Tuesday, April 10, 2012

Registration Open for Bay Planning Conference

The Bay Planning Coalition, a group dedicated to maritime issues in the San Francisco Bay area, has opened registration for its annual Decisionmakers Conference, a daylong event scheduled for Thurs., April 26 in Oakland.

The annual conference brings together BPC-member business leaders and local, state and federal environmental regulatory agency representatives and others to focus on developing and implementing collaborative strategies for maintaining and improving the Bay’s economic and environmental health.

The 2012 conference’s theme is “The Maritime Bay: Its Economic Importance to the Northern California Economy.”

This year’s planned keynote speaker is Jock O’Connell, an international trade adviser to Beacon Economics, a consulting firm with offices in Los Angeles and in the San Francisco Bay Area. In his remarks, O’Connell is expected to address California’s economic forecast related to maritime activity and its importance in generating taxes to fund essential governmental operations.

Other scheduled speakers include Oakland Mayor Jean Quan, who will give the opening address; and San Francisco Bay Conservation and Development Commission chair R. Zachary Wasserman, who will be the event’s luncheon speaker.

For more information or to register, visit the Bay Planning Coalition’s website at www.bayplanningcoalition.org.