My guest will be Laura Bucko from the Manhattan Chamber of Commerce and Tom Glendening from E3Think.
Laura Bucko is the VP/Director of Communications for the Manhattan Chamber of Commerce and founder of their Green Business Committee. Laura has been instrumental in changing the focus of the Chamber from a small community organization to a far-reaching, robust organization that serves many levels of the business community. By focusing on partner and member relations, recruitment, strategic partnerships, event coordination and outreach, this organization has flourished and has increased its relevancy by being a champion to NYC businesses during an economic downturn. Laura founded the Chamber’s Green Business Committee in June, 2008 which has since grown to be the chamber’s largest most successful initiative. Laura has also worked to create sub-groups in the Chamber for technology/digital media, healthcare, education and young professionals.
Tom specializes in cities, buildings, transit and energy. He has successfully created hundreds of millions in investment value from complicated assignments worldwide. He has worked on major transportation-oriented developments in New York, London, Leipzig and other key markets. Additionally, he has worked in the public sector with the NYC Department of City Planning, has developed facilities strategies for two Fortune 25 companies to enable the global roll-out of alternatively powered vehicles (fuel cell, electric), and captained a Harvard Alumni study on the revenues, risks and economic development potential of a NYC bikeshare program.