''One Global California'' Event Planned in Los Angeles
Panelists from government, major business sectors to participate
LOS ANGELES - 04/27/04 - The Los Angeles Area Chamber of Commerce (LACOC) and the CalTrade Report will host the "One Global California: Crafting Partnerships and Synergies" conference on Wednesday, May 5 at the Biltmore Hotel in downtown Los Angeles.
The day-long conference - presented in cooperation with the Monterey Bay International Trade Association, the Bay Area Economic Forum, and the Torrance Area Chamber of Commerce - will address the future of global trade services in California and "effective and far-reaching tools to help California's international business community become more effective in the global marketplace," said Moises Cisneros, international trade manager for the LACOC.
"This event will go a long way in producing the kinds of global-reaching strategic alliances that the state's economy will be relying on more and more in the future," said Cisneros. "We want to create an on-going dialogue between trade facilitators across the state and "One Global California" will present an excellent forum to achieve that goal."
"One Global California" is a direct spin-off of the highly successful "Global California: An Economy in Transition" conference held last December in San Jose. That event - organized by TradePort and the CalTrade Report - addressed the challenges facing California's global trade community in a post-recall environment of severe budget cuts and the state government's de-funding of the California Technology, Trade & Commerce Agency.
Topics to be discussed at "One Global California" will include key California industries targeted for global growth; the role of state government in facilitating trade; current legislation affecting international trade; Southern California's "logistics revolving door;" identifying potential public- private sector partnership models; capitalizing on California's unique international cache; and showcasing international trade services available to California small- and medium-sized businesses.
The conference - which will also feature a table-top trade show - immediately follows the annual breakfast kicking-off the Southern California observance of World Trade Week, the largest such observance in the country boasting a month-long calendar of international trade-related events.
Panel participants from leading California business development and trade organizations will represent a broad spectrum of industry and trade-related sectors including finance, logistics, agriculture, economics, manufacturing, technology, trade promotion, economic development, and international marketing.
Conference presenters at "One Global California" will include Susan Corrales-Diaz, president and CEO of Systems Integrated Inc.; Howard Shatz, research fellow, Public Policy Institute of California; Greg Mignano, director - Pacific USEAC Network, US Department of Commerce; James Flanigan, senior business editor, Los Angeles Times; Bella Heule, president, San Diego World Trade Center; Dr. Abraham Lowenthal, president, Pacific Council on International Policy; Colin Robertson, Consul General of Canada; Rod Ballance, executive director, Global Trade Center of the Inland Empire; Jerry Levine, president, Mentor International; Tom Teofilo, vice president, Pacific Merchant Shipping Association; Dr. Sean Randolph, president, Bay Area Economic Forum; and Marian Duntley, corporate manager - Customs and Immigration at Toyota Motor Sales USA and chairperson of the 2004 World Trade Week Committee.
Also participating will be David Iwata, president, Economic Alliance of the San Fernando Valley; Joe Harrison, executive director, California Council for International Trade; Bernard Weiss, statewide director, Centers for International Trade Development; Carlos Valderrama, director of Latin American operations, Carlsmith Ball LLP; and Dr. John Husing, president, Economics & Politics Inc.
The conference is sponsored by Tradeport - a statewide international business consortium of the Bay Area Economic Forum, the Los Angeles Area Chamber of Commerce and the Monterey Bay International Trade Association - the Los Angeles Mayor's Office of International Trade; the Port of Los Angeles; Wells Fargo Bank; Click Express; City National Bank; and David French & Associates.
Individuals or parties interested in attending or exhibiting at the "One Global California" conference can register at www.tradeport.org/one_ca_conf? or by calling the Los Angeles Area Chamber of Commerce at 213- 580-7569.
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