The Government of Prince Edward Island announced that work has begun on the future Georgetown Clean Tech Park.

The Georgetown Clean Tech Park will be a 60-acre tax-free zone for clean tech companies. The park will be a destination that attracts companies, entrepreneurs and talent, all focused on advances in clean technology growth. It will also bring together people in key provincial priority areas including education, the economy and the environment, and will help create a new sector for growth on PEI.

“If we are to make lasting changes in the sustainability of our province, we must connect education, industry and community, so that bright young minds can build on community know-how to develop the innovations that will power our future,” said Premier Dennis King.

The first building in the park will be the Clean Tech Learning and Innovation Centre, which will be home to the Clean Tech Academy. The Academy will offer programs in Clean Tech leadership, through a joint initiative with Holland College and the University of Prince Edward Island.

“While we work to reach our nation-leading net zero goals by 2040, the Georgetown Clean Tech Park will be a living lab, developing the ideas and the innovations that will make Prince Edward Island a world leader in sustainable technologies for decades to come”, said Environment, Energy and Climate Action Minister Steven Myers.

“This space will become a hub for the best in clean tech and future leaders of the sector to connect and share innovative ideas and solutions. By working together and investing in this park, we are on our way to a cleaner economy and a stronger tomorrow,” said Economic Growth, Tourism and Culture Minister Bloyce Thompson.

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“Holland College is very pleased to be involved in the Clean Tech Learning and Innovation Centre, in particular the Clean Tech Academy. In collaboration with UPEI, this joint initiative will focus on clean tech leadership. Together, we will be able to help train the next generation of leaders in terms of clean technologies. It is a very exciting venture which will pave the way for a healthier, more productive environment,” said Dr. Alexander (Sandy) MacDonald, President and CEO, Holland College.

“It’s exciting to see this project advance as the transition to clean energy is an excellent real-world learning opportunity for our students in sustainability. These investments in educating Clean Tech leaders and innovators are investments for our future here on PEI and beyond,”  said UPEI Interim President and Vice-Chancellor Dr. Greg Keefe.

Featured image: Environment, Energy and Climate Action Minister Steven Myers; Dr. Greg Keefe, UPEI; Premier Dennis King; Dr. Alexander (Sandy) MacDonald, Holland College; Economic Growth, Tourism and Culture Minister of Bloyce Thompson (Government of Prince Edward Island)

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