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2017 ANNUAL REPORT

Amazon PolyPlex is Open for Business! The San Gabriel Valley’s bold regional collaboration to attract Amazon HQ2


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2017 ANNUAL REPORT Letter from the Chair The Partnership: Who We Are Year in Review Board of Directors Starfish Coalition Leads to Amazon HQ2 Proposal Marketing the San Gabriel Valley Power Lunch 2.0 Series Political Advocacy Business Assistance Workforce Development SGV Awards Gala Economic Forecast Summit Legislative Networking Reception

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Š San Gabriel Valley Economic Partnership February 2018 President and CEO: Jeff Allred Design and layout by Regina Wang, Director of Marketing & Communications Cover image: Amazon PolyPlex press conference courtesy of Cal Poly Pomona

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Workforce Development

Current Members


THE VOICE OF BUSINESS SGVEP President & CEO Jeff Allred (L) and Board Chair Tina Javid (R) present the CEO of the Year Award to Kin Hui, CEO of Singpoli Capital Corporation at the 2017 SGV Awards Gala.

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LETTER FROM THE CHAIR 2017 was a banner year for the San Gabriel Valley— SoCal’s Golden Opportunity! Working with our member organizations, the Partnership took bold steps in 2017 to promote the many assets and appeal of our region. Early in the year, the Partnership lead 26 cities to adopt a unified marketing approach to promote the San Gabriel Valley’s strengths and advantages through the creation of an exhibit at the International Conference of Shopping Centers Real Estate & Retail Conference (ICSC RECon) in Las Vegas. The ICSC exhibit has created an ongoing interest in the many assets and strengths of our region, which include the highest concentration of outstanding hospitals and institutions of higher education in the nation, a vibrant tourism and hospitality sector, emerging bio-science and pharmaceutical manufacturing industries, and a reinvigorated real estate development market. Another opportunity to promote the San Gabriel Valley presented itself in the fall of 2017, when organizations throughout the region again united to craft and submit an excellent proposal for Amazon’s second international corporate headquarters (HQ2). This proposal, known as the Amazon PolyPlex, focuses on Cal Poly Pomona, the Fairplex and surrounding communities and institutions. Whether or not the Amazon PolyPlex proposal will ultimately bring Amazon’s HQ2 to our valley, the momentum gained through this effort will certainly bear fruit in bringing new business and jobs to the region. The Partnership is The Voice of Business in advancing the economic vitality and quality of life in the San Gabriel Valley. And, through our many events and programs, we as leaders of business, education and local government have the exciting opportunity to participate in this continuing mission to further position the San Gabriel Valley as a global force in Southern California.

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WHO WE ARE

WE ARE THE SAN GABRIEL VALLEY ECONOMIC PARTNERSHIP Economic Development | Political Advocacy | International Business Expansion | Workforce Development | Connecting Cities, Companies & Organizations | Business Intelligence | Data Analysis | Global Marketing

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We connect the business and civic leaders of the San Gabriel Valley through our networking events

Our global marketing initiatives can promote your brand to a global audience

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We actively advocate for pro-growth, pro-business policies with local, state, and federal officials.

Our mission is to advance the economic vitality and quality of life of the San Gabriel Valley

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Surrounded by a group of reporters from various Chinese-language media, SGVEP President & CEO Jeff Allred talk about the Valley’s global economic impact at the 2017 Economic Forecast Summit.

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2017 YEAR IN REVIEW REPRESENTING

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BOARD OF DIRECTORS

Chair TINA JAVID SoCal Gas Company Vice Chair REYNA DEL HARO Kaiser Permanente Secretary LUPE VALDEZ Union Pacific Treasurer PETER HIDALGO Charter Spectrum City Manager Representative DARRELL GEORGE City of Duarte Immediate Past Chair CARLOS ILLINGWORTH Coca-Cola North America Past Chair DAVID REYNO Foothill Transit Legal Counsel BART DOYLE Attorney at Law GEORGE BASYE Aera Energy LLC NICK CLARK Rose Hills Memorial Park & Mortuaries

Partnership Board members carry a special responsibility to oversee the organization and the effectiveness of its activities and programs. Board members serve as officers of the Partnership as well as committee chairs, engaging directly in our day-to-day operations. Coming from an array of businesses, local government agencies, healthcare institutions, and higher education, the Board of the Partnership are truly regional leaders of the San Gabriel Valley.

