Thursday, November 12, 2009

Possible Live Blog Tomorrow

For the next two days I'll be in and out of the "Guam Community and Economic Development Forum: Strategies for a Sustainable Future" which is taking place agupa' and agupa'na at the Sheraton Resort in Tamuning. I'm hoping to live blog for the parts that I attend, and so stay tuned for an update tomorrow.
This forum promises to be an interesting one. There are plenty of people speaking whose ideas and insights I trust, but even more people whose ideas and plans for Guam I find incredibly suspect. Most economic forums on Guam, especially those related to the military buildup, tend to take the form of yard sales, where local and Federal government officals, as well as local businessmen promise that everything and anything on the island is up for grabs, and that there will be plenty of money to be made by those who do the grabbing. So as I said, there might be a serious dimension to this conference, and might actually provide some critical thoughts on economic development and the military buildup, instead of trotting out the same Americanizing and capitalist platitudes that have put Guam into the precarious and unsustainble economic position it is in today.

I'm pasting the agenda and session info below.


Guam Community and Economic Development Forum
Strategies for a Sustainable Future
November 12-13, 2009 (Sheraton Laguna Resort)

Proposed Agenda:
Day I

7:00 a.m. – 8:00 a.m. Check in/Registration/Breakfast

8:00 a.m. – 8:30 a.m. Introduction and Welcoming Remarks
UOG President Robert Underwood, Ed.D

8:30 a.m. – 9:00 a.m. Opening Remarks: The Guam Situation
The Honorable Congresswoman Madeleine Z. Bordallo
The Honorable Governor Felix P. Camacho

9:00 a.m.-10:00 a.m. Overview of Guam’s Role in Asia and the Current State of the Guam Build Up
Derek Mitchell, Principal Deputy Asst. Sec. of Defense for Asian and Pacific Security Affairs

10:00 a.m.–10:15 a.m. Morning Break

10:15a.m. – 11:15a.m. Socio-Economic Impact
Panel A - Economic Impact
The Guam Story: What this Growth will Entail
Expected shifts in income distribution, fiscal impacts/revenue growth, plans for expenditures of increased revenues, policy implications
• Anthony C. Blaz, Administrator, Guam Economic Development Authority
• Bertha Duenas, Director, Bureau of Budget & Management Research
• Art Illagan, Director, Department of Revenue and Taxation
• John Camacho, Banking & Insurance Commissioner, Department of Revenue & Taxation
• Aulii Limtiaco, President, Pacific Public Finance Group LLC
Moderator: Tina Garcia, Deputy Director/Financial Service Manager, GEDA

11:15a.m.-12 noon Panel B - Social/Cultural - Community Perspectives on the Buildup
Impacts on Local Community/Villages
• Lisalinda Natividad, Ph.D., Assistant Professor of Social Work, University of Guam
• Antonio M. Palomo, Historian
• Anne Perez Hattori, Ph.D., Professor, Pacific History, University of Guam
• Debbie Quinata, Maga Haga, Nasion Chamoru
• Tony Lamorena, Director, Bureau of Statistics & Plans
Moderator: Clifford Guzman, Galaide Group

12:00p.m.-1:30p.m. Lunch- The Honorable Judith Won Pat, Speaker 30th Guam Legislature
Public Sector Reforms and Fiscal Discipline, Accountability, Land Use

Bob Cook, CEO/President, El Paso Regional Economic Development Corp.
How El Paso is Planning for the Ft. Bliss Build Up

1:30p.m.-2:30p.m. Panel C - Health and Social Services
• J. Peter Roberto, Director, Public Health & Social Services
• Saied Safa, MD, FACP, FASN, Pacific Medical Group
• Sarah Thomas Nededog, Executive Director, Sanctuary, Inc.
• Peter R. Sgro, President & Chairman, Guam Hospital Health Care Development Foundation
• Captain David B. Miller, Commanding Officer, Department of the U.S. Navy, Naval Hospital
Moderator – Margaret Hattori-Uchima, UOG Nursing Professor

2:30p.m.-3:30p.m. Panel D – Housing – “Can We Afford It”
• Siska Hutapea, Vice President/Chief Appraiser, Captain, Hutapea & Associates
• Matthew Cruz, Bank of Guam
• Jeremy Rojas, President, Guam Housing Corporation
• Steven Cruz, USDA Rural Development Office
• Benny Pinaula, Executive Director (Acting), Guam Housing & Urban Renewal Authority
Moderator – Nora Camacho, Deputy Director, Guam Buildup Office

3:30p.m.-3:45p.m. Afternoon Break

3:45p.m.-4:30 p.m. Panel E – Public Safety - “Is There Safety with Numbers?”
• Robert Camacho, Chief of Airport Police, Guam International Airport Authority
• Paul Suba, Chief of Police, Guam Police Department
• Alicia Limtiaco, Attorney General, Office of the Attorney General
• Leonardo M. Rapadas, U.S. Attorney for the Districts of Guam and the Northern Mariana Islands
Moderator – David Okada, UOG Dir. Institutional Effectiveness, Planning & Research

4:30p.m.-5:00p.m. Panel F - Renewable Energy/Energy Efficient Solutions for Guam
• Joaquin Flores, General Manager, Guam Power Authority
• CAPT Peter S. Lynch, Commanding Officer, NAVFAC Marianas
• Steve Ricci, Senior Research Engineer Energy Systems, Battelle Institute
• Bruce Best, TADEO, UOG
Moderator –John Peterson, Ph.D., Director, MARC, UOG

Day II

7:30 a.m. – 8:30 a.m. Check in/Registration/Breakfast

8:15 a.m. – 8:30 a.m. Introduction and Welcoming Remarks
UOG President Robert Underwood, Ed.D.

