Guiding Principles

The Coalition was established to ensure Ohio’s presence both regionally and nationally in current fuel cell discussions and will work to: 

  • Build upon existing industry and academic strengths of research and development, advanced manufacturing, advanced materials technologies, components, and services to advance the integration of a coordinated, robust fuel cell infrastructure and supply chain.

  • Promote public awareness about the positive role fuel cell technology can play as an efficient, reliable and environmentally responsible source of energy in a wide variety of applications.

  • Expand networking and information sharing opportunities that lead to greater alliances and understanding of the economic opportunities available to Ohio organizations.

  • Encourage federal funding that will leverage state resources in the development of fuel cell technology and the locating of commercial development, manufacturing assets, and job creation in Ohio.


Pat Valente
Executive Director | OFCC

Pat is a leading proponent of Ohio's fuel cell industry and was appointed Executive Director of the OFCC in 2008. This appointment represents the OFCC Board of Directors' commitment to maximizing Ohio's industry leadership, fostering active participation in collaborative opportunities, and increasing awareness of Ohio's industry cluster through advocacy and marketing outreach.

Valente’s career has included serving as Deputy Director and Assistant Deputy for the Ohio Department of Development’s Technology and Economic Development Divisions.  Valente is one of the key architects of the nationally recognized Third Frontier Program and has been the leading advocate for the development of Ohio’s fuel cell industry.  He also has played an instrumental role in the success of the Entrepreneurial Signature Program (ESP) to foster collaboration and change for regional economic and development entities. Valente received his B.S. degree in Geography from Kent State University.

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Linda Buckosh
Assistant Executive Director | OFCC

Linda is passionate about her role in assisting the Coalition in promoting the valuable resources that Ohio has to offer in becoming a global leader in fuel cell technology and manufacturing.

Possessing a lengthy background in engineering for the electrical utility and distribution industry and office management, Linda’s strong skills in administration, business acumen, project development, corporate/community relations, and marketing will enable her to serve the coalition well and promote its mission. She is a graduate of Ohio University, summa cum laude, in Technical and Applied Studies, enhancing her business acumen and technical background. She is active in promoting education, regional opportunities, and an advocate for community organizations.

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OFCC is a 501(c)(6) organization incorporated in Elyria, Ohio.  We are co-located in Elyria at the Lorain County Community College.  
OFCC is governed by a 21 member Board of Directors.

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