Admission is $75 At The Door.

The Chamber’s 24th Annual Economic Development Summit will focus on “The Challenges of Change: Finding Solutions” in Hollywood. L.A. Councilmember Mitch O’Farrell will open the conference. Introducing the theme, will be Katherine Perez-Estolano, the Cities Leader for Arup. Discussing results from “The Hollywood Survey” will be David Klein. The first panel will discuss “The Retail Revolution for Hollywood.” Panelist will include: Keith Kaplan, vice president of development for Westfield Corp.; David Sheldon of the Retail Design Collective; Pat Barber, vice president of real estate for Smart & Final; and Michael Dubin, founder, Michael Dubin and Associates. The second panel will discuss “Technovation in Transportation and the Impacts on Development.” Panelists will include: Grayson Brulte, co-founder of Autonomous Tomorrow; John Rossant of LACoMotion; Dr. Donald Shoup of the UCLA Department of Urban Planning; and Seleta Reynolds, general manager of the L.A. Dept. of Transportation. Our Keynote speaker will be Dr. Marlon Boarnet, Professor of public policy and director of graduate programs in urban planning at the Sol Price School of Public Policy at USC. Chamber President & CEO Leron Gubler, who has announced his retirement at the end of the year, will present the Excellence in Economic Development Award to a local developer who has invested in Hollywood.

As of press time, the following sponsor businesses have been identified:
Diamond Level sponsors include J.H. Snyder Co.Kilroy Realty Corp.Strategic Legacy Investment Group.

Gold Level sponsors include American Commercial EquitiesArgyle HouseArmbruster Goldsmith & DelvacAvison YoungCIM GroupCounterintuity, LLCFaringGenslerHollywood CenterHudson Pacific Properties, Inc.Iron Mountain Entertainment ServicesJLLLaTerra DevelopmentParamount Contractors & DevelopersPavemint, LLCRelevant GroupRobertson Properties Group.

Silver Level sponsors include Ametron Audio / VideoThe Caucus for Producers, Writers & DirectorsCHA Hollywood Presbyterian Medical CenterChildren’s Hospital Los AngelesEast Hollywood BIDEssex Property Trust, Inc.Gonzales Law Group, APCHandelman ConsultingHart Realty AdvisorsHollywood Entertainment DistrictLeFrakMarathon CommunicationsNAI Capital Commercial Real EstateOxford Hotel HollywoodPark Plus, Inc.The Proper CompaniesSerendipity LabsSunset & Vine BIDTrammell Crow.

Dr. Marlon Boarnet Announced as Keynote Speaker

Dr. Marlon Boarnet, Professor of Public Policy and Chair of the Department of Urban Planning and Spatial Analysis, University of Southern California will be offering keynote remarks on the theme of this year’s Economic Development Summit. Dr. Boarnet is a renowned authority on urban economics, urban growth patterns, transportation, and regional science. He is an expert in transportation and land use, and has served on the National Research Council committee that authored “Driving and the Built Environment.” He has published extensively in leading journals such as Regional Science and Urban Economics, Environment and Behavior, Urban Studies, Journal of Urban Economics, Journal of Planning Education and Research, National Tax Journal, and Journal of the American Planning Association. He is also co-author of Travel by Design: The Influence of Urban Form on Travel (Oxford University Press, 2001). For twelve years, Dr. Boarnet co-edited the Journal of Regional Science, is an associate editor of the Journal of the American Planning Association, and serves on the editorial boards of the Journal of Planning Literature, Journal of Transport and Land Use, Transport Policy, and previously on Papers in Regional Science. In recognition for lifetime scholarly achievement, Dr. Boarnet is fellow of both the Regional Science Association International and the Weimer School of the Homer Hoyt Institute for Real Estate. He serves as vice-president/president-elect of the Association of Collegiate Schools of Planning (2017-2019).

Katherine Perez-Estolano to Discuss Urban Planning, Transportation, and Stakeholder Engagement

Katherine Perez-Estolano will share her expertise in urban planning, real estate and infrastructure development, transportation, and stakeholder engagement to create vibrant cities in collaboration with public agencies, foundations, and businesses. Katherine Perez-Estolano will share her expertise in urban planning, real estate and infrastructure development, transportation, and stakeholder engagement to create vibrant cities in collaboration with public agencies, foundations, and businesses. Katherine is an Associate Principal at LA office as Cities Leader for Southern California. She focuses on expanding Arup relationships with cities in Southern California. Katherine implements Arup’s Americas Cities Strategy, build on existing planning capabilities, and establish a transaction advice team in the Los Angeles region. She leads Arup’s efforts in the Los Angeles market to deepen its engagements with mayors, city governments, developers, infrastructure owners and investors, and other key urban stakeholders in support of fostering sustainable, thriving, and climate change resilient cities. Most recently, Katherine was a 2016 candidate for the California State Senate District 25. In 2011, she co-founded Estolano LeSar Perez(ELP) Advisors, a DBE/WBE minority woman owned company that provides integrated solutions to public agencies, foundations, business associations, and other stakeholders seeking to grow thriving, healthy, and vibrant communities. Katherine has also served as the Executive Director of the Urban Land Institute, Los Angeles District Council (ULI LA) (2008-2011); Vice President at Forest City Development; Executive Director at Transportation & Land Use Collaborative (2000-2005); Deputy Mayor for the City of Pasadena (1998-2000); and Transportation Manager for the City of South Pasadena (1996-98). Katherine has served on numerous boards and commissions throughout her career. She has been invited to serve on the National Board of Directors for EcoDistricts beginning in 2017. In 2013, Katherine was appointed by Governor Jerry Brown to the Board of Directors of the California High Speed Rail Authority (CHSRA) where she chaired the Land Use and Transit Subcommittee of the Board. She was a board member for New Economics for Women, a member of the California Public Infrastructure Advisory Commission, chaired the City of Pasadena Transportation Commission, was a Pasadena Heritage board member, and has been involved with several local and national industry and leadership organizations. Katherine is an adjunct professor at the Sol Price School of Public Policy at University of Southern California.

