USC to Host Forum on L.A. as Next Global Business Hub

March 20, 2012

Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa to release new metropolitan export plan at inaugural Brookings, JPMorgan Chase forum

WHAT: Los Angeles metropolitan leaders will join national and international government, business, civic and philanthropic experts to strategize ways to enhance the city’s position as a hub for international business. As part of the discussion, Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa will unveil a regional export plan that will seek to strengthen the global business identity for the L.A. region and expand local business opportunities with overseas markets.

WHO: Speakers will include:
– Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa
– USC president C. L. Max Nikias
– Richard M. Daley, former mayor of Chicago and senior advisor, JPMorgan Chase
– Mickey Kantor, former Secretary of Commerce and U.S. trade representative
– Chan Heng Chee, ambassador of Singapore to the United States
– Robert M. Hertzberg, partner, Mayer Brown and former Speaker of the California State Assembly
– Nancy McFadden, senior advisor for legislation, appointments & policy, Office of the Governor of California
Richard Drobnick, director, Center for International Business Education and Research, USC Marshall School of Business
– Bruce Katz, vice president and founding director, Brookings Metropolitan Policy Program
– Peter Barker, chairman of California, JPMorgan Chase
– Peter L. Scher, executive vice president, head of corporate responsibility, JPMorgan Chase
– Scott Ermeti, vice president of international business, Pelican Products, Inc.

WHEN: Wednesday, March 21, 8:30 a.m. – 2 p.m. (For full agenda, click here:

WHERE: University of Southern California, Davidson Conference Center
3415 South Figueroa Street, Los Angeles, CA 90089

MORE INFO: The L.A. forum, sponsored by the Brookings Institution Metropolitan Policy Program and JPMorgan Chase & Co., is the inaugural event of the five-year Global Cities Initiative (GCI), a project aimed at helping U.S. city and metropolitan leaders become more globally fluent, learn new strategies for expanding their global economic reach and connect with like-minded leaders from across the U.S. and throughout the world. The Global Cities Initiative is chaired by former mayor of Chicago Richard M. Daley and directed by Bruce Katz, Brookings vice president and co-director of the Metropolitan Policy Program.  For more information, please visit

Contact: John Fairbanks, (202) 797-6087 or or Teal Pennebaker at