Bay Area Council Blog

11.24.10

BAC, CLIMATE ADAPTATION TASK FORCE KEEPING CALIFORNIA ABOVE WATER

On Monday, Council President & CEO Jim Wunderman joined other members of the California Climate Adaptation Task Force, including task force co-chair and former EPA administrator William Reilly, to release recommendations on how the state can plan ahead for the effects of climate change. The report, “Preparing for Unavoidable Effects of Climate Change: A Strategy for California,” reviews and analyzes evidence of sea level rise and recommends that the state should create incentives to encourage preventive action by individuals, businesses and organizations and make investments to protect critical resources and infrastructure. The group was convened in 2009 by the Pacific Council on International Policy, a Los Angeles-based nonpartisan policy organization, and was later appointed by Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger as an advisory panel to the state.

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San Francisco Chronicle: Zap charging its way in to China’s EV market

Chalk up another one for Zap in the race to enter China’s electric car market.

The small Santa Rosa EV maker has just signed a deal with Shanghai officials to provide charging stations, battery swap facilities and maintenance depots for the city’s commercial Yangpu district.

Zap will also develop a pilot Electric Vehicle Eco-City program involving the use of Zap vehicles in Yangpu’s bus, taxi and government fleets. Sales and marketing offices and R&D centers will be located there.

CEO Steven Schneider was traveling on business and not available for comment Monday, but Jim Wunderman, president of the Bay Area Council, called it “a major milestone for the Bay Area’s electric vehicle industry.”

Earlier this year, Zap acquired a 51 percent stake in Jonway Automobile, a Chinese car and motorcycle manufacturer, in a $120 million deal approved by the Chinese government in October.

The combined company, called Zap Jonway, is planning to ramp up production next year, primarily at a 3.6 million-square-foot plant in China’s eastern coastal province of Zhejiang. Other assets acquired by Zap include 500 Jonway dealerships across the country.

Connections pay: The deal was first broached during Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger‘s trade mission to Asia in September, which included a stop in Shanghai, where he was accompanied by Bay Area Council executives. The council’s recently opened Shanghai office introduced Zap executives to the right people there and helped negotiate the deal.

“This is a great example of what connecting California innovators with governments and businesses around the world can do,” Schwarzenegger said. “As a direct result, Zap is breaking barriers in exporting clean technology from California to China.”

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Lockheed Martin Hosts BAC Board Meeting, No Space Suit Required

Yesterday, Lockheed Martin Space Systems Company Vice President of Operations and Bay Area Council Executive Committee member, S.K. Gupta hosted fantastic Bay Area Council Executive Committee and Board of Directors meetings.  We heard from an exciting array of speakers including Ezra Rapport, Executive Director of the Association of Bay Area Governments (ABAG), Martin Alintuck, President and CEO of the USA Pavilion at the 2010 Shanghai World Expo, and Dr. Ray Seed of U.C. Berkeley who spoke on the risk California faces due to the insufficient levee system on the Sacramento Delta.  The members were also treated to a tour of Lockheed’s facilities, including an up close and personal look at a nuclear missile.

We also had the honor of hosting Yangpu Party Secretary Chen Yin and a delegation of high-level officials from Shanghai for a luncheon following the meeting.  The delegation is in the Bay Area this week meeting with top executives from several Bay Area Council member companies, including Silicon Valley Bank, Kaiser Permanente, Wells Fargo and ZAP Electric Vehicles.

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Council Members Perfect Their Free Throws with Stephen Curry

On Tuesday night, the Council and Octagon teamed up to host a “Gold Medal” reception for Golden State Warriors star, Stephen Curry. The reception celebrated Curry for his role in helping Team USA win the gold medal in the FIBA World Championships this year, for the first time since 1994. Executives from our member companies had a chance to meet and learn more about Curry, see the gold medal and hear about his experiences in his second season in the NBA. Overall, a great night was had by all, with BAC members going toe-to-toe with Stephen, shooting free throws.  Congratulations to Joerg Heidrich, Bayer Senior Vice President and former German National Team player, for winning the shooting contest.  The members who air-balled, however, will remain nameless…

11.19.10

ARTICLE OF THE WEEK

The New York Times featured an interesting article this week regarding the United States’ pressure on China to raise the value of its currency.  The article discusses that although this plan may make American manufacturing companies more competitive as compared to Chinese companies, it may also increase costs for U.S. companies who rely on Chinese-made supplies.

