Shea-Porter Highlights Local Business Partnership at Congressional Competitiveness Task Force Forum

WASHINGTON, DC – Today, Congresswoman Carol Shea-Porter, a member of the Competitiveness Task Force, co-hosted a congressional forum that highlighted New Hampshire’s Green Launching Pad (GLP).  The GLP is a partnership between the State of New Hampshire and the University of New Hampshire (UNH) that was created to support local innovators who are producing new clean energy products.

The Green Launching Pad is a terrific project that is made possible by a $750,000 grant from the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act, or stimulus,” said Congresswoman Shea-Porter.  “Dr. Venkatachalam and Mr. Mitchell are pioneers in a visionary program that will help keep New Hampshire competitive and successful in manufacturing and technology.”

Dr. Venky Venkatachalam is a Co-Principal Investigator for the Green Launching Pad project at UNH.  He is also the Chair of the Decision Sciences Department and Professor of Information Systems in the Whittemore School of Business and Economics at UNH.

Mr. Edward Mitchell is the co-founder of Compressor Energy Solutions, Inc. (CES).  CES is one of the five original companies selected to participate in Green Launching Pad.  CES’s mission is to improve the energy efficiency of industrial compressed air systems, reduce electric consumption, and save money while decreasing upstream greenhouse gas emissions.

The Congressional Competitiveness Task Force is focused on strengthening our nation’s economic competitiveness in critical industries such as manufacturing, hi-tech, and biotechnology industry. For more information on the GLP, please visit