Business leaders from across the south coast gathered to celebrate our high-tech business community at the 2018 TechTopia Summit. The event, attended by 140 people, included an economic development bus tour around Goleta highlighting new businesses, new housing opportunities and other significant capital improvement projects.
Attendees reconvened in the Deckers Brands Rotunda for a robust program featuring a report on industry clusters from Josh Williams of BW Research Partners and an update on the Workforce Homebuyer Program from Housing Trust Fund President, Jennifer McGovern. Kristen Miller, President & CEO of the Goleta Chamber of Commerce spoke to Goleta’s position as a high-tech hub. Miller launched the 2018-2019 Goleta Magazine, Goleta’s premier magazine featuring stories of local businesses, non-profits and residents.
The program ended with a panel of business leaders sharing their experience growing a business in Goleta. Panelists were: Scott Romesser, LogMeIn; Yifeng Wu, Transphorm; Ben Schroeder, Founder, Santa Barbara Cider and Rick Spitzer, KARL STORZ Imaging.
Goleta prides itself on being a business-friendly center for world-class innovation and entrepreneurs. The Chamber continues to showcase the successes and challenges of our unique high-tech community.