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9.23.10

Press Release: Business Confidence Drops Due to Slowing Economy, According to Bay Area Council Survey

The Bay Area Council today released the results of the Summer 2010 Business Confidence Survey. It shows a slight downturn in business confidence and hiring this quarter. Even though we’re seeing a downward trend in business confidence in this survey, the strength of the Bay Area economy continues to provide optimism to CEO’s and executives. Overall, the Bay Area economy is in better shape than it was six months ago. However, uncertainty about what lies ahead continues to affect the key indicators, such as hiring. The Bay Area needs to continue pushing for smart, business-friendly policies that encourage hiring to pull our region out of the recession. The initiatives and policies that we are focusing on at the Bay Area Council, such as supporting infrastructure projects and financing for sustainable energy will help move the Bay Area economy in the right direction.

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9-21-2010

Press Release: Bay Area Council To Hold “Battle Of The Pundits” Discussion On November Elections With Garry South and Jon Fleischman

The Bay Area Council is holding a discussion on the November elections this Thursday, September 23, 2010, with widely respected Democratic political strategist Garry South and famous California conservative commentator Jon Fleischman.  The “Battle of the Pundits” discussion will be moderated by Joe Garofoli, the San Francisco Chronicle’s politics and media reporter.

“Garry and Jon are known for three things: politics, punditry and pugnaciousness,” said Jim Wunderman, President & CEO of the Bay Area Council.  “They are also two of California’s most respected and sought after political consultants and commentators.  It will definitely be an afternoon filled with fireworks.”

WHO: Jim Wunderman, President & CEO, Bay Area Council

Garry South, Democratic Political Strategist, Principal of The Garry South Group

Jon Fleischman, Founder and Publisher of FlashReport.org, President of the Fleischman Consulting Group

Joe Garofoli, San Francisco Chronicle Politics and Media Reporter (Moderator)

WHAT: Discussion on the November elections

WHERE: Wells Fargo Boardroom
420 Montgomery St., Penthouse
San Francisco, CA 94104

WHEN: 4pm – 5pm
Thursday, September 23, 2010###

*** All media planning to attend should RSVP to jarellano@bayareacouncil.org, (415) 946-8725 ***

About the speakers:

Jon Fleischman is the founder and publisher of FlashReport.org, which was formerly the FlashReport e-mail newsletter on California Politics. FlashReport.org. The primary mission of the website is to advance the conservative cause here in the Golden State. Dubbed the “Matt Drudge of California” by Congressman Darrell Issa, Fleischman’s commentary and insights are read by over 25,000 unique visitors each day. to the website.

Professionally, Jon is the President of the Fleischman Consulting Group, a consulting firm which specializes in governmental, public and political affairs at the local, state, and national levels.

Jon was elected in February of 2007 to the position of Vice Chairman, South, of the California Republican Party. In this post, he serves on the party’s Board of Directors, and is a liaison between the CRP and the counties of Orange, Riverside, San Diego and Imperial.

Garry South, Principal of The Garry South Group, has been called the “Carville of California” by The New York Times, and “one of the top political strategists in the Democratic Party” by DailyKos.net, one of the nation’s most influential political blogs. Newsweek described him as “a one-man brain trust on the battlements of Fort California.” The National Journal finds him “shrewd and widely feared.” The Hotline labeled South the “über California Democratic strategist.”

South has 37 years’ experience at very high levels in government, politics and business consulting. He has worked for both the federal government and state governments in three different states, including as Special Assistant to a U.S. Cabinet Secretary, Senior Political Advisor to a Governor, Communications Director to another Governor, Chief of Staff to a Lieutenant Governor and Public Information Director of a State Legislature.

In addition, he has managed or played leading roles in campaigns for President, U.S. Senate, Governor, Lieutenant Governor, State Legislature, County Executive, County Supervisor, Mayor and City Council, and served as Midwest Regional Finance Director of the Democratic National Committee.

Joe Garofoli writes about politics for the Chronicle. Over his two-decade career in the Bay Area, he has also written about media and culture, the “culture” portion being a ridiculously large umbrella under which huddle his stories about SM dominatrixes, the Raider Nation, and former California gubernatorial candidate Mary Carey.