BRYAN COOK City of Temple City MICHAEL CURLEY Southern California Edison CLIFFORD DANIELS Methodist Hospital GANG DING BDK Capital, LLC ERIC DUYSHART City of Pasadena ALEXANDER ENG Bank of America Merrill Lynch ANTHONY FELLOW Upper San Gabriel Valley Municipal Water District NIC FETTER Samuelson & Fetter LLC DONOVAN GREEN AT&T TOM HSIEH Pomona Community Foundation FRAN INMAN Majestic Realty Co. BOB KUHN San Gabriel Basin Water Quality Authority

THOMAS LENZ Atkinson, Andelson, Loya, Ruud & Romo PAUL PHILIPS City of Industry WAYNE RATKOVICH The Ratkovich Company DWIGHT RICHARDS Fairplex SHARLENE RISDON-JACKSON University of La Verne MICHAEL RODGERS Lucas, Horsfall, Murphy & Pindroh, LLP BILL SCROGGINS Mt. San Antonio College SADIQ SHAH Cal Poly Pomona SUSAN STEL Los Angeles County Economic Development Corporation MAUREEN TAYLOR Azusa Pacific University VICTOR BOLIN WANG iDream Space KELLY WU Cathay Bank

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FORMATION OF “STARFISH” COALITION LE by Jeff Allred, President & CEO In late 2016, Cal Poly Pomona President Dr. Soraya Coley invited the heads of neighboring organizations for an informal chat over lunch. During the lunch, a Google map was displayed showing the area surrounding Cal Poly Pomona at the intersection of the 10, 57, and 71 freeways. Partnership Board Member Tom Hsieh shared that when his 10-year-old daughter Kadence saw this map, she said, “Hey Dad, that looks like a starfish.” Can you see the Starfish? (See map to the right) This initial gathering over lunch led to a series of informal brainstorming meetings involving higher education, local government, healthcare institutions, businesses, transportation agencies, utilities, and non-profits on ways to advance the economy and quality of life in the area.

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Fast forward to September 2017, when Amazon announced its plans to develop a second headquarters (HQ2) somewhere in North America that will create a tech hub with up to 50,000 high-paying jobs. The Starfish Group anxiously read Amazon’s Request for Proposals (RFP) and realized that all of the assets desired by Amazon exist right here in the Starfish area! During a period of eight weeks, a coalition of Cal Poly Pomona, Fairplex, LA County Supervisor Hilda Solis, the City of Pomona, and the San Gabriel Valley Economic Partnership pooled resources to develop a HQ2 proposal to Amazon called the Amazon PolyPlex.


Miguel Santana, CEO of Fairplex, talks to a captivated audience at the Amazon PolyPlex press conference at Innovation Village at Cal Poly Pomona on October 16, 2017. (L-R): Mayor Larry Shroeder, City of Claremont; Assemblymember Freddie Rodriguez; Senator Connie Leyva; Miguel Santana, CEO of Fairplex; Supervisor Hilda Solis, Dr. Soraya Coley, President of Cal Poly Pomona; Mayor Tim Sandoval, City of Pomona; Mayor Don Kendrick, City of La Verne

