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Colorado Cleantech Industries Association Selects the 2013 Finalists Honoring Leadership in Advancing Colorado's Cleantech Economy

Colorado companies, organizations and individuals selected for their efforts to expand Colorado's cleantech ecosystem, increase jobs and drive innovation in the cleantech sector
    DENVER, CO, November 16, 2013 /24-7PressRelease/ -- The Colorado Cleantech Industries Association (CCIA) today named 18 finalists for its fourth annual "Colorado Cleantech Industry Awards Celebration," honoring leadership in advancing cleantech job creation, corporate growth, innovation and individual effort. Winners will be announced December 2 at the Colorado Cleantech Awards Celebration.

This year's company finalists were selected based on their ability to impact the marketplace with innovative clean technologies, and recognizes a company's successful fundraising efforts, their ability to scale technology, and their statewide job creation impact. Individuals were selected for their commitment to expanding Colorado's cleantech ecosystem and their devotion to the growth of their respective organizations. In partnership with Deloitte, the finalists were selected by a group of industry peers consisting of entrepreneurial leaders, cleantech CEOs and former award recipients.

"Colorado would not be one of the leaders in cleantech without the work of these companies and individuals," said Christine Shapard, executive director of CCIA. "We believe in the people and companies nominated for these leadership awards and hope the awards embody Colorado's commitment to cleantech and its devotion to continuing to advance clean technology on a larger scale."

The 2013 Colorado Cleantech Leadership Awards Finalists Are:

NATIONAL CLEANTECH LEADERSHIP AWARD
Colorado Energy Research Collaboratory
The National Center for Atmospheric Research (NCAR)

GOVERNOR'S AWARD FOR EXCELLENCE IN CLEANTECH LEADERSHIP
Charles (Chas) Eggert, OPXBIO

CLEANTECH CORPORATE CHAMPION
MWH
RK Mechanical

CLEANTECH INVESTOR OF THE YEAR
Bohemian Foundation
Rocky Mountain Innosphere
State of Colorado, Office of Economic Development and International Trade

HIGH IMPACT CLEANTECH COMPANY
Novinda
Silver Bullet

BREAKOUT CLEANTECH COMPANY
Cool Planet Energy Systems
OptiEnz Sensors
Steelhead Composites

EMERGING CLEANTECH COMPANY
Solid Power LLC
Weather Cloud

CLEANTECH ENTREPRENEUR OF THE YEAR
Steve Hane, TerraLUX
Tim Reeser, Lightning Hybrids

LEGISLATOR OF THE YEAR
Senator Rollie Heath

The Colorado Cleantech Awards Celebration will be held Dec. 2 from 4:30 p.m. to 8 p.m. at the McNichols Civic Center Building in Denver. Brian Bolster, Managing Director and COO of the Clean Technologies and Renewable Group at Goldman Sachs, is the keynote speaker for the event. For more information, visit: http://coloradocleantech.com/2013-cleantech-awards/.

About Colorado Cleantech Industries Association
Founded in 2008, CCIA is a statewide, industry-led, industry-focused organization dedicated to promoting Colorado's cleantech industry. CCIA impacts Colorado's policies, people, products and programs that drive expansion of a cleaner, cheaper, more efficient and secure energy economy.  Through advocacy, public policy leadership, development and education, CCIA works to ensure that Colorado is a global cleantech leader.  For more information, visit http://www.coloradocleantech.com.


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