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Chamber explores State of L.A. Infrastructure at sixth annual summit

On Nov. 6, the Chamber held its sixth annual State of L.A. Infrastructure summit. Emceed by incoming Board Chair Denita Willoughby, this year's event focused on resilience infrastructure and smart infrastructure. Chamber President & CEO Maria S. Salinas kicked off the event with welcome remarks and invited discussion among leaders on preparing for the future of infrastructure planning and investment in L.A. Barbara Humpton, CEO of Siemens USA, inspired listeners with her keynote outlining the ways Siemens is a thought leader in deploying new technologies, building resilient cities and rethinking supply chain management to be more sustainable. Her talk was followed by a fireside chat moderated by Board Chair Jerry Neuman that illuminated Humpton's calling and background and ended with her positive outlook on what is ahead. Attendees heard from the General Manager and Chief Engineer of the Los Angeles Department of Water & Power, Marty Adams, on its sustainability and infrastructure investments, and he presented the second Corporate Sustainability Award to Kaiser Permanente.

The event also featured two engaging panels on infrastructure resilience and smart cities. During the first, panelists discussed innovative solutions to plan for resilience in the face of climate change and the L.A. basin's level of preparedness for a major earthquake. Panelists provided a realistic outlook from the utilities stand point, balanced by the need to take into account a number of economic concerns while planning for resilience. After lunch, the Smart Cities, Smart Infrastructure panel brought together the public and private sectors to discuss integrating emerging technologies into L.A.'s infrastructure and the impact it would have on equity and workforce. READ THE PRESS RELEASE. SEE THE PHOTOS.


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