LACI has had a very busy couple of weeks on the outreach front, the crowning event being a visit from Secretary of Labor Hilda Solis on the 22nd. Madam Secretary visited LACI to learn about the job creation capabilities of LACI. We gave the Secretary a tour of the current and future home of LACI, talked about how we’re building a new cleantech economy in Los Angeles, and listened to her suggestions on how to engage with the DOL. All in all, it was a terrific event.
A visit by a United States Secretary is a very big deal, even more so for a nascent organization like ours. This event was made possible by a friend and huge supporter of LACI — Tom Soto of Craton Partners — who suggested to the Secretary’s team that a visit to LACI would be a good use of her time after her morning meeting with the Mayor. In less than 48 hours, Tom, Sean Arian (Eos Consulting) and Ian Harris (LACI) had invited some of LA’s most important cleantech leaders and organized a round table discussion that was informative and provocative.
The evening before LACI was invited to speak at a dinner organized by David Abel, Chairman of VerdExchange for another group of leaders from our utilities, research universities, county government, capital markets, other incubators , business organizations, and state government. David, ever the provocateur, asked us to make the case for creating a downtown “center” of cleantech activities in a room largely comprised of “regionalists.” It was good fun and stimulating conversation and went late into the evening.
Earlier that day, we updated the Los Angeles County Economic Development Corporation’s E- Mobility Task Force on LACI’s progress, especially on the transportation front. They were especially interested to learn about 350 Green (EV infrastructure), Gridtest Systems (EV infrastructure), and DB New Energy (electric fleet vehicles). We’re working with the Task Force’s Co-Chairs, Jeff Joyner (Greenberg Traurig) and Michael Boehm (Haig Barrett Consulting) to host an event prior to eVS26, the most important EV car show on earth.
On Tuesday, we updated Council Member Jose Huizar (District 14) on our progress. The Council Member was a key speaker at our October Launch Event and is a big supporter of LACI and our build-a-green-economy-in-the-Cleantech-Corridor efforts.
Then last week we were one of two keynote speakers at Dean Vijay Dhir’s UCLA Tech Forum, a gathering of scientists, engineers and entrepreneurs associated with the prestigious UCLA Samueli School of Engineering. Highlight of the conference was Henry Samueli’s Broadcom case history.
All in all, a great week of outreach!