“The sunny side of the bay” has ignited as a hot spot for solar and other green innovations. In recognition of the economic and social value of nurturing these emerging technologies, the Oakland Metropolitan Chamber of Commerce has dedicated 2014’s Economic Development Summit to energy and sustainability. Registration is open for the half-day summit, which is scheduled for 7:30 am on April 16th at the Oakland Convention Center’s Grand Ballroom.

Garrick Brown, Western Region Director of Research for Cassidy Turley, will kick off the event with a briefing on first quarter 2014 marketplace trends for green tech in the East Bay, forecasting real estate needs. Following a welcoming address and breakfast, keynote speaker Jon Wellinghoff will share insights gathered from his experience as past Chairman of the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission.

From 10am to noon, summit guests will be privy to two illuminative panel discussions.

The first, titled “Green Infrastructure and Smart, Resilient Cities,” examines green tech’s ability to deliver city services reliably and sustainably. The discussion will be moderated by Rebecca Rubin, Founder and CEO of the environmental consulting firm Marstel-Day, and its panel members will include:

  • Larry Goldzband, Executive Director, Bay Conservation and Development Commission
  • Arrietta Chakos, Principal, Urban Resilience Strategies
  • Mike D’Orazi, Fire Chief, City of Alameda
  • Dan Halperin, Director of Distributed Generation, Pacific Gas and Electric

The second panel, “Innovative Energy Technology and the Public Private Partnership,” will be moderated by Emily Kirsch, Co-founder and CEO of the solar incubator and accelerator SfunCube. Questions concern market scalability of green technologies, industry challenges, and partnerships between the public and private sectors. Summit attendees will be hearing from:

  • Rob Davenport, Managing Partner, Brightpath Capital Partners
  • Bob Thronson, Vice President, Vigilent
  • Susan Robinson, Federal Public Affairs Director, Waste Management
  • Richard Sinkoff, Director of Environmental Programs and Planning, Port of Oakland

2014’s Economic Development Summit concerns an industry that is flourishing in Oakland and increasingly vital to the world at large. With such knowledgeable and accomplished speakers on board, the event promises to provide substantial value in planning Oakland’s future.

“OMCC’s goal in developing and producing the Illuminating Ideas: ENERGY & Sustainability Summit is to capitalize on all the strength and innovation happening in the sector.  Seven years ago, the Oakland Partnership (a unique collaboration of the Chamber and the City) recommended the nourishment of the energy and sustainability sector locally and we thought it was imperative to check in on the state of the sector and celebrate its growth seven years hence.  The pure number of companies that have since come to Oakland and the impact they are having on the sector globally indicates success,” adds Oakland Metropolitan Chamber of Commerce Economic Development Director, Eleanor Hollander. “Moving forward, the Illuminating Ideas: ENERGY & Sustainability Summit will bring together private and public sector entities to work together for growth and galvanize support for this important sector of our economy.”


Tickets: $75, Register Today!

Date + Time: April 16, 2014. Doors open at 7:00am; event from 7:30am to noon

Venue: Oakland Convention Center’s Grand Ballroom

More info at the event’s website