Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti to Keynote PortTechEXPO 2013

Sep 3, 2013

SAN PEDRO, Calif. — September 3, 2013 — Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti will be the keynote luncheon speaker at the fourth annual PortTechEXPO 2013 on Wednesday, September 11, 2013.  Organized by PortTech Los Angeles, the event focuses on connecting the business community, entrepreneurs and investors to explore new environmental, energy, transportation and security technology innovations and solutions for the maritime industry and beyond.

Kicking off the event will be Federal Maritime Commission (FMC) Chairman Mario Cordero.  Cordero was appointed as FMC Chairman by President Barack Obama in April 2013. Los Angeles City Councilman Joe Buscaino will also be among the speakers, and lead the Clean Tech-Cool Tech afternoon segment of the event.

“Generating green jobs and creating a more environmentally friendly Los Angeles is vitally important to our future,” said Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti. “PortTech Los Angeles is a great opportunity for business and government to explore how they can work together to achieve our goals of a clean and prosperous city, region and world.”

This year’s conference, themed “Global Technology Solutions for Ports and Beyond,” will feature dozens of technology exhibitors, live demonstrations of sustainable products and services, and interactive displays.  An Entrepreneur Pitch Competition takes place the day before the EXPO and culminates during the EXPO luncheon when the awards are announced. The top ten Pitch Competition finalists will also be EXPO exhibitors, with the winning pitch presented during the luncheon.

PortTech Los Angeles is a non-profit business incubator focused on fostering new and clean technology for potential use at the San Pedro Bay port complex.  Initially established as a collaboration of the City of Los Angeles, the Port of Los Angeles and the San Pedro and Wilmington Chambers of Commerce, Port Tech Los Angeles produced its first expo in 2010.

“Now in its fourth year, PortTechEXPO has proved to be extremely valuable for businesses and entrepreneurs looking for exposure and potential funding for their new and innovative clean technologies,” said PortTech Los Angeles Executive Director Stan Tomsic. “At PortTech Los Angeles, we’re all about accelerating innovation and making these connections.” 

In addition to Port of Los Angeles’ EXPO sponsorship, other major sponsors include the Port of Long Beach, Cavotec and AltaSea. 

This year’s event will be held from 9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. at CRAFTED at the Port of Los Angeles, 110 East 22nd St. in San Pedro.  Registration begins at 8:00 a.m.   Sponsorshipsexhibit opportunities and event tickets are still available. For more information, visit the PortTechEXPO website or call Laura Duarte at 310-519-1801.

PortTech Los Angeles is a commercialization center and incubation program dedicated to creating sustainable technologies for ports and beyond.  We bring together entrepreneurs, strategic partners and investors to accelerate innovation, advance clean technologies and create economic opportunities. We promote and develop technologies that enable enterprises to meet their environmental, energy, security and transportation goals.  PortTech Los Angeles, part of the Clean Tech Los Angeles Initiative, is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization and a cooperative effort of the City of Los Angeles, the Port of Los Angeles, and the San Pedro and Wilmington business communities.

The Port of Los Angeles is America’s premier port and has a strong commitment to developing innovative strategic and sustainable operations that benefit the economy as well as the quality of life for the region and the nation it serves. As the leading seaport in North America in terms of shipping container volume and cargo value, the Port generates more than 830,000 regional jobs and $35 billion in annual wages and tax revenues. The Port of Los Angeles – A cleaner port.  A brighter future.

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