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Downing Honored by Tourism, Clean Energy Advocates
May 19, 2016

BOSTON State Senator Benjamin B. Downing (D - Pittsfield), received awards from advocates for the Massachusetts tourism industry and advocates for clean energy in two ceremonies at the State House this afternoon.

Downing, a former Chair and current Vice Chairman of the Joint Committee on Tourism, Arts and Cultural Development, was presented with the Tourism Champion award at Massachusetts Tourism Day. The annual event is sponsored by the Regional Tourism Councils and the Mass Office of Travel and Tourism. Tourism is the third-largest industry in Massachusetts, supporting over 132,000 jobs and generating $19.5 billion annually in visitor spending.

Also this afternoon, Downing was honored by the Northeast Clean Energy Council with their Energy Vanguard Award. The presentation was part of Clean Energy Day at the State House, an event that brings clean energy industry leaders to showcase the importance of clean energy for the environment and the regional economy.  As Senate Chairman of the Joint Committee on Telecommunications, Utilities and Energy, Downing led conference committee negotiations to produce legislation to increase the cap on solar net metering.

 

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