11.17.10

San Francisco Chronicle: Come, let us brainstorm together

You’re a science or high-tech professional, and you’re looking for an online forum to kick around some ideas with your peers and find out what they’re up to.

You might check out BASIC – the Bay Area Council Economic Institute’s Science and Innovation Consortium - which launched this week.

The “online innovation hub,” according to its chairman, Mark Bregman, executive VP and CTO of Mountain View’s Internet security company Symantec, is supposed to “harness the region’s collective knowledge and ideas into a central location where we can foster a conversation about how to make the Bay Area more competitive in the 21st century global economy.”

It does boast a stellar board of directors, including the heads of Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory, Sandia Labs and Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, deans and research chieftains at UC campuses, and senior executives from Hewlett-Packard, IBM, Lockheed Martin Space Systems and Agilent Technologies ( www.bayareabasic.org).

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11.16.10

San Francisco Examiner: Bay Area Council launches online innovation hub

The Bay Area Council Economic Institute’s Science and Innovation Consortium launched another tool to help leaders in the science and technology fields. The group started a new online innovation hub: www.bayareabasic.org, which will provide the Bay Area’s high-level science and technology professionals with an Internet venue where they share ideas on how to advance the region’s global competitiveness.

The new site will be the only one of its kind in the Bay Area. It will not only help connect the foremost thought-leaders on science and innovation in our region, but will be a promotional tool for those sectors. Visitors to the site will find a one-stop shop for information on the tech, biotech and science industries, including information on specific companies, current projects and university-level research.

“The Bay Area Council Economic Institute is proud to be fostering such a unique project,” said Sean Randolph, President and CEO of the Bay Area Council Economic Institute. “This new innovation hub will be an incredible tool for promoting the science and technology sectors in our region to the rest of the country and the world.”

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11.15.10

Press Release: BAY AREA SCIENCE AND INNOVATION CONSORTIUM (BASIC) LAUNCHES NEW ONLINE INNOVATION HUB

The Bay Area Science and Innovation Consortium (BASIC) today announced the launch of its new science and technology online innovation hub: www.bayareabasic.org.  The site provides the Bay Area’s high level science and technology professionals a virtual hub here they can interact and discuss ideas for advancing the region’s global competitiveness.

“With the region’s most innovative thought-leaders and professionals spread out all across the Bay Area at public universities, companies and research institutions, there’s no way for them to constantly interact and share their ideas with each other,” said Dr, Mark Bregman, Executive Vice President and Chief Technology Officer, Symantec and BASIC’s Chairman.  “This online innovation hub will harness all of the region’s collective knowledge and ideas into a central location where we can foster a conversation about how to make the Bay Area more competitive in the 21st century global economy.”

The new site will be the only one of its kind in the Bay Area.  It not only will help connect the foremost thought-leaders on science and innovation in our region, but also will provide the Bay Area community with the opportunity to participate in online “open forums” to discuss regional actions to address the issues impacting the region’s global innovation competitiveness.

“As the parent organization of BASIC, the Bay Area Council Economic Institute is proud to be fostering such a unique project,” said Sean Randolph, President and CEO of the Economic Institute.  “This new innovation hub will prove to be an incredible tool for promoting the science and technology sectors in our region and showcasing the innovation of the Bay Area in the national spotlight.”

