Brews & Views this Thursday: California’s Economic Future


By on Tue, April 3, 2012



Half Moon Bay Brewing Company presents free public forum welcoming Doug Henton, Chairman and CEO of Collaborative Economics

Ever wonder what California’s economic future holds, how it is determined and who is behind it? With an upcoming California Economic Summit in the works to determine how to generate more jobs and identify economic opportunities, there are many factors at stake.  At the April Brews and Views special guest Doug Henton will explain this Summit and what it means for California. As the Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Collaborative Economics, Doug will be in discussion with Lenny Mendonca, director of global management consulting firm McKinsey & Company as well as founder of the Half Moon Bay Brewing Company.

Thursday, April 5, 2012
6 to 8 p.m.

Half Moon Bay Brewing Company
390 Capistrano Road
Half Moon Bay, CA 94019

Admission and snacks are complimentary. Beer, wine, and other beverages will be available for sale at the event. Ten percent of the proceeds from all dinner sales at Half Moon Bay Brewing Company for this event will be donated to the Cabrillo Education Foundation.

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Speaker Biography:

Doug Henton

Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Collaborative Economics, Doug Henton has more than 30 years of experience in economic and community development at the national, regional, state, and local levels.  Doug is nationally recognized for his work in bringing industry, government, education, research, and community leaders together around specific collaborative projects to improve regional competitiveness.

He was project manager for the start-up of the Joint Venture: Silicon Valley Network, an innovative, results-oriented regional economic development alliance.  He continues to serve as Joint Venture’s economist, and is the architect of Joint Venture’s annual Index of Silicon Valley.

Doug is a consultant to the California Economic Strategy Panel, California’s first state economic strategy process linked to industry clusters and regions.  He is a consultant to Next 10 for the development of the Green Innovation Index.  He is the co-author of Silicon Valley Greenprint and regional coordinator of National Climate Prosperity Project.  He helped launch collaborative regional efforts in Sacramento, Fresno and San Diego.  He was consultant to the Massachusetts Technology Collaborative.  Doug has also advised Chicago Metropolis 2020, the Potomac Conference and Arizona Partnership for a New Economy.

Doug founded Collaborative Economics in July 1993 after a decade as assistant director of SRI International’s Center for Economic Competitiveness.  At SRI he led major state-level strategy development projects in Arizona, Florida, and California.  Internationally, Doug directed major projects on the economic future of Hong Kong, the technopolis strategy in Japan, and regional development in China.

With colleagues Kim Walesh and John Melville, Doug has written a book, Grassroots Leaders for the New Economy:  How Civic Entrepreneurs Are Building Prosperous Communities, published by Jossey-Bass in March 1997. Their second book, Civic Revolutionaries: Igniting the Passion for Change in America’s Communities,  was published by Jossey-Bass in October 2003.
Doug holds a bachelor’s degree in political science and economics from Yale University and a master of public policy degree from the University of California, Berkeley.