A native Pittsburgher and obsessive Steelers fan, his family offers a different window into the political system. During Prohibition, a couple of his (now deceased) elderly cousins cut a hole in the bottom of wooden ballot boxes, then when the ballots dropped to a floor below, the then-teens invalidated them to favor the candidate preferred by the local mob boss. God bless America. (His mother hates this story, insists they were not from her side of the family and NOT blood relatives.)

He is a Northwestern University graduate who has written extensively about the peace movement, made up a beat called “Red-and-Blue” to examine the nation’s divisions, been personally mocked on-air by both Rush Limbaugh and Bill O’Reilly, and traveled to swing states during the 2004 and 2008 election. And won a bunch of regional and national awards.

As a sign of either his versatility, ineptitude or short attention span, he has covered two Olympic games, Seventh Avenue fashion shows, national political conventions, the Jeffrey Dahmer serial killings and his own vasectomy — which he discussed on NPR’s “Talk of the Nation” after being told he couldn’t say the word “balls” on the air. He can be found on Twitter @joegarofoli and Facebook and at The Chronicle’s Politics Blog, where he is one half of the production crew of its infamous video crew called Shaky Hand Productions.

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7.26.10

Press Release: Bay Area Council Economic Institute Announces Host Committee for 21-Economy Asia-Pacific Pre-Summit in San Francisco Next Year

The Bay Area Council Economic Institute today announced that its public-private CalAPEC Organizing Committee, which was responsible for organizing San Francisco’s selection for the 21-economy Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) pre-summit, will officially become the CalAPEC 2011 Host Committee. White House Council of Economic Advisors former chairperson Laura D’Andrea Tyson will serve as an honorary committee chair.

“After nearly three years of work to bring APEC meetings to California, we welcomed acceptance of our bid to host government and business leaders for an intensive series of APEC meetings in September 2011,” said Sean Randolph, president of the Institute. “The APEC economies include our major trading partners on both sides of the Pacific Ocean. We need business growth for economic recovery, and these meetings will help drive an open playing field for growth behind the borders, at the borders, and across the borders of our trading partners.”

Paul Oliva, the Institute consultant who spearheaded the CalAPEC bid, said “APEC is the first high-level international government meeting won through bid by either San Francisco or California in over a decade. We succeeded with the support of the California Chamber of Commerce, the San Francisco Convention and Visitors Bureau, business and civic leaders around the state, and Governor Schwarzenegger and Mayor Gavin Newsom. Senators Feinstein and Boxer worked with Speaker Pelosi on joint support, and George Miller and Wally Herger rallied the House delegation. It’s a great win.”

The APEC gathering in San Francisco lays the final groundwork for a heads of state and CEO APEC Leaders’ Meeting in Honolulu in November 2011, chosen for security reasons and as the home state of President Obama.

The CalAPEC Host Committee will undertake fundraising to support gracious hosting of the meetings and will look at ways in which Bay Area and California innovative policies, products, people, and services can inspire support for job-creating growth throughout Asia-Pacific. CalAPEC extends the Institute’s ongoing work on China, Canada, and international business ties of the Bay Area, and it sets the stage for the region’s bid on the 2020 World Expo.

As announced by the State Department Monday, envisioned for San Francisco is an intensive series of meetings, including the ambassador-level Senior Officials’ Meeting, working group and committee meetings, public-private forums involving senior government and private sector leaders, and a high-level meeting of energy and transportation officials. Issues addressed at these meetings will include those related to APEC’s core mission to promote free and open trade and investment and strengthen economic integration in the Asia-Pacific region, as well as making regional economic growth more inclusive and sustainable.

In addition to honorary chair Laura Tyson and director Paul Oliva, the CalAPEC Host Committee includes Organizing Committee members continuing their participation: Sean Randolph, Bay Area Council Economic Institute; Kim Benson, Cange International; Greg Hardy, Chevron; Helga Ying, Levi Strauss & Co.; Greg S. Slater, Intel Corporation; Everett Golden, Otis McAllister; Jim MacLellan, Port of Los Angeles; Tim Shear, San Bernardino County; Michael Obermire, USS-POSCO Industries; and Susanne Stirling, California Chamber of Commerce. Visa’s John Barry and Accenture’s Tracy Iseler contributed to the Organizing Committee.

