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Chamber of Commerce Hawaii
July 30, 2014

In this July 30, 2014 edition:

President's Message
Early Learning: A Necessary Resource for Hawaii's Future
Worst Case Scenario: Army Force Realignment Places Hawaii on Red Alert
Chamber Promotes Keenan Porter & Welcomes Jennifer Domaloan

President's Message

Aloha Chamber Members:

The Chamber team returned from a successful “Hawaii on the Hill” event. We're so honored to have partnered with U.S. Senator Mazie Hirono and her team in leading this first-ever initiative on Capitol Hill. From what we've heard, our Taste event was one of the most well-attended state Taste events. Key senators, including Senate Majority Leader Patrick Leahy and Sens. Schumer, Coons, Murkowski, Begich, Murphy and Durbin, among others, attended the event and even tried Spam musubi!
 
Attendees were greeted with lei, a Big Island Candies gift box and recyclable bag from The Queen’s Health Systems to collect products from each business. Hawaiian music filled the air with entertainment by Aloha Boys and 12-year-old ukulele sensation Aidan James, with the room decorated with beautiful tropical flowers and greenery donated by Green Point Nurseries on the Big Island.
 
Hawaii on the Hill would not have been possible without the participating businesses from across the state,
including our Underwriters - Ansaldo Honolulu, Hawaii Crop Improvement Association, Innovate Hawaii, Navatek and THE Orchid Lei Company - and our other sponsors. Our farewell delivery was Hawaiian Host Chocolates to each of the Senator’s offices. Click here for media coverage on the event and click here to check out photos.
  
Our mission was accomplished: Hawaii businesses connected with various stakeholders, our state was promoted as a place to do and conduct business, and the Chamber and its delegation left an indelible and delicious “Taste of Aloha” on Capitol Hill.
 
The work continues, however, to keep Hawaii at the forefront of our nation’s Capitol. The Chamber will continue to work closely with our Congressional Delegation, as well as seek other opportunities to support our members and foster economic growth in Hawaii.

Laulima & mahalo,
 
Sherry Menor-McNamara
President & CEO

Early Learning: A Necessary Resource for Hawaii's Future

The Chamber supports the Early Learning Initiative – focusing on the development at that age is critical for Hawaii’s future.  It is imperative that we begin an early investment in a child’s life to ensure that each is properly equipped with skills to help him or her succeed and help Hawaii flourish.
  • Incoming kindergarten students are not ready to learn; 91.9% of kindergarten classrooms in the Hawaii Department of Education did not meet benchmarks in all dimensions of school readiness. (Good Beginnings Alliance Policy Brief).
  • Hawaii is one of 11 states that offers virtually no state funding for preschool.
It is vital that the community comes together and works to support early learning to ensure that our keiki are ready to help Hawaii prosper. Join the effort to move Hawaii forward, please visit the Good Beginnings Alliance website to learn how you can get involved.

Worst Case Scenario: Army Force Realignment Study Places Hawaii on Red Alert

Facing cuts mandated by sequestration, the Department of Army released its draft study on force realignments to reduce its active duty force to 420,000 soldiers by 2020. Proposals under consideration include a possible reduction of 16,000 active duty soldiers and Army civilians on Schofield Barracks and nearly 4,000 on Ft. Shafter. Added to this would be an estimated loss of 30,000 military dependents.
 
The economic impacts would severely cripple Hawaii’s economy with revenue losses projected at $1.35 billion in sales income and $9.2 million in sales tax receipts. The communities of Wahiawa/Mililani/Haleiwa would suffer the greatest impact.
 
The Chamber encourages a flood of community responses to document the serious impacts anticipated on local communities and urge DOA officials to retain the Army units based at Schofield Barracks/Wheeler and Ft. Shafter. All comments need to be mailed by August 24, 2014 to the following address:

            U.S. Army Environmental Command
            ATTN:  SPEA Public Comments
            2450 Connell Road (Building 2264)
            Joint Base San Antonio-Ft Sam Houston, TX 78234-7664
            Or email comments to:  usarmy.jbsa.aec.nepa@mail.mil

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


Chamber Promotes Keenan Porter & Welcomes Jennifer Domaloan

We’re pleased to announce the promotion of Keenan Porter to Director of Membership Sales and Accounts responsible for overseeing the membership team’s efforts in developing and retaining members, as well as marketing the Chamber’s membership services.
 
We also welcome Jennifer Domaloan, who joins the Chamber as Controller and Office Manager. She most recently worked as HR Manager with Ganir & Co. Pacific Rim Commercial Services and as Operations Manager with PKF Pacific Hawaii LLP. With Jennifer’s extensive background in human resources, accounting and administration, we’re excited to welcome her to our team. She joins the Chamber with CFO Geri Walker retiring in August. 
 

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