2013 Decision Makers Conference


The 26th Annual Bay Planning Coalition Decision Makers Conference

“Fueling California’s Economic Engine & Jobs: The Importance of Trade to Northern California”

When: Friday, May 3, 2013
The *New and Improved Pavilion* at Scott’s Seafood

Jack London Square
Oakland, California
Time: 7:45am – 6:00pm
The greater San Francisco Bay Region, home to vital ports, train routes, highway corridors and airports, is on the leading edge of the country’s and state’s recovery. The imports and exports through our region drive a huge and thriving economy, and sustaining and developing trade through our area is crucial to continued economic success.

Bay Planning Coalition wishes to thank our amazing Sponsors, Speakers, Panelists, Moderators and Guests for a fantastic, informative and successful 2013 DMC! 


2013 DMC News Coverage:

The Daily Democrat

The Silicon Valley Mercury News 

The Contra Costa Times

The Maritime Executive

The Pleasanton Weekly


Video of the DMC has been posted below, and can be found on our YouTube channel!



Opening Session


Mr. John A. Coleman, Executive Director & Master of Ceremonies, Bay Planning Coalition

Mr. Scott Warner, President, Bay Planning Coalition

Session II

An Update on the 34th America’s Cup

Mr. Tom Ehman, Director of External Affairs, 34th America’s Cup

Session III:

Opening Address

Mayor Jean Quan, City of Oakland


Fresh Air & Networking Break


Session IV:

Accidents on the Bay: Environmental and Economic Implications to Job Growth

The San Francisco Bay and Delta is a highway on the water, and an accident can have enormous environmental consequences and economic implications to thousands of jobs.  Are we doing enough to protect the bay and delta, and what might we need to do differently to minimize an accident and protect our economic resources, trade and environment?

Moderator:  Dr. Khalid Bachkar, International Business & Logistics, California Maritime Academy

Panelists:       Guy Bjerke, Manager, Bay Area Region, Western States Petroleum Association                         

                              John Berge, Vice President, Pacific Merchant Shipping Association

                               Captain Peter McIsaac, President and Port Agent, San Francisco Bar Pilots                           

                              Commander Jason Tama, Prevention Department Head, US Coast Guard

                              Yvonne Addassi, Deputy Administrator, Office of Spill Prevention and Response,

                                             California Department of Fish and Wildlife                          


Session V

United States Senator Barbara Boxer  

Session VI

Inside the Beltway: Washington Update

Update on policy implications to California foreign trade, funding constraints to infrastructure improvements and operations, and legislative efforts related to port investment.

Mr. Eric Sapirstein, President, ENS Resources


Session VII

Understanding the Corps’ Project Approval and Budgeting Process

Mr. Mark Bierman, Economics Section Chief, San Francisco District, US Army Corps of Engineers


Session VII

Keynote Address: Dr. Scott Anderson, Chief Economist, Bank of the West


Session VIII: Luncheon Program 

Frank C. Boerger Award Presentation to Alexis Strauss, Deputy Regional Administrator of the US EPA Region 9, by Walton Gill, Government Affairs Manager, Chevron

Luncheon Speaker:  

United States Congressman Eric Swalwell


Session IX

What are the Economic Impacts of Environmental Agencies when Making Decisions?

Should regional, state and federal agencies review the potential economic impacts when making a decision, as they do when evaluating environmental consequences?  If so, how are the economic impacts weighed in the decision making process?

Moderator:    Mike Marcy, Government Affairs Manager, Tesoro Corporation             

Panelists:       Jeff Wingfield, Director of Environmental, Government and Public Affairs, Port of Stockton    

                              Bruce Wolfe, Executive Officer, San Francisco Regional Water Quality Control Board

                             Alexis Strauss, Deputy Regional Administrator, US EPA Region 9                                

                             Lieutenant Colonel John Baker, District Commander, US Army Corps of Engineers, San Francisco District


Session X

Study: International Trade and the Bay Area Economy

Dr. Sean Randolph, President, Bay Area Council Economic Institute


Fresh Air & Networking Break


Session XI

Modern Infrastructure & Trade = JOBS

Up-to-date infrastructure, whether it is for airports, ports, highways or rail, is necessary to move goods and products, which helps promote international trade and creates jobs.  Have we invested enough funds or invested wisely on infrastructure projects in order to promote jobs and trade?  What is the nexus between infrastructure, trade and protecting and enhancing job growth?


Moderator:   Kish Rajan, Director, Governor’s Office of Business and Economic Development                                                     

Panelists:       Anne Landstrom, Principal Advisor, Moffatt & Nichol 

                              John Hummer, Director, Northern California Gateway, US Department of Transportation

                              Phil Tagami, President & CEO, California Capital and Investment Group 

                              Isaac Kos-Read, Director of External Affairs, Port of Oakland     


Wrap Up, Next-Steps and Adjourn to Reception



Bay Area Transportation Infrastructure Map

Transportation Infrastructure in Northern California 



Many thanks to Graham King at Final Frame Studios for the video of the 2013 DMC



Sponsorship opportunities are available!

2013 DMC Sponsorship Package – PDF

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