Klein to Share Results on The Hollywood Survey

Attendees of the Hollywood Economic Development Summit will be the first to hear David Klein present The Hollywood Survey, an initiative which was commissioned by the Hollywood Chamber of Commerce. The purpose of this survey is to help capture demographic, behavioral, and attitudinal analytics of the diverse people who make up this thriving community in the heart of Los Angeles. The goal is to further the economic revitalization of this historic community by helping businesses, investors, and policymakers better identify and understand “who” Hollywood is today; “what” drives behavior; and “how” respondents feel about various aspects of living, working and/or visiting Hollywood. The purpose of this survey is to help capture demographic, behavioral, and attitudinal analytics of the diverse people who make up this thriving community in the heart of Los Angeles. Klein is the Founder and Managing Director of Renegage Marketing, a custom market research and strategy firm devoted to providing clients competitive advantage through more informed business decisions. Currently, David is conducting research in Los Angeles for both the Downtown Center Business Improvement District and the Hollywood Chamber of Commerce. For 30 years, Klein has pioneered new techniques to measure, understand and strengthen the connection between brands and consumers. In 2012, Klein led the team that uncovered ground-breaking insights on the cross-media consumption patterns during the London Summer Olympic Games, which was picked up by over 1,600 media outlets. David earned his B.A in Economics from Tufts University and his M.B.A. in Marketing and Finance from New York University’s Stern School of Business.

Summit Panel to Discuss the Retail Revolution for Hollywood

The first panel of established retail businesses will be discussing ‘The Retail Revolution for Hollywood’ at the 2018 Hollywood Economic Development Summit. In today’s economy, no one is experiencing change like the retail industry. More shoppers have embraced the digital revolution which has changed the behavior and demands of consumers. This panel of retail specialists will explore the results of a Chamber commissioned report The Hollywood Survey exploring retail opportunities in Hollywood and address the perception the industry has in regard to doing business in our neighborhood. Guest panelists to include Pat Barber, Vice President of Real Estate at Smart & Final; Michael Dubin, Founder of Dubin & Associates; Keith Kaplan, Vice President Development, Westfield Corp.; David Sheldon, Retail Design Collective. The panel will offer and overview of the supply and demand study. They will tackle experiential retail opportunities, neighborhood needs, retail adaptation patterns, as well as brick and mortar conversions.

Summit Panel to Discuss Technovation in Transportation and the Impacts on Development

The second panel of business leaders will be discussing the “Technovation in Transportation and the Impacts on Development” at the 2018 Hollywood Economic Development Summit. The panelists will be covering the positive impacts of technology and innovation in mobility and transportation. Some of the topics to be discussed will include autonomous vehicles, infrastructure and parking, integrated technologies and efficiencies, social impacts, and societal adjustments to technological advances. Guest panelists to include Grayson Brulte, Co-Founder of Brulte & Company, Autonomous Tomorrow; John Seleta Reynolds, General Manager of Los Angeles Department of Transportation; John Rossant, Founder & Chairman, LA CoMotion, New Cities Foundation; Dr. Donald Shoup, Professor at UCLA Department of Urban Planning.

Take advantage of this opportunity to promote your business. Here are some reasons why you should consider becoming a sponsor:

  • The Economic Development Summit is Hollywood’s premier event that focuses on the positive changes occurring in the community.
  • Now in its 24th year, the conference provides cutting-edge information on the trends and big picture issues that will impact Hollywood’s future.
  • A great occasion to network with approximately 300 of Hollywood’s movers and shakers.
  • An opportunity to get a copy of the ever-popular Hollywood Development Update, listing information about more than 80 major projects in development in the community.
  • Be among the first to receive your copy of the annual Hollywood Guide & Community Profile
  • Get the most current data on the Chamber’s new The Hollywood Surveyas David Klein discusses results and what the numbers reveal to investors in Hollywood.

Diamond Sponsors

CIM Iron Mountain Entertainment Services Pavemint, LLC

Gold Sponsors

CIM Iron Mountain Entertainment Services Pavemint, LLC
JLL Counterintuity, LLC Relevant Group
Hudson Media Properties LaTerra Development Paramount Contractors & Developers
Faring Robertson Properties Group Avison Young
Gensler Armbruster Goldsmith & Delvac LLP American Commercial Equities
Argyle House LaTerra Development

Silver Sponsors

Ametron Audio / Video

The Caucus for Producers, Writers & Directors

CHA Hollywood Presbyterian Medical Center

Children’s Hospital Los Angeles

East Hollywood BID

Essex Property Trust, Inc.

Gonzales Law Group, APC

Handelman Consulting

Hart Realty Advisors

Hollywood Entertainment District


Marathon Communications

NAI Capital Commercial Real Estate

Oxford Hotel Hollywood

Park Plus, Inc.

The Proper Companies

Serendipity Labs

Sunset & Vine BID

Trammell Crow

Admission is $75 At The Door

Discounted parking is available at ArcLight with validation.

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About the Hollywood Chamber of Commerce

For more than 97 years, the Hollywood Chamber of Commerce has provided leadership, business development resources, networking, and government affairs programs and services to keep the Hollywood business and residential communities safe, relevant and economically vital. Donelle Dadigan, is the Chair of the Hollywood Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors 2018-19, and Leron Gubler is the President/CEO of the Hollywood Chamber of Commerce.

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