Sblend Sblendorio Appointed to i-GATE Board of Directors

March 07, 2011

Mr. Sblendorio, a shareholder at Hoge Fenton Jones & Appel in Pleasanton, has been appointed to the Board of Directors of i-GATE Development Corporation, designated by the Governor’s Office of Economic Development as one of six “innovation hubs” (iHubs) in the State of California.

Based in Livermore, California, i-GATE is a public-private nonprofit that extends throughout the Tri-Valley region and includes programs and special facilities at Sandia National Laboratories/California, Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory, the Joint BioEnergy Institute, and the University of California campuses at Berkeley and Davis. Its purpose is to grow a regional innovation ecosystem to maximize the economic potential of green transportation and clean energy technologies by linking together the national labs and universities, entrepreneurs, VCs, and the business community.

i-GATE sits at the core of an energy research knowledge cluster that fosters innovation, job creation, and the education of the future workforce in green technologies. Through its NEST (National Energy Systems Technology) incubator, early-stage technology businesses are assisted with management guidance and mentoring related to business strategy, operations, marketing, legal and financial services, and the facilitation of connections to capital, business networks, and technical assistance. What distinguishes NEST from many other technology incubators is its collaboration with state-of-the-art research and development programs and facilities, resulting in a greater and quicker flow of new technologies to the marketplace.

“The partnership that resulted in the i-GATE Development Corporation as a small technology innovation hub in California will develop technologies, entrepreneurs and jobs in the East Bay,” said Sblendorio. “I am proud to serve as a board member and assist in the economic development of our region.”

For more about i-GATE, visit www.igateihub.org.