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Chamber of Commerce Hawaii
September 24, 2014

In this September 24, 2014 edition:

President's Message
Gubernatorial and CD1 Candidate Forum Recap
Hawaii Receives DoD Funding for Construction at DOE Schools
Your Participation Encouraged: Disaster Preparedness
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President's Message

Aloha Chamber Members:

Recently, we kicked off our Your Vote, Your Voice 2014 campaign to challenge you to exercise your right to vote and have a say in our democracy. In order for you to make an informed decision as to who would best represent your interests, we held our Candidate Forum for both the CD1 and Gubernatorial races last night. We were pleased to have a great turnout by the business community to hear what the candidates had to say, how they responded to our questions and what their plans are to build a better business climate in Hawaii.
 
No doubt this election season has been like no other in recent history in Hawaii. We will have a new Governor, a freshman Congressional Delegation, new faces at the State Legislature, and possibly new committee chairs for the House and Senate. At the forum, we strongly urged the candidates that, whoever is elected, all engage the Chamber in coming up with ideas and solutions to create a thriving economy and a better quality of life for the people of Hawaii.    
 
As part of our campaign, we encourage you to get your employees to vote. With 1,000 members, our membership base, has 200,000 employees. If each one voted, our state’s voting record would improve and our choices would help determine the direction of our state. As the exclusive association to represent manufacturers in Hawaii, we have teamed up with the National Association of Manufacturers on Employee Voter Registration Week (September 22-26) to encourage employers to get employees to vote. In that effort, please forward this Employees Vote link to your employees.
 
Let’s show the candidates that We Mean Business and make this election outcome one for business. 

Laulima & mahalo,
 
Sherry Menor-McNamara

President & CEO

Gubernatorial and CD 1 Candidate Forum Recap

Last night, the Chamber had over 100 guests attend our debates with Charles Djou and Mark Takai vying for the Congressional District 1 (CD1) seat followed by Duke Aiona, Mufi Hannemann and David Ige vying for the office of the Governor.  We would like to thank the candidates and moderators, Steve Petranik with Hawaii Business magazine and John Hart with Hawaii Pacific University.

The CD1 debate focused on the military and federal spending in Hawaii, supporting tourism from Asia, foreign policy issues and fiscal priorities for our nation. 

The governor’s debate focused on cost of doing business in Hawaii, early learning Con-Am, supporting economic drivers such as the military, tourism and manufacturing, and health care issues, including the cost of the SHOP in the Hawaii Health Exchange.

Thank you to our sponsor Hawaii Pacific Health for your generous support of this event. Coverage of the debates can be found here.

Don’t forget to register to vote, or vote early by mail

Hawaii Receives DoD Funding for Construction at DOE Schools

MAC Quality of Life Chair Terry George and Vice Chair Vicki Olson visited Solomon and Hale Kula Elementary Schools at Schofield Barracks. Both are undertaking major construction projects that are being funded by the U.S. Department of Defense (DoD) and Hawaii Department of Education (DOE).
 
Hale Kula received $26.56 million (80%) from the DoD, which was matched by $6.64 million (20%) from the Hawaii DOE. Hale Kula was the first Hawaii school that received part of the $250 million in DoD funding authorized in 2011 to construct, renovate, repair or expand public schools on military installations. Hale Kula was built in 1959 and ranked 9th in the list of priority schools needing facility improvements identified by the DoD. The construction at Hale Kula will provide a new administration building, two-story classroom building, student center, library-media center and additional classrooms, in addition to renovation of existing classrooms. Construction is expected be completed in the summer of 2016.

Solomon is the next school to participate in this program to fund facility improvements to replace its 25 portable classrooms and undersized facilities. The planned improvements will essentially re-build the school. 
 
Mahalo to Sally Omalza and Jan Iwase, principals of Solomon and Hale Kula, and Dr. John Brummel, Complex Area Superintenden for the Leilehua, Mililani and Waialua Complexes, for sharing the great work that is being done in the DOE! 

Click here to learn more about the Military Affairs Council (MAC) and our MAC members.


Your Participation Encouraged: Disaster Preparedness

The State of Hawaii Procurement Office, in partnership with the Emergency Management Operations department, is currently seeking general information, comments and recommendations from businesses to provide needed goods and services during a disaster, including hurricanes, tidal waves, tsunamis and earthquakes.
 
Participants will be listed on the state’s Disaster Preparedness webpage, which will outline the businesses and their associated offerings, for anyone across the state to contact, if and when needed.
 
For more information regarding the specific goods and services needed, and to participate, please click here to see the RFI.

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