Austrian visit Taunton, BSU to bridge sustainable development in U.S., Europe

27. November 2013

 

TAUNTON —  A group of Austrians took a guided tour in Taunton on Monday, marking the beginning of an effort to bridge sustainable development efforts in Europe and the U.S.“Guten morgen,” said Larry Cameron, vice president for business development at the Mass Development Corporation, introducing the guests in their native language during a breakfast at […]


 

TAUNTON —  A group of Austrians took a guided tour in Taunton on Monday, marking the beginning of an effort to bridge sustainable development efforts in Europe and the U.S.

“Guten morgen,” said Larry Cameron, vice president for business development at the Mass Development Corporation, introducing the guests in their native language during a breakfast at the Holiday Inn. “How many of you have gotten accustomed to U.S. coffee?”

The event was the first stop as part of the “Green Tech Bridge,” a initiative formed through relations between state Sen. Marc Pacheco, D-Taunton, and a group of Austrians organized by writer/communications specialist Josef Mantl to explore the potential for business partnerships between Massachusetts and Austrian interests in the so-called green tech industry. The group was given a guided bus tour of the Myles Standish Industrial Park, with officials from the Taunton Development Corp. and the Mass Development Corp. promoting the park for potential industrial, research and development, manufacturing, life science and technology development, in addition to a state “green loans program” and other financing initiatives.

“We want to see the trends here, and we want to get inspired,” said Mantl, who first met Pacheco while working for Hillary Clinton’s 2008 presidential campaign, when he was a master’s student at Emerson College in Boston. “We wanted to see what’s going on in all the types of cities, suburbs and towns, creating progress through collaboration.”

Ideally, Austrian business could contribute to the start of a “Green Tech Valley” in Massachusetts, said Mantl, who is co-editor of “Communicating Sustainability,” a book of essays in German that was published earlier this year in German, with an English introduction written by Pacheco. As a start, Austrians could potentially establish a research and development office or a small firm at the Myles Standish Industrial Park to further explore potential business partnerships in the region.

The Green Tech Bridge group that came to Taunton consists of nearly 30 Austrians mainly from the city of Graz and the Austrian capital Vienna, including environmental consultants, educators, and business people. Mantl is also the spokesman for Sustainable Future Campaign in Austria, and has worked on Al Gore’s international initiatives against global warming.

Speaking from a podium with a Green Tech Bridge sign featuring American and Austrian flags, Mantl spoke to an audience of Taunton educators, elected officials and local business and planning leaders. Mantl said that Pacheco, who has attended several for Sustainable Future Campaign meetings in Austria, had made him realize there is a “new type of American politics” that supports sustainable economic development in the U.S.


Taunton Daily Gazette, October 16, 2013

 

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