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Event Recap



Our 2nd Annual 88 Cities Summit saw another event with great teamwork, energy and conversations around economic development issues that cities are facing. With over 20 speakers, robust roundtable discussions, and a keynote delivered by Lenny Mendonca of the state’s economic development department – GoBiz – attendees left with tangible takeaways and ideas for tackling some of their local challenges.

Over three dozen cities, including elected officials, city managers, and business, educational and nonprofit leaders connected to share ideas and collaborate.

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Speakers and Presentations

Lenny Mendonca
Chief Economic and Business Advisor, State of California

Lenny Mendonca is the Chief Economic and Business Advisor to Governor Gavin Newsom and Director of the Governor’s Office of Business and Economic Development. He is a Senior Partner Emeritus of McKinsey & Company and a Lecturer on Inequality at the Stanford Business School. He founded McKinsey’s U.S. state and local public sector consulting practice, and also oversaw their knowledge development, chairing the McKinsey Global Institute and the firm’s communications, including the McKinsey Quarterly. 

Maryam Brown
President, Southern California Gas Company

Maryam Brown is president of SoCalGas, a Sempra Energy regulated California utility. Previously, Brown was vice president of federal government affairs for Sempra Energy, and prior to that, served as the senior energy and environment counsel for the Office of the Speaker of the U.S. House of Representatives. From 2011 to 2012, she was the energy chief counsel for the U.S. House Committee on Energy and Commerce. From 2010 to 2011, she was policy counsel for the U.S. Senate’s Republican Policy Committee.

Presentation: Southern California’s Energy Future

Dr. Fernando Guerra
Director, Leavey Center of the Study of LA, LMU

Dr. Fernando J. Guerra is professor of political science and Chicana/o and Latina/o Studies and is the founding director of the Center for the Study of Los Angeles at Loyola Marymount University. Fernando has published in the fields of state and local government and urban and ethnic politics, and is a source for the media at the local, national, and international level.

Presentation: City Managers Survey

Brianne Gilbert
Associate Director, LMU Leavey Center Study of LA

Brianne Gilbert is the Associate Director for the Leavey Center for the Study of Los Angeles and a senior lecturer both in the department of political science and the department of urban and environmental studies at Loyola Marymount University. She has worked on dozens of studies involving voter polls and public opinion research, and has served as a consultant in the fields of sociology, anthropology, GIS, education, public opinion research, international affairs, and medicine.

Presentation: Resident Ratings of City Services

Darrell George
City Manager, City of Duarte

Darrell George has held the position of City Manager in the City of Duarte for the past 15 years. He’s held numerous positions in the cities of Santa Monica, Downey, and Pomona. He has spearheaded successful projects during this time, like Santa Monica’s Third Street Promenade, Downey’s landmark development Downey Landing, and more recently, Duarte’s Goldline Station and laying groundwork for the City of Hope’s future campus development of over 1 million square feet.

Vince Bertoni
Director of Planning, City of Los Angeles

With almost 30 years of professional planning experience, Vince leads the largest city planning department in the nation.  He is charged with developing policies that shape the future of the City and guide development decisions for a diverse and dynamic metropolis of over 4 million people.

Shaun Fernando
Director, Guidehouse

Shaun Fernando is a Director at Guidehouse, based in Los Angeles, and is a Government and Public Sector strategy consultant focusing on future cities and urbanization issues, including economic development, sustainability and innovation. He has 10+ years global experience in developing innovation-led and market-based strategies that build thriving and competitive cities and regions and is currently working in the LA region on a number of projects around economic sustainability, mobility and clean energy.

Presentation: The Great Economic Transformation

Craig Beck
Director of Public Works, City of Long Beach

Craig Beck oversees the department of 450 employees, with a $100 million operating budget and a $65 million capital budget.  The Public Works Department operates, preserves, and enhances the City’s physical infrastructure and transportation systems; provides a variety of community services including the repair, rehabilitation and general upkeep of City streets, trees, sidewalks, and structures; delivers refuse/recycling collection and street sweeping for residential and commercial customers.

Dale Bonner
Principal, Plenary Group

Dale Bonner is Executive Chairman of Plenary Concessions, which holds Plenary’s North American portfolio of infrastructure project companies. From 2007 to 2011, he served as California’s Secretary of Business, Transportation and Housing where he managed California’s transportation infrastructure, business regulation, trade and foreign investment programs. Currently, he co-chairs the Los Angeles Economic Development Corporation’s Infrastructure Council and serves on the Los Angeles Board of Police Commissioners.

Don Kendrick
Mayor, City of La Verne

Don Kendrick is a small business owner, and has served as the mayor of the City of La Verne for eight years. He served the previous four years as a city council member, preceded by over six years on the Planning Commission.

Bob Russi, City Manager, City of La Verne

Bob Russi is the City Manager for the City of La Verne. As the Chief Officer for the City, he is responsible for general administrative oversight of day-to-day affairs in the array of municipal services including internal Police, Fire, and Water/Sewer operations.

