Friday, September 6, 2013

PortTech Expo Speakers Announced

Federal Maritime Commission Chair Mario Cordero and City of Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti have been named as speakers at the fourth annual PortTechEXPO taking place in the Los Angeles area Sept. 11, 2013.

“We are thrilled to have both Mayor Garcetti and Chairman Cordero speaking at the PortTechEXPO,” PortTechLA Executive Director Stan Tomsic said. “Their support and belief in a prosperous and sustainable port community will resonate with EXPO participants.”

Cordero is scheduled to launch the EXPO with the morning kickoff address, sharing insights on economic growth, environmental stewardship and sustainable port development. Cordero has more than 30 years of private legal practice experience and decades of public service, including eight years on the Port of Long Beach Board of Harbor Commissioners, during which he spearheaded several pioneering environmental initiatives.

Garcetti, who was elected LA mayor in May, is scheduled to be the event’s keynote speaker. He has already made sustainability and the environment one of his top priorities and recently appointed the city’s first-ever chief sustainability officer, who’s tasked with fulfilling a Garcetti campaign promise of creating 20,000 new green jobs and making neighborhoods healthier.

The PortTechEXPO is an annual gathering during which technology companies connect with business prospects at Southern California’s ports and explore opportunities to achieve a more sustainable future. This year’s expo features demonstrations, interactive displays and the latest advancements in environment, energy, transportation and security technology solutions.

The event’s scheduled for 9 am to 5 pm at Crafted at the Port of Los Angeles, a large-scale craft marketplace located at 110 East 22nd St. in San Pedro. Registration begins at 8 am.

This year’s sponsors include the ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach, as well as global engineering group Cavotec and marine research center AltaSea. More information on the event, including registration fees or how to become a sponsor or exhibitor, can be found at, or by calling event organizer PortTechLA at (310) 519-1801.