200 Business, Education Leaders Discuss Innovation During "STATE of STEM + ARTS"

May 21, 2014 12:00 pm

Los Angeles – In partnership with the Los Angeles Times, the Los Angeles Area Chamber of Commerce lead a multi-industry discussion with over 200 local business and education leaders around the economic significance of science, technology, engineering, arts and mathematics (STEAM) education during State of STEM + Arts.

“Creativity and design thinking have really taken center stage,” said Two Bit Circus CEO, Brent Bushnell during his keynote address. “I am thrilled to see so many members of the community rallying in support of this initiative.”

The morning program included panel discussions with representatives from organizations such as the Los Angeles County Arts Commission, Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Science, Time Warner Cable and California Institute of Technology who focused on cultivating the STEAM workforce through innovative leadership and building cross-sector partnerships. 

“During the next decade, the United States demand for scientists and engineers is expected to increase at four times the rate of all other occupations,” said David Rattray, SVP of education and workforce development for the L.A. Area Chamber. “For that reason, our L.A. Regional STEM Hub seeks to develop operational concepts for collaboration to enhance and expand the future workforce for the STEAM fields to ensure economic prosperity.” 

The efforts of the L.A. Regional STEM Hub are in line with Linked Learning standards that seek to transform education in California by integrating rigorous academics with career based learning and real work experiences. 

The sponsors for the STATE of STEM + Arts include; Boeing, Chase, Edison International, Southern California Gas Company, a Sempra Energy utility and Time Warner Cable.


The Los Angeles Area Chamber of Commerce represents the interests of business in L.A. County. Founded in 1888, the Chamber promotes a prosperous economy and quality of life in the Los Angeles region. For more information, visit www.lachamber.com.

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