 15 and 16. Learn more and register.

See you soon!

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Outreach and Engagement Manager, Oregon BEST

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Gwenyth Barrow recently joined Oregon BEST as Outreach and Engagement Manager. She helps coordinate Oregon BEST events, website, communications, marketing, branding, and collateral. Prior to joining Oregon BEST, Gwenyth worked for five years in the National Park Service Museum Program at Yosemite. She holds a Bachelor of Fine Arts from the Rhode Island School of Design and a Master of Arts in Writing from the University of Kent, Canterbury, United Kingdom.