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Amazon PolyPlex meets or exceeds all of Amazon’s physical and regional requirements specified in the RFP. In fact, to accommodate Amazon’s desire and need for talent, the San Gabriel Valley is the ideal place for Amazon to partner with a nationally renowned California State Polytechnic University and a host of other nationally recognized and world-class universities and community colleges—such as the University of La Verne, Mt. San Antonio College, Azusa Pacific University, Citrus College, Pasadena City College, and the Claremont Colleges—throughout the San Gabriel Valley. These institutions offer direct connections to students and programs to attract, develop and retain a workforce of high-tech employees—ensuring ongoing learning and leadership for the Earth’s most customer-centric company. In addition to available acreage at the existing Innovation Village at Cal Poly, over 300 acres are available at the former Lanterman property adjacent to, and now under the control of, Cal Poly Pomona. The Los Angeles County Fairplex is comprised of nearly 500 acres of land, a portion of which could be used for Amazon-related uses for technology, business incubation, office space, etc. The on-site Sheraton Fairplex Hotel, restaurants and 40,000 square-foot Conference Center are among the assets that make the Fairplex one of the most dynamic and valuable properties in L.A. County that also generates some 2.5 million visitors throughout the year. In terms of access and transportation connectivity, Amazon PolyPlex is located only 12 miles from Ontario

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International Airport. The freeway system provides the Amazon PolyPlex accessibility to four of the largest counties in California, including ready access to Amazon’s existing distribution centers further east in the Inland Empire. On the horizon, the Foothill Gold Line light rail extension from Azusa to Claremont will be constructed within the decade and two commuter MetroLink lines currently operate through Pomona and neighboring cities. Finally, the San Gabriel Valley provides a high quality of life to Amazon’s employees with excellent schools from K-12 through college and university and a Mediterranean climate with year-round sunshine and moderate winter temperatures. The San Gabriel Valley and its environs provide ample recreational and cultural opportunities unique among Southern California’s active lifestyles. In addition, Amazon employees will have access to a wide variety of affordable housing, including urban living options to less dense villages, charming downtowns, and up-scale executive homes. We are building a bold and creative future in the San Gabriel Valley—home to a diversified economy that includes many prominent and world-class companies and institutions. By submitting the Amazon PolyPlex proposal, we have invited the world’s most customercentric company to be part of a sustainable work, live, learn and play community at the center of Southern California, one of the most diverse and culturally rich regions on the planet.


“By joining forces with Fairplex, the City of Pomona and the County of Los Angeles, we are proposing the opportunity to tap into the limitless potential of this region, where innovation, creativity, education and commerce converge,� Cal Poly Pomona President Dr. Soraya Coley said at the Amazon PolyPlex conference on October 16. Standing to her left is Senator Connie Leyva.

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MARKETING THE SGV

SAN GABRIEL VALLEY MADE SPLASH AT THE WORLD’S BIGGEST RETAIL & REAL ESTATE TRADE SHOW by Regina Wang, Director of Marketing & Communications There is power in partnerships, and we experienced that with 26 SGV cities attending the Las Vegas-based International Conference of Shopping Centers Real Estate & Retail Conference (ICSC RECon) in May 2017. With over 37,000 participants, ICSC RECon is the world’s largest gathering of developers, owners, brokers and retailers.

(L-R) City of San Gabriel ICSC team: Councilmember Chin Ho Liao, Councilmember Jason Pu, Economic Development Manager Angelica Frausto-Lupo, Councilmember Denise Menchaca, Management Assistant Anissa Livas, Former City Manager Steve Preston, Community Development Director Armine Chaparyan

At the conference, the San Gabriel Valley stole the show with a beautiful exhibit booth that conveys the strengths and advantages of the region. The booth was the result of a collaborative effort by 26 SGV cities. Each city contributed funding, photos, and ideas to make this professionally designed booth a reality. We received countless compliments on the booth. Visitors marveled at the 20-foot backdrop and told us their connections to the Valley.

Participating ICSC cities: Alhambra Arcadia Azusa Baldwin Park Claremont Covina Diamond Bar Duarte El Monte Glendora Industry Irwindale La Puente

La Verne Monrovia Montebello Monterey Park Pasadena Pomona Rosemead San Dimas San Gabriel South El Monte Temple City Walnut West Covina

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Wayne Ratkovich, owner of The Ratkovich Company, and Eric Duyshart, Economic Development Manager at City of Pasadena, talked to over 100 attendees at the September 2017 Power Lunch 2.0 at CBRE’s North Los Angeles headquarters in Glendale.