8:30 a.m. – 9:30 a.m. Panel G – Utility and Infrastructure Requirements
• Simon Sanchez, Chairman, Consolidation Commission on Utilities
• John Benevente, General Manager, Consolidated Utility Service
• Lawrence Perez, Director, Department of Public Works
• John J. Jackson, Director, Joint Guam Program Office (Forward)
• Frederick E. LaCroix, Chief Executive Officer, The Powersource Group LLC
Moderator –John Peterson, Ph.D., Director, MARC, UOG

9:30a.m. – 10:30a.m. Panel H- Impacts on the Environment
“Impacts on Guam’s Natural Environment and Marine Resources”
• Gary Denton, Ph.D, Director, UOG Water & Environmental Research Institute of the Western Pacific
• John Jenson, Ph.D, Professor, UOG Water & Environmental Research Institute of the Western Pacific
• Jason S. Biggs, Ph.D., Assistant Professor of Biology, University of Guam
• Lorilee Crisostomo, Administrator, Guam Environmental Protection Agency
• Tony Lamorena, Director, Bureau of Statistics & Plans
• Moderator –John Peterson, Ph.D., Director, MARC, UOG

10:30 a.m. – 10:45a.m. Morning Break

10:45a.m. – 11:45 a.m. Panel I - Buildup and Post-Buildup Economic Development Opportunities
• Tourism Development: Gerald S.A. Perez, Director, Guam Visitors Bureau
• New Industries: Carlos H. Salas-Executive Manager, A.B. Won Pat International Airport Authority
• New Industries: Glen Leon Guerrero-General Manager, Port Authority Guam
• Small Business Development (Inside and Outside the Fence):
o Kenneth Q. Lujan, SBA Guam Branch Manager, U.S. Small Business Administration Guam Branch Office
o Albert Sampson, NAVFAC Marianas Small Business Advisor
o Michael R. Ady, President-M80 Systems, Inc.
Moderator – Anita Borja Enriquez, Ph.D., Dean, School of Business & Public Administration, UOG

11:45p.m.-1:15p.m. Lunch
Keynote Speaker – Republic of the Philippines Senator Richard Gordon: “Overall Asian Economies and the Redevelopment of Economic Zones”

1:15p.m.-2:00p.m. Panel J - Workforce Development/Employment Needs
• James Martinez, Executive Director, Guam Contractors Association
• Mary P. Torre, President, Guam Hotel & Restaurant Association
• Carl Peterson, Chairman of the Chamber Education/Workforce Development Committee, Guam Chamber of Commerce
• Maria Connelley, Director, Guam Department of Labor
Moderator – Karri T. Perez, Ph.D., Assistant Professor Global Resources Management, SBPA, UOG

2:00p.m.-3:00p.m. Panel K - Education: Investment in Human Capital, Building Capacity
• Nerissa Bretania Underwood, Ph.D., Superintendent, Guam Department of Education
• Mary A.Y. Okada, Ed.D., President, Guam Community College
• Herbert Johnston, D.B.A., Education Director, GCA Trades Academy
• Elizabeth Hawthorne, Ph.D., Dean, School of Education, University of Guam
Moderator - Karri T. Perez, Ph.D., Assistant Professor Global Resources Management, SBPA, UOG

3:00p.m.-3:15p.m. Afternoon Break

3:15p.m.-4:15p.m. Panel L - Preparing for the Economic Growth and Beyond
“Guam: The Making of a Pacific Tiger”
• Gayle M. Cooper, Certified Economic Developer and Executive Director, Economic Development Group of Eloy, Arizona
-Posturing Economic Policies and Strategies to diversify development

-Federal Resources, Policy Makers, Public and Private Partners
Presentation by Federal Partners:
• Joseph M. Diego, Area II Director, USDA Rural Development
• Kenneth Q. Lujan, SBA Guam Branch Manager, U.S. Small Business Administration Guam Branch Office
Moderator – Anita Borja Enriquez, Ph.D., Dean, School of Business & Public Administration, UOG

4:15p.m.-5:00p.m. Next Steps and Conclusion
UOG President Robert Underwood, Ed.D
M. Claret Ruane, Ph.D. in Economics (Specialization: International Development Economics) UOG-House Economist, UOG Pacific Center for Economic Initiatives

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