Who is Jonathan Silver and Why is he so Important to V-Vehicle and Northeast LA Politics?

Just who is Johnathan Silver and why does he matter to the Northeast Louisiana politico/economic landscape? He is the Executive Director of the US Department of Energy’s Loan Guarantee Program. He decides who does and does not get one of those Advanced Technology Vehicle Manufacturing (ATVM) Loans that we’ve heard so much about.

He literally holds the fate of V-Vehicle Company in his hands – and by extension, the fate of many Northeast Louisiana politicians who had hitched their wagon to the controversial company’s long-shot plans. He’s the guy who signed the January 8, 2010 memo to the Louisiana Department of Environmental Quality, telling them that before any loan would be approved, the application would have to undergo an Environmental Assessment review. See LPNO’s comprehensive story about the EA here.

It is of note that he was not appointed to his post until November 10 of last year. For the pending loan applications – like those of V-Vehicle – would he want to review what he was asked to approve before signing off? We don’t know, but such a scenario would be logical.

We know he was on President Obma’s transition team and was a founding partner of the venture capital firm Core Capital Partners. Here is an interview with Silver in Washington Business Journal. As a venture capitalist, he’s seen every pitch in the book for The Next Big Thing and can likely spot a dud a mile away.

That’s who is Johnathan Silver.

Lincoln Parish News Online has reported extensively on the controversial company and the Monroe project. Archived stories can be found here. We will continue to report on this ongoing story.

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