Conference at DoubleTree Hotel in San Pedro to Bring Together Entrepreneurs, Investors and Maritime Industry; Will Feature Latest Innovations in Maritime Environmental, Security, Logistics and Energy Technologies

SAN PEDRO, Calif. — August 17, 2010 — Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa will be a featured speaker at PortTechLA’s Technology Expo and Investment Conference on September 15. The day-long event will showcase business innovations to investors, strategic partners and the maritime industry in the San Pedro Bay port complex.

“PortTechLA is poised to become an important element in our overall plan to bring green jobs and sustainable economic growth to Los Angeles,” said Mayor Villaraigosa. “This conference will bring key stakeholders together to assess the latest clean technology in the maritime industry.”

“We are thrilled that Mayor Villaraigosa will bring his vision and leadership to this important conference,” said Jeff Milanette, executive director of PortTechLA. “He has led the charge to transform Los Angeles into an incubator for green jobs, technology and the growth of L.A.’s economy. The mayor is at the forefront of the clean tech revolution and PortTechLA is a key component to help make it happen.”

State Assemblywoman Bonnie Lowenthal, whose 54th District includes the Port of Los Angeles, will kick off the conference with morning remarks. Lowenthal has been a strong supporter of PortTechLA and bringing green technology and jobs into the region.

The conference at The DoubleTree Hotel in San Pedro will feature demonstrations, speakers, seminars, roundtable discussions, networking and an opportunity for entrepreneurs, investors, the maritime business community and others to assess strategic relationships. PortTechLA will award a series of innovation awards at the event.

Those interested in attending the conference or presenting at the Expo should contact John Salcedo at or call 310-832-0028. 

PortTechLA is a public/private non-profit technology center and business incubator operated by a coalition of the City of Los Angeles, Port of Los Angeles and the San Pedro and Wilmington Chambers of Commerce. Its mission is to attract and mentor companies with technologies that will enable the Port of Los Angeles, and ports worldwide, to meet their immediate and future environmental, energy, security and logistics goals. It is designed to incubate or accelerate technology company growth through assistance with the development, testing, commercialization, manufacture and marketing of the products and solutions required to ensure the sustainability of the ports of the future.

The Port of Los Angeles is America’s premier port and has a strong commitment to developing innovative strategic and sustainable operations that benefit the economy as well as the quality of life for the region and the nation it serves.  As the leading seaport in North America in terms of shipping container volume and cargo value, the Port generates 919,000 regional jobs and $39.1 billion in annual wages and tax revenues.  A proprietary department of the City of Los Angeles, the Port is self-supporting and does not receive taxpayer dollars.

The Port of Los Angeles – A cleaner port.  A brighter future.