An advisory group includes Joel Ayala, Governor’s Office of Economic Development; Nancy Kirschner-Rodriguez and Mark Chandler of the City of San Francisco, Bill Lee, San Francisco International Airport; Leonie Patrick, San Francisco Convention & Visitors Bureau; Jim Lazarus, San Francisco Chamber of Commerce; Jeremy Potash, California-Asia Business Council; Bob Sakai, East Bay Economic Development Alliance; Bella Heule, San Diego World Trade Center; Carlos Valderrama, Los Angeles Area Chamber of Commerce; Abe Lowenthal, University of Southern California; and Vinod K. Aggarwal, University of California, Berkeley.

The CalAPEC Host Committee, which is a program of the 501c3 Bay Area Council Foundation, is accepting financial contributions from interested parties.

APEC is a 21-member association of economies from the Asia-Pacific region working together to advance regional economic integration and prosperity. The APEC economies account for 40 percent of the world’s population, 56 percent of world GDP and 48 percent of world trade. Attending the San Francisco meetings will be representatives of Australia, Brunei Darussalam, Canada, Chile, People’s Republic of China, Hong Kong, China, Indonesia, Japan, Republic of Korea, Malaysia, Mexico, New Zealand, Papua New Guinea, Peru, Republic of the Philippines, Russian Federation, Singapore, Chinese Taipei, Thailand, United States of America, and Viet Nam.

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9.13.10

Press Release: Governor Schwarzenegger, Bay Area Council, Announce Bid for 2020 World Expo

Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger today joined Bay Area Council President & CEO Jim Wunderman to announce that California will bid to host the 2020 World Expo in Silicon Valley. The announcement was made at the World Expo in Shanghai before the Governor toured the U.S., Austrian and Chinese pavilions. World Expos typically occur every five years and attract exhibits from countries around the globe and bring as many as 70 million visitors. The Governor and Council will work together to bring this prominent international event to the Golden State.

“Shanghai has demonstrated that when you host the World Expo, the world comes to you, and I want the world to come to California. Our state is a leader in entertainment, agriculture, the environment, high-tech, green-tech and bio-tech, and we are ready to showcase our innovation to the world,” said Governor Schwarzenegger. “As the hub of innovation, Silicon Valley is the most natural place to hold the Expo, which will promote the international exchange of ideas, create jobs and increase revenues in our state.”

The proposed site is Moffett Field, next to the pristine San Francisco Bay. The area is heavily served by international and local transportation and is surrounded by some of the largest and most respected companies in the world.

“The World Expo is the Olympic Games of the economic, scientific and industrial world, and we think it is time for Silicon Valley to serve as an ambassador for the United States and host this event,” said Jim Wunderman, President and CEO of the Bay Area Council. “For 30 years, the Bay Area and Silicon Valley have been the pre-eminent hot spots for the innovation that drives the world’s technological advances.  Imagine what a Silicon Valley Expo will look like when we put all of the region’s collective brainpower to work.”

World Expos can generate tens of thousands or even hundreds of thousands of jobs for host regions.  Shanghai’s World Expo will leave the city with an additional $40 billion of roads, subway lines and airport terminals.  The net economic impact for the Shanghai Expo has been estimated at $11.6 billion, according to Chen Xinkang, professor of marketing and business management at the Shanghai University of Finance and Economics.

The State of California and the United States will submit their formal Expo 2020 candidacy application in 2011 and the Bureau of International Expositions (BIE) – the governing body of World Expositions – will likely announce the winning bid for Expo 2020 at the end of 2012.  Currently, the United States is not a member of the BIE. The Bay Area Council plans to work with Congressional Representatives and the U.S. State Department over the next few months to reinstate the U.S. as a contributing member.

The last Expo that was held in the United States was in 1984 in New Orleans.

