STATE OF THE CITY - Creating Solutions Together

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February 6, 2017

Doors Open at 4:30pm
Program at 5:00pm – 6:30pm
Reception at 6:30pm – 7:30pm 

SGI  World Peace Auditorium
525 Wilshire Blvd  Santa Monica, CA 90401

State of the City 2017 Speakers


Mayor Ted Winterer
City of Santa Monica


City Manager Rick Cole
City of Santa Monica


Keynote Speaker Henry Cisneros
Former HUD Secretary & Urban Innovator

Highlights of this year’s event include remarks by Santa Monica Mayor Ted Winterer and City Manager Rick Cole, presentation of the Economic Excellence Award to Hulu, a keynote address by former U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development Secretary Henry Cisneros, and a discussion between Secretary Cisneros and Mr. Cole moderated by KCRW’s Frances Anderton. This year’s theme, “Creating Solutions Together,” encourages Santa Monicans to come together to explore opportunities for partnership and dialogue as a united community in which all can thrive.

State of the City Press Release
“We have a stellar program planned for State of the City 2017—one that celebrates innovation, unity and solution-oriented discussion,” said Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors Chair Yesenia Monsour of Kaiser Permanente. “As our community comes together following a passionate election season locally and nationally, the Chamber looks forward to serving an essential civic role by facilitating the open exchange of ideas, as we have for 91 years.”

The annual State of the City is an excellent means of getting the latest in what’s happening in Santa Monica, and this year should be our best yet.   In addition to remarks by Mayor Winterer, City Manager Cole, Secretary Cisneros (himself a former Chamber of Commerce Chair in San Antonio, TX) and Chamber of Commerce leadership, the event will feature an update on the highly successful Hack the Beach series the Chamber launched last year in partnership with the City to encourage the technology community’s participation in civic life.  The program will be followed by a networking reception in the SGI Auditorium.

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