I hope everyone enjoyed their Labor Day weekend and had time to reflect on the purpose of this holiday. On behalf of the Chamber, I would like to share our appreciation for employers and employees for the hard work you put forth every single day to move our state forward and keep our economic engine running. We also thank all of the first responders and the men and women in uniform for their selfless service.
On Monday, September 12 at noon in Tamarind Park, the Chamber, in partnership with BAE Systems and Anthology Marketing Group, will host a 9/11 Commemoration Ceremony to pay homage to those who lost their lives on that fateful day. We honor our first responders who forged their way on that day without hesitation in order to save lives. We honor the military for their ultimate sacrifices so we can continue to live in freedom. We honor the families who have lost their loved ones and who continue to live with the pain and suffering, but seek to move on to make this place a better one for their children and generations to come.
Please join us to show our appreciation to those who have made the ultimate sacrifices and who continue to protect us, as well as to show our spirit of resilience, pride and freedom as Americans. Although time has passed, 9/11 is a constant reminder of all the sacrifices that have been made and continue to be made, especially in volatile, unstable environments throughout the world.
On another note, as part of the Chamber's ongoing efforts to spur economic growth, on Monday, a few business and community leaders were invited to meet with U.S. Treasury Secretary Jack Lew, during his stopover in Hawaii, to discuss the state of the economy and concerns that face our state. We each raised different concerns, however, a common one was access to capital.
U.S. Secretary of the Treasury Jack Lew, 4th from left, in Hawaii to discuss our local economy with business and community leaders
Secretary Lew mentioned that many of the issues he is hearing about here resonate across the nation, including acknowledgement that with little or no investment in businesses, productivity will be challenged. One of the obstacles, however, is the anxiety and concern resulting from the changing political and economic environments around the world.
He also agreed that Hawaii can serve as a meeting point for Asia-Pacific businesses and more can be done to promote this point. And, emphasized that more public-private partnerships need to be pursued, especially as it relates to operations and maintenance processes. As our state undertakes major infrastructure projects, these partnerships should be actively pursued.
Laulima & mahalo,
President & CEO