A Recognition of Mr. Rob Whiteby Representative Eric Swalwell
Posted on 2013-03-18
in the house of representatives
Monday, March 18, 2013
Mr. SWALWELL of California. Mr. Speaker, I rise today to recognize my
friend, Mr. Rob White, for his contributions to the innovation
community of the Bay Area. Rob recently announced that he is stepping
down as CEO of the iGate Innovation Hub and as Director of Economic
Development for the City of Livermore, California. As cofounder of the
iGate hub, Rob was instrumental in establishing a broad regional
partnership that is helping leverage public investments at the Lawrence
Livermore and Sandia National Laboratories into economic development
that benefits the growth of small businesses focused on bringing new
green energy technologies to market.
Just last year, the White House named Rob a Champion of Change for Local Innovation, acknowledging him as ``a thought leader in government led collaborative networks, public policy assessment in support of entrepreneurship, and economic development frameworks that focus on technology growth and innovation.'' Under Rob's leadership, iGate received an award for Regional Collaboration from the International Economic Development Council, the Thomas H. Muehlenbeck Award for Excellence in Local Government from the Alliance for Innovation; and the Outstanding Partnership Award from the Federal Laboratory Consortium, Far West Region.
Rob has worked for more than two decades in researching, assessing, and developing the ecosystem for regional innovation networks. His tireless support of small businesses, focusing on green transportation and clean-energy technologies, is already helping transform the economic climate in the Tr-Valley area and the region at large.
On a more personal note, Mr. Speaker, Rob has played a vital role in assisting me in the development of my economic policy and strategy. I was honored when he agreed to serve on my Economic Development Advisory Committee and I have learned a great deal from him. I want to thank Rob for his contributions to the East Bay. I wish him the best of luck as he begins this new chapter of his life.