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Thursday, June 12, 2008

PR, I mean...GreenWave Gets Award

It's not often that I receive a press release for a business from a politician and I am not sure I feel comfortable about that. Tony Strickland, VP of GreenWave and candidate for State Senate, has gotten a lot of flack lately for his ballot designation as an Alternative Energy Executive. I'm actually a fan of Chambers of Commerce in general -- but it's hard to get excited about a green company getting an award from a business organization so that a candidate can look legit. Good for Strickland for getting an award and being an entrepreneur of sorts -- but it shouldn't be used for political cover and I have to wonder whether the US Chamber of Commerce PAC has given his campaign contributions as of yet -- Sara


Company Vice President Tony Strickland Accepts Award At
United Chamber Of Commerce Function

(Thousand Oaks) The United Chamber of Commerce held its annual awards breakfast this past Friday to honor a handful of Southern California businesses, each nominated by their local Chambers. The nominee from the Agoura-Oak Park-Conejo Valley Chamber was local company GreenWave Energy Solutions, an alternative energy company exploring ways to harness the power of the ocean’s waves and meet the increasing demand for clean, renewable energy.

GreenWave Energy Solutions was one of only thirteen businesses to receive the award from the United Chamber of Commerce which represents over 21,000 Southern California businesses and provides more than 387,000 jobs.

“GreenWave Energy Solutions is working to reduce our dependence on foreign oil and reduce gas prices, launch a cleaner, smarter energy future for California and I’m proud to be a part of that. Our company is committed to meeting the increasing demands for a cleaner environment and working toward reducing gas prices by providing a smarter, renewable source of energy.”, said GreenWave Vice President Tony Strickland.

In addition to the 2008 Small Business Award, GreenWave Energy Solutions also received awards and certificates of recognition from Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger, Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa, the Los Angeles City Council, State Senator George Runner, Assemblymembers Paul Krekorian, Cameron Smyth and Audra Strickland as well as Congressman Brad Sherman.


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Blogger Marie said...

GreenWave was only incorporated a year ago, does not develop its own technology, and so far can't even get a permit in California to study putting other people's devices in the water. Their first attempts at permitting were sent back "deficient."

This is all public information sitting out on the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission site.

The company was found by Strickland's Republican friends and contributors. The company's unpaid staff are Tony and Audra Strickland's campaign staff.

I am sure there are many more deserving companies for this "award" which are actually paying their staff and creating jobs.

But these companies don't have someone on their board who is running for state office. Strickland's friends from his local Chamber nominated him for this.

6/12/2008 11:19 AM  

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