SAN PEDRO, Calif. — August 31, 2010 — Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa will join dozens of maritime industry technology leaders and investors at PortTechLA’s inaugural Technology Expo and Investment Conference on September 15. The day-long conference will feature demonstrations, seminars and roundtable discussions designed for entrepreneurs, investors and the maritime business community. 

More than 20 exhibitors will showcase their innovations for prospective business partners, and conference attendance is expected to include representatives from established investor groups – including Tech Coast Angels, Pasadena Angels, California Venture Forum, Maverick Angels and Los Angeles Venture Association.
Expo discussion panels will include “Investing in Clean Tech in Uncertain Times” and “Picking the Right Service Providers for Your Clean Tech Venture.” Mayor Villaraigosa will give the lunch keynote address, preceded by remarks from Los Angeles’ 15th District Councilmember Janice Hahn.

“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 together key stakeholders to assess the latest clean technology in the maritime industry and introduce clean tech entrepreneurs to potential funding partners.”

Mayor Villaraigosa and other Los Angeles business and community leaders are featured in,The Greening of the Port of Los Angeles,” part two of a new three-part corporate that spotlights business opportunities in the LA Harbor community,  the impetus behind PortTechLA, and the many environmental initiatives and technology opportunities at the Port of Los Angeles.

Attendees are urged to register now for the conference, which starts at 8:30 a.m. at the DoubleTree Hotel in San Pedro.  To register for the event, call 310-832-0028, email jsalcedo@porttechla.org or visit www.PorttechLA.org.

About PortTechLA
PortTechLA is a public/private non-profit technology commercialization center and 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.

About the Port of Los Angeles
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.