POWER LUNCH 2.0 SERIES by Regina Wang, Director of Marketing & Communications Partnership members are always on the run. They are eager to learn and network with other leaders in their fields, but they are also very busy. To help our members achieve their goals, we created Power Lunch 2.0– a monthly lunch gathering where our members can receive powerful information delivered by experts over a healthy meal. (At the Partnership, we want to not just feed your mind, but your stomach as well.) Since we launched the Power Lunch 2.0 series in early 2017, we have seen remarkable results. Each month, an average of 50 representatives from the business, education, and government sectors attend the lunch

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event. We are grateful for our sponsor, Bank of America Merrill Lynch, for generously providing a healthy, sumptuous meal and meeting area with complimentary parking for our members. In 2017, the topics our experts covered ranged from housing affordability, labor laws, and healthcare to tax credits, transit-oriented development, and commercial real estate. Most of these experts are our members, and we would like to thank them for generously giving their time and sharing their expertise.


Key Organizational Goals include...

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Senator Josh Newman attended a Partnership Members Meeting and spoke at length about the challenges facing California. (L-R): Andres Molina of WSP, Lupe Valdez of Union Pacific, Carlos Illingworth of Coca-Cola North America, Tina Javid of SoCalGas, Senator Josh Newman

POLITICAL ADVOCACY by Brad Jensen, Director of Public Policy The Partnership’s political advocacy program achieved tremendous success in 2017. Several major improvements in housing and transportation policy were enacted by the California State Legislature and a landmark federal tax reform bill, which significantly lowered the corporate tax rates, passed Congress. The Partnership’s advocacy events – our Legislative Breakfast Series, Legislative Networking Reception, and advocacy trips to Washington, D.C. and Sacramento – were well attended by San Gabriel Valley lawmakers.

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Finally, a new edition of the Partnership’s Legislative Guide was printed, featuring an updated policy platform on a range of issues, a contact information directory of local lawmakers, maps of local electoral districts, and introductory information on the Partnership. The Legislative Guide will serve as a valuable marketing and educational tool to better inform our membership about critical political issues as well advertise the Partnership’s ongoing programs and expertise.


Legislative Action Committee

Partnership members met monthly in 2017 to hear updates on major policy items and review state and federal legislation. Over 100 bills and ballot measures were reviewed by the Committee in 2017. The Legislative Action Committee continues to be the focal point for the Partnership’s political advocacy program.

Washington, D.C./Sacramento Trips

The Partnership traveled to Washington, D.C. in March 2017 to continue to advocate for the Alameda Corridor-East grade separation projects as well as for federal dollars to help pay for the Foothill Gold Line extension and realignment of the 57/60 confluence, the worst traffic bottleneck in California. In August 2017, Board members and Partnership staff visited seven SGV lawmakers in Sacramento, lobbying them personally on major pieces of legislation.

Legislative Breakfast Series

Senator Josh Newman Roundtable

The Partnership hosted breakfast events with nine SGV lawmakers in 2017. These small group meetings allow our legislators to go in depth on their work in Sacramento or Washington and provide a rare forum for our members to voice their opinion on important policy decisions

Senator Josh Newman (D-Fullerton) met with the Partnership’s Board and members at a special roundtable in August. He discussed his strong support for the state gas tax increase to fund road repairs and the need to help veterans successfully integrate back into the workforce when they complete their military service.

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California Policy: Three key state priorities for the Partnership were passed in 2017: a long-term increase in transportation funding, an extension of the cap-and-trade program, and dedicated state revenues and permit-streamlining to improve housing affordability. Several “job-killer” bills were defeated during the year, but a handful were signed into law, worsening the state’s labor, regulatory and litigation climate for business. The Partnership took positions on 79 key state bills in 2017.

