INDIANAPOLIS - Former mayors of the state's two largest cities will lead the Indiana efforts for a national business group focused on non-traditional energy industries. Former Fort Wayne Mayor Graham Richard is chief executive officer of the national Advanced Energy Economy organization, while former Indianapolis Mayor Greg Ballard will serve as senior fellow for Indiana Advanced Energy Economy. A new study published by Indiana AEE says 48,000 jobs in the state are tied to advanced energy businesses.

The research also suggests employers in advanced energy fields are expected to have added more than 900 jobs by year's end. The study was prepared by BW Research Partnership, which focuses on work force and economic development research.

Ballard says Indiana is in the midst of an "energy transformation" and says "Indiana has a chance to embrace that transformation and capitalize on it in jobs and economic growth. Indiana AEE is here to work with public officials and the community to make that happen."

The organization says some of its national members that have a presence in Indian include Landis+Gyr, Pattern Energy, CLEAResult, Vestas and Ameresco.

Richard says "with a strong base of manufacturing and services industries, Indiana is uniquely positioned to grow, attract, and retain companies that both provide advanced energy products and services and depend on them for their operations." He says industries such as energy efficiency, wind, biofuels, transportation, biomass and combined heat and power technology at industrial facilities are all relatively untapped sources in the state.

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