Electronic Recyclers International (ERI), the nation’s leading recycler of electronic waste, hosted a local business roundtable discussion last week, led by Sue Damour, head of the U.S. General Services Administration (GSA) Region 8.

Moderated by ERI Chairman and CEO John Shegerian, the roundtable discussion provided an opportunity for Damour, Shegerian and a host of Colorado green business leaders to discuss growing job opportunities in the region, and specifically, the American Jobs Act and what it can mean for the surrounding communities.

Damour shared specific elements of the American Jobs Act and also gathered feedback and input from the other roundtable participants, which she said she will bring back with her to Washington, D.C., and communicate directly to the White House.

Among the companies and organizations that participated in the event were the ACEC, the Alliance for Sustainable Colorado, Ambient Energy, the American Sustainable Business Council, Blue Star Recyclers, Business Genetics, GE Johnson Construction Co., Gravity Renewables, McKinstry, MKK Consulting Engineers, RMH Group and the Rocky Mountain Institute.

“It’s a distinct honor and privilege to be co-hosting this very special business roundtable event with the GSA,” said Shegerian. “It provides a terrific opportunity for our fellow businesses here in Colorado to get an understanding of the American Jobs Act and how it can help business growth in our region and find out how forward-thinking companies are getting traction in today’s economy.”

The discussion also featured opportunities for business leaders to brainstorm and share ideas on spurring job creation. Damour reminded participants the principal reason for the roundtable: to have a conversation about solutions – and what we as a country can do to move our economy forward and create new jobs now.

“The Rocky Mountain Region’s business leaders are proud to collaborate with each other in creating new jobs in the renewable energy arena,” said Damour. “This roundtable highlighted how working together can and will build employment opportunities.”

More information on GSA’s green business goals and promoting federal agencies’ purchasing Environmentally Preferable Products: http://www.gsa.gov/portal/content/234565