Outer Banks Chamber receives Clean Energy Champion Award

By on November 15, 2019

Karen Brown, Outer Banks Chamber of Commerce president and CEO (left) and Pat Broom, board of directors immediate past chair (right,) at the 5th Annual Clean Energy Champions Luncheon.

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. The following organizations were presented with Clean Energy Champion Awards at the event:

  • 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)
  • 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.”

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 three Republican state 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.

More Information:

Chambers for Innovation and Clean Energy (CICE) is a national clean information hub and network for chambers of commerce. Created and led by chamber executives, CICE assists chambers and their member companies navigate and prosper in the clean energy space. As the voice of business, chambers across the country are sharing the positive stories of economic impact of clean energy investment not only in their local communities, but at the state and national levels as well.

Conservatives for Clean Energy educates the public about the benefits of clean and renewable energy sources in North Carolina and recently expanded its work into Virginia. The organization helps to lead the conversation about the economic benefits of clean energy.  As conservatives, the organization encourages competition and free markets, which allows for vibrant, sustainable economies. Clean and renewable energy sources represent America’s energy future. 


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