On March 10, 2009 Governor Chris Gregoire introduced Rogers Weed as the head of Washington State’s Department of Commerce.
As reported in the Seattle Times, Gregoire said that “I want Rogers to wake up every morning with a laser focus on keeping the companies and jobs we have, and bringing new jobs and companies to our state.”
If generating new jobs includes expanding Washington’s green economy, Gregoire’s got the right guy. As a volunteer consultant with SVP, Rogers worked with one of our Investees, Climate Solutions. He helped them reach out to the emerging CleanTech sector and engage business people in Northwest climate policy.
Rogers worked closely with a Climate Solutions director to create a new group called Business Leaders for Climate Solutions. That group then lobbied for and helped win passage of the Climate Action and Green Jobs Bill. This bill set Washington State on a course to cap its carbon emissions and develop a training program for green jobs.