Annual Meeting to Facilitate Dialogue Among Government, Private Sector and Military Leadership on Key Issues in Hawaii

HONOLULU (January 6, 2015) – The Chamber of Commerce Hawaii’s Military Affairs Council (MAC) will host its annual meeting and partnership conference Friday, January 9 from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Hawaii State Capitol. The event has been re-designed this year to facilitate greater dialogue among government, private sector and military leadership on key issues affecting all.

“There is a strong and long-standing relationship between the military and the community here in Hawaii. This conference is important in that it enables that relationship and identifies issues of mutual interest among the military, business and government communities,” said Chamber of Commerce Hawaii President and CEO Sherry Menor-McNamara.

U.S. Pacific Command will provide an overview highlighting the recent developments in the U.S. Pacific Command’s Area of Responsibility for the command and for the individual Service components. In addition, the U.S. Army Pacific’s Commanding General will also outline the Army’s priorities for both Hawaii and the Asia-Pacific Region.

New to the conference format this year will be breakout sessions focusing on the specific issues of energy, education and innovation where participants will have the opportunity for cross-discussion.

The conference will conclude with a plenary session and luncheon remarks by Governor David Ige and Admiral Harry B. Harris, Jr., Commander of U.S. Pacific Fleet and the U.S. PACOM (presumptive) Commander.

Although the conference is oversold due to limited seating, highlights will be available at https://www.cochawaii.org/military-affairs/ following the event.

For more information on the Chamber of Commerce Hawaii’s Military Affairs Council, go to https://www.cochawaii.org/military-affairs/

Media interested in covering this event, please contact Maria Carl at 808 -778-0308 or marissima8@aol.com as all must be credentialed for security.

As the leading “Voice of Business” in Hawaii, the Chamber of Commerce Hawaii is the state’s largest organization advocating for businesses in Hawaii. Established in 1850, the Chamber works on behalf of its approximately 1,000 member companies and the business community, as a whole, to advance the state’s economic climate and help businesses succeed. The Chamber supports its members with training, business building and networking opportunities; coordinates advocacy activities for members’ involvement; and serves as a liaison between civilian and military communities in Hawaii. Visit cochawaii.org.

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Contact:  Maria Carl

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