Former Chamber of Commerce Energy Expert Vince Griffin to Lead Indiana Advanced Energy Economy
Experienced policy leader will raise awareness about the economic, jobs, and customer benefits of advanced energy in Hoosier state
AEE CEO and former Fort Wayne mayor Graham Richard is interviewed by ECHO Chamber, the Indiana Chamber of Commerce podcast
Indianapolis, Aug. 1, 2017 – Today, national business group Advanced Energy Economy (AEE) announced the appointment of Vince Griffin as Executive Director for Indiana Advanced Energy Economy (Indiana AEE), which represents national and local AEE members in Indiana. Griffin joins Indiana AEE after retiring last year as vice president of energy and environmental policy for the Indiana Chamber of Commerce. Griffin previously served as director of Indiana’s Energy Policy Office.
“Vince Griffin has effectively navigated Indiana’s energy policy landscape for years,” said AEE CEO Graham Richard, who is the former mayor of Fort Wayne. “We welcome his dynamic leadership and deep experience as we work to increase awareness of the economic potential for advanced energy growth in Indiana.”
"Vince Griffin brings a wealth of knowledge and deep experience in energy to Indiana Advanced Energy Economy,” said Greg Ballard, senior fellow at Indiana AEE and former mayor of Indianapolis. “I know he will work tirelessly in the pursuit of secure, clean, and affordable energy for the state and the economic benefits that come with it."
“I am pleased to be able to join AEE,” said Griffin. “After many years of working on energy policy at the Indiana Chamber of Commerce, I look forward to working on behalf of the companies that are providing the innovative technologies, products, and services that give us the smarter energy future we all want, and the jobs and economic growth Indiana needs.”
In his role at the Indiana Chamber of Commerce since in 1997, Griffin was responsible for policy matters related to electric power, natural gas and advanced energy resources, as well as air, water, solid and hazardous waste issues, and permitting concerns. Griffin is a Registered Environmental Health Specialist (REHS), former president of the Indiana Environmental Health Association and board member of the Center for Earth and Environmental Sciences at Indiana University. He is a graduate of Indiana University’s School of Medicine and Ball State University.
Griffin’s appointment as Executive Director of Indiana AEE is the latest step in AEE’s increasing presence in the state, which was launched last year. Also today, AEE CEO Graham Richard, former mayor of Fort Wayne, is interviewed in the latest Indiana Chamber of Commerce ECHO Chamber podcast episode. Later this month, AEE policy manager Benjamin Stafford appears on a panel entitled “Policy Cents: How and Why State Energy Plans Affect Your Bottom Line and Resource Planning,” at the Chamber’s upcoming 2017 Indiana Conference on Energy Management, on Aug. 15 in Indianapolis.
- Head shot (click here): Vince Griffin
- Chamber of Commerce ECHO Chamber podcast episode (Aug. 1) featuring AEE CEO Graham Richard is available here.
- Advanced Energy is Putting Hoosiers to Work (Dec. 16, 2016) — Depicts profiles of real people working in advanced energy in Indiana.
- Advanced energy companies account for nearly 48,000 jobs in Indiana (Nov. 17, 2016): That’s more Hoosier jobs than there are in machinery manufacturing (43,000), nearly two times the 25,000 jobs in colleges and universities, and approaching the 60,000 in auto parts manufacturing.
- This Is Advanced Energy (2016) is a directory of 52 advanced energy technologies that includes descriptions and examples.
About AEE and Indiana AEE:
Advanced Energy Economy (AEE) is a national association of businesses that are making the energy we use secure, clean and affordable. Advanced energy encompasses a broad range of products and services that constitute the best available technologies for meeting energy needs today and tomorrow. AEE’s mission is to transform public policy to enable rapid growth of advanced energy businesses. Now with Indiana AEE, AEE and its State Partner organizations are active in 27 states across the country, representing more than 1,000 organizations in the advanced energy industry. As in Indiana, AEE works directly in states that are particularly important to its members, including California, Florida, Texas, and Virginia. www.aee.net @AEEnet