council names assemblymember evan low regionalist of the year
The Bay Area Council on Monday (May 2) announced Silicon Valley Assemblymember Evan Low its 2016 Regionalist of the Year. Low has been a stalwart in promoting regional cooperation in addressing the Bay Area’s many challenges and working to strengthen the region’s innovation economy. Low established the California Legislative Technology and Innovation Caucus, for which he serves as co-chairman. He also is sponsoring AB 2395, which would improve California’s economic competitiveness and provide a roadmap to transition the state’s antiquated communications networks to the IP-based communications systems of the 21st century.
A 2014 report by the Bay Area Council Economic Institute – 21st Century Infrastructure: Keeping California Connected, Powered and Competitive — highlighted the critical importance to the state’s economic competitiveness of updating and investing in communications. A key finding of the report was that technological advancements of the current century, including those in such critical fields as healthcare, agriculture, public safety, education and clean energy, are utterly dependent on advanced communications infrastructure. Adama Iwu, Senior Director for Government Relations at Visa, presented Low with the award during a dinner concluding the Council’s Sacramento Day advocacy trip. To engage in our Sacramento policy work, please contact Policy Manager Cornelious Burke.