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What to Expect at the Hearing

Opening Comments

The August 7, 2012 legislative hearing is scheduled for 9:00 a.m. in room 126 of the State Capitol.  The hearing will be streamed live through this weblink.  The hearing will begin with opening comments from the Chairpersons and Members of the co-conveners including the Assembly Committee on Jobs, Economic Development, and the Economy, the Assembly Select Committee on High Technology and the Assembly Select Committee on Government Efficiency, Technology and Innovation.

General Overview

Once the Assembly Members frame the key issues, Dr. Gus Koehler will provide an opening presentation on the role of innovation within the economy and share insights on how California can use these emerging economic trends to remain a global leader in innovation and technology development. 

Panel Discussion

In the second section of the hearing, a panel of business, industry, and labor experts will address how innovation and the changing dynamics of the post-recession economy have affected them.   Our panelists include James Duran, Duran Human Capital Partners; Chuck Center, California Bio-Pharma Labor Management Association; Jeremy Smith, State Building and Construction Trades Council; and Adam Hansel, DMG / Mori Seiki.

Presentations during this panel will discuss the need for coordinated economic development actions that not only leverage the state's entrepreneurial knowhow, but also incentivize businesses to risk their capital to develop and improve the next generation of cutting edge technologies and systems.  Examples of best practices will be shared by witnesses and recommendations will be discussed.

Pubic Comment

Once the panel is completed, the public will have an opportunity to address the Committees.  Testimony during this section of the hearing may include other experts, as well as citizens who are interested in sharing their insights with the Assembly Members.  Testimony may also be provided to the Committees in the form of a letter.  Written comments should be mailed to any of the convening Committee office by September 15, 2012.  There is Parking to attend events at the Capitol is available on the

Discussion of Follow-up Actions and Recommendations

Following the public comment period, the hearing will close with comments from the Committee Members regarding possible follow-up actions.

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