THE BIOECONOMY RECOVERY TASK FORCE

A new Bioeconomy Recovery Task Force will bring together a diverse and independent group of finance, policy and sustainability leaders to ensure the country’s economic response to the COVID crisis is effective in its continued support of jobs, infrastructure and clean economic growth.

The Task Force will work towards ensuring that the benefits of the Opportunity Zone Program are expanded to include biofuels, bioenergy, biochemicals and bioproducts. It will discuss ways to link Bioeconomy Development Zones to Opportunity Zones, and explore issues involving unclear guidelines for Qualified Opportunity Zone Projects. The Task Force will provide participants the opportunity to recommend and advise Treasury and the IRS on clarifications needed to the Opportunity Zone guidance that has the potential to unlock billions of development dollars for bioeconomy manufacturing facilities.

The recommendations of the Task Force will be the result of thoughtful consideration and input from all of the members and therefore will not fully reflect any individual Task Force member’s point of view—they will be collective recommendations for action.

 

Statement coming soon

 

Meet the members of the Task Force



Jordan Solomon
President & CEO, Ecostrat


Tom Hicks
Managing Director, Mabus Group


Mark Riedy
Partner, Kilpatrick Townsend and Stockton


Hannah Kirby
Managing Partner, Carolina Opportunity Funds


Chris Tindal
Assistant Director, Commercial Aviation Alternative Fuels Initiative


Rina Singh
Executive Vice President, Alternative Fuels & Chemicals Coalition


CJ Evans
Managing Director, American Diversified Energy Consulting


John May
Managing Director, HamiltonClark Sustainable Capital


John Kirkwood
Partner, Faegre Drinker Biddle & Reath


Cynthia Thyfault
Founder and CEO, Global Biofuture Solutions


Carrie Annand
Executive Director, Biomass Power Association


John Cumbers
Founder and CEO, SynBioBeta


Derek Griffin
Technology Risk Analyst , Munich Reinsurance America


Arthur Ragauskas
Governor’s Chair in Biorefining/Professor, University of Tennessee


Scott Chabina
CEO, Chabina Energy Partners


Stephanie Batchelor
Vice President, Industrial & Environmental, Biotechnology Innovation Organization

News and Resources

June 18, 2020

Ecostrat’s participation in the SynBioBeta’s Built with Biology – Bioeconomy Summit was a resounding success. The virtual conference brought together prominent bioeconomy innovators, engineers, investors and thought leaders to discuss eco...
May 22, 2020

Ecostrat’s participation in the 10th edition of the DigestConnect webinar was a resounding success. Over 1,200 of you attended, making it the largest DigestConnect webinar to date, and showing how much interest there is in this topic. If you happen...
May 19, 2020

  Key Points The US has over a billion tons of biomass which can be used as a key lever to drive economic recovery. USDA estimates that 4 million jobs and nearly $660 billion of economic benefits would be created by using biomass to manufacture ...

More information

Click here for a backgrounder document with more information on Bioeconomy Development Opportunity Zones.