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8-17-2010

Press Release: Bay Area Council To Hold Awards Reception For Scholarship Program

The Bay Area Council will be holding its annual Creating Tomorrow’s Leaders Scholarship Program awards reception this evening at the offices of Nixon Peabody LLP. The scholarship program supports students of exceptional ability from underserved neighborhoods in the San Francisco Bay Area. Financial assistance of up to $5,000 and leadership training resources are provided to high achieving students attending Bay Area colleges. Tonight’s awards reception will feature a keynote address from Catholic Healthcare West President & CEO Lloyd Dean, as well as addresses from past and present scholars.

WHO:

Keynote Speaker: Lloyd Dean, President & CEO, Catholic Healthcare West

Jim Wunderman, President & CEO, Bay Area Council

Past and present Bay Area Council Scholars

WHAT: Awards reception for the Bay Area Council Creating Tomorrow’s Leaders Scholarship Program.

WHERE:
Nixon Peabody LLP
One Embarcadero Center, 18th Floor
San Francisco, CA 94111

WHEN: 5:30pm – 7:30pm
Tuesday, August 17, 2010

All media planning to attend should RSVP to jarellano@bayareacouncil.org, (415) 946-8725

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8.13.10

Press Release: Bay Area Council Statement On Tour Of Peninsula High-Speed Rail Route

Today, representatives of the Bay Area Council joined stakeholders and elected officials from Peninsula cities to tour the Peninsula rail corridor and discuss issues related to the future California High-Speed Rail.

The tour, hosted by Assemblyman Jerry Hill, D-San Mateo, was convened in response to a July 29, 2010 letter from Bay Area Council President & CEO Jim Wunderman that expressed concerns about an attempt by five Peninsula cities to slow down the implementation of high-speed rail.

The tour also came on the heels of Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood declaring this week that California is, “…way ahead of the curve on high-speed rail,” and High-Speed Rail Authority CEO Roelef van Ark remarking that, “If you don’t get the environmental process done by September 2011, you won’t get the funding…”

After today’s tour, Bay Area Council Vice President and Spokesman Joe Arellano issued the following statement:

“Those who oppose high-speed rail understand that delay is their best weapon to kill the project.  There are ways to resolve issues and there are ways to stop progress.  We greatly appreciate Assemblyman Hill’s effort to bridge the differences amongst his constituents.  However, the cities of Menlo Park and Atherton are continuing to move forward with a challenge to the environmental impact report of the San Francisco-San Jose portion of the high-speed rail line.

We refuse to stand by and let two small cities de-rail this historic multi-billion dollar project.  By slowing the environmental process down, Menlo Park and Atherton are trying to run out the clock on high-speed rail.

We understand the concerns of Peninsula residents and we are sensitive to their apprehension about having high-speed rail in their community.  But we need to remember that Prop 1A was supported by over 60 percent of San Mateo and Santa Clara County voters, and statewide it passed with over 53 percent support.  The people of California and the Peninsula are counting on all of us to deliver.

High-speed rail is the perfect opportunity to execute a bold, statewide vision to prove to the people of California that we are still capable of accomplishing big things.  However, doing big things takes big people.  Instead of filing their petition to stop the EIR, Menlo Park and Atherton should take a step back and work with the High-Speed Rail Authority to address the concerns of residents, find an agreeable resolution and continue to move the process forward.”

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8.10.09

Press Release: Bay Area Council and USC Announce 2010 Ross Program in Real Estate

Today, the Bay Area Council and the University of Southern California (USC) announced the launch of the 2010 Ross Program in Real Estate.  The Ross Program is a comprehensive educational program designed to help participants gain technical expertise and expand their understanding of real estate development and investment, while building the networks necessary to succeed in urban renewal.  The nine-day program will be held between November 11 and December 4.

“The Ross Program is designed for people who want to break in to the fields of real estate, development, and investment but don’t know where to get started,” said Jim Wunderman, President & CEO of the Bay Area Council.  “After going through the program and receiving instruction and mentoring from some of the Bay Area’s brightest minds and most successful executives, participants will have the knowledge and connections to succeed at the next level.”

Courses are taught by faculty from the USC Lusk Center for Real Estate, Marshall School of Business, School of Policy Planning and Development, as well as local industry experts and professionals from the Bay Area. Through the USC Lusk Center for Real Estate, the Ross Program in Real Estate has trained over 600 participants who have played key roles in significant commercial, mixed-use, and housing developments throughout the nation.