Larry Kosmont
Chairman & CEO, Kosmont Companies

Larry Kosmont is Chairman and CEO of Kosmont Companies, which he founded in 1986. His over 40-year career encompasses public/private financial structuring, negotiation, development, and management of real estate and public finance transactions exceeding $12B. He has served as Interim City Administrator for the City of Montebello, and as a City Manager, Director of Community Development, and Redevelopment Director in the cities of Santa Monica, Seal Beach, Bell Gardens, and Burbank.

Presentation: What’s In Your Economic Development Wallet

Britt Harter
Director, Guidehouse

Britt Harter is a Director at Guidehouse in the State and Local Government practice. He is the leader of the State & Local Strategies initiative that addresses issues at the interface of environmental, social and economic sustainability for state and local clients. With more than 10 years of sustainability consulting experience, Britt has led high profile public sector policy and strategy projects, including broadband and Smart City strategies, economic development and sustainability plans, and social service delivery innovation.

Fran Fulton
Economic Development Manager, City of Torrance

Fran Fulton is the Economic Development Manager for the City of Torrance. Some of the projects she has helped spearhead and support are the business led Discover Torrance Tourism Business Improvement District, the South Bay Entrepreneurial Center business incubator, the Torrance Auto Dealers Association, and reestablishment of the Downtown Torrance Association.  She currently represents the City on the Board of Directors of these organizations, as well as the South Bay Workforce Investment Board and the Los Angeles County Economic Development Corporation.

Carolyn Hull
Vice President of Strategic Initiatives, LAEDC

Carolyn Hull is the Vice President of Industry Cluster Development at LAEDC.  She oversees strategies, programs and staff to build capacity in the export-oriented industries in which L.A. County has productive and/or comparative advantages. Before joining LAEDC, she was the Chief Financial Officer at Genesis LA., a real estate based investor that directs its capital and strategic advisory services to projects located inner city communities throughout Los Angeles County. Prior to joining Genesis LA Carolyn was the South Los Angeles Regional Administrator for the Community Redevelopment Agency of the City of Los Angeles.

Jing Yeo
Planning Manager, City of Santa Monica

Jing Yeo is Planning Manager for the City of Santa Monica.  She directs a broad array of development review and strategic planning activities including community plans and public engagement, development agreement negotiations, historic preservation, and design review.  She holds a Master’s degree in Planning from the University of Toronto.

Ken Lombard
COO, Seritage Properties

Ken Lombard is Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer of Seritage Growth Properties. Over a career that spans three decades, Lombard has amassed extensive experience in business development, management, investment banking, economic development, corporate expansion and real estate investment. He is widely recognized for having led numerous successful real estate investments and business ventures that fostered economic improvement and urban renewal in underserved minority communities throughout the United States.

Presentation: Mark 302, Seritage Properties

Allan Glass
Partner, Co-Founder & Managing Partner, HATCHspaces

Allan Glass is the Co-Founder of HATCHspaces and HATCHlabs. With over 23 years of experience, Allan Glass handled over $1 Billion in real estate transactions representing developers, investment funds, loss mitigation teams and REO departments at banks and private lending institutions. His specialities are in real estate acquisitions, dispositions, syndication, REO dispositions, urban development, both commerical and multi-residential brokerage, and BPO Services.

Presentation: HATCHspaces

Todd Tipton
Economic Development Director, City of Culver City

Todd Tipton is the Economic Development Manager for the City of Culver City.  Mr. Tipton oversees the Economic Development Division and is responsible for retaining, attracting and expanding businesses, overseeing offsite parking operations, business district operations, new project development, and the redevelopment of City property. Mr. Tipton is certified by the American Institute of Certified Planners (AICP) and the National Trust for Historic Preservation (CMSM) as a Main Street Manager.  He has extensive experience with land use planning, entitlements, redevelopment, urban design and construction management.

CITY Talk: City of Culver City

Simone McFarland
Assistant Community Development Director, City of Burbank

Simone McFarland is the Assistant Community Development Director for the City of Burbank. As such, she is responsible for housing, real estate and economic development including attraction, expansion and retention of business. She has conducted economic development marketing campaigns and events for the County of San Bernardino, County of Riverside and cities of San Jacinto and Twentynine Palms. Additonally, she has provided business development and outreach services to Prologis, Hodgdon Group, Messina Emergency Services, and New Training Strategies.

CITY Talk: City of Burbank

Greg Ericksen,
Associate Director, Regional Partnerships, REDF

Greg Ericksen, Associate Director of Regional Partnerships, oversees the LA:RISE program, a collaboration between social enterprise, workforce systems and employers helping people facing barriers to work. He also leads the overall strategy to build social enterprise capacity in Southern California.

CITY Talk: County of Los Angeles

Working Group Case Studies

The Incubator
P3 Scenario

Your city is embarking on a project to develop a new co-working space and incubator for local small businesses on land owned by the City.

The Former Factory
Repurposing of Spaces Scenario

Your city is embarking on a project to develop a former chemicals factory into a new biotech incubator.

The New Urban Quarter
EIFD Scenario

Your city is embarking on a project to develop a new transit-oriented, mixed-use urban quarter.

The Additive Manufacturing Cluster
Industry Cluster Scenario

Your city is embarking on a project to develop an additive manufacturing (or 3D printing) cluster.

88 Cities Summit Resources

Venue: California Market Center
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