The city of Santa Monica’s Office of Sustainability and the Environment will host the annual “State of the City” reception from 7:30 to 10 a.m. Thursday, Jan. 26 at the SGI-USA World Culture Center, 525 Wilshire Blvd., Santa Monica.
Mayor Richard Bloom will deliver the “State of the City” address, providing insights on the local impact of the current global and state economy. Jason Nazar, CEO of Docstoc and host of the popular Startups Uncensored talks, will share his perspective on the growth of technology in Santa Monica.
In addition, Brad Cox, chair of the Santa Monica Alliance, will moderate a panel discussion on the use of technology and best new business practices in the Santa Monica-Venice area that has become known as “Silicon Beach.”
“We are excited to showcase the insights and innovations of this year’s State of the City panelists and honorees,” said Laurel Rosen, president of the Santa Monica Chamber of Commerce. “In a city of cultural and technological trendsetters, our businesses and residents have had a profound impact, not only on operating in Santa Monica, but making waves around the world.”
Among the awards presented at the event, the Economic Excellence Award will be given to Santa Monica College, which is one of the city’s largest employers and most active community partners, according to the chamber.
The Innovation Award will recognize local small business CoLoft, which caters to start-ups, small businesses and entrepreneurs, and the Leadership Award will honor Brad Cox, the senior managing director of Trammell Crow Company, for his efforts in helping to usher in a new era of collaboration among Santa Monica’s public administrators and business stakeholders, the chamber said.
Panelists will include Dr. Chui Tsang, president of Santa Monica College; David Travers, a partner with Rustic Canyon Partners; Keith Klein, a partner with Bryan Cave, LLP; and Paige Craig, CEO of BetterWorks.
Tickets to State of the City can be purchased at http://stateofthecity2012.eventbrite.com, or by calling (310) 393-9825.