“The Ross Program was my ticket to the fast lane,” said Vince Gibbs, 2008 program participant and City of Oakland Planning Commissioner.

“The Ross Program provides critical real estate skills for future leaders who will shape exciting, new and adaptive re-use projects throughout the Bay Area,” said Ginger Bryant, CFO, Sares Regis Group.

The Ross curriculum combines education and practical application in topics such as:
• Real Estate Finance – Investment and Development
• Public Private Partnerships
• Opportunities and Challenges in Sustainable Development
• Bay Area Community Development Challenges and Successes

Past lecturers and speakers have included:
Kofi Bonner, Executive Vice President, Lennar Corporation • Carol Galante, Deputy Assistant Secretary, HUD • Jeff Heller, President, Heller Manus Architects • Linda Mandolini, Executive Director, Eden Housing • Fred Blackwell, Executive Director, San Francisco Redevelopment Agency • Tom Sullivan, Managing Partner, Wilson Meany Sullivan • Michael Covarrubias, Chairman & CEO, TMG Partners

Ross Program alumni are currently employed at:
Charles Schwab, Urban Habitat, Eden Housing Inc., Contra Costa County Redevelopment Agency, Morrison & Foerster, San Francisco Housing Development Corporation, Perkins + Will, Pacific Union Real Estate

A pdf overview of the program can be downloaded at: http://www.bayareacouncil.org/docs/RossProgramOverview.pdf

Info Session
August 24, 2010
6 PM to 8 PM
Bay Area Council
201 California Street, Fl 14
San Francisco, CA 94111

Info Session
September 2, 2010
12 PM to 1:30 PM
Bay Area Council
201 California Street, Fl 14
San Francisco, CA 94111

Info Session
September 21, 2010
6 PM to 8 PM
Bay Area Council
201 California Street, Fl 14
San Francisco, CA 94111
(Connie Moore, President & CEO of BRE Properties to speak)

Info Session
October 5, 2010
11 AM to 12:30 PM
Bay Area Council
201 California Street, Fl 14
San Francisco, CA 94111

All interested individuals can RSVP for an info session by e-mailing Bianca Flores, bflores@bayareacouncil.org

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7.21.10

Press Release: Bay Area Council to Hold Forum on AB32 this Afternoon

The Bay Area Council is conducting a forum on AB 32, California’s Global Warming Solutions Act of 2006, today, Thursday, July 22 at 4pm.  Supporters and opponents of AB 32 will present their arguments, and Proposition 23, the ballot measure to repeal AB 32, will be discussed at length.  Leaders from business, academia, environmental groups and politics will be voicing their opinions on AB 32.

“With Proposition 23 on the ballot this November, the stakes are high for California,” said Jim Wunderman, President & CEO of the Bay Area Council.  “This forum will be a lively discussion about AB 32’s impact on the economy, jobs and climate change.”

WHO: Jim Wunderman, President & CEO, Bay Area Council

Professor W. Michael Haneman, Chancellor’s Professor, Department of Agricultural &   Resource Economics, University of California at Berkeley

Aaron Singer, Managing General Partner, Pacific Carbon Exchange

Dave Fogarty, Yes on Proposition 23 campaign

Donald Simon, Attorney, Green Business Practice, Wendell Rosen Black & Dean, LLP

WHAT: Forum discussing AB 32 and Proposition 23, with supporters and opponents presenting                           arguments.

WHERE: Wendel Rosen Black & Dean, LLP
1111 Broadway
19th Floor
Oakland, CA 94607
(Office is located near 12th Street/Oakland City Center BART station)

WHEN: 4pm – 6pm
Thursday, July 22, 2010###

*** All media planning to attend should RSVP to jarellano@bayareacouncil.org, (415) 946-8725 ***

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7-19-2010

Press Release: Bay Area Council Economic Institute Releases America’s Cup Economic Impact Study

Today, the Bay Area Council Economic Institute (BACEI) and Beacon Economics released a study outlining the economic impacts if San Francisco is named host of the 34th America’s Cup race.  The report, entitled “The America’s Cup: Economic Impacts of a Match on San Francisco Bay,” specifically outlines the economic impact the America’s Cup would have on the Bay Area, the State of California and the entire country if San Francisco is chosen as the host city of the next competition.  The America’s Cup is the world’s third-largest sporting competition after the Olympics and soccer’s World Cup.

