'The Green Economy' focuses on region in second season

The debut episode for "The Green Economy" television show's second season will air today in the Rogue Valley on KOBI-TV, Channel 5.

The 30-minute installment, starting at 4:30 p.m., focuses on the region's transition from a resources-based wood products economy to sustainable technologies.

Electric motorcycle maker Brammo, heavy-lift helicopter manufacturer Erickson Air-Crane, chip maker Rogue Valley Micro Devices, aviation tech firm Sky Research, the Jacksonville Inn and S&B James Construction Management are featured in the program.

The show's hosts are Andrew Mallory and Don McCoy. Mallory lives in Portland and has hosted BBC Travel Channel, Discover Channel and Action Sports Cable Network programs.

McCoy was executive producer and host for Oregon Green Homes and sells real estate.

"This is an excellent program to communicate to the rest of the world things that are now driving factors in our economy that may not be among the first things that come to mind when people think about Southern Oregon," said Mark Von Holle, president of Sustainable Valley.

Working with northern Willamette Valley producer Tim Van Blaricom, McCoy and Mallory recorded 26 shows in the first season, filming in California, Montana, Oregon and Washington.

The show is aired in two dozen markets, covering 30 million homes, in the U.S. It has drawn strong ratings in the Portland area.

McCoy said the program's crew will head east later this year to shoot shows about the rail industry in Pennsylvania.

For more about the show, go to http://thegreeneconomy.tv.

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