Gregory BarbourExecutive Director
Natural Energy Laboratory of Hawai‘i Authority
Barbour has been involved in economic development in Hawai‘i at the Department of Business, Economic Development and Tourism (DBEDT) for the past 25 years. During his tenure with DBEDT, Barbour has served as Administrator of the State’s Foreign-Trade Zone Program, Manager of the State Tourism Office and Assistant to the Director of DBEDT. He has represented the DBEDT on the Boards of the High Technology Development Corporation, Hawai‘i Strategic Development Corporation, Housing and Community Development Corporation of Hawaii and the Hawaii Community Development Authority.
Most recently, Barbour was appointed as Executive Director of NELHA in 2011. At NELHA, he is responsible for the operation, maintenance, development and expansion of the Hawai‘i Ocean Science and Technology Park. The 870 acre HOST Park is home to over 40 businesses involved in aquaculture, nutraceuticals, ocean science and renewable energy. These businesses account for almost 600 jobs in Hawai‘i’s economy and generate over $80 million in annual expenditures.