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FirmGreen CEO Steve Wilburn at White House for Economic Roundtable
"We are proud to be a part of the evolving recovery for small businesses...while helping to reestablish America as the leading exporter of green technology to the world's markets."
NEWPORT BEACH, CA----Job creation and economic expansion through exports was the topic at a White House Business Council meeting in the Roosevelt Room of the White House August 23rd. FirmGreen, Inc. CEO Steve Wilburn and 12 other CEOs joined Fred P. Hochberg, Chairman of Export-Import Bank of the United States and a number of President Obama's Senior Administration officials to discuss ways the government can assist the private sector to create jobs and help stimulate the economy through the export of U.S. manufactured products.
Currently, FirmGreen supports more than 165 skilled jobs in the renewable energy industry. Earlier this year, its project at the Jardim Gramacho landfill in Brazil secured a $48.6 million loan from Ex-Im Bank to support export of the company's green technology and start-up services for Gás Verde’s biogas processing facility. The biogas plant converts the site’s "dirty" methane gas (a by-product of trash decomposition that lingers for years and is more environmentally harmful than carbon dioxide) into clean, usable biomethane gas for use at the local Petrobras Refinery.
"With the proper government incentives and programs in place, we believe Americans will be encouraged to start, own, and operate small businesses. By promoting the export of goods and services produced by these small businesses, America can once again assume global leadership roles in developing and supplying renewable technologies worldwide," stated FirmGreen CEO Steve Wilburn. "The recent loan from Ex-Im Bank in support of the Gás Verde project in Brazil is instrumental to positioning our green technology competitively for worldwide export, helping to support jobs for skilled workers at FirmGreen, at numerous small businesses across America related to manufacturing and shipping our products and equipment." Additionally, with its use of US Flagged ships to export the bulk of the equipment to Brazil, FirmGreen has assisted in the increase of US Maritime employment opportunities.
The meeting was hosted by Fred Hochberg, Chairman and President, Export Import Bank of the United States and the White House participants included Jeff Zients, Acting Director, Office of Management and Budget, Steve Glickman, Director for International Affairs, National Security Staff, and Ari Matusiak, Executive Director, White House Business Council.
The Obama Administration has set a goal to double the number of exports from 2009 levels by 2014, helping businesses grow their revenue and profits by penetrating new markets and creating jobs here in America. As part of that effort, the White House Business Council provides an opportunity for senior officials to hear directly from business leaders and engage in meaningful discussion about the needs of their region(s) and how best to support domestic innovation, manufacturing, and export.
Wilburn asserts, "We are proud to be a part of the evolving recovery for small businesses — We are thrilled to create good paying jobs while helping to reestablish America as the leading exporter of green technology to the world's markets."
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