Outer Banks Chamber receives Clean Energy Champion Award

Published 6:02 am Sunday, December 1, 2019

Outer Banks Chamber of Commerce received statewide recognition for excellence in clean energy economic development leadership on November 12 at the 5th Annual North Carolina Clean Energy Champions Luncheon at the Proximity Hotel in Greensboro. Karen Brown, Outer Banks Chamber of Commerce president and CEO, and Pat Broom, board of directors immediate past chair, were on hand to receive the award.

The event was co-hosted by Chambers for Innovation and Clean Energy (CICE) and North Carolina Conservatives for Clean Energy. Organizations presented with Clean Energy Champion Awards at the event were Outer Banks Chamber of Commerce, Edenton-Chowan Chamber of Commerce, Mad Mole Brewing, Fifth Third Bank, Ingersoll Rand, State Senator Rick Horner (NC Senate District 11) and State Representative Larry Strickland (NC House District 28).

“As major influencers in their communities, North Carolina chambers of commerce are exhibiting bold leadership in their support of clean energy economic development opportunities. And North Carolina legislators are listening.” shared Susan Munroe, director of economic development, Chambers for Innovation and Clean Energy. “Today, we recognize the Outer Banks Chamber of Commerce for its bold leadership in clean energy support at the local and state level as well.”

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Having designated clean energy as a top priority goal and clearly valuing the economic development opportunities clean energy brings to eastern North Carolina, the Outer Banks Chamber was honored for their active support of clean energy in the communities they serve and at the North Carolina General Assembly this session.

“The Chamber appreciates this important recognition. We believe that the support of clean energy development is critical for Outer Banks business community and its economic prosperity,” stated Karen Brown, president and CEO of the Outer Banks Chamber of Commerce.

Another feature of the event was a legislative panel discussion on customer choice and market competition in North Carolina and the Southeast, featuring Republican lawmakers North Carolina State Representative John Szoka, North Carolina State Representative Larry Strickland and South Carolina State Senator Tom Davis.

Over 75 business and political leaders from North Carolina and the Southeast attended the luncheon.



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