Right to left: Ron Baird, CEO, Natural Energy Laboratory of Hawaii Authority, discusses NELHA FTZ application with Greg Barbour, FTZ No. 9 Zone Administrator, Ted E. Liu DBEDT Director, and Mark Anderson, DBEDT Deputy Director. Photo by Hawaii.gov
Right to left: Ron Baird, CEO, Natural Energy Laboratory of Hawaii Authority, discusses NELHA FTZ application with then Greg Barbour, FTZ No. 9 Zone Administrator, Ted E. Liu DBEDT Director, and Mark Anderson, DBEDT Deputy Director. Barbour is now the head of NELHA. Photo by Hawaii.gov

The Board of Directors of the Natural Energy Laboratory of Hawaii Authority (NELHA) has appointed Gregory P. Barbour as the agency’s new Executive Director.  Barbour will assume responsibility for the management of the agency in mid-June.

NELHA is a world-renowned premier ocean science and technology park on the Island of Hawaii. It is the state’s largest technology park with 870 acres of prime coastal property at Keahole Point, Kailua-Kona.

“We are excited about having Mr. Barbour as the executive director of one of our most successful and pioneering ventures,” said Richard C. Lim, Director of the Department of Business, Economic Development & Tourism. “We are confident Greg has both the vision and experience in business incubation to take NELHA into new technology-based ventures that will make Hawaii a world-class competitor in the future.”

NELHA is the only facility in the world that has the capacity to continually bring ashore nearly 50,000 gallons per minute of both warm surface and cold deep seawater. The water is used for ocean research and technology development which includes:  alternative energy production, aquaculture, marine biotechnology, agriculture, and a range of research and development projects that foster innovation that will shape the industries of tomorrow.

“NELHA is one of the only ‘green’ economic development parks in the world,” Barbour said. “With water emerging as one of the world’s most precious resources, NELHA’s work is helping Hawaii to be more competitive,” Barbour said.

Mr. Barbour’s professional career includes more than 27 years in state planning and management experience.  Most recently, he spent 7 years as the state’s Foreign Trade Zone administrator.

Submitted by the state of Hawaii

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