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Mobilizing Tech in Hawaii

As the legislature gears up for the 2010 session, the tech community is mobilizing to make the most out of what is to be one of the more difficult law-making years. In order to make up for the $1.2B deficit Gov Lingle is already looking at deferring tax returns, restricting spending and refinancing debt. It is highly unlikely lawmakers will support any tax-credits for the tech industry. Even back in October at the Rebuilding Tech workshop, Senators Fukunaga, Hanabusa and Representative McKelvey predict "programs are being cut, nobody will be giving away money in the form of credits." So what is the tech community going to do? Mobilize for one thing. Jay Fidell, Bill Spencer and a host of others are organizing Crucible 2010: Hammering out Tech Initiatives For the 2010 Legislative Session. For anyone in the tech industry interested in efforts to introduce new bills in this session should attend this workshop being held at the Plaza Club on Tuesday, Jan. 19, 2010 starting at 4:00pm. The program agenda includes:
• WELCOME – JAY FIDELL • STATE OF TECH: JOBS AND SO MUCH MORE – BILL SPENCER (5 minutes) • HAWAII’S FUTURE IN TECHNOLOGY – KEIKI-PUA DANCIL (5 minutes) • THE COALITION WORKGROUP – CAROL FUKUNAGA & ANGUS MCKELVEY (5 minutes) • RECOMMENDATIONS OF THE COALITION WORKGROUP (40 minutes) GENERAL FINANCE – DAVID WATUMULL & KARL FOOKS ENABLING ENVIRONMENT – MARK GILBERT & YUKA NAGASHIMA R&D CREDIT – JOHN CHOCK & IAN KITAJIMA RENEWABLE TECHNOLOGY – DARREN KIMURA & TED PECK CREATIVE MEDIA – RIC GALINDEZ & NANCY GREKIN • Q & A FROM LEGISLATORS AND INDUSTRY – BOB TOYOFUKU (20 minutes) • CLOSING REMARKS – JAY FIDELL & BILL SPENCER (10 minutes) • 5:30 p.m. LIBATION AND BONDING • 6:30 p.m. PAU
The event is free but you need to RSVP by calling the Hawaii Venture Capital Assoc. at 808-262-7329 or ThinkTech at 808-524-0544. You can also email Bill Spencer or Jay Fidell. In related news Lisa Gibson is stepping down from her post at the Hawaii Science and Technology Council as President/CEO. Keiki-Pua Dancil is replacing Gibson as the new President/CEO. Dancil will be presenting at Crucible 2010 and talk about Hawaii's Future in Technology. I spoke briefly with Gibson who told me "it's time for a change." She wasn't clear what she would be doing now but whatever it is it will be dynamic. We all wish Lisa the best in her future endeavors. For those interested in a primer on the legislative process you might want to check out the Legislative 101 Workshop on Jan. 28th. The program will feature experts from the legislature’s Public Access Room, elected officials, and experienced advocates who will explain the legislative process and share insights on how to participate effectively. Speakers include Sen. Les Ihara, Jr., Rep. Maile Shimabukuro, Jeff Mikulina (Blue Planet Foundation), and Kapua Sproat. The program is free of charge and a good way to understand how to engage in a process that might otherwise look quite daunting. Reserve your seat here.