The report, which was commissioned by the City and County of San Francisco, found that the increase in overall economic activity in San Francisco hosting the 34th America’s Cup could be on the order of $1.4 billion, almost three times the estimated impact of hosting the Super Bowl ($300-$500 million).  The potential increase in employment surrounding the event could be on the order of 8,840 jobs.

“Bringing the 34th America’s Cup to San Francisco Bay would be a huge boon for the Bay Area economy,” said Bay Area Council Economic Institute President & CEO Sean Randolph. “The America’s Cup could easily help jumpstart the economy by generating over a billion dollars in revenue and thousands of jobs for the Bay Area. The spillover effect for the region could be substantial.”

Additional highlights from “The America’s Cup: Economic Impacts of a Match on San Francisco Bay” include:

  • The economic benefits of bringing the America’s Cup to San Francisco would come primarily through expenditures by racing syndicates, and through spending on hotels, restaurants, and retail and other services by the 2.6 million spectators estimated to attend the race.
  • The economic benefits of the race will extend to the greater Bay Area, particularly the neighboring counties of Napa, Sonoma, Marin, and Alameda through related visitor and maritime activity.
  • The increase in output and employment would likely yield a benefit to state and local government coffers of nearly $85 million.
  • Looking beyond the Bay Area, the U.S. economy as a whole would see increased economic activity of $1.9 billion and the creation of 11,978 jobs.
  • A local successful defense of the America’s Cup will likely lead to additional such events in the future.  San Diego, for example, was the host to three successive America’s Cups, in 1988, 1992, and 1995.

“Securing hosting rights to the America’s Cup is a prestigious and economically significant prize for any community,” said Mayor Newsom. “I am committed to the defense of the America’s Cup in San Francisco.”

“This is an incredible opportunity that will put San Francisco on the world stage while benefiting Bay Area companies and residents,” said Jim Wunderman, President & CEO of the Bay Area Council.  “Investment in development and infrastructure now will help to grow the region’s economy for many years to come.”

Please visit www.bayareacouncil.org to access the full report.

The report was funded by donations from Catholic Healthcare West, Clear Channel Outdoor, Hathaway Dinwiddie Construction, Port of San Francisco, Recology, San Francisco International Airport/San Francisco Convention & Visitors Bureau, San Francisco Chamber of Commerce, United Airlines, and URS Corporation.

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1.2.10

Press Release: Bay Area Council Statement on the Federal Government’s New “Perfect Citizen” Cyber Security Program

Last week, the federal government announced that it is launching an expansive program dubbed “Perfect Citizen” to detect cyber assaults on private companies and government agencies running critical infrastructure such as the electricity grid and nuclear-power plants.  The program will deploy a set of sensors in the computer networks of America’s most critical infrastructure sites, which would be triggered by unusual activity suggesting an impending cyber attack. The program will be spearheaded by the National Security Agency (NSA), the government’s chief eavesdropping agency.

The Bay Area Council has worked over the past year to create policies to address the ever increasing risk and cost of cyber attacks.  In addition, the Council formed a Cyber Security Committee – consisting mainly of CIO and CISO-level professionals from our member companies – that takes policy priorities to elected-officials in Washington and Sacramento.

In a May 2009 speech, President Obama said that cyber attacks have cost Americans $8 billion in the last two years.

In response to last week’s announcement, Bay Area Council President & CEO Jim Wunderman made the following statement regarding the new federal program:

“Cyber attacks pose a very real and very expensive threat to our government, businesses and economy.  Last week’s announcement by the federal government is a step in the right direction to heighten awareness of this important topic.  As the United States relies more and more on the internet and broadband technology, we need to do everything in our power to prevent hackers and cyber-terrorists from gaining access to our critical infrastructure.  However, the Bay Area Council believes it is imperative that the business community is included in the creation of new policies.  With all of the expertise and resources that our tech community has to offer, this issue requires us to work together to collaboratively craft a solution that protects our nation and economy.”

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