CEDC’s Roadshow helps local economic organizers develop projects, like building retrofits and solar thermal water systems. The Roadshow convenes all of the stakeholders involved in a project—leaders from the public, private and community sectors—alongside federal officials and national experts to identify opportunities and overcome challenges. This type of cross-sector engagement often surfaces new resources and accelerates project development.
CEDC has held over 20 Roadshows with governors, members of Congress, mayors, state representatives, state energy officers, labor union leaders, local entrepreneurs, utility executives, manufacturers, NGOs and community and public leaders. All the different people and investors who might be interested in such matters and who are willing to put in the work to create better places. The Roadshows are designed to bring people together on a project and let them know what is possible and what isn’t. These Roadshows have:
- Created a pilot retrofit supply-chain management program in Missouri
- Replicated a solar thermal water program in Charlotte County, Florida
- Created a pilot program for community-driven consumer demand in Oregon
- Helped to establish a first-of-its-kind Contractors’ Institute at Cincinnati State to provide workforce training and business support to contractors and their employees
- Resulted in a plan to replicate a sustainable community corridor redevelopment program in five cities throughout the South
The Portfolio of Replicable Projects
CEDC’s Portfolio is a menu of viable project options designed to help local economic organizers choose the clean energy projects that work best for them. Each project contains information about how to best replicate the project in another community, including the financing options and partnerships required. The Portfolio includes both capacity-building projects and business projects. These are the projects that made many communities better and we want yours to also be better.
The Portfolio’s capacity-building projects range from sustainable business roundtables to community-college workforce partnerships. The business projects range from small-scale residential solar thermal water systems to city-wide green school initiatives. Our projects are designed with your community in mind. We want your community to become cleaner, more efficient and a better place to live in and we want to be a part of its improvement.