Business and Government Leaders Hosted by North Seattle Community College
The Sustainable Growth Summit, led by the White House Initiative on Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders (AAPI) in partnership with North Seattle Community College and the State of Washington Commission on Asian Pacific American Affairs, was held on July 8, 2011. This daylong event, hosted by and held on North’s campus, was a great success.
The Summit, available to view and streamed live on the White House website, began with remarks by leaders of the partnering organizations. Chancellor Jill Wakefield and Trustee Albert Shen of Seattle Community Colleges, along with Mark Mitsui, President of North Seattle Community College, welcomed attendees to the campus and shared their excitement that the College was asked to host this pivotal event.
In addition, Hyeok Kim and Kamuela Enos from the President’s Advisory Commission on Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders and Kendee Yamaguchi, Executive Director of the Washington State Commission on Asian Pacific American Affairs addressed the crowd.
Summit brings together local, regional and national leaders
Representatives of more than 20 federal, state, county and city agencies—from the Executive Office of the White House to Washington State legislators to the City of Seattle—participated in the Sustainable Growth Summit. In addition, the event was attended by a wide range of other professionals, including representatives of non-profits, private financial institutions and small businesses, as well as community leaders and members of the media.
Approximately 450 people from across the Northwest gathered at the Summit to discuss and network about federal efforts to promote sustainable communities, encourage innovation, and support economic growth within AAPI communities. In addition, the event provided an opportunity for guests to learn about federal opportunities for sustainable communities, economic development, innovation in clean technology and more.
“For many of the attendees, this was the first opportunity for them to set foot on our campus and they left with a very positive impression of our College, our community and our students,” said President Mark Mistui. “A significant set of community leaders from across our region know more about, and have a more favorable impression of North, than ever before.”
New connections to benefit students
President Mitsui said new relationships forged at the Summit will likely bring important benefits to students. These include opportunities for students to obtain internships and employment as well as the potential for federal contracts.
New connections made by the College include those with top level White House officials, the Small Business Administration, the US Forest Service, Housing and Urban Development, the Environmental Protection Agency, the NW Business Center and the Small Business Transportation Center. Relationships were also made with several small businesses, capital investors, community banks and community service agencies from across the region.
Keynotes and workshops focus on “Growing Jobs” and “Growing Communities”
The Summit’s keynote address was given by the White House’s Chris Lu, Assistant to the President and Cabinet Secretary. A luncheon keynote was given by Ronnie Chatterji, Senior Economist for the White House Council of Economic Advisors.
In between and throughout the day, a wide range of workshops were presented, giving participants the opportunity to explore a variety of issues and gain important information relating to “Growing Jobs” and “Growing Communities.”
Additional information and resources
For more information on the White House Initiative on Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders, please visit www.whitehouse.gov/aapi