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State Legislative Wins & Losses 2017 Victory and Defeat: The Partnership supported 40 bills this session. Fifteen were signed into law, while 13 failed, 10 ended as 2-year bills, and two were vetoed. We opposed 37 bills – 10 were signed, 12 failed, 12 held over and 3 were vetoed. The Partnership took an official position of neutrality on two bills. Of the 79 bills the Partnership took positions on this year, our average legislator voted on roughly 45 of them each, depending on their house and the committees they serve on. Asm. Phillip Chen (R-Diamond Bar) had the highest score among our regional lawmakers, voting with the Partnership 80% of the time. He was followed by Asm. Blanca Rubio (D-Baldwin Park) and Sen. Josh Newman (D-Fullerton), who both had scores of 60%. To their credit, both abstained on major bills opposed by the Partnership.

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Federal Policy: A major tax reform package lowered the corporate tax rate by 14 percent and improved several businessrelated items in the tax code. However, important tax deductions - such as the state and local tax deduction were reduced or eliminated. Nearly 20 major regulations were repealed through the Congressional Review Act and 2017 saw the slowest growth in executive branch regulations and rulemaking in a century. The Partnership took positions on 16 federal bills and key policy decisions, including the modernization of NAFTA and tax reform.

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Elected Official Advocacy: The Partnership conducted successful advocacy trips to Sacramento and Washington, D.C. in 2017, meeting with our San Gabriel Valley delegation and advocating for key priorities for the region such as realignment of the SR57/SR60 confluence and funding for the completion of the Foothill Gold Line light rail extension. The Partnership hosted nine breakfast events with SGV lawmakers as well as a successful Legislative Networking Reception with over 50 local elected officials, three members of Congress, two state lawmakers and County Supervisor Kathryn Barger.

2016 Event Highlights

Current Members

Partnership and Diamond Bar officials meet with Congressman Ed Royce: From left to right: Phil Hawkey, former CEO of the SGV Council of Governments, David Reyno, Government Affairs Director for Foothill Transit and Partnership Board Chair 2014-16, Brad Jensen, Director of Public Policy for the Partnership, Councilmember Carol Herrera, Rep. Ed Royce, Councilmember Nancy Lyons, Councilmember Jimmy Lin, Former City Manager James DeStefano, Public Works Director David Liu, and Kevin Jones, lobbyist for the 57/60 Coalition.

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BUSINESS ASSISTANCE by Annie Wei, Business Assistance Manager

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In October, Business Assistance Manager Annie Wei celebrated the grand opening of iDream Space, a company based in City of Industry that provides one-stop services and co-working space for international Chinese businesses. The Partnership, SBDC Los Angeles Network, and international FDI/International Trade Technical Assistance Program signed an MOU to work together to provide the greatest possible assistance to the cross-border China /U.S. small business community in the greater Los Angeles region.

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Help SGV Businesses Gain Access to China

The Partnership assisted City of Hope with its outreach to the Chinese community in L.A.

Assist Local Businesses

The Partnership visited a local restaurant in Baldwin Park with City Manager Shannon Yauchzee (R) and Management Analyst Victor Viramonte (L).

The Partnership brought the Chinese business delegation to visit Huy Fong Foods in Irwindale in November 2017. In 2017, the Partnership assisted over 100 companies and hosted numerous seminars on a range of topics, including e-commerce and cross-border marketing.

The San Gabriel Valley Economic Partnership's Business Assistance Program provides free, individualized support to businesses located in or relocating to the San Gabriel Valley in order to facilitate their success. The Partnership acts a confidential liaison between business, local government, educational institutions, and public agencies to facilitate the coordination of programs and resources and assist with a variety of challenges, including: • • • • • • • • •

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Problem-solving between businesses and government agencies Leveraging incentives, programs, and resources throughout Los Angeles County Identifying job training resources or qualified staff Obtaining permits and licensing Accessing public financing programs (local, state, federal) including industrial development bonds Site selection Obtaining labor market, economic, and demographic information, taxes and fee abatements Identifying incentive zones (Enterprise, Revitalization, Empowerment, Foreign Trade and Redevelopment) Identifying utility and transportation services

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Hosting Chinese Delegations

The Partnership hosted receptions welcoming government and business delegations from China and Mexico.

