What We Do

Economic Development

  • Advocate and support California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA) reform efforts including recent legislation that would have substantially decreased the occurrence of “document dumping” (SB 1451Hill).
  • Active leadership role with the Bay Area Business Coalition (BABC), bringing together regional business groups including the Bay Area Council and Silicon Valley Leadership Group to ensure the business community is represented in policy conversations and proposed legislation introduced by the four regional regulatory bodies: Association of Bay Area Governments (ABAG), Bay Area Air Quality Management District (BAAQMD), Bay Conservation and Development Commission (BCDC), and Metropolitan Transportation Commission (MTC).
  • Co-Sponsored the annual Economic Forum featuring Gary Schlossberg, Wells Capital Management Senior Economist and industry CFO’s with the Redwood City-San Mateo County Chamber of Commerce
  • Connect state and local legislators to industry leaders in all fields including high tech, digital media/entertainment, software, biotech, artificial intelligence and online marketing and analytics.
  • Regularly provide economic presentations to local and regional civic groups.
  • Community partner for annual events including Skyline College’s Success Summit, Redwood City-San Mateo County Chamber of Commerce’s Progress Seminar, and the San Francisco Business Times Peninsula Structures.

Transportation

  • Actively engaged with the Caltrain modernization and electrification project.
  • Continuing support of California High Speed Rail and its connection to Caltrain.
  • Advocate for San Francisco Municipal Transportation Authority private commuter shuttle project.
  • Provided financial support for a Bay Area Council business community poll regarding the BART strike.
  • Provide support for the Caltrain Commuter Coalition, otherwise known as C3. 

Housing

  • Ongoing support for the Grand Boulevard Initiative and the local infrastructure improvements needed to build housing along this major transportation corridor (El Camino Real). Co-Sponsor of biannual GBI Awards.
  • Identify and disseminate information on the critical housing needs throughout San Mateo County.

Education

  • Early supporter of the countywide initiative the “Big Lift” led by the San Mateo County Office of Education to increasing reading proficiency of third grade students from 58% today to 80% by 2020.
  • Member of the San Mateo County Workforce Investment Board (WIB) working to create linkages between employers, public and private educational institutions including the San Mateo County Community College District in order to create training opportunities and job placements for underemployed and unemployed in San Mateo County.
  • Member of Notre Dame de Namur University’s School of Business and Management advisory council.
  • Support San Francisco State University programs and initiatives in San Mateo County.
  • Working with Supervisor Slocum and Assembly Member Mullin on CONNECT 13 and CONNECT 14 forums to showcase technology and the viability of social media for community engagement.

Communication

  • Produce and distribute information on the economy, business environment and public policy issues through SAMCEDA E-newsletters and social media platforms including Facebook and Twitter.
  • Produced inaugural “Spotlight on Business” show with Peninsula Television (PenTV).
  • Produced SAMCEDA feature in new online magazine Peninsula Local Magazine “penlocalmag.com.”