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Convergence V: Capital Clusters a $1 billion plus industry!

i Mar 29th Comments Off by

Los Rios Chancellor Brice Harris and Ed Manning of KP Public Affairs chat before Manning’s keynote remarks at the February 25 Convergence.

Ed Manning, principal with KP Public Affairs, California’s largest lobbying and public affairs firm, headlined a program that showcased the economic impact and opportunity found in the Capital Clusters – the economic activity associated with Sacramento’s role as the State Capital. Combined, the Capital Clusters – the Legislature, Lobbying, Associations, Communications and Hospitality – account for well over $1 billion in income to the Capital Region, and represent one of our core “sectors of strength.” Manning noted that little has been done to date to quantify identify this cluster as a core strength of the region nor assess the individual and collective needs of related organizations.  

Passing the Baton: (L-R) LEED chairman emeritus Bernard Bowler(1992) discusses strategy with LEED’s 2011 board chair, Leroy Tripette of Intel.

A panel of industry leaders agreed that more can and should be done to position the Capital Clusters as a key economic strength of the region and, in turn, recruit individuals and organizations to support regional civic priorities. Panelists agreed that critical thinking and clear, concise writing in common language are essential skills to succeed in this competitive and potentially lucrative enterprise. Power points for Mr. Manning and Anderson can be downloaded by clicking here. Watch for a complete report in the coming weeks.   

Leroy Tripette, LEED Board Chair and Director of External Affairs for Intel, opened the Feb. 25 Convergence, announcing LEED’s board expansion, doubling its current size, and including over 20 superintendents from throughout the six county region and formalizing as the Capital Area P-20 Council. 

A panel of key industry leaders discusses the Capital Clusters at the Feb. 25 Convergence.

 Panel Members included (pictured left, L-R): Mike Testa of the Sacramento Convention and Visitors Bureau, Jim Anderson of the California Society of Association Executives, Dina Hidalgo of the California State Senate, Cassandra Walker-Pye of APCO Worldwide and Richard Temple of McNally Temple and Associates.  The panel was moderated by Dan Throgmorton of the Los Rios Community College District