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The Partnership assisted De Heng Law Group, a well-known law firm in China that seeks to help their clients who are interested in investing in the U.S.

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The City of Industry, in collaboration with the San Gabriel Valley Economic Partnership (SGVEP) and the Industry Manufacturers Council (IMC), met and discussed how businesses can grow their own skilled workforce in various sectors, including culinary and hospitality. The Hacienda La Puente Adult School is the site of a new Los Angeles County WorkSource Center. (L-R) Ben Wong, Executive Director of the IMC; Paul Philips, City Manager of City of Industry; Dr. Michelle Yanez, Director of Education Pathways of the SGVEP; Maura Murabito, Superintendent of La Puente Valley ROP; Linda Bermudez, Director of Policy, Compliance, and Business Partnerships at Bassett Unified School District; Cynthia Perulan-Colfer, Superintendent of Hacienda La Puente USD/Adult School

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WORKFORCE DEVELOPMENT by Dr. Michelle Yanez, Director of Education Pathways

2017 has been a defining year for Workforce Development in California and the San Gabriel Valley. The California Community Colleges are investing millions of dollars in Strong Workforce because they understand that businesses need skilled workers. There was a strong focus on creating short-term training programs for Advanced Manufacturing, Advanced Transportation & Renewable Energy, Water, Construction, Global Trade & Logistics, Health, IT, Bio-tech and Hospitality. The Partnership has adopted the same data and priority job sectors, supporting the community college efforts by serving as a re-

gional connector for industry and educational institutions. Dr. Michelle Yanez, Director of Education Pathways, worked to broaden and enhance career exploration and planning by engaging workplace experiences for students. Workforce partners are central, and cities took the lead this year! The City of Pasadena Water & Power Department has continuously stepped-up to support Pasadena City College (PCC) engineering pathway students. And the City of Industry teamed with the Partnership to kick-off an effort to create processes for recruiting and training employees through adult education programs.

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Community Colleges – The Partnership continues to deliver quality services to PCC as their industry intermediary on their Advanced Manufacturing, Engineering Technology and Linked Learning (AMETLL) grant. Dr. Yanez also provided support to Citrus Community College, Mt. SAC and East Los Angeles College on various projects that required industry participation. K-12 – The Partnership continues to support the development of career pathways as the intermediary for the Foothill Consortium (Azusa, Duarte, Monrovia and Charter Oak Unified School Districts). She also worked with other K-12, Adult Ed, and ROP members that require industry engagement in their programs. Workforce Development Boards (WDB) – Dr. Yanez is a member of the Los Angeles County WDB and CEO Jeff Allred is a member of the Foothill WDB. They have made significant contributions on behalf of all industry. Foothill WDB became a Partnership member in 2017. Industry – There are businesses that play a role in fostering their future workforce. Thank you to our “Champions” that partnered with schools in 2017: Alameda Corridor-East Construction Authority, Amada Miyachi, Dow Hydraulics, Huy Fong Foods, Precision Coil Spring and Thrifty Ice Cream.

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SGV Awards Gala With over 340 attendees, the 2017 SGV Awards Gala celebrated the honorees who have contributed to job growth, stability, expansion, economic vitality and the future for the next generation of San Gabriel Valley residents. Laughter and bugler notes filled the historic hall of Santa Anita Park, as guests networked with one another while enjoying the view of the San Gabriel Mountains. On behalf of the Board of Directors, we would like to thank you for showing up in your bold, beautiful hats and making the gala a memorable evening for all of us. Congratulations to the 2017 SGV Awards honorees: Lifetime Achievement Award Phil Hawkey Excellence in Partnerships and Innovation The Convergence Excellence in Career Pathways Collaboration Pasadena City College & Amada Miyachi America, Inc. CEO of the Year Kin Hui, Singpoli Capital/BDK Capital Business of the Year Bank of America Merrill Lynch

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With his team, Alex Eng, Senior Vice President of Bank of America Merrill Lynch, received the Business of the Year Award at the 2017 SGV Awards Gala.

