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OpConnect stands to collect $50k to help it expand to Hawaii | Sustainable Business Oregon

The OpConnect charging station company, which is expanding into Hawaii, has received a gentle monetary nudge from an Oregon backer.

Drive Oregon gave Portland-based OpConnect $50,000 to help the company makes its move into the islands. OpConnect, in March, had beaten out several international charging station companies to acquire Better Place’s network of electric vehicle charging stations and access to Better Place’s members in Hawaii.

“This funding support will help us capitalize on this expansion opportunity, replacing more than 75 charging stations with Oregon-made units and becoming a more competitive company nationwide,” said OpConnect CEO Dexter Turner, in a statement.

Jeff Allen, Drive Oregon’s executive director, called the expansion “a game-changer for OpConnect, and a major landmark for Oregon’s electric vehicle charger industry.” OpConnect will add jobs in Oregon to manage its growing network.

The funding was allotted as part of Drive Oregon’s Matching Grant program. The electric vehicle-focused nonprofit has provided nearly $400,000 that’s generated almost $3 million in investments. OpConnect must procure $350,000 in private investments to in order to collect the Drive Oregon grant.

More http://www.sustainablebusinessoregon.com/articles/2013/07/opconnect-says-aloha-to-hawaiian.html

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