Mar 21

Past Event

Going Global: Boosting the Economic Future of Greater Los Angeles

Event Materials


As we emerge from the Great Recession, it is clear that our economy must be purposefully restructured from one focused inward and characterized by excessive consumption and debt to one that is globally engaged and driven by production and innovation.

A growing chorus of leaders is calling for a new growth model, one that creates more and better jobs by engaging rising global demand and attracting global talent and capital. These leaders recognize that only by harnessing the power of cities and metropolitan areas can we hope to foster job growth in the near term and restructure our economy for the long haul.

This new imperative forms the basis for the Global Cities Initiative.

On March 21, the Global Cities Initiative hosted a forum in Los Angeles focused on global competitiveness. Speakers and panelists provided context on the position of Greater Los Angeles in the global marketplace and offered insight into how state and metropolitan leaders can work together with international partners to expand global trade and enhance the economic prosperity of the region.

Nationwide Push to Boost Exports is Launching in Los Angeles
Los Angeles Times, March 21, 2012

San Diego's Economic Lifeline: Exports
San Diego Union-Tribune, March 22, 2012

U.S. Global Economic Push Enlists San Diego
NBC San Diego, March 22, 2012

Chase Looks to Help Cities Boost Job Creation
Fox Business, March 26, 2012

EVENT IMAGES — Click on thumbnail photograph for full view

The Port of Los Angeles.
Michael "Mickey" Kantor, former Secretary of Commerce and U.S. Trade Representative, and Richard Daley, former Chicago mayor and Midwest Chairman of JP Morgan Chase, at the Global Cities Initiative event in Los Angeles.
Peter Baker, California Chairman of JP Morgan Chase, speaks at the Global Cities Initiative event in Los Angeles.

Event Agenda

  • Opening Remarks

    • C.L. Max Nikias

      President, University of Southern California

    • Honorable Richard M. Daley

      Former Mayor, City of Chicago

      Senior Advisor, JPMorgan Chase

    • Peter L. Scher

      Executive Vice President, Head of Corporate Responsibility, JPMorgan Chase

  • Presentation - Greater Los Angeles and the Next Economy

  • Response Panel - Realizing Los Angeles' Potential as a Global Metro

    • Moderator: Dr. Ernest Wilson III

      Dean, USC Annenberg School of Journalism

    • Richard Drobnick

      Director, Center for International Business Education and Research, USC Marshall School of Business

    • Scott Ermeti

      Vice President of International Business, Pelican Products, Inc.

    • Robert M. Hertzberg

      Chairman of the Board, Los Angeles County Economic Development Corporation

    • Nancy McFadden

      Executive Secretary for Legislation, Appointments and Policy, Office of California Governor Jerry Brown

    • Matthew K. Rose

      Chairman & Chief Executive Officer, BNSF Railway

  • Dialouge on Global Economic Engagement

    • Moderator: Honorable Michael "Mickey" Kantor

      Former Secretary of Commerce and U.S. Trade Representative

    • Honorable David Carden

      Ambassador, U.S. Mission to ASEAN

    • Honorable Chan Heng Chee

      Ambassador of Singapore to the United States

    • Honorable Richard M. Daley

      Former Mayor, City of Chicago

      Senior Advisor, JPMorgan Chase

    • Honorable Zhang Shaogang

      Minister Counselor, Embassy of the People's Republic of China

    • Peter Barker

      California Chairman, JPMorgan Chase

  • Keynote Address

    • Honorable Antonio Villaraigosa

      Mayor, City of Los Angeles

  • Concluding Remarks


March 21, 2012

8:30 AM - 2:00 PM EDT

University of Southern California

Davidson Conference Center


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Ellen Ochs

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