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Guests of the City of Pasadena attended the 2017 SGV Awards Gala.

Participants for the Best Ladies Hat Contest congratulated the winner.

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Carlos Illingworth received the Chairman’s Award for his service as 2016-17 Board Chair.

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Over 250 attendees gathered at the Sheraton Fairplex Hotel in Pomona to listen to Dr. Robert Kleinhenz’s analysis of the San Gabriel Valley and western San Bernardino County.

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SGV Economic Forecast Summit Co-hosted with Cal Poly Pomona’s College of Business Administration, the Partnership’s Economic Forecast Summit offered the latest analysis of economic growth trends in the San Gabriel Valley and western San Bernardino County. Economist Robert Kleinhenz of Beacon Economics provided valuable information to business leaders, education institutions, and community advocates. We were honored to have Antonio Villaraigosa, 41st Los Angeles Mayor and 2018 gubernatorial candidate, as a keynote speaker. In addition, the summit included a panel discussion on how Chinese investment is changing the economy of the San Gabriel Valley, featuring: Lili Shi, Commercial Consul at the Chinese Consulate General in Los Angeles Kin Hui, CEO of Singpoli Capital Corporation and Chairman of Invest L.A. Regional Center Steven Hendryx, Senior Vice President, Henry Group Consulting

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Dr. Robert Kleinhenz

Erik Rolland, dean of the Cal Poly College of Business Administration (R), stands with Master of Ceremonies Frank Mottek (M). Photos by Chris Neprasch

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Former Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa gave the keynote address at the Economic Forecast Summit.


Two of our panelists on Chinese investment in the San Gabriel Valley: Steven Hendryx (L) and Kin Hui (R)

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(L-R) Former Assemblymember Mike Eng, Rep. Norma Torres, and Supervisor Kathryn Barger played True Confessions at the 2017 Legislative Networking Reception, a game frequently played on the Tonight Show. Photos by Bryan Chan

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Legislative Networking Reception

In April, a record turnout of over 240 Partnership members and guests came to Coca-Cola North America’s Distribution Center in the City of Industry to network and interact with seven Congressional, state and county lawmakers. On hand to participate in this event were three members of Congress including Rep. Judy Chu, Rep. Ed Royce, and Rep. Norma Torres. Also, participating were Senator Anthony Portantino, Assemblymembers Ed Chau and Phillip Chen, and Los Angeles County Supervisor Katherine Barger. Coca-Cola North America served as Title Sponsor and host of the event under a lavishly decorated tent with music, good food, and allyou-can-drink from a wide array of Coca-Cola products. Coca-Cola’s Carlos Illingworth who was chair of the Partnership Board of Directors served as Master of Ceremonies. One of the highlights of the event that drew laughs from the crowd was a game of “True Confessions” starring Kathryn Barger, Norma Torres and Mike Eng.

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(L-R) Supervisor Kathryn Barger, Rep. Ed Royce, and Rep. Judy Chu Photos by Bryan Chan

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Elected officials toured the distribution cen of Coca-Cola in City of Industry.


(L-R) Supervisor Kathryn Barger with Upper SGV Municipal Water District Directors Charles Trevino and Anthony Fellow, a Partnership Board Member

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ABOUT THE SAN GABRIEL VALLEY ECONOMIC PARTNERSHIP The San Gabriel Valley Economic Partnership is a regional, not-for-profit corporation supported and directed by its members and committed to the continued successful economic development of the San Gabriel Valley. A collaboration of businesses, local government, higher education institutions, and non-profits, the Partnership pursues this commitment by fostering a business-friendly climate and the success of business, engaging in political advocacy, marketing the strengths of the San Gabriel Valley and the Partnership, facilitating workforce development and connecting cities, companies, and organizations in the San Gabriel Valley.

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