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MEDIA ADVISORY: BAY AREA COUNCIL TO HOST “GOLD MEDAL” RECEPTION FOR GOLDEN STATE WARRIORS STAR STEPHEN CURRY

The Bay Area Council plans to hold a “Gold Medal” reception in honor of Golden State Warriors star Stephen Curry, tomorrow, Tuesday, November 16, 2010, from 6:00pm – 8:30pm.  The reception will celebrate Curry for his role in helping Team USA win the gold medal in the FIBA World Championships for the first time since 1994.  Executives from the Bay Area Council’s member companies will have a chance to meet and learn more about Curry, see the gold medal, hear about his experiences in his second season in the NBA and maybe even shoot a few hoops with the Warriors guard.

“Stephen Curry is one of the most promising rising stars to enter the NBA in quite some time,” said Jim Wunderman, President & CEO of the Bay Area Council.  “Last year, as a rookie for the Warriors, he electrified the Bay Area with every 3-pointer and drive to the hoop.  More recently, he helped Team USA clinch its first world championship in 16 years.  We look forward to introducing him to the Bay Area business community and can’t wait for him to show us his jump-shot.”

“I am really excited to get to know many of the local business leaders who make the Bay Area such a great place to live and work,” said Curry. “Now that I’m in my second year in the NBA, I am really looking forward to getting further involved in the community. My experience with Team USA this summer was unforgettable and I love to share those memories with everyone I can.”

About Stephen Curry:

Last year’s NBA Rookie of the Year runner-up and a unanimous first-team all-rookie selection, Curry is off to a solid start this season, averaging 21.7 points per game and a team-best 6.8 assists per game. Drafted by Golden State in the first round (7th overall) of the 2009 NBA Draft, Curry starred collegiately at Davidson College, where he went on to rewrite the school’s record books in several categories and earn first-team consensus All-American honors.  A native of Charlotte, NC, Curry was named the 2008 College Athlete of the Year by The Sporting News.

WHAT: Gold Medal Reception for Golden State Warriors Star Stephen Curry

WHERE: Golden State Warriors Training Facility
1011 Broadway
Oakland, CA
(Located on top of Oakland Convention Center garage)

WHEN: 6pm – 8:30pm
Tuesday, November 16, 2010

NOTE: *** Curry will be made available to the media at approximately 7:15 pm ***
*** All media planning to attend should RSVP to jarellano@bayareacouncil.org, (415) 606-2337 ***

About the Bay Area Council

The Bay Area Council is a business-sponsored, public-policy advocacy organization for the nine-county Bay Area. The Council proactively advocates for a strong economy, a vital business environment, and a better quality of life for everyone who lives here. Founded in 1945, the Bay Area Council is widely respected by elected officials, policy makers and other civic leaders as the voice of Bay Area business. Today, approximately 275 of the largest employers in the region support the Bay Area Council and offer their CEO or top executive as a member. Our members employ more than 4.43 million workers and have revenues of $1.94 trillion, worldwide.

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Wall Street Journal: Taking a Stand for Bay Area Business

When there is high-stakes action involving the Bay Area, Jim Wunderman is often among the first to get involved.

Jim Wunderman says the freedom to suggest ideas outside the norm is what makes the Bay Area’s business culture unique.

The Bay Area Council, the nonprofit business group he heads, spearheaded Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger’s trip to China in September. They toured the World Expo in Shanghai and announced plans to try to bring the 2020 Expo to San Francisco.

Mr. Wunderman also is working behind the scenes to get a high-speed rail system between San Francisco and San Diego. And the 53-year-old was behind a well-publicized—and failed—attempt to get a vote for a constitutional convention that would revise or rewrite California’s constitution in the midterm elections.

Mr. Wunderman, a Bronx native who now lives in Walnut Creek, has headed the Bay Area Council, which advocates for business-friendly public policy, since 2004. Prior to that, he managed government relations for Providian Financial Corp. and also worked in the administration of former San Francisco Mayor Dianne Feinstein, among other positions. He discussed Gov.-elect Jerry Brown’s interest in clean tech and the continuing challenges facing the Bay Area economy, and joked about running the state himself.

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