Chamber of Commerce Hawaii
June 18, 2014

In this June 18, 2014 edition:

President's Message
Supporting Hawaii's Manufacturing Industry
Chamber Welcomes New Military Commanders to Hawaii
Save the Date: Chamber's 3rd Annual Business on the Green Golf Tournament

President's Message

Aloha Chamber Members:

The Chamber is the exclusive and Official State Partner of the National Association of Manufacturers (NAM). Last week, Bernie Coleman, board member and President & CEO of Pacific Allied Products, as well chair of the Chamber’s Manufacturing Initiative, and I represented Hawaii at NAM’s annual Manufacturing Summit in Washington, D.C. This was the first time Hawaii participated along with 500+ manufacturers of all sizes to advocate a clear message to Congressional leaders:  advance the manufacturing comeback.
Echoed by VP Joe Biden in his keynote, one of his priority messages was a call to invest in infrastructure to stay competitive in the 21st century economy. This entails replenishing the Highway Trust Fund, which will no longer be able to meet its fiscal obligations to the states in late August, before the current authorization expires on September 30. Without Congressional action, all new highway and transit projects will be put on hold. Other policy areas discussed were: tax, energy and regulations, labor and workforce, as well as trade, including Ex-Im Bank and Trans-Pacific Partnership.
The Chamber’s policy agenda covers these areas, especially as it relates to transportation and infrastructure, which is why we encourage you to attend our first-ever HITS event: Hawaii Infrastructure and Transportation Summit, Wednesday, June 25. We are pleased to have keynote speakers, John Manavian of Robert Properties Group and Paul Jablonski, CEO of San Diego Metropolitan Transit System, as well as other key leaders in the public and private sectors. Click here to read the coverage in Pacific Business News. 

Laulima & mahalo,
Sherry Menor-McNamara
President & CEO

Supporting Hawaii's Manufacturing Industry: We need your input!

Over the last year, the Chamber has invested in resources to help grow and support manufacturers in Hawaii. Our first project was developing our Manufacturing Portal, pulling together resources and news updates of interest to manufacturers. 

We are also conducting an online Manufacturing Inventory Assessment, getting feedback from manufacturing companies in Hawaii on topics, including business climate, workforce and support environment, and what steps can be taken to help their companies thrive. We urge all Hawaii manufacturers to provide their input, so we can better support this important and growing industry. If you are a manufacturer and want to participate, please email Jenny Lee.

Chamber Welcomes New Military Commanders to Hawaii

The annual summer rotations will bring in the following new senior military base commanders to Hawaii. Chamber members and state and county officials, community leaders, school principals and others in communities surrounding the bases are encouraged to welcome these commanders to Hawaii and your respective communities. 
Schofield Barracks (Wahiawa, Mililani, North Shore, and adjacent communities):

  • Major General Charles Flynn, Commanding General, 25th Infantry Division, replacing Major General Kurt Fuller.
  • Colonel Richard Fromm, Commander, US Army Garrison Hawaii, replacing Colonel Daniel Whitney.
Pearl Harbor-Hickam- Camp Smith (Pearl City, Aiea, Halawa, Foster Village, Aliamanu and adjacent communities):
  • Lt. General Terry Robling, Commander of Marine Forces Pacific on Camp Smith, is retiring in August and will be replaced by Lt. General John Toolan.
  • Navy Captain Jeffrey James, current commander of Joint Base Pearl Hickam, is retiring in July and will be replaced by Navy Captain Stanley Keeve.
Marine Corps Base Hawaii (Kaneohe, Kailua, Lanikai, Waimanalo and adjacent communities):
  • Colonel Brain Annichiarico, Commander of Marine Corps Base Hawaii, is being reassigned in August. His replacement has yet to announced.
Click here to learn more about the restructure of our Military Affairs Council (MAC) and our MAC members.

3rd Annual Business on the Green Golf Tournament 

Save the Date for the Chamber’s 3rd Annual Business on the Green Golf Tournament Wednesday, October 1, 2014 at the Kapolei Golf Course! As one of our best attended events of the year, this is a great opportunity to hone your golfing skills, engage in friendly competition, network with Hawaii’s business community and top executives, and earn fabulous award prizes. 

We invite you to join this fun and productive event with your colleagues or participate as a sponsor. We’re currently seeking door prize donations, raffle giveaways and other promotional items for our golfers. To participate as a sponsor or for more information, please email Kyle Okamura. Additional details to follow.

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