Join us in celebrating the power of Citizen Diplomacy in creating a more peaceful world as we honor and recognize:
Los Angeles Cleantech Incubator (LACI)
LACI is a non-profit organization that accelerates the development of cleantech start-ups by offering flexible office space and expert advice on issues facing early to growth stage companies. It identifies local talent, nurtures it, and helps get it to market, resulting in more jobs and a bigger green economy.
LACI is funded by the Los Angeles Department of Water and Power and CRA/LA, and works in partnership with UCLA, USC, Caltech and Jet Propulsion Laboratory.
LACI is also the home for several globally focused programs including: Global Innovation Network, Global Showcase, and the Leadership Council. Within the Leadership Council, the Global Connect Council Program provides consulates, international chambers of commerce, trade associations and similar organizations a way to formally integrate into the Los Angeles cleantech ecosystem.
LACI is located in the city's Cleantech Corridor, a four mile strip between the Los Angeles River and Alameda in downtown L.A. The Clean Tech Corridor is the cornerstone of the city's green economy strategy and will be home to the cleantech ecosystem Los Angeles is building to support the green economy. IVCLA is honored to recognize LACI as our 2016 Outstanding Resource.
Outstanding Citizen Diplomat
David Simon, President of the Los Angeles Sports Council, has played a significant role in virtually every major sporting event brought to the L.A. area in the last 20 years. He has been listed in the L.A. Times and L.A. Business Journal as one of the area's most influential sports executives. Under his leadership, the Sports Council has been a driving force behind successful bids for events which have generated more than $1 billion in local economic impact. David has been active in international sports since 1977 when he was a part of Los Angeles' bid to host the 1984 Olympic Games. Following the L.A. Olympics, he joined the L.A. Area Chamber of Commerce and developed the concept for a volunteer sports and business committee to act as a single point of contact for bringing special events to the area. In 1988 David helped create the Sports Council and has served as its President ever since.
He also serves as President of the Southern California Committee for the Olympic Games (SCCOG). Unique in the Olympic world, SCCOG is a L.A. civic organization which has been offering support for the Olympic Movement since 1939. The Olympics have played a considerable role in David's career. From 1979 to 1984 he served as Vice President of the L.A. Olympic Organizing Committee; from 1989 to 1999 as Chair or Co-Chair of the International Relations Committee for the U.S. Olympic Committee; and as President of the L.A. 2012 and 2016 Bid Committees. Over the years he has attended 12 Olympic Games.
David has been a member of IVCLA since 1986 and has served as a Director on the IVCLA Board. He is a Phi Beta Kappa graduate of UCLA and the UCLA School of Law. IVCLA is honored to recognize David Simon as our 2016 Outstanding Citizen Diplomat.
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