Hollywood Chamber of Commerce Prepares for Economic Development Summit

The annual summit promises an economic update on Hollywood.

Plans for the annual "2012 Hollywood Economic Development Summit" are well underway.

The theme for this year's event is "how Hollywood does it differently." Leron Gubler, president and chief executive officer of the Hollywood Chamber of Commerce, said the summit has become one of their most popular events since the chamber first began hosting it 18 years ago.

"The goals of the summit are to educate the public on the many positive developments happening in Hollywood, and to place in the context of what is happening in the greater Los Angeles area," Gubler said.

This year's keynote speaker is Thom Mayne of Morphosis Architects. Gubler calls him a "starchitect" given the awards Mayne has received.

"We always try to select a keynote speaker who will be a draw for the event, but also someone who will have something significant to share with the audience," Gubler said. "His firm has designed the new Emerson College campus being built in Hollywood, that is destined to be a landmark building for our community."

The 2012 Hollywood Economic Development Summit will take place Thursday, June 21, at the . City Councilman Eric Garcetti is scheduled to give the opening address. Tickets can be reserved online.

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Scott Zwartz June 14, 2012 at 02:38 PM
Will the Chamber be honest enough to explain that their over building has caused an exodus of families from Hollywood? Will they be honest enough to explain how many of the LLC's and LLP's building these tenements took millions in tax dollars and went BK? Will they be honest enough to explain that there is a commercial real estate bubble in Hollywood? Will they explain how Garcetti's incompetence not only led to the vetoing of AB 2531 but also to the abolition of their precious CRA/LA? Will they explain about the federal Grand Jury? If the Feds call Jamie Dimon before Congress in order to testify about a $2 Billion loss, won't the local Grand Jury care about the $1/2 Billion loss at Hollywood-Highland or the $5 Million loss at 1601 N Vine, or the $52 Million to Broad, the $11 M at CRA Hollywood-Western or the millions lost at Sunset-Gordon? Just where did Hollywood's Garcetti direct the $1.5 BILLION in CRA funds over the last 12 years? Is Garcetti headed towards LA Mayor or out the door like Trutanich? These questions would make for an interesting conference.
Philip Mershon June 14, 2012 at 04:01 PM
Hahahahaha, no Scott, my guess is that none of these questions will be addressed during this congratulatory, back slapping orgy to spending, spending, spending (while taking, taking, taking). What I wonder is if there is now, or ever will be a place where we can ask and get answers to some of these questions? In the meantime, I think it's important to keep bringing it up in public forums like this to bring more and more awareness so that at some point the angered group of us is so large that something will be done to address this malfeasance.
Sean Oliver June 14, 2012 at 06:03 PM
Let's be honest - Hollywood's not alone in this bubble... the same issues are faced by many lower-profile cities as well... Sean http://www.uncomfortablefoot.com
Philip Mershon June 14, 2012 at 06:35 PM
Indeed that is true (West Hollywood for a close example), but Hollywood is being singled out here as this website is called "Hollywood Patch".
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