First in series of conversations between community and government officials

Image result for Phillip Herrera — Consultant, Governor’s Office of Business & Economic DevelopmentIf you had the undivided attention of a local, county or statewide representative what questions would you ask? What issues matter the most to you?  On July 9, the Government Relations Committee of the Morgan Hill Chamber of Commerce will host the first Civic Tuesday’s Conversation with Featured Guest Phillip Herrera — Consultant, Governor’s Office of Business & Economic Development.

Herrera will be asked to address the following: What does the Governor’s Office of Economic Development do? What major projects/plans are in the pipeline? Can you talk about your experience with Workforce Development Grants, employer incentives, tax credits and how existing Morgan Hill Businesses can take advantage of these offers? Where do you see the economy going in the next 1, 5, 10 years? Because you have a personal passion for the life sciences industry, how can Morgan Hill better attract small scale pharmaceutical and technology innovators?

Doors will open at the Community and Cultural Center at 6 p.m., for a bit of networking with the discussion session beginning promptly at 6:30 p.m. A moderator will address the set of pre-determined topics in addition to filtering in audience questions as applicable.

We encourage you to submit your questions for consideration ahead of time by emailing them to [email protected] This is the first in a series of conversations between government officials and the South County community, so stay tuned for these future featured guests: Congressmember Zoe Lofgren in August, Santa Clara County Assessor Lawrence Stone in September and RCRC First Vice Chair Daran McDaniel in October.  Herrera has provided management consulting services to government and business for more than 15 years developing more than $100 million in government subsidies. He is a former tax auditor for EDD, worked directly for the ETP program, was former single-employer applicant with Bank of America, and is one most respected California employer funding consultants in the State. Herrera graduated from San Francisco State University, where he received his Bachelors of Science Degree in Accounting. He also has an MBA degree from Golden Gate University. Herrera is an active member of many professional, political, and non-profit associations.

Brittney Sherman is the membership and community engagement director for the Morgan Hill Chamber of Commerce. Reach her at (408) 779-9444 or at [email protected]