Hawaii State Economic Momentum Commission
Hawaii's 30-member Economic Momentum Commission (EMC) was formed in June 2005 with a goal of prolonging the state's current economic vitality. The EMC's goal is to develop an action plan to sustain the state's current economic momentum over the longer term, reduce the traditional peaks and valleys of economic cycles, and enhance Hawai`i's natural and cultural resources.
The EMC met from July to November 2005 to generate practical "good ideas" in three major areas:
1. Enhancing Quality of Life 2. Improving Employment, Education & Investment Opportunities 3. Upgrading Infrastructure and Reviewing Master Planning Process
The EMC issued draft recommendations on November 1, 2005 which can be seen on their website: EMC draft recommendations.
The committee will solicit public input on ideas during the fall of 2005 before voting on its final recommendations.
The bipartisan commission includes representation from the State Administration; the Senate President and Speaker of the House and other legislative leaders; and private-sector leaders from Maui, Kaua`i, the Big Island and O`ahu who represent small and large businesses, labor unions, non-profit social agencies, environmental and cultural organizations, educational institutions, government and the military. The EMC is chaired by Don Horner, president and chief executive officer of First Hawaiian Bank.
- Donald Horner, EMC Chair - President & CEO, First Hawaiian Bank
- David Akina - President & CEO, The Paradise Pages
- Haunani Apoliona - Chairperson, Board of Trustees Office of Hawaiian Affairs
- Elias Beniga - Financial Advisor, Merrill Lynch; Chair, Filipino Centennial Celebration Comm.
- Stan Brown - VP, Pacific Islands/GM, Kauai Marriott
- Robert Bunda - Senate President, Hawaii State Legislature, Senate
- Suzanne Case - Executive Director, The Nature Conservancy of Hawaii
- Robin Danner - President & CEO, Council for Native Hawaiian Advancement
- Mitch D'Olier - President & CEO, Kaneohe Ranch Co.
- Admiral Tom Fargo - Admiral, U.S. Navy (retired)
- Lynn Finnegan - Representative, Hawaii State Legislature, House of Representatives
- Carol Fukunaga - Senator, Hawaii State Legislature, Senate
- Fred Hemmings - Senator Hawaii State Legislature, Senate
- Georgina Kawamura - Director of Finance, State of Hawaii, Dept. of Budget & Finance
- Greg Kim, Atty - Partner & Founder, Vantage Counsel LLC
- Dee Jay Mailer - CEO, Kamehameha Schools
- Geri Marullo - President & CEO, Child & Family Services
- Susan Matsushima - President, Alluvion Inc.
- Dr. David McClain - Interim President, University of Hawaii
- Nolan Moriwaki - Bus Mgr & Finance Secty/Treas, Bricklayers & Allied Craftsmen Intl. Union
- Dayton Nakanelua - State Director, United Public Workers
- Marcus Oshiro - Representative, Hawaii State Legislature, House of Representatives
- Dr. Virginia Pressler - Vice President, Hawaii Pacific Health
- Harry Saunders - President, Castle & Cooke Hawaii
- Calvin K. Y. Say - Speaker of the House, Hawaii State Legislature, House of Representatives
- Myles Shibata - COO & VP, Kawailoa Development
- Jeanne Skog - President & CEO, Maui Economic Development Board
- Barry Taniguchi - President & CEO, KTA Super Stores
- Dr. Rose Tseng - Chancellor, University of Hawaii at Hilo
- Lucien Wong - Senior Vice President, Actus Lend Lease
- Francis Oda - EMC Facilitator,Chairman & CEO, Group 70 International, Inc.
Primary Areas and Challenge Statements
The Economic Momentum Commission has prepared 14 challenge statements under three primary areas:
1. Enhance Quality of Life
- Home ownership & quality rental inventories
- Effective social services solutions
- Access and sustainability of quality healthcare
- Support for our military community
- Perpetuate our host culture
- Stewardship of our natural environment
2. Improve Employment, Education & Investment Opportunities
- Foster sustainable tourism
- Examine opportunities for economic diversification; strengthen the economic environment via capital formation & quality business/new industry investment and reform ineffective regulations and tax rules
- Expand our agricultural industry
- Create quality job opportunities and address our growing labor shortages by:
- Leveraging our public schools & higher education systems
- Improving our K-12 public education & facilities
- Private-public-labor partnerships for education & workforce improvements to match local workforce present & future needs
- Better utilizing resources for education/workforce development
3. Upgrade Infrastructure and Review Our Master Planning Process
- Transportation improvements
- Cost-effective energy solutions
- Sustainable water availability
Criteria for Adoption of Solutions
To be considered by the committee, any proposed good idea must meet the following criteria:
- Practical; justified in the basis of cost/benefit; can be implemented in 6 years or less; measurable results.
- Likely to win public acceptance
- Leverages existing resources; doesn't create new bureaucracy
- Fits within Hawaii as a "special place"
- Addresses the majority of the population
- Has a "champion" to advance the proposal toward a goal.
- July 8, 2005 - At the EMC's first organizational meeting, members agreed upon a scope of work, committee and subcommittee structure and chairs, criteria of ideas and a timetable, including time for public reaction and input.
- July 8 - early September, 2005 - Committees and subcommittees meet to:
- Agree upon a statement summarizing the "challenge" in each subject-matter area and
- Generate "good ideas"/solutions for the full EMC to consider in each area.
- Mid-September, 2005 - The full EMC will hold a second meeting to:
- Discuss solutions proposed by each committee.
- Agree upon which solutions will be taken out to the public to solicit comment and reaction.
- Adopt a detailed plan for soliciting public input.
- Mid-September to mid-November, 2005 - Public input phase. Through the Internet (e-mail) and public meetings throughout the state, the EMC will solicit public feedback to its initial list of proposed solutions.
- Late November, 2005 - The final EMC meeting will prioritize and vote upon a final list of "good ideas"/solutions that will be recommended by the commission.
- Economic Momentum Commission (State of Hawai'i)
- A ready work force can cure many troubles (Pacific Business News, 9-23-05)
- Editorial - New economic panel deserves your support (Honolulu Advertiser, 6-12-05)
- Panel backs lower taxes, affordable housing Gov. Lingle's economic commission releases its recommendations for public review By Richard Borreca (Honolulu Star-Bulletin, 11-2-05)
- Momentum commission on the right track (Pacific Business News, 11-7-05)
- Momentum commission hears from small crowd of 10%-ers (Poinography, 11-24-05)
- Future of each momentum proposal faces vote (Poinography, 12-3-05)
- Economic Momentum Commission final report (Poinography, 12-20-05)
- Economic momentum suggestions now in governor’s hands (Poinography, 12/30/2005)
- Poll finds support for Momentum Commission ideas by Clynton Namuo (Pacific Business News, 1-2-06)
- Governor's economic panel gets mixed reviews By Allison Schaefers (Honolulu Star-Bulletin, 12-28-05)