Santa Monica City Hall (File photo)

Tickets are still available for Santa Monica’s annual State of the City presentation on Wednesday afternoon at the SGI World Peace Auditorium.

The annual event is hosted by the Santa Monica Chamber of Commerce and features a panel of City officials and/or industry experts discussing some of the city’s most pressing issues.

“This year, the theme is shaping a changing world,” said Chamber CEO Laurel Rosen. “Working with the City of Santa Monica, the emphasis is really looking at how we are preparing ourselves for 21st-century government. How do we work together to prepare for this changing disrupted future impacting all sectors of industry and how we live and how we work?”

Panelists include City Manager Rick Cole and Anuj Gupta, Deputy City Manager and Director of Policy for the City of Santa Monica, Jesse Draper (a women-forward venture capitalist and president of Halogen Ventures), and DJ Peterson (CNN commentator and top business consultant at Longview Global Advisors).

“This year’s State of the City Economic Sustainability Summit showcases trends, projects, and people that are shaping our city’s economic future,” said Rosen.  “There are more than 9,500 businesses in Santa Monica. The Summit will help us gauge where we’ve been and identify where we are going and inspire us to work together to help our community thrive.”

She said it’s important to facilitate communication between businesses, residents and city officials.

There isn’t another event like the state of the city,” she said. “This is the most important event where you’re bringing industry, city leaders and residents to understand what’s being done and what the goals moving forward are to find solutions to important issues.”

She said more than 700 people are expected to be in the audience.

“It’s important for the business community to join with city leaders and understand the challenges we’re facing today and how we’re going to move as a city,” she said. “And to hear from the mayor and city manager about what they’re doing to address some of our most pressing issues today.”

The 9th annual State of the City Economic Sustainability Summit will be held on Wednesday, February 6 from 5 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. at 525 Wilshire Blvd. Doors open at 4:30 p.m. and the program begins at 5 p.m. A networking reception with exhibitors and sustainable tastings from local restaurants will take place immediately following the event. Tickets are $50 for Santa Monica Chamber members, $60 for non-members, and $10 for students and seniors. More information is available at or by calling (310) 393-9825.

SMDP Staff Writer Madeleine